Fantasy Football: Stock Up, Stock Down Candidates Heading Into Week 6

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2010

Beanie Wells had it all Sunday. A majority of the carries over Tim Hightower, a great rushing matchup and a nice lead, to name a few. Except he failed one important thing ... to produce fantasy stats we could seek our teeth into.
Beanie Wells had it all Sunday. A majority of the carries over Tim Hightower, a great rushing matchup and a nice lead, to name a few. Except he failed one important thing ... to produce fantasy stats we could seek our teeth into.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Hypothetically speaking, here, but let’s say your team played against one of the league’s worst run defenses. And, let’s say your team easily beat said opponent.

One would conclude that you, the team’s young stud running back, had a good game. At the very least a fantasy-worthy outing.

Unless your name is Beanie Wells, and you turned in a 20-for-35 stinker against a Saints defense that has not done well at all against the run so far in 2010, especially when they’re trailing.

There was definitely some stock movement on the market in Week 5 …

Stock Down

Beanie Wells, ARI. Tim Hightower had just four carries, Wells had five times as many. And, like I mentioned about, it was against a Saints team that struggles against the run in a game where the Cardinals had the opportunity to run  a decent amount in clock management mode late in the contest. Something seems awkward here.

Louis Murphy, OAK. Sixty-one yards on just two receptions isn’t bad at all, but the situation is what worries me currently for Murphy, who is a favorite target for Bruce Gradkowski. That’s because Gradkowski was dinged up for the Raiders and Jason Campbell resumed the helm. Imagine what Murphy could have done if he had more than two catches.

Greg Jennings, GB. A 2-for-22 day against a fairly generous Washington secondary wasn’t what fantasy owners had in mind from Jennings, who fails to produce with any consistency. Perhaps he gets more opportunity with Jermichael Finley out of the lineup for the next three to six weeks.

Sam Bradford, STL. In game where the Lions scored 44 points and where one would expect an aerial tirade from the opponent in catchup mode, the Rams fell really flat. Bradford was 23-for-45 with 215 yards, sure, but also had two interceptions and  lost his security blanket receiver, Mark Clayton, for the season.

Frank Gore, SF. Nineteen carries for just 52 yards and two fumbles – as many as Gore had all of last season? Against a Philly run defense that is as intimidating as a toy poodle puppy? Gore has produced overall well this season, but much of those stats have come in the form of receiving stats. Which, is hard to count on week-to-week.

Stock Up

Terrell Owens, CIN. Hard to admit, but Owens has looked good the past two weeks. His solid showing two weeks ago was something special, but one would assume that he wouldn’t make a difference two weeks running. However, a 7-for-102 outing with a TD sure made an impression.

Felix Jones, DAL. Cowboys brass promised Felix would become more involved in the offense, and he did just that against Tennessee on Sunday. He carried 15 times to Marion Barber’s six and finished with 109 yards rushing and four receptions for 17 yards. He was also very close to breaking a few runs for TD plunges.

Ray Rice, BAL. Struggles out of the gate had many wondering about Rice, but a 133-yard rushing day combined with two touchdowns is definitely an encouraging sign. Even more impressive, especially in PPR formats, was Rice’s four catches for 26 yards.

Mike Thomas, JAX. The four catches for 51 yards wasn’t the whole story for Thomas, who has emerged as the Jags’ new top receiving threat despite similar numbers and a TD from Mike Sims-Walker. That’s because Thomas was also used in the running game to the tune of 53 yards.

Malcolm Floyd, SD. Eight catches for 213 yards was all it took for Malcolm Floyd to make headlines for the Chargers in Week 5. Vincent, who?

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