Stock Performers 2019 week 10
Welcome to the stock report Week 8 edition. Even though there are many great performances and several mediocre performances, the player's stock usually remains the same. Patrick Mahomes is always going to be in the top echelon while Mitchell Trubisky is going to trend toward the bottom. What will be discussed in this and future articles are those players that are rapidly moving up or down based on the athlete's weekly performance. In doing so, hopefully, this will bring more clarity to those on the radar for waiver wire choices, those that need to be bypassed, traded for, or denied.
The Titans are probably wondering why they didn't put Ryan Tannehill much earlier in the season as he has completely blown the doors off anything Marcus Mariota has done. Tannehill did struggle in his first game against the Broncos, but they are tough on quarterbacks ranking third overall in points allowed. Since he has two 300-yard games and six touchdowns comparable to three interceptions in his last three contests. He is as hot as any quarterback in the league right now.
Poor Ryan Fitzpatrick, the guy is either playing at a Hall of Fame level or a guy that should have been out of the league by his third season. Lately, it has been greatness on his side as he got the Dolphins their first victory of the season against the New York Jets. He hasn't gone over 300-yards yet but has tossed seven touchdowns with just three interceptions since being named the starter once again in Week 6. Last week, Fitzpatrick had his best game against the Jets, throwing three touchdowns and 288 yards on 24/36 passing.
The first four games Jamaal Williams was an afterthought. An injury kept him out in Week 5 and then became a go-to feature for the Packers in both the run game and especially in the passing game. Williams has scored in his last four games all by receptions; he also scored on the ground against the Chiefs. Williams has scored double-digit points in his previous four weeks as well. It's unsure how long his outbreak will last, he only has 26 rushing attempts in that time, and Aaron Jones is the clear running back on the team.
Jordan Howard has always been about opportunity. He needs the ball in his hands and will crush his opponents, especially around the goal line, but is inconsistent in putting up fantasy points. However, in the last two weeks Howard has put double-digit points in his previous two-weeks scoring 25 in total against the Bills and Bears. Now, he has a bye-week before facing the Patriots vaunted defense.
The Seattle Seahawks passing offense has nearly been unstoppable, and Tyler Lockett is getting the fruit of its labor from quarterback Russell Wilson. Lockett has double-digit points in the last three games and four of the previous five contests. His game against the Buccaneers was one of the best from any receiver all-season long. Lockett put up 13 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns against the dreadful Buccaneers defense. Last week, Lockett hit the century mark on six receptions, and against the Ravens, his five for 61 and a score put him in double-digits in Week 7. Overall, Lockett has six touchdowns on the season and has scored in five of the nine games played. He is in the top-five in all formats at wide receiver and should continue to roll as long as he remains healthy.
The Buccaneers didn't seem too interested in Mike Evans to start the season. Evans caught six passes for 89 yards and zero touchdowns. In Week 3, he made up for those two lousy weeks when he caught eight passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, then followed that game in Week 4 against the Rams with a 4-89-1 performance, and things looked back to normal. Unfortunately, in Week 5 against the Saints, Evans put up a goose-egg! Evans doesn't like egg on his face and has exploded since then. In the two games played, since their bye-week, Evans has 23 receptions for 378 yards and three scores. What was once looking like a Chris Godwin takeover has dramatically shifted toward Evans.
Kenny Golladay continues to get better. In his third season, Golladay has nearly more touchdowns (7) than his first two seasons combined (8) and is on pace to match his receptions while exceeding his 2018 yardage totals. He has only two games where he didn't hit the double-digit mark, those being against the Eagles and Vikings. Interestingly, Philadelphia is 27th against wide receivers in points allowed while Minnesota is 21st. In three of his last four games, Golladay has gone over the century mark and has scored three touchdowns in two of those while catching 15 passes. He has two tough opponents in Chicago and Dallas in the next two weeks, so he will have a tougher time getting open.
The last two weeks have been personally brutal on the possible future Hall of Fame quarterback. Philip Rivers has only one touchdown and one interception in those two contests. Rivers nearly threw for 300 yards against a tough Packers secondary but put up a goose egg. Overall, he is struggling. Rivers has 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The seven picks is an odd stat for someone who hasn't averaged a pick per game since 2016, but he also had 33 touchdowns that season.
Marlon Mack would serve himself better if he could learn to be a better receiver. Mack gets around 20 carries per game and is sixth overall in total, behind only Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, and Derrick Henry. Mack will add to the passing game, but not more than one reception a game (11-68). The lack of catches makes him touchdown dependent, and he has only four contests of double-digit points out of the eight games played. The results are not bad; however, Mack has not scored more than 12 fantasy points since Week 1. He also hasn't hit the century mark since Week 5 against Kansas City.
It has been a down year for Sony Michel, who showed much promise coming into this season. He does not have one game of 100 yards and has six touchdowns, but three of those occurred in the same game against Washington. Since Michel is very much touchdown reliant as he doesn't catch the ball. He has 11 targets in nine weeks with seven receptions. In the last two weeks, Michel has not reached double-digit points against Cleveland (21-74) and Baltimore (4-18), tallying six total points in total and 14 overall points in three of the last four games.
It has been a while since Michael Gallup's game against the Green Bay Packers (7-113-1) in Week 5. He has played in three games since then and has totaled nine receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown. Now, I'm not the greatest at math, but it seems to me that Gallup has just two more catches, one more yard, and an equal number of touchdowns in three contests that he does in one. Gallup does have two lackluster defenses against the pass in Minnesota and Detroit. Hopefully, he can capitalize.