Daily Fantasy Football November 2: DFS Stock Up, Stock Down
Although Sunday started like any normal weekend of NFL action, injuries quickly became the biggest storyline—and they affected daily fantasy football stocks, too.
Four of the most reliable producers are expected to miss some time, but only two of them have DFS-worthy replacements filling in.
Additionally, a consistent contributor in previous years who had encountered a tough start in 2015 reminded fantasy enthusiasts why he's a top option.
Performance on Sunday was the main factor in compiling the list, which has a heavy focus on those dastardly injuries. Use this information as an early research tool for Week 9 on DraftKings.
Stock Up: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Though fantasy owners were waiting on a breakout performance from Drew Brees, a record-breaking outing certainly wasn't the expectation.
He hadn't thrown more than two touchdowns in the previous six games, but the New Orleans Saints quarterback tied an NFL single-game mark with seven scores.
Brees completed 40 of 50 passes and finished with 511 yards, racking up 50.54 DFS points.
Only 3.2 percent of Millionaire Maker participants had him on their team. It's safe to predict that number will rise when the Saints take on the Tennessee Titans next week.
Stock Down: Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
What a disappointing afternoon for Fitzmagic.
Ryan Fitzpatrick seemed ready for a massive game, going up against a mediocre Oakland Raiders pass defense. However, the New York Jets gunslinger injured his thumb on the opening possession.
Quarterbacks need both hands to do their job, and he was clearly in pain when he temporarily filled in for Geno Smith during the final frame. After seeing that, it wasn't a surprise he was standing on the sideline. Fitzpatrick completed four of five passes for 46 yards.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News said Fitzpatrick will undergo an MRI on Monday. If the test shows negative results, Fitzpatrick will miss an appealing matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Stock Up: DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
An injury to Le'Veon Bell surely wasn't how DeAngelo Williams wanted to rejoin the rotation, but that's football.
Bell, who had posted four games of 17 points or more in five appearances, left Sunday's clash against the Cincinnati Bengals after a scary injury. His leg bent underneath Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and the immediate fear was an ACL tear.
Williams is the next man up. During the two contests he started earlier in 2015 plus Sunday, Williams averaged 20.1 points. His stock is surging, even if only temporarily.
Stock Down: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is one of the NFL's most consistent running backs, and his durability is a significant contributor to that status. The Chicago Bears standout has only missed five games during his eight-year career.
That number may rise, however.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox (h/t Mike Garafolo, Fox), Chicago believes Forte avoided an ACL tear but sustained an MCL injury.
Rookie Jeremy Langford is the backup, but his DFS stock will simply be monitored because he's not a proven player like Williams. Forte's value, on the other hand, is dropping until a report suggests it shouldn't.
Stock Up: Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd took advantage of some extra targets that were the result of injuries to Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green as well as poor coaching.
Plus, the Chargers are (foolishly) insistent on running Melvin Gordon behind a short-handed and ineffective offensive line, and the rookie isn't a pass-catching threat like Danny Woodhead. The targets have to go somewhere.
Floyd snagged four passes for 92 yards and scored twice during San Diego's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. If his teammates aren't healthy, Floyd will be an important piece of a pass-happy offense in Week 9.
Watch for injury updates (Allen and Gates) as well as possible schematic adjustments (Gordon and Woodhead) to determine whether or not Floyd is worth a start.
Stock Down: Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens
We can only hope the accompanying picture isn't the final graphic of an illustrious career.
Steve Smith Sr. tore his Achilles and is out for the season, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced after their game Sunday.
At 36 years young, the tenacious receiver had a legitimate chance to tally 100 receptions as the conclusion to his 15 NFL seasons. Instead, Smith must decide if 2015 is truly the final year of his career.
Smith's DFS stock is gone, but hopefully his playing days aren't over.
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