2010 Fantasy Football: NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up To Week 4

Allen KimSenior Analyst ISeptember 27, 2010

2010 Fantasy Football: NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up To Week 4

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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Here's a look at the landscape of the rising and falling stocks of players around the league.

    While some players did themselves favors with strong play, others have hurt their stock immensely with poor showings.

    Now's the time to add some, trade for others, or cut ties completely as Week 4 of the NFL season approaches.


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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 31-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Stock Up

    Kyle Orton, DEN: The debate is over. Kyle Orton is officially a Top 10 Fantasy QB. Against one of the league's best secondaries, Orton passed for 476 yards and a TD. He has a good grasp on coach Josh McDaniels' system and has great chemistry with all his receivers.

    Chad Henne, MIA: Chad had a breakout game last night throwing for 363 yards and 2 TDs. Coach Tony Sparano finally let Henne loose and he showed what he can do against a strong Jets defense—albeit short of Darrelle Revis.

    Sam Bradford, STL: Bradford has had a lot of expectations as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Starting under center for the anemic Rams, Bradford has shown why he was selected so high. He has the arm strength and accuracy to go up against the best the NFL has to offer. As he continues to gain confidence and experience, his poise and numbers will continue to get better. He should be owned in most leagues, if only as a backup.

    Stock Down

    David Garrard, JAC: Jacksonville's offense looks completely stagnant. Garrard has more weapons this year than in years past and still can't find a way to move the chains. The Jaguars must be kicking themselves for passing up on Jimmy Clausen.

    Jason Campbell, OAK: It appears that coach Cable has full faith in Bruce Gradkowski. That means Campbell is the odd man out and will have to watch from the sidelines until further notice.

    Carson Palmer, CIN: Carson has fallen from grace. Even with Batman and Robin flanking his sides, Palmer is a shell of his former self. As the Bengals have transformed into a run-first team, Palmer will continue to post mediocre numbers.

Running Back

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders in action during their game against the St. Louis Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Stock Up

    Darren McFadden, OAK: Forget Michael Bush. DMC has emerged as the man in Oakland's backfield. Averaging 115 yards per game in the first three weeks, McFadden is finally flashing his potential after being selected fourth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

    Peyton Hillis, CLE: Against one of the league's best defenses, Peyton ran for 144 yards and a TD. Once thought to be only a goal line back, Hillis has shown what he can do with a full workload. His performance yesterday may have led to him supplanting Jerome Harrison in the starting lineup.

    Stock Down

    Maruice Jones-Drew, JAC: While MJD's ankle injury seems to be a non-issue, the Jaguars offense is simply not getting the job done. If Garrard can't make plays, defenses will continue to stack the box and dare Garrard to beat them through the air. As talented as MJD is, he may not even finish the year as a Top 10 RB.

    Shonn Greene, NYJ: It looks like the Greene era was a short-lived one. LaDainian came into New York and has taken full control of the backfield, making Shonn an afterthought.

Wide Receiver

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 21:  Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs after making a reception during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Gett
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    Jeremy Maclin, PHI: Maclin owners need not worry about Vick being behind center any longer. In three games, Maclin has four TDs, with three coming in the red zone. While Desean Jackson garners all the attention, Vick will continue to look for Maclin in one-on-one situations.

    Brandon Marshall, MIA: Marshall joined Chad Henne in their coming out party. Brandon finally showed why the Dolphins gave up so much to acquire his services to the tune of 166 receiving yards and a TD. As the two continue to develop chemistry, Marshall will continue to be a Top Five NFL WR.

    Austin Collie, IND: Collie may be the new Wes Welker. This slot specialist was all over the field yesterday as Wayne was blanketed by Champ Bailey. An absurd 171 receiving yards and 2 TDs has made Austin one of the most dangerous weapons in fantasy land. Pierre Garcon is now officially the fourth option on the Colts.

    Stock Down

    Calvin Johnson, DET: Until Matthew Stafford comes back into the lineup, Megatron is simply not going to reach his full potential. Shaun Hill cannot get the job done and Calvin's numbers will drop as a result. He's downgraded to WR2 status until Stafford rejoins the fray.

    Mike Sims-Walker, JAC: Sims-Walker is inconsistent as it is, but it gets even worse with the way Garrard is playing. His output will always be tied to his quarterback for obvious reasons and barely even warrants WR3 status.

    Chad Ochocinco & T.O., CIN: As the Bengals continue to lean on Cedric Benson, the dynamic diva duo in Cincinnati will see fewer looks come their way.

Tight End

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons avoids a tackle by Tracy Porter #22 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Tony Gonzalez, ATL: Matt Ryan finally turned some of that attention away from Roddy White and put it on future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, who accrued 110 receiving yards and a TD. This game may have finally pushed Tony back into the upper echelon of tight ends after two very mediocre starting weeks.

    Dustin Keller, NYJ: Sanchez appears to have found his go-to target in Keller. Last night he torched the Dolphins for 98 receiving yards and two TDs. This performance is coming on the heels of last week's 155 yard, one TD game.

    Stock Down

    Brent Celek, PHI: It appears as if Vick either doesn't trust his tight end, or he just loves throwing to his explosive wide receivers. After a breakout season last year, there were high expectations for Celek. He appears to be the odd man out on the Eagles offense.

    Owen Daniels, HOU: Owen's season ended prematurely last year. After becoming one of Matt Schaub's favorite targets, he's been pushed to the side with the emergence of Arian Foster.


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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Eric Berry #29 and Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs make a tackle against Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Phot
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    Stock Up

    Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs defense is no longer the cakewalk matchup many expect on a weekly basis. With a 3-0 start to the season. the Chiefs have shocked the football world with strong play on both their offense and defense.

    Stock Down

    San Francisco 49ers Defense: Mike Singletary will be on the hot seat after starting the season 0-3. The 49ers were supposed to have one of the best defenses heading into the season, but they have done little to warrant that status.