God it was nice to have football back! In the Week 2 stock report, I am going to look at the guys most affected by the happenings in Week 1.
The weekly stock report will rotate between some of our senior writers. We do not want the stock report as well as a few other articles to get stale with the same voice behind them.
For the Week 2 stock report, it will probably be the longest of the season. We all had our preconceived notions going into the season. Some of those were blown completely out of the water. Some of our predictions look to be on par or even better.
So the Week 2 stock report will show how wrong (or right) we were on some draft thoughts. There’s also a few guys to hang steady with for now.
Week 2 Stock Report
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fitz destroyed countless teasers, moneyline parlays and knockout pools by shredding the Saints’ defense. The Harvard grad threw for 417 yards, four touchdowns and tossed in 36 yards on the ground with a score. It is a legitimate concern now whether or not Jameis Winston will start when he comes back from his suspension. Fitzpatrick is worth a roster spot in most leagues now.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes had a nearly flawless opening start throwing for more than 250 yards and four touchdowns. While a couple of those touchdown passes were of the cheap variety (basically running plays that he flipped the ball forward) Mahomes showed his ability to get the ball downfield while not giving it away. I expect the 21 yards rushing to be below what he normally will get as well and he is fast becoming an elite option.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The majority of people assumed LeVeon Bell would show up by last Saturday to not give up his game check of nearly a million dollars. That did not happen. If he is willing to give up literal millions of dollars, he might be willing to sit out the season. Conner’s stock is at an absolute peak right now because of not only the Bell situation, but the 193 total yards and two touchdowns he produced Sunday. Now he won’t always get a full extra period or the Browns’ defense, but it is obvious that the Steelers plan to use him in the exact same way as Bell.
— Terez Owens (@TerezOwens) September 11, 2018
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette is only considered day-to-day with his hamstring injury as of now. However, these soft tissue injuries tend to linger until allowed to fully heal. Fournette has already shown a penchant for letting nagging injuries hole him out as he missed two games in his rookie season, and almost half of his last year in college. Yeldon will be a three-down back when Fournette is out, and will still have a receiving role when Fournette is playing. In PPR leagues, Yeldon is worthy of Flex-consideration on a weekly basis.
Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson, RB’s, Washington Redskins
AP and Thompson dominated the workload for Washington with 39 of the 42 running back touches even in a blowout win. Peterson showed no signs of aging with 96 yards on 26 carries and a score while also showing some receiving chops with 70 yards in the air. Thompson was the leading receiver for the Redskins catching six passes off of a team-high seven targets. With no legit number-one receiver, I think Thompson will fill that void nicely.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
I mean, I wasn’t sure if it could get higher but damn.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Hill exploded out of the gate returning the opening kick of the season for a touchdown. He backed it up with seven catches for 169 yards and two more touchdowns. He is Mahomes’ primary weapon and the Red Raider is not afraid to sling it to him.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
Sanders was not talked about enough in the pre-season after his down year in 2017. Now, fully healthy with a competent quarterback, he looks to be back in the upper echelon of wide receivers.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
One of my WR sleepers in the preseason, Stills got off on the right foot putting up 26.6 PPR Fantasy Points in Week 1. He looks to be Ryan Tannehill’s favorite post-Jarvis Landry target and should continue this type of targetshare.
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
The bright spot for the Raiders was Cook’s ability to get open as well as get some serious YAC. He was by far Derek Carr’s favorite target and I don’t see why that will slow down.
Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, RB’s, Denver Broncos
Lindsay will be a hot pickup and Freeman will be seen as a bust, but I think we all need to hold off for another week. The two rookies put up the same exact rushing stat line (15 carries for 71 yards) but Lindsay was able to catch a touchdown as well. The key factor was that Freeman was the back used primarily to ice the game. He is who the coaching staff trusts. So I would buy-low on Freeman and sell high on Lindsay.
Ted Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints and DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’m keeping these guys in neutral for now. They have always been explosive, big-play threats but I need to show that they will put up consistent production. They will probably both be on next week’s stock report, up or down.
Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears
The Bears abandoned their up-tempo, high-volume passing attack once they got the lead and it was their downfall. There were multiple plays where Trubisky missed a wide open Burton. I would hang tight on the former Eagle for now, and see if Trusbisky can grow from his mistakes.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
An injury will land you on the stock down watch normally, but Mariota was well on his way before he was knocked out of the game. As of this writing, his status going forward is uncertain. I’m dropping him either way because we are seeing more of the same as last year from the former Oregon Duck. He was 9 for 16 passing with two interceptions and less than six yards per attempt. Even healthy, I am out on Mariota for the time being.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Woof. That was about as bad as I have ever seen Stafford throw the ball and I’ve been watching him since we were in high school at camps together in the Dallas area. There’s talk that the Jets somehow knew all of the hand signals/checks, which that would make sense. There is also talk that Matt Patricia is in way over his head as a head coach. Either way, Stafford threw four interceptions including TWO pick-sixes. Temper expectations going forward on the Lion.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
In a game that the Chiefs controlled from the get-go, Hunt managed just 49 total yards and not receptions. I do not like the feel of it. Mahomes is such a different weapon compared to Alex Smith that there may not be a consistent role for a Chiefs’ running back.
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
10 carries for 26 yards. I know, Mariota going down did not help the situation. But he might not be back soon. The entire offense is a mess and Henry might be going down with the ship.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
It looks like he is dodging legal trouble at this point, but his quarterback trouble could be just as bad for his Fantasy prospectus. Gaining just 21 total yards on eight touches might be a common thing as the hapless Bills get blown out every week.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
As of this writing, there is still not a set timetable for his return. With a partially torn MCL this injury could linger all season, but it would still be tough to drop the Seahawk. This is especially frustrating for someone like me who has more shares of Baldwin than anyone else. His knee that was “hurt” in the preseason is not the same knee that was injured Sunday.
Seahawks’ WR Doug Baldwin has a Grade 2 partial MCL tear, per source. Team still trying to figure out how much time he will miss.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2018
Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
Another one of my preseason breakouts, Hogan struggled to just one catch in Week 1. There were other targets, including a couple taken by Phillip Dorsett, but he and Brady just could not connect. With a healthy Gronk, Dorsett making his presence felt, James White leading the backfield and a couple more castoffs, Hogan’s role has been diminished.
Allen Hurns, WR, Dallas Cowboys
I do not want any part of the Cowboys’ putrid passing offense.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans and Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Both tight ends suffered major injuries, with Walker out of the year and Olsen for the majority of the season. I think it’s best to part ways with Olsen and not waste a roster spot for double-digit weeks.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
With a gimpy Aaron Rodgers, Graham is all but useless. Even when Rodgers was slinging it around the former Hurricane was not exactly his go-to target. It looks like he will be a touchdown-dependent, inconsistent play, at best.
That’s it for the Week 2 stock report! Be sure to check back each week as well for our Start/Sit and Rookie Report columns!
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