2010 Fantasy Football: NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up To Week 5
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 5 of the NFL season approaches.
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Bruce Gradkowski, OAK: Bruce who? He's not exactly a household name, but he just may be soon enough—at least in Oakland—if he can continue to put up strong numbers.
After all the talk this summer of Jason Campbell coming into Oakland and boosting their offense, he has done nothing since joining the team.
Bruce has taken the reigns and shows good chemistry with his receivers and has a good grasp on the system in Oakland.
Jay Cutler, CHI: Jay was utterly useless against the Giants.
Was all of it his fault? No. His offensive line is sure to take an equal amount of blame.
Still, he looked completely lost on offense and the Bears would have probably been more effective with Matt Forte behind center. Jay held onto the ball too long at times and didn't move around when the pocket collapsed.
If Cutler misses an extended amount of time after being knocked out of the game with a concussion in the first-half, the Bears will be hurting tremendously on offense.
A stat to remember: Cutler had less completions than sacks allowed.
Derek Anderson, ARI: Derek didn’t exactly have much stock to begin with, but he may have had a place in deep leagues.
Now? His stock has plummeted and is at rock bottom now.
Anderson was benched in favor of Max Hall during yesterday's game. The Cardinals must be kicking themselves for releasing Matt Leinart.
LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ: The reports of his demise were premature. After predicting a resurgence in New York and him eventually outpacing Greene, I feel vindicated especially after watching another strong performance.
He's one of the few running backs to defy the dreaded 30-year mark as he continues to play at a high level.
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC: After falling into the stock down category last week, MJD had a bounce back game in which he caught a TD and ran for one too.
The Jaguars may finally get back to running the football and doing what they do best. Maurice's outlook for the year looks much brighter.
Ryan Torain, WAS: With Portis going down with what appeared to be a myriad of injuries, Torain should continue to see more touches come his way. He also seems to be a favorite of Mike Shanahan's, so the workload will be there regardless of Portis's status.
Matt Forte, CHI: After starting the year strong, Forte has become a non-factor in the last two weeks. All that talk of Mike Martz making him into a poor man's version of Marshall Faulk appears to be out the window.
All the Bills' RB, BUF: After spending their first round pick on CJ Spiller, the Bills are stacked at the RB position. With absolutely no need for another RB, the Bills have made an even bigger mess of what they already had.
Until Marshawn Lynch gets traded, avoid this disaster.
Terrell Owens, CIN: 10 receptions, 222 receiving yards, and a TD? For a player who was passed up on by every other team besides the Bengals, he has shown that he’s still got it.
Can he continue to play at a high level? I don't see why not.
What’s even more surprising is that he hasn’t had a diva moment yet. However, that will probably come sooner than later. It might be best to test the market now and see what you can get for him.
Brandon Lloyd, DEN: I wrote an article last week taking a look at the Broncos passing game. Picking Brandon Lloyd as my personal choice for “go-to” guy in the Broncos passing game, he has shown for a second straight week why he’s the receiver to own in Denver. That’s three out of four games that he’s broken the century mark.
Calvin Johnson, DET: Calvin fell into the stock down category last week, but has since redeemed himself. Going up against the strong Green Bay defense, "Megatron" went for 86 yards and two TDs.
Hakeem Nicks, NYG: Against a Bears' defense known for limiting the big play, Nicks had several against them. Hakeem's 110 receiving yards from last night played a big role in the Giants' win.
Braylon Edwards, NYJ: Much like his teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, Edwards appears to still have some life. This is the third straight game that he's caught a TD, and the second week in a row that he topped 80 receiving yards for the game.
Marques Colston, NO: Much like the Broncos, Colston has a QB in Drew Brees who likes to spread the wealth. Colston doesn’t have a TD, more than five catches, or more than 67 yards in any of his first four games.
Definitely a bad sign, but you may not be able to get appropriate value for him. It's probably best to ride out this funk and hope he eventually catches fire.
DeSean Jackson, PHI: With Kolb back behind center, the Eagles offense will not be as explosive. Kolb doesn't have the arm strength to make the same throws Vick has made to Jackson since taking over. Jackon's three catch, 19 yard dud yesterday is evident of that.
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI: Things continue to get worse for Fitz and his owners. Derek Anderson was replaced by Max Hall at Quarterback. Regardless, whoever is starting behind center is simply not talented enough to get Larry the ball and make him a productive fantasy WR.
Zach Miller, OAK: 11 catches, 122 receiving yards, and a TD. This is Zach’s second straight week with a TD and it’s clear that QB Bruce Gradkowski will continue to look for the talented TE. In two starts with Gradkowski behind center, Miller has 15 catches for 186 yards and two TDs.
If Miller can have a productive season with Jamarcus Russell and a carousel of Quarterbacks behind center, imagine what he can do with a decent Quarterback in Gradkowski and consistent play.
John Carlson, SEA: As long as he has old man Hasselbeck throwing to him, Carlson will always have a limited ceiling. He's been a popular sleeper pick since coming into the league, but has yet to have a true breakout season.
New York Giants: Last night's performance was reminiscent of the dominating Giants defense from their Superbowl run. They had nine first-half sacks, and took Jay Cutler out of the game in the process. The Bears had 110 yards of total offense.
Chicago Bears: While the Bears did a good job of containing the Giants in the first-half, they were dominated in the second. The Bears were ranked the No. 1 rushing defense through the first three weeks, and Ahmad Bradshaw decimated them to the tune of 129 rushing yards and a TD.
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