In the first edition of the Stock Watch, we take a look at some names that are becoming relevant in fantasyland. Will Seyi Ajirotutu sustain value after his amazing performance? Can Brandon Jackson capitalize on his best game as a Packer? Let's dive into all those pertinent and pressing issues as well as check in with some other fantasy contributors around the league
Peyton Hillis, RB CLE
The Browns absolutely stole Hillis from the Broncos this offseason in exchange for QB Brady Quinn. His seven touchdowns place him third in the league in that category and his dominating personal performance against the Patriots last week should be a clear indicator that his contributions will not subside anytime soon. With a very manageable schedule for the rest of the season, fantasy football owners should feel comfortable riding along with the power back out of Arkansas.
Jacob Tamme, TE IND
Tamme has surprised just about everyone with his standout play over the last two weeks. The Kentucky product has shown many of the same skills and abilities that made Dallas Clark such a valuable weapon for Peyton Manning. With two touchdowns over his last two contests, Tamme has emerged as a legitimate starter in a thin crop of talent.
Jacoby Ford, WR OAK
Invisible for the majority of the first half of the season, Ford exploded in Week 9 for 148 yards and a return touchdown. Showing that he’s more than just a deep threat, Ford made several highlight catches and has seemed to earn the trust of the coaching staff. He could very easily find himself to be an integral part of the passing game moving forward.
Steve Johnson, WR BUF
Johnson has materialized as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s No. 1 option and has flourished in his newfound role. His six receiving touchdowns have him sitting tied for fourth in the league, and his 41 catches have fantasy football owners believing strongly in him. A legitimate WR2, Johnson doesn’t appear to fall off anytime soon.
Josh Freeman, QB TB
Freeman has quietly become a very strong signal-caller in his second season. Throwing for increased yardage and effectively limiting his turnovers, Freeman has become a viable starter in most fantasy football formats and should hold value throughout the season.
Seyi Ajirotutu, WR SD
Filling in admirably and effectively last week in the depleted San Diego receiving corps, Ajirotutu found himself on the scoring end of two Phillip Rivers deep balls and had a monster week. With San Diego going into their bye week, many of the Chargers ailing receiving options appear to be getting an extra week at just the right time and that will prove to dampen Ajirotutu’s value quite a bit.
James Jones, WR (GB)
Jones is another WR who took full advantage of an opportunity presented to him in Week 9. With Donald Driver inactive for the game against the Cowboys, Jones stepped in alongside Greg Jennings and had a phenomenal day. With eight grabs for a total of 123 yards and a touchdown, Jones was among the most prolific contributors of the day, but his value will prove to be very fleeting.
Brandon Jackson, RB (GB)
After every fantasy football owner in the world rushed to scoop him up once Ryan Grant was placed on IR, Jackson was a colossal disappointment. He still isn’t rushing for copious amounts of yardage, but the Packers have gotten him more involved in the passing game. After his decent performance last week, there’s no better time to sell high.
Dwayne Bowe, WR (KC)
Bowe has been maddeningly inconsistent this season despite putting up some very respectful overall numbers. Bowe has been up and down all season and hasn’t caught more than six balls in any contest, but his seven touchdowns are extremely impressive. With more name value than actual value, move him while you can.
Bernard Berrian, WR (Min)
Bernard Berrian is a former standout WR who fell out of favor in Minnesota and lost playing time early in the season, but after the sudden departure of Randy Moss he was thrust back into the lineup and became a factor again.
Berrian’s true value for the rest of the season will correspond directly with Sidney Rice and his recovery from offseason hip surgery. All accounts out of Minneapolis seem to paint a glowing picture of Rice’s first couple weeks back at practice and indications are that he will return to the lineup in the next few weeks. Try and ship him off to a Sidney Rice owner as a handcuff of sorts and hope for a nice return.
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