Fantasy Football Market Watch: Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw, Ravens' TJ Houshmandzadeh

TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst ISeptember 10, 2010

Just like the stock market, players can burn you, kick you to the curb, take your money, spit on you, call you dirty names, make you watch crappy girly movies and so much more.

OR players can make you stinking dirty rich.

The kind of rich where you wipe your butt with $100 bills. The kind of rich where you wear those 80's sunglasses and drive a corvette. The kind of rich that WINS YOU CHAMPIONSHIPS!   

Bull Market

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

First things first, Bradshaw is the Giant running back you want.  Last year he saw 184 touches and ended up just shy of the 1,000 yard mark from scrimmage. 

He has breakaway speed, which most fantasy teams crave, and with seven TD, he’s capable of punching them in from the goal line.  

Why You Should BUY

As the starting back (Brandon Jacobs will still see a nice amount of playing time) Bradshaw is capable of 200-215 carries for 1,050-1,100 yards and eight TD from the ground.  If the Giants front five does its job, the scoring chances should increase, as Bradshaw can break one off on any carry. 

As for catching the ball, look for him to snag 30-35 balls in the air, for 370 yards and another two or three TD.  All of this from someone sharing the leather…not too shabby.

Bear Market

TJ Houshmandzadeh, WR, Baltimore Ravens

I like this move for Houshmandzadeh, but not for fantasy owners.  Housh has gone from a cellar dweller in a weak NFC West to a team with a talented young QB, a superbly skilled RB, and pass catching weapons all around him. 

Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Ravens have stocked up on three of the same person at WR.  Derek Mason, Anquan Boldin and TJ Houshmandzadeh are all elite possession WR, but none is what you would consider a deep threat.  Keep in mind that despite the additions of Boldin and Houshmandzadeh, the run game still comes first.  

Why You Should SELL

What the Ravens really needed to become an elite offensive unit is a home run threat that can keep a defense from jamming everyone at the line, and stretch them vertically.  None of these three fit that role.  

Boldin has the most talent of the three WR and will benefit from being the No. 1 guy on the team.  Remember though that Boldin hasn’t averaged more than 12.2 per catch since 2006, and the Cardinals didn’t seem to upset to see him go in the end.  

Derek Mason is as consistent a receiver you’re likely to find in the game. He’s someone who sneakily ranks among the top 25 in receptions and yards each year, but at age 36 he’s due for a step back.  With that said, he still has the best chemistry with Flacco and will likely serve as a security blanket for the still young QB.

As for Houshmandzadeh, there’s nothing to like really.  At 32-years-old, he’s on his third team in three years. There was no training camp to develop timing with Flacco and we have to assume that with a limited understanding of the playbook, there will be a lot of sitting early in the season.

Mason – 60 catches, 750 yards, six TD.  Mason is worth a flex spot in your starting lineup or a reserve with potential.  

Boldin – 80 catches,  900 yards, eight TD. Consider Boldin a nice No. 2 receiver, but if there starts to be a WR run, don’t reach on him.  Let someone else pay No. 1 money for him.

Houshmandzadeh – 50 catches, 600 yards and two trips to the end zone.  Did you pick up on that I really don’t like Houshmandzadeh at all this year?  

Written by Rick Marsh exclusively for
“In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher'” – Bill Murray, Caddyshack

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