Which players’ fantasy football values are rising or falling? No need to check the Fox Business Channel or ESPN for this stock report. You have come to the right place.
The fantasy football stock report for Week 5 is loaded with old friends making amends with the fantasy owners they have routinely screwed in the past, fresh faces splashing onto stat sheets and early-season heroes who might meet untimely demises faster than you can say, “Honey Boo Boo has a crazy family!”
James Jones, Green Bay Packers (WR)
With Greg Jennings re-injuring his groin, the discount double check door has swung open for the speedy but drop-prone Jones to sprint in and get more big-play opportunities. Jones had five receptions for 56 yards and two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints and should have a couple more big games while Jennings recuperates.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (RB)
Johnson might be the most hated man in fantasy football right now. After running for a combined 45 yards over his first three games, Johnson somehow scampered for 141 yards this past weekend against the staunch defense of the Houston Texans, probably while most of his fantasy owners benched him.
Johnson needed two months to warm up and start recording 100-yard games last season, so maybe since he did not skip training camp this time around he will be warmed up after just one month. In any case, his stock could not have dropped much lower, so it had no choice but to go up after this latest performance.
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (WR)
Fantasy owners always pegged Hartline as a decent, underrated receiver whose fantasy value was stunted by the mediocre quarterbacks throwing to him. So how did he get his hands on a special Jerry Rice juice that turned him into one of the most dangerous pass-catchers in the NFL?
Hartline had a coming-out party two weeks ago when he caught nine passes for 111 yards against the Oakland Raiders, but that effort was largely discounted because the Raiders have not covered anybody since Nnamdi Asomugha left.
But watching Hartline torch an above-average Arizona Cardinals defense for a dozen receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown was as eye-opening as watching his quarterback Ryan Tannehill say that the Kansas City Chiefs played in the NFC East on Hard Knocks. If Tannehill continues to improve, Hartline’s numbers should continue to improve, and so will his fantasy value.
Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans (QB)
Jake Locker is having as much trouble with his left shoulder as Jennings is with his groin. Locker’s non-throwing shoulder was injured for the second time this season this past Sunday, and he might miss some time.
Locker’s loss is Hasselbeck’s gain, as the veteran would step in if Locker is unable to play this weekend at Minnesota. It is not like Locker has looked like Joe Montana, so if Hasselbeck starts and does a decent job, maybe he would stay as the starter for a couple extra games.
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (RB)
Spiller had his chance to have the spotlight all to himself for a couple weeks, and he arguably put up a better performance than any other running back during that span. But now that Fred Jackson has returned, Spiller is back to splitting carries and his fantasy worth.
Things are not looking brighter for Spiller’s immediate future. He had a costly fumble in last week’s game versus New England which may limit his touches, his offensive line is banged up, and his next game is against the San Francisco 49ers, who virtually never allow running backs to rush for 100 yards.
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders (QB)
Palmer is running out of receivers. Oakland might have to get Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco or Cliff Branch on the horn. With Darrius Heyward-Bey concussed and Jacoby Ford out for the season with another major foot injury, all that is left for Palmer to throw to is Denarius Moore, Darren McFadden and players Oakland signed off the street.
Palmer has been pretty good so far (1,081 passing yards, five TD), and Oakland should be trailing in the majority of its games from here on out, meaning he should be throwing a ton. But with the injury big biting his receivers, Palmer’s stats will undoubtedly be tackled.
New York Jets Defense
Rex Ryan’s defense is always a solid fantasy play—when Darrelle Revis is on the field. Unfortunately, we have a solid sample size of what the defense is when Revis is not on the field, and it is somewhere between Baylor’s and West Virginia’s.
New York allowed San Francisco to rush for 245 yards without putting up much of a fuss, and although the pass defense looked like it did all right on paper (134 yards), it is misleading because Revis replacement Kyle Wilson was beaten countless times and QB Alex Smith just could not connect with his open receivers downfield.
The Jets defense has five sacks and six turnovers in four games—not exactly evoking memories of the 1985 Chicago Bears, or even the 2012 Chicago Bears. And with their next three games coming against the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, the unit should allow plenty of points and yards in October.
Andre Brown, New York Giants (RB)
Drats, Brown owners! Ahmad Bradshaw reappeared against the Philadelphia Eagles and touched the ball 16 times compared to Brown’s six. There goes the idea that Bradshaw was so 47 seconds ago and that Brown was barreling over him on the depth chart.
What’s worse was rookie David Wilson’s electrifying kickoff returns. Head coach Tom Coughlin might want to get Wilson out of his fumble-driven doghouse and back involved with the offense since he has been showing such speed and spark on special teams. That could push Brown back to being the No. 3 guy on the depth chart.
Brown’s game against the Carolina Panthers a couple Thursdays ago was memorable for the fantasy owners who picked him up and used him that week, but just like Right Said Fred, Brown might turn out to be a one-hit wonder.