Fantasy Football: 2010 NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up to Week 9

Allen KimSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2010

Fantasy Football: 2010 NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up to Week 9

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 31: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions scores a second quarter touchdown as DeAngelo Hall #23 and Lorenzo Alexander #97 of the Washington Redskins attempt tp make the stop at Ford Field on October 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Pho
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    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 is the time to add some, trade for others, or cut ties completely, as Week 9 of the NFL season approaches.

    Archives: Week 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Stock Up

    David Garrard, JAC

    Garrard continued the trend this season by torching the Cowboys' defense to the tune of 260 yards and four touchdowns.

    Not content to see his teammates cross the goal line so many times, he decided to join the party and rush in for a touchdown himself.

    Garrard was extremely efficient as he completed 17 of the 21 passes he threw. David also posted a 157.8 QB rating.

    Matt Stafford, DET

    Matt finally returned to action after missing nearly half the season, and he showed absolutely no rust.

    Coach Schwartz sure wasn't afraid to unleash his second-year signal-caller as the Lions threw 46 times. While Stafford missed a good amount of his throws, he still hooked up with his receivers four times for touchdowns.

    Drew Brees, NO

    Brees played a poor first half against the Steelers.

    But when push came to shove, he delivered for his team.

    Drew finished the game with 305 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. This is a nice reprieve from last week's four-interception game.

    Philip Rivers, SD

    Rivers has thrown for 2,649 yards through the first eight games of the season.

    That is a NFL record, and he's currently on pace to throw for 5,297 yards for the year.

    Even with Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee out, and Vincent Jackson missing most of the season, Rivers has found a way to get the job done.

    Jason Campbell, OAK

    Campbell has led a resurgence in Oakland, as the Raiders have scored 92 points in the last two games.

    Campbell threw for 305 yards and two scores. This is the second week that his QB rating has topped the 120 mark.

    Coach Cable claims Gradkowski is still the Raiders' starting quarterback. But with Jason playing so well, he has to at least consider Campbell for the starting position.

    Plus, Cable is hard to take at his word, so you never know what may happen. And the Crypt Keeper—Al Davis—may just intervene here.

    Stock Down:

    Donovan McNabb, WAS

    McNabb actually posted decent numbers—210 yards, a touchdown and 45 rushing yards—on Sunday.

    But coach Shanahan made a perplexing decision, as he benched Donovan in favor of Rex Grossman on a potential game-winning drive.

    Rex would go on to fumble almost immediately. And that turnover would end up being returned for a touchdown, essentially putting the game out of reach.

    McNabb hasn't thrown more than one touchdown in a game all year, and his benching is anything but a vote of confidence. 

    Mark Sanchez, NYJ

    Mark was horrible against the Packers, as he couldn't get anything going all game long.

    He threw for 256 yards with a measly 42.1-completion percentage. On top of that, he threw two interceptions.

    After a strong start to the season, Sanchez is showing why he was voted as one of the most overrated players in the NFL.

    Matt Hasselbeck, SEA

    Matt was pitiful on Sunday against the Raiders.

    He threw for 160 yards and a pick as the Seahawks' offense was completely inept. His 40.6-completion percentage surely didn't help his cause.

    Brett Favre, MIN

    On top of his ailing ankle and elbow injury, the NFL's iron man was anything but.

    He took a brutal hit to the jaw that took him out of the game and his consecutive games-played streak is in jeopardy for next week.

    Matt Moore, CAR

    Matt's return to the QB position last week was a surprise success.

    But he followed that up with a dud, showing why he was benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen early in the season. He couldn't even top 200 yards, as he was held to 194 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

    Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

    Ben put the game out of reach for the Steelers, as he threw a pick in the final two minutes of the game that sealed their fate.

    He failed to top 200 yards for the game, as he posted a 66.8 QB rating.

    A botched call by the referees saved the Steelers from a loss last week as Ben has made crucial errors in the closing minutes of each game.

    Chad Henne, MIA

    Even though the Dolphins managed to win the game against the Bengals, they did this behind the leg of their kicker and not the arm of their quarterback.

    Chad only threw for 217 yards and had one of his throws picked off by the Bengals. This is the same defense that was absolutely torched by Matt Ryan and the Falcons the week before.

    Henne has three tough matchups coming up, and it shouldn't surprise anyone if his production mirrors that of his line on Sunday.

Running Back

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Jamaal Charles, KC

    Jamaal essentially put the team on his back and carried them to a victory.

    On 22 rushes, he ran for 177 yards and caught four passes for 61 yards. He led his team in both rushing and receiving.

    Charles has a relatively soft schedule the rest of the way. It appears that he's primed to destroy opponents much like he did in the second half of last season.

    If you can trade for him at a reasonable price, now may be your only opportunity. If you own him, hold onto him and enjoy the ride.

    LeGarrette Blount, TB

    Blount has officially taken over the starting RB position in Tampa Bay.

    He ran for 120 yards and crossed the goal line twice.

    If he's somehow still on your waiver wire, you need to pick him up A.S.A.P.

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE

    The law firm of BJGE ran through the Vikings' stout run defense to the tune of 112 yards and two touchdowns.

    This was a career high for him, and he received nearly triple the amount of carries that Danny Woodhead had.

    Green-Ellis may have officially planted himself as the feature running back on the Patriots' prolific offense. He's reached paydirt in five straight games. With Cleveland up next, he should be able to extend his streak to six.

    Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC

    MJD failed to get a touchdown against the Cowboys, but he ran for a season-high 135 yards.

    Maurice has posted strong numbers in back-to-back games and this may be a sign of things to come as the Jaguars head into their bye week.

    Stock Down:

    Cadillac Williams, TB

    It looks like the wheels have fallen off for Cadillac.

    He has been demoted to backup running back and his days of double-digit rushing attempts appear to be over.

    Williams has received only four rushing attempts in his last two games and Blount seems to be firmly entrenched as the lead back.

    Jahvid Best, DET

    Best posted 79 yards from scrimmage. It was troubling to see Kevin Smith get a lot of touches in the second half.

    Jahvid has been in a free fall since his Week 2 explosion and his turf toe may have a lot to do with that.

    Felix Jones, DAL

    With an enticing matchup against the Jaguars, Felix only got 11 touches and did little with each of them.

    He put up 36 yards from scrimmage, and this is the third week in a row he has underperformed.

    With Green Bay and the Giants coming up, Felix should be relegated to your bench.

    Jon Stewart, CAR

    Sitting behind DeAngelo Williams on the depth chart, Stewart has been patiently waiting to take on an expanded role in the offense.

    Stewart received 14 carries and managed to only run for 30 yards.

    Steven Jackson, STL

    After three straight weeks of 100-plus yard rushing performances, Jackson was bottled up against the Panthers.

    He couldn't find any room to run, as he gained only 59 yards on 23 rushes—a 2.6 yards-per-attempt average.

    Steven comes off the Week 9 bye facing two tough rushing defenses in San Francisco and Atlanta.

    Cedric Benson, CIN

    Benson was held to 81 total yards from scrimmage against Miami. And he has failed to reach the end zone since Week 3.

    It doesn't help that he has only topped the century-mark one time this season after hitting that mark seven times last year.

    With Pittsburgh's suffocating defense up next, Benson is in for another subpar outing.

Wide Receiver

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 31:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on October 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Redski
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    Calvin Johnson, DET

    With Stafford back behind center, Calvin finally has a competent QB to throw him the ball.

    He had nine receptions that went for 101 yards and three touchdowns.

    Calvin showed off his freakish combination of strength and athleticism on this touchdown here. Watch and be amazed.

    Brandon Lloyd, DEN

    After two average showings, Brandon posted a huge line against the 49ers with 169 receiving yards and a touchdown.

    This is the exact sort of game to instill confidence back in owners who have been waiting for him to break out once again.

    Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

    Frustrated owners finally got some production out of Larry, as he caught four balls for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

    Derek Anderson may not be a good quarterback, but he's certainly better for Larry's fantasy prospects.

    Steve Breaston, ARI

    Breaston blew up against the Buccaneers, as he caught eight balls for 147 yards.

    Steve was targeted 11 times, and that should only give owners confidence about his future prospects.

    Much like Fitzgerald, Breaston's production should only increase with Anderson behind center and his ailing knee injury behind him.

    Nate Washington, TEN

    Nate erupted on Sunday, as he caught four passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.

    His longest reception went for 71 yards, as he was the focal point of the Titans' offense.

    With Britt out for what is expected to be an extended period of time, Washington's prospects only look brighter.

    Washington has a tough matchup against Miami out of the bye. But then he has the Redskins, Texans and Jaguars after that.

    Miles Austin, DAL

    Kitna may not be the death knell of Miles Austin, after all.

    Miles caught seven balls for 117 yards with a long reception of 35 yards.

    Mike Sims-Walker, JAC

    Sims-Walker—like the rest of the Jaguars offense—exploded on Sunday, as he topped the century mark and hauled in a touchdown.

    His 153 yards were by far the highest of the season. While he has been mostly a bust, he does have a touchdown in two straight games.

    Houston and Cleveland are up next after the bye, and his streak may continue.

    Brandon Tate, NE

    Tate finally posted his first productive game of the post-Moss era in New England, as he caught three balls for 101 yards.

    He showed his speed on a 65-yard reception that went for a touchdown, and he may finally be the deep threat the Patriots have lacked since losing Moss.

    Anthony Armstrong, WAS

    Armstrong may be a relatively-unknown commodity, but he has emerged as the Redskins deep threat.

    He caught three balls for 92 yards, and McNabb should continue to look for him downfield.

    Stock Down

    Roy Williams, DAL

    Either Kitna has some sort of grudge against Roy, or they just don't have any chemistry.

    Roy was completely overlooked in the Cowboys' Week 8 thrashing.

    Donald Driver, GB

    Driver has gone two straight weeks without a single catch.

    His injury appears to be more serious than everyone initially thought, and his status will have to be carefully monitored over the next few weeks.

    Randy Moss, MIN

    Anticipation was running high prior to Randy's return to Gillette Stadium against his former team, but Moss was a complete non-factor.

    He was targeted only two times, and he managed to catch only one of those balls for eight yards.

    If Favre is out and Tarvaris takes over behind center, expect more duds like he posted in Week 8.

    David Gettis, CAR

    It appears that Gettis is a one-week wonder.

    He failed to corral in a single catch, and the one touch that he did get—a rushing attempt—went for an 11-yard loss.

    Brandon Marshall, MIA

    The rollercoaster ride continues for Brandon Marshall.

    Aside from a Week 3 and Week 6 explosion, Marshall has been anything but consistent.

    The last two weeks, Brandon has posted back-to-back sub-65 yard games.

    Marshall is facing some tough matchups over the next couple of weeks. If Henne doesn't get on the same page with his receiver, it would be best to temper expectations.

    Kenny Britt, TEN

    Britt went crazy last week, as he posted a career-high 225 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

    However, he went down to injury early on in the Titans' loss to the Chargers, and he's expected to miss at least a couple of games. Anytime a player says he heard a "pop" when he was injured, that is usually a very bad thing.

    Chad Ochocinco, CIN

    As usual, Chad's mouth did all the talking, as he had another poor outing.

    Chad showed signs of life last week, as he broke the 100-yard mark and caught a touchdown. But he came back down to earth this week, catching only three balls for 34 yards.

Tight End

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers outruns line backer Will Witherspoon #92 of the Tennessee Titans for a touchdown in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Char
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    Antonio Gates, SD

    Gates' injury appears to be a non-issue.

    He tore through the Titans, as he obliterated them by catching five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

    If you drafted Gates, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the absurd numbers he should continue to produce.

    Jason Witten, DAL

    Witten was one of the few bright spots in the disaster that took place in Dallas.

    Witten caught 10 balls for 97 yards and the lone receiving touchdown thrown by Jon Kitna.

    Marcedes Lewis, JAC

    Lewis caught only two passes on Sunday, but they both went for touchdowns against the Cowboys.

    One went for 42 yards and another for nine.

    Garrard clearly has a strong rapport with Marcedes. As long as David is playing competently, look for Lewis to continue to produce.

    Stock Down:

    Heath Miller, PIT

    Miller posted a solid line in Week 6, but his production has taken a serious hit in the last two weeks.

    Facing the Saints last night, Miller only caught two passes for 39 yards. On top of that, in crunch time, he lost a fumble that would be the turning point of the game. The Saints would take advantage of the field position and score to put the game out of reach.

    Chris Cooley, WAS

    Cooley started the season strong, showing a strong rapport with his new QB, Donovan McNabb.

    However, he's been very average over the course of the last four weeks, as he has failed to cross the goal line.

    Washington has a tough schedule coming out of its bye next week, so owners can only hope that Cooley and McNabb use the break to get on the same page.

    Zach Miller, OAK

    Even with Jason Campbell firing on all cylinders, Miller failed to make any sort of impact against the Seahawks.

    He only caught one ball for eight yards. And his production with Campbell under center looks like it will continue to be a rollercoaster.

Defense/Special Teams

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers tackles LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated  the Jets 9 - 0.  (P
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    Green Bay

    Green Bay completely shut down the Jets, as it pitched a shutout against one of the best teams in the AFC.

    The Packers forced two fumbles and they picked off and sacked Sanchez twice.

    St. Louis Rams

    Once considered to be a joke, the Rams' defense is on the path to respectability under the guidance of coach Steve Spagnuolo.

    The Rams held the Panthers to 201 total yards of offense. They also forced two fumbles, they caught three of Matt Moore's passing attempts and sacked him three times.

    Oakland Raiders

    The Raiders defense held the Seahawks to three points and 162 total yards of offense.

    They got into the backfield and sacked Hasselbeck eight times. Oakland also forced a fumble and picked off Hasselbeck.

    New Orleans Saints

    After giving up 30 points in a loss to the Cleveland Browns last week, the Saints' defense held the Steelers offense to 10 points.

    They picked off Big Ben once and sacked him three times.

    Also, in crunch time, when it looked like the Steelers were going to march downfield, the Saints' defense forced a fumble on Heath Miller that setup another scoring drive.

    Stock Down:

    Minnesota Vikings

    Minnesota's defense could do nothing to stop the Brady-led Patriots' offense.

    Its famed rushing defense gave up a combined 125 rushing yards to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead.

    In the last four weeks, teams have scored a minimum of 21 points against the Vikings and their season appears to be all but over.

    Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys' season is already over, but they really shot themselves in the foot in a loss to the Jaguars.

    Anytime you make David Garrard look like Aaron Rodgers, then you know your defense is pitiful. Garrard accounted for all five of the Jaguars touchdowns and the Cowboys gave up 35 points, as the Jaguars had their way with them.