The cobbler has no shoes. You’ve heard the expression, right? It is often referenced to the subject matter expert who helps others, but can’t help themselves in the same area. Such it is me and Randall Cobb as I can’t solve my Randall Cobb problem.
I grabbed Randall Cobb in a number of leagues this draft season because I loved Randall Cobb coming into this season. Unfortunately that love has not been returned this season. At least it has not yet.
Everyone was asking, “What is wrong with the Packers offense?” Well, four Aaron Rodgers touchdowns in one game later, combined with a very productive day from Jordy Nelson, and an Eddie Lacy 100-yard performance, those questions have died down.
Unfortunately, Cobb was not part of that party and only had one catch for 33 yards last week as Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams saw productive days.
So, what do you do with Cobb?
Week 4 Stock Watch
Dropping: Players Whose Stock is Falling
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Unfortunately, the answer is nothing. With his bye week this week, you might be thinking now is a good time to drop him. But he’s got the NYG on tap the week he comes back. Given that the Giants are in the top dozen of giving up Fantasy points to wide receivers, you can’t drop him.
He also has games against Indy and Atlanta, not exactly known for their blanketing defense. Furthermore, you can’t just drop a player that has over 2,000 receiving yards and 20 TDs the last two years combined. However, you can’t trade him either. You’re not going to get anything of value for a player with 132 receiving yards total right now. You’re just going to have to ride it out.
There are reasons for optimism. Cobb leads the team in yards after the catch. He is also second on the team in both first downs and targets. As Jordy Nelson draws more attention, expect Rodgers to get Cobb more involved.
Cobb is on bye this week anyway, so don’t worry about starting him this week. But he’s not the only one on bye this week whose stock is dropping….
Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Yes, the sun rose, we still have to pay taxes, and once again Ryan Mathews is injured. If you took a chance on Mathews, you hopefully knew this was a player who has played only one season of 16 games in his six season career. Fortunately he was able to salvage some touchdowns in Week 1 and 2, but he failed to reach even 80 yards and averaged barely 3.6 YPC.
He also does very little in the passing game, as evidenced by his one catch for three yards this year. To make matters worse, Doug Pederson has been heaping praise on the other members of the Eagles backfield. And watch below how Wendell Smallwood explodes through the hole; that praise is warranted:
I rarely advocate dumping a player whose stock is low, but this is one of those times. Of course, try and trade him for whatever you can first. But if you can somehow get even a WR3 for him, take that offer and start running. Mathews won’t be.
Wow, I feel like a big frowning face emoji right now. Let’s swipe left and focus on some of the players whose stock is on the upswing. How about we discuss the top WR in Fantasy Football right now?
Don’t peek, guess who it is….Perhaps last week’s featured player Stefon Diggs? No. Antonio Brown? That’s what I would have guessed, but nope. Perhaps Mike Evans who has scored a touchdown every week? Not quite. The answer is….
Players on the Rise
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Jones has seen his receptions rise each year, as well as his yards per game. Now out of the shadow of A.J. Green, this should not be a surprise. And many thought Golden Tate would be the one taking that next step, but given that much of Tate’s performance last year was driven by being the default WR1, seeing Jones become Matthew Stafford’s favorite target should have been expected.
Let’s not get too excited. Part of his ascendancy to the top spot was based upon racking up 205 yards this past Sunday against a Sam Shields-less Packer secondary. I’ll bet you a Detroit factory that Jones is not the No. 1 Fantasy receiver this year. Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Green Bay do not exactly have the tightest secondaries in the world. Furthermore, with games like Chicago on the docket this weekend, don’t expect another shootout. However, I would start Jones with confidence.
He’s not the only other 4th year player who might be on his way to a huge breakout season though. Consider….
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks
I hope the picture above is not Michael thanking and pointing to the “man above.” Because if God has anything to do with Christine Michael’s football career, that’s not a great way to show me he forgives me for my sins.
Religion or not, Michael has been a plague on the Fantasy community for years. For three years now, the Fantasy community has been saying his talent is other-worldly only to see those hopes come cascading down like Lucifer.
Michael is now coming off an impressive 106-yard game on 20 carries, including two touchdowns. He’s averaging more than five yards per carry this season. Are we finally seeing Michael fulfill his potential? I’m not skeptical, but he’s burned me so many times that seeing him succeed leaves me grumpy.
Rumor has it that Thomas Rawls will be sitting out one more week and one week only. I love Michael if he is the primary back; not so much if he’s only getting 10-12 carries a game. And his opponent this weekend is the New York Jets, who are the fourth stingiest rushing defense. I refuse to offer a “buy” or “sell” on Michael. Given his potential but how many times he’s burned me, I will offer a lukewarm “Hold.”.
Now if you excuse me, I need to get myself a new pair of shoes….
Done reading about falling and rising player values? Looking for something else? Maybe try My Playbook to figure out who is going to pop or drop next.
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