Fantasy Football: 2010 NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up to Week 11

Allen KimSenior Analyst INovember 16, 2010

Fantasy Football: 2010 NFL Player Stock Market Watch Leading Up to Week 11

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a break past Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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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 11 of the NFL season approaches.

    Archives: Week 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10


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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Stock Up:

    Michael Vick, PHI

    Vick continued his assault on opposing defenses with a dominant performance in Washington last night.

    Michael threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns. On top of that, he ran for 80 yards and crossed the goal-line himself twice.

    The game was a blowout early on, and it's certainly encouraging for fantasy owners see him in the game so late.

    Vick is playing out of his mind and he will easily garner MVP consideration when all is said and done.

    Matt Ryan, ATL

    In the first Thursday night game of the season, Ryan had a tough matchup against the Baltimore defense.

    In spite of this, Ryan threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. This was the first time he went over 300 yards this season. He even orchestrated the game-winning drive and touchdown.

    Atlanta has a soft schedule over the second half of the season and efforts like this may become a regular occurrence.

    Matt Cassel, KC

    Even though most of Cassel's production came in garbage time when Denver was blowing the Chiefs out, Matt did throw for 469 yards and four touchdowns. That type of production is nothing to scoff at and the Chiefs have some soft matchups coming up.

    Tom Brady, NE

    After getting stomped by the Cleveland Browns last week, Brady led the Patriots in a bounce back effort against the imposing Steelers defense.

    Brady went over 300 passing yards for the first time this season and found the end zone three times for the first time since Week 3.

    Continuing the trend of recording firsts, Brady even rushed for his first touchdown.

    This is the sort of production owners expected when they drafted him this season. His schedule isn't all that easy for the second half, but the fact that he manhandled the Steelers is a good sign.

    Troy Smith, SF

    Smith may not be putting up eye popping numbers with only a single touchdown recorded in each of his starts, he seems to be developing chemistry with his receivers. He went for 196 passing yards in his first game to 356 in his last.

    Troy has led the 49ers to two straight wins and it looks like he's the Smith that should've been starting all along.

    With Tampa Bay and Arizona up next, Troy's prospects only look better.

    David Garrard, JAC

    Garrard, who started the season on shaky ground, had yet another strong performance. David went over 300 passing yards for the first time this year and recorded two scores while rushing for 35 yards.

    Stock Down:

    Brett Favre, MIN

    After recording a career high in passing yards last week, Favre fell apart against the Chicago Bears. He only threw for 170 yards while losing a fumble and recording three interceptions.

    The injuries are mounting up and things get tougher with Green Bay up next.

    Until Sidney Rice is healthy and taking snaps, Favre's future prospects are looking bleak.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF

    Fitzpatrick has been on a hot streak since getting the starting job in Week 3. He came back down to earth last week and things only got worse on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

    Plenty of owners saw the juicy matchup only to get burned. Ryan threw for a measly 146 yards and one score.

    This was not the sort of production owners expected when they started him against Detroit.

    Things don't get any easier for the Bills as they have a brutal schedule down the stretch.

Running Back

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Stock Up:

    Fred Jackson, BUF

    Apparently, Fred Jackson was the only player to show up on the Bills offense. He single-handedly led the team to a victory.

    Jackson went over the century mark with 133 rushing yards while recording six catches for 37 receiving yards. He broke the goal-line twice with one rushing and one receiving touchdown too.

    Fred Jackson's stock will never be higher with a tough upcoming schedule, so this will probably be the best time to unload him.

    Felix Jones, DAL

    Felix Jones found his way to the waiver wire in many leagues after four straight weeks of sub-35 rushing yard performances.

    Well, he'll be a hot add after he ran for 51 yards and caught three balls for 85 yards and a touchdown against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.

    Knowshon Moreno, DEN

    Moreno went for 106 rushing yards with three receptions going for another 50 yards and a touchdown.

    Aside from two meetings with the Chargers, Moreno is up against some soft defenses.

    If you have him, hold onto him. He has a cakewalk of a playoff schedule and he can lead you to the promised land. If you don't, you can only hope he has an ineffective game next week against San Diego before you can try and get him on the cheap.

    Jamaal Charles, KC

    Jamaal bounced back from a relatively poor performance last week.

    Charles didn't find much running room, rushing for only 41 yards. However, he did have five receptions that went for 80 yards and a touchdown.

    The Chiefs next two opponents—Arizona and Seattle—should have owners drooling.

    Keiland Williams, WAS

    Keiland started the game as the backup, but played like the starter. He managed 89 rushing yards on 16 carries and found the end zone twice.

    Williams and the Redskins backfield will be a situation to monitor with Clinton Portis set to return. But Keiland is at least worth a speculative waiver wire add if he's still available.

    Jerome Harrison, PHI

    Harrison had his first productive game of the year by breaking the century mark and reaching the endzone for two more firsts of the season.

    He split carries with LeSean McCoy and he may see an expanded role in the offense going forward after his wild 50 yard touchdown run.

    Shonn Greene, NYJ

    Greene didn't have a huge day with only 72 rushing yards, but the 20 carries is a great sign for his output over the final stretch of games.

    The Jets will look to keep Tomlinson healthy and Shonn should see a healthy dose of touches over the remaining weeks of the season.

    Stock Down:

    Jahvid Best, DET

    39 total yards on 21 touches

    Against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers abysmal defense, expectations were running high for his fantasy prospects.

    Best was bottled up and managed only 39 total yards from scrimmage on 21 total touches.

    Cedric Benson, CIN
    Facing the Colts weak rush defense, Benson was expected to have a big day.

    Instead, Benson managed only a paltry 24 yards on 14 rushing attempts. He did manage five receptions with 27 receiving yards, but this performance is unacceptable against the Colts.

    It didn't help that he lost a fumble too.

Wide Receiver

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs welcomes his teammates onto the field for warm ups as they face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-
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    Stock Up:

    Dwayne Bowe, KC

    While most of Bowe's production came in garbage time, this is fantasy football. You take whatever points you can get, and Bowe sure did provide plenty.

    Dwyane had 13 receptions for a whopping 186 yards and two scores.

    Bowe has quietly turned from early season bust into fantasy savior over the last five weeks. His touchdown streak is now at five games and counting.

    Calvin Johnson, DET

    After getting completely bottled up on Revis Island last week, Calvin came back with a monster game against the Bills.

    Megatron caught 10 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.

    Don't worry about Shaun Hill behind center. Hill knows the key to the Lions' offense: throw the ball to Calvin.

    Jeremy Maclin, PHI

    After two sub-par outings, Maclin returned to life with a 79 receiving yards and a touchdown. He caught an amazing deep ball from Vick that went for 48 yards in the Eagles spanking of the Redskins.

    The Eagles have a tough schedule for the second half, but with Vick playing out of his mind, there's no need to worry about the Eagles offense.

    Dez Bryant, DAL

    Bryant is slowly creeping into the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    Dez absolutely abused Terrell Thomas for four quarters.

    It's obvious that Kitna has strong chemistry with the rookie. In the four games since getting his first start, Kitna has connected with Bryant 23 times for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

    The Cowboys are out of contention and it looks like they're going to give Bryant as much run as possible.

    Mike Thomas, JAC

    While a third of Mike Thomas' yardage came from a desperation hail mary play as the clock was expiring, you won't find anyone but the Houston Texans complaining.

    Thomas recorded 149 receiving yards and a touchdown. He has a touchdown in two straight and he may continue that streak next week against the Browns.

    Mike Williams, SEA

    After getting shut down by the Giants last week and by the Raiders the week before, Williams returned to relevance with a career high 145 receiving yards against the Arizona Cardinals.

    Chad Ochocinco, CIN

    The reports of Chad's demise may have been premature. He recorded his third touchdown of the season and his first since Week 7.

    Chad even led the team in receiving yards with 86, and was second in receptions with seven.

    Facing Buffalo next week, Chad may actually have respectable performances in back-to-back games. If he puts up strong numbers next week, my recommendation would be to cut ties with the reality show diva and find a better option at wide receiver.

    Michael Crabtree, SF

    Who would've that that Troy Smith behind center was the answer to the 49ers offensive woes.

    Crabtree turned in his second consecutive strong performance with four receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.

    Michael has four touchdowns in his last five games and with Tampa Bay and Arizona on the plate next, Crabtree could extend his touchdown streak to four straight games.

    Stock Down:

    Randy Moss, TEN

    Now on his third team in this season alone, Moss has been arguably the biggest bust of the 2010 season.

    Against a Miami defense that has been getting abused lately, Moss managed to only catch one ball for 26 yards.

    Vince Young is set to return to signal-calling duties, so it is unknown how the two will pan out, For now, if you own him, you can't really do much but hope that he develops some solid chemistry with Young.

    Reggie Wayne, IND

    While Reggie is having a solid season, he has not put up the type of production expected out of Peyton Manning's No. 1 target. Wayne only has three touchdowns on the year and only broke the century mark once.

    With all the injuries facing the Colts, defenses will continue to focus on taking him out of the game. Cincinnati did just that, limiting Reggie to three receptions and 34 receiving yards.

    The Colts have a tough schedule coming up, but a fairly favorable playoff schedule. If you can withstand the storm and make it into the playoffs, he may eventually pay off. After all, Peyton Manning is throwing him the ball.

    Pierre Garcon, IND

    The Colts have been hit with a serious case of the injury bug, and Garcon was expected to step up and take on a bigger role in the offense.

    Apparently Pierre didn't get the memo as he's been held out of the end zone in three straight and he hasn't had a strong game since Week 6.

    Sunday was no different as he recorded only five receptions and 37 receiving yards.

Tight End

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    Stock Up:

    Rob Gronkowski, NE

    Rob doubled his touchdown total for the season in one game against the Steelers. He caught five passes for 72 yards, with three of those receptions going for touchdowns.

    Gronkowski may have fully supplanted rookie sensation, Aaron Hernandez, atop the depth chart.

    Jermaine Gresham, CIN

    Gresham led the Bengals with nine receptions and was just one yard short of tying Chad Ochocinco for yards in the team's loss to the Colts.

    This was a welcome performance from the rookie as he hasn't had a meaningful performance since Week 5.

    Stock Down:

    Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN

    With Favre showing some of his age, Shiancoe turned in a poor performance after showing signs of life last week. He had four receptions for 29 yards and failed to get into the end zone.

    Tony Gonzalez, ATL

    Tony's up and down season continues as he failed to turn in yet another meaningful performance.

    Matt Ryan easily had his best game of the season and Tony was not a part of it.

Defense/Special Teams

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14:  Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball after catching and is tackled by Dwight Freeney #91 and Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14, 2010 i
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    Stock Up:

    Chicago Bears

    In a big divisional showdown with the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears defense stepped up and bottled up the entire Vikings offense.

    The unit only gave up 13 points and they picked off Favre three times while forcing and recovering a fumble.

    Indianapolis Colts

    The Colts' defense recorded three sacks, two fumble recoveries and picked off Carson Palmer three times. One of which was taken back to the house for a pick six.

    Dallas Cowboys

    After getting stomped by the Jaguars last week, the Cowboys held their own against the Giants potent offense. The team had a pick six and forced Eli into another interception late in the game.

    Stock Down:

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers were abused by a resurgent Tom Brady led attack. The Steelers defense gave up a season high of 30 points.

    New York Giants

    Facing an embattled Cowboys team, the Giants were expected to dismantle their division rival. Instead, Dallas came to life under new head coach Jason Garrett and soundly beat the Giants 33-20.

    The defense was unable to get any important stops as the Cowboys put up 27 points on them.