Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week Eight

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers hands off to running back Frank Gore #21 at Reliant Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Welcome to Top Fantasy Football’s Week Seven edition of Risers and Fallers!

NFL Players have stock values, similar to the stock market. So why not treat our players like stocks? As you probably know, one of the most important parts of the stock market is knowing when to buy and when to sell. In Risers and Fallers, we will discuss some key stock changes around the league for various players, and we discuss if you should Buy, Sell or Hold a player.

If you have more detailed questions about players’ values as the weeks roll by, make sure you ask us ! We’d be more than happy to help you out with any type of fantasy football questions!

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San Francisco is taking a chance on Alex Smith as the starter, and if you are in need of a QB it'd be wise to take a chance on Smith yourself.

Now, on to our Risers and Fallers!


Jamaal Charles RB KC

Strong Flex Add
Finally, my boy Jamaal Charles is going to get his chance to be a starter in the NFL. Larry Johnson decided to show his opinionated side on twitter and he’s out for an undecided amount of time for the moment. This means that Charles should get the start at RB this Sunday against Jacksonville. It’d be foolish not to pick him up, because his upside is through the roof. Charles can not only out-run most of the players in the NFL, but he can catch the ball better than many of the RBs in the league. The only knock on him is that he fumbles the ball a lot, which can eventually fixed. Hey, the team is obviously in rebuilding mode, so they have nothing to lose when testing the water with Charles. Pick him up and consider even playing him this weekend if you are in need of a flex player.

Vernon Davis TE SF
Strong Buy

Davis has always been a great talent but the passing game for San Francisco has never been there. Finally, Singletary has brought a new type of football to the 49er’s and we are seeing Davis break out in a big way. Last weekend he scored 3 TDs, and I think he’s established himself as a top 10 TE in the league. It might be obvious for me to say you should add Davis in all leagues where he is a free agent, but I just had to say it.

Alex Smith QB SF
Strong Buy
While we are talking about the passing game of San Francisco, we need to talk about Alex Smith. He has now been named the starter in San Francisco and looks to be a very interesting play from here on out. The pedigree is definitely there for him, he just never could get his feet planted in the NFL.
Owen Daniels TE HOU
Strong Buy
Owen Daniels has always been a top TE in the league when you talk about yards and receptions, but the TDs have never really been his strong suit. This year, he is establishing himself as a top 5 TE. As long as Matt Schaub stays healthy, Owens will be a top shelf TE. He isn’t quite a name brand despite his 5 TDs, so there is a chance you can still acquire him for a reduced price.

Beanie Wells RB ARI
Strong Buy

Beanie Wells was not drafted by Arizona so he could sit on the bench, and we are starting to see that. He has seen double digit carries for two weeks straight, and I see him getting close to 15 this next weekend. Despite being prone to injury, Wells is an incredible talent and Arizona will need to use his talent as the season progresses and the weather gets colder. If he is a free agent in your league, grab him. If he is owned in your league, you should definitely try to acquire him.

Ricky Williams RB MIAModerate Buy

It’s really heartwarming to see Sticky Icky Ricky find some success in the NFL after the problems he had in recent years. He is really doing well in fantasy this year despite getting less than half of his team’s carries. He does have a nice schedule coming up, with an even nicer playoff schedule. If you can get him for cheap, I’d definitely do that. Don’t out-do yourself though. Try to play up the fact that he doesn’t get a lot of carries to be considered a top RB, and you might get him for a reduced price-tag.

Marshawn Lynch RB BUFStrong Buy

As I predicted in previous weeks, Marshawn Lynch is starting to get his job back as “features back” in Buffalo. He is really an interesting player to acquire at this moment because of his talent and future schedule. It’d be wise to trade for him before Beast Mode goes off this weekend.


Greg Jennings WR GB
Strong Buy

Oh Greg Jennings, what has happened to you? You aren’t hurt, right? Aaron Rodgers is still your QB, right? Why aren’t you tearing the league apart then?! Jennings was supposed to be one of the top WR in the league this year, but in reality he’s been pretty ho-hum. He did have a hand injury earlier which may have effected him more than he let on. Jennings probably has a ridiculously low price tag right now, ripe for you to steal right out from the palms of his unsuspecting owner. Better days are in store for this deep threat.

Matt Forte RB CHI
Strong Sell

Sadly, there aren’t many good things to say about Forte anymore. With Forte’s relatively tough schedule coming up, there might not be any more good things said about Forte for the rest of the year. It might be time to abandon ship on this sophomore slump. If you are in the playoff hunt, you may want to trade Forte for a couple players who have nice playoff match ups.

Frank Gore RB SF
Moderate Sell

I feel like Frank Gore is right on cue this season. Beginning of the season: breakout game. A few games later: get hurt. Now he’s back with San Francisco but I don’t think he’ll play another game at 100%. Heck, I don’t think he’s at 75%. If you can trade Frank Gore, it’d probably be best because he’s not going to set the world on fire in this injured state.

Roy Williams WR DAL

Roy Williams is such a mystery. He’s a very talented individual and has a great QB passing him the ball, so why isn’t he tearing up the league? We saw this last year too, and we shouldn’t be surprised to see it again. Williams just doesn’t fit into this offense it seems. Romo has been passing it a lot of Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton and even Jason Witten, and Williams has just been a distraction for opposing defenses. If you are trying to stay afloat in your playoff race, you may want to get rid of Williams for another WR on the rise, but if you have a firm foot down in your league, give Williams a couple more weeks to prove himself.

Jason Witten TE DAL
Moderate Buy

Even though Witten has been an important part of his offense so far this season, he hasn’t been the fantasy pressence people thought he would be. It’s kind of hard to tell what is going to happen with him later in the year, but I’d have to say he will improve. The problem with trading for Witten is that he is a brand name and some owners may not want to deal him unless they get top-shelf talent. I don’t think Witten is going to be top-shelf talent for the rest of the year, but a reliable source of points.