Fantasy Football Week 9: Whose Stock Has Fallen?

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IApril 3, 2017

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For some of fantasy football’s elite, Week 8 was a little like SpongeBob Squarepants’ theme song… Down, down, down to the bottom of the sea.

It can be rather disheartening to start your most talented player or one who has the best matchup, only to watch guys sitting on your waiver wire put up better numbers.

Here are some of the players whose stock went down in Week 8:

Aaron Rodgers, GB This wasn't Rodgers' first bad game of the season. Then again, he was facing a healthy and improving New York Jets pass defense. He should do much better against a slipshod Dallas defense this week and a matchup friendly schedule going forward.

Matt Schaub, HOU Expected to put up monster stats in a pass-a-thon with Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub managed just 201 yards, one TD and an interception. Schaub will have better games moving forward, but his inconsistency is scary.

Jonathan Stewart, CAR He had his chance to shine with DeAngelo Williams on the sideline against a beatable St. Louis Rams rush defense. However, Stewart struggled to the tune of 30 yards rushing and no TDs. With DeAngelo likely back this week, Stewart’s stock plunges into the basement once again.

Wes Welker, NE Three catches for 24 yards isn’t exactly what we expected from a guy who fought back so valiantly from injury. Without Randy Moss, we expected Welker to see even more attention from Tom Brady, but the Pats have been spreading the wealth each week, making Welker a fantasy crap-shoot for the time being.

Felix Jones, DAL When news spread that the Cowboys were going to recommit to the run and that Jones would be the primary beneficiary, his fans everywhere rejoiced. But the Cowboys have been downright miserable in all aspects of the game, and Felix’s opportunities continue to dry up like a banana peel on a hot summer day.

Chad Ochocinco, CIN After campaigning hard for the Cincinnati Bengals to bring in Terrell Owens, Ochocinco has seen T.O. cut dramatically into his production. In Week 8, Chad had just 3 catches for 34 yards, and it wasn’t his first disappointing game of the season. He’s not someone you can start with confidence moving forward.

Vernon Davis, SF An ankle injury and inconsistent play on offense limited Davis to one catch for 12 yards. His status for Week 10 has not been determined yet, and considering the long-term questions about the changeover to Troy Smith, Davis is a risky proposition at the moment.

Donald Brown, IND Injuries and ineffective play have dogged the back who was expected to be the next big thing after the departure of Edgerrin James. Without Joseph Addai to dominate carries and cleared to play after a series of injuries, Brown managed just 16 yards rushing, while less-talented Mike Hart stole the show. Brown’s immediate value wasn’t high to begin with, but one has to wonder what his long-range value is starting to become.

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