Fantasy Football: Stock Up, Stock Down Options Heading Into Week 4
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When you’re up, you’re up; when you’re down, you’re down.
And when you’re only halfway up, you’re neither up nor down.
Except, Mike Sims-Walker doesn’t know what it means to be halfway up. Through three weeks, his stock has gone from the basement to the attic and back again.
What does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Let’s take a look:
Mike Sims-Walker, JAX.
His double-digit receptions and triple-digit yardage from Week 2 are only a distant memory—a bad supporting cast will do that to you, especially a bad quarterback and David Garrard isn’t exactly Pro Bowl material right now.
Will Sims-Walker have more impressive fantasy outings? Definitely.
Will they be consistent enough for you to use him with confidence? Not likely. Tread carefully…very carefully.
Brett Favre, MIN.
In Week 2, Favre had three interceptions and a fumble in the end zone that doomed his entire team.
Playing the Lions in Week 3, it was safe to say that he’d bounce back to form and post some solid numbers.
Except he bounced back too far, to the Favre who continues to throw interceptions and force his throws.
One wonders if Favre will ever get his act together, even if Sidney Rice returns by mid-season.
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX.
After two disappointing weeks for MJD owners, the fantasy world was watching MJD battle the porous Eagles run defense with bated breath.
There was a lot of value, one way or another, riding on this one, against an Eagles defense that allowed Jahvid Best to look like Superman.
Except MJD was more pedestrian than superstar. It is officially time to worry.
Is his ankle injury lingering? Is it the horrific supporting cast in Jacksonville? Something else?
Brent Celek, PHI.
After rising to fantasy prominence last season with Donovan McNabb under center, much was expected in Celek’s second full season with the starting tight end gig.
Except McNabb’s gone. Kolb’s basically gone.
Michael Vick is now the QB, and he has yet to form the necessary chemistry with Celek to warrant a weekly start for the tight end.
DeAngelo Williams, CAR.
When you’re on a really young team with a really young passing game led by a really young quarterback, you’d expect the offense to rely heavily on the running game, especially when you had tons of success running the ball in the past.
There was much hope that Williams would see a big uptick in carries with Jimmy Clausen under center this past week, and Williams posted nice numbers with the carries he received—except he only had 12 of them. And Jonathan Stewart stole his TD.
Until the Panthers start to show some consistency in their running back workloads, it will be hard to get too excited about DeAngelo or Stewart.
Louis Murphy, OAK.
Interesting how certain quarterbacks have their favorites and how it can greatly affect a player’s value.
In Louis Murphy, Bruce Gradkowski trusts, and that means plenty of targets, yards, and potential scores in an offense that is likely to be playing from behind quite a lot in 2010.
Michael Vick, PHI.
Not sure how many times I can keep him on this list while sporting a straight face, but every week he seems to take his fantasy game to yet another level.
Three passing TDs and a rushing TD? In one game? This is one hot commodity you need to ride into the ground.
He’s likely not available in any of your fantasy leagues, but if he somehow still is, go snag him.
Peyton Hillis, CLE.
Despite some eye-popping stats at the end of last season, Jerome Harrison has not done anything to merit the starting RB gig in Cleveland, at least not enough for his coaching staff to care about.
In comes Peyton Hillis, who not only had 144 yards rushing, he did it against the typically stout Baltimore Ravens.
The Browns have a history of using bigger, more physical backs, a la Jamal Lewis, and Hillis fits the bill. Considering the stats he generated, it would be hard to expect him to lose the starting gig, except Eric Mangini is very hard to predict.
Anquan Boldin, BAL.
It wasn’t that Boldin’s Week 3 stats were that amazing (although anytime a receiver notched three TDs in the same game, it deserves some attention), but more that Boldin seems to be every part the value WR1 that many hoped he would be for the Ravens.
Joe Flacco has no trouble picking Boldin out, regardless of the coverage, and one has to like Boldin’s prospects moving forward as long as he can stay healthy.
Dustin Keller, NYJ.
While some are safely using the Antonio Gates and Dallas Clarks of the fantasy world, the rest of us have to navigate the minefield that is tight end value so far this year; there is tons of talent, but many who refuse to live up to that potential.
In comes Keller, who has formed a great bond with sophomore QB Mark Sanchez and who should continue to get plenty of targets on a team that has great potential.
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