Stock Performers 2019 week 11
Welcome to the stock report Week 11 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 rookie quarterback has had a lot of ups and downs since taking over for Eli Manning in Week 3 against the Buccaneers when he put up four scores and 336 yards passing. Daniel Jones then went on a downturn, putting up a four-to-seven touchdown to interception ratio. His last three games have him back in the driver's seat, getting his team in the end zone four times against the Lions and Jets while adding one versus the Cowboys. Equally as impressive has been his interception total, only one.
The Cowboys signal-caller has been very impressive the last three weeks against teams like the Eagles (23 Fantasy Total Points), Giants (28 FTP), and Vikings (33 FTP). Dak Prescott has also given headaches to the Redskins and Dolphins. Prescott was also a stand out against the tough Packers secondary throwing for two touchdowns and 463 yards sans the two interceptions. He is having a great year demoralizing these creampuffs for 2777 yards 21 total touchdowns and nine interceptions. Enough to put him as the fourth-highest point-getter as a quarterback.
It isn't very often that the bruising running back will explode on the point sheet. Derrick Henry offers very little to the passing game, and it cements his ceiling. Henry needs yards and touchdowns, and that is what he has gotten the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, against the soft Panthers run defense, Henry cruised for 63 yards on 13 carries and scored once. However, he did add three catches for 36 yards and another score. His air yards were the most this season outside that 75-yard touchdown against the Browns in Week 1. Last week, Henry dominated the Chiefs defense, putting up 188 yards on 23 carries while scoring twice, making it the third game he has hit double-digit points in four weeks.
Out of the gate, Melvin Gordon struggled due to being away from the game for his holdout, but it seems as though he is getting his footing back. Gordon has scored in four straight games, five total touchdowns while adding 219 yards on 50 carries and catching eight passes for 57 yards during that time. Gordon also has two consecutive weeks of 20 plus carries
No secret who the best rookie running back has been this season, and that is Josh Jacobs. He has hit the century mark in ground yards three times this season and twice in four games. Against the Lions, he scored twice while putting up 120 yards, and last Thursday he scored on the Chargers while adding 71 yards, catching three passes for 30 additional yards. Jacobs does have good hands and should be utilized in the passing game more, and that may already be in the Raiders plans. In the first five games, he caught four balls on eight targets, while in his last four contests, he has eight receptions on 12 targets. Jacobs also has scored double-digits in four of his previous five games.
It seems like long ago that Amari Cooper was floundering in the Oakland Raiders offense. However, he has always been inconsistent; Cooper has been a massive part of the Cowboys passing game and Prescott's number one weapon. In nine games played, just twice has Cooper not put up double digits. However, his schedule has been very kind to him, but he is making it show with three 100+ days receiving and a 226- yard game against the Packers. On the season, he has 53 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns, putting him fourth among all receivers. In the last two-weeks, Cooper has caught two touchdowns and 227 yards on 15 catches, exposing both the Giants and Vikings defenses.
The Cleveland Browns offense shouldn't be sputtering to the ground, but that is what is transpiring. Jarvis Landry (45-652-2) has been the best receiver on the team, nudging out Odell Beckham (44-632-1) in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. That wasn't supposed to happen either. In the last two weeks, Landry has 15 receptions on 23 targets for 148 yards and two scores. In these two-weeks (33 FTP), he has nearly outproduced six weeks of total production (36 FTP). In the midst, he had an excellent game versus the Ravens defense catching eight passes for 167 yards, his only contest where he has gone over the century mark.
Jamison Crowder, as with the rest of the Jets offense was in a free-fall when Sam Darnold went out with Mononucleosis. Crowder caught 14 passes for 99 yards in Week 1 then dropped off with just eight catches for 75-yards in three games after that. Since Week 6, Darnold's return, Crowder has 26 catches 312 yards and two scores. Those two touchdowns have come in back-to-back games and with it 13 receptions for 164 yards.
The first five games of the season Kyle Rudolph became non-existent in the Vikings offense catching six passes for 36 yards on just eight targets. However, he has sprung back to life in the last five contests, with 18 receptions for 138 yards and four touchdowns on 22 targets. Rudolph has scored in three of his last four matchups, including twice last week against the Cowboys while pulling down four passes for 14 yards. In those three of four weeks, he has double-digit points and is making a push to be a top-ten tight end once again.
A vital cog in the Los Angeles Chargers offense, it looked bleak when he was injured for a month when Hunter Henry injured suffered a tibial plateau fracture to his left knee. Since returning he has shown why he is such an essential piece to that offense. Four games he has scored in double-digits, he has hit the century mark and has scored three times in five games, two of those against the Steelers. Henry has had three contests of four or more catches (8,6,7) and has 33 receptions for 418 yards and three scores on the season and has the eighth-most fantasy points for tight ends.
No matter how old Aaron Rodgers gets, he continues to produce at a high-level. He may not be a top-five quarterback anymore, but he is not far behind. Unfortunately, half of his 219 fantasy points in six-point touchdown leagues have come in three games. Rodgers has had clunkers against the Bears, Broncos, Cowboys, Chargers, and Panthers, tallying 61 total points. In his last two contests he has put up just 394 yards and only one touchdown. Overall, Rodgers is fifth in yards and eighth in getting in the end zone (225/347-2718-18-2).
Baker Mayfield's sloppy play has put more men in the box to stop Nick Chubb's offensive progression. Since Week 8, Chubb has not scored a touchdown but has two games of 100+ yards. His last two contests Chubb has rushed for 181 yards on 40 carries (4.5 ypc). Now with Kareem Hunt in the fold things can get worse as the Browns try to stay away from the mess that has become Mayfield.
The Colts focus on Marlon Mack, and he does well with the heavy workload. Outside of week four and five, he has had no less than 18 carries a game and averages close to 20 carries per contest. After having two 100+ yard games in the first five weeks, Mack has not had in the last four games. The most punishing aspect isn't the yards, those are reasonable with the number of carries, it's the touchdowns. Mack has only three on the year and just one in six matchups. He isn't much of a receiver, so he can't secure a PPR floor. On the season, Mack has a total of 753 yards and three touchdowns on 178 carries, putting him as the 25th overall running back.
In the first six weeks, Chris Godwin was explosive with four 100+ yard plus games, two double-digit receptions contests, and six touchdowns in that span. In the last three weeks, it hasn't been as prosperous for the third-year wideout. Godwin hasn't disappeared with two of the previous three matchups catching six and seven balls, but he hasn't scored in the last four games. He is still the number three wide receiver in PPR leagues, but he is drastically declining.
If there is a top-five list that consists of the most frustrating fantasy players, there is no doubt that JuJu Smith-Schuster should be on it. After having an explosive season in his sophomore season, he caught 111 passes for 1426 yards and seven touchdowns. Most expected a decline, however, his 36-503-3 through nine games is beyond any fall-off one may have believed. It seems to have even gotten worse, after Smith-Schuster's 103-yard touchdown game against the Dolphins, he has only put up six catches for 60 yards total against the Colts and Rams. Smith-Schuster is exceptionally dependent on touchdowns with a quarterback that averages a tad more than a score a game in Mason Rudolph.
Darren Waller jumped on the scene in the HBO series "Hard Knocks" and has been just as impressive during the regular season. Waller was one of the last tight ends drafted, if at all. Waller in nine games has put up 51 receptions 588 yards and three touchdowns this season, making him a top-five tight end. After putting up a monster 7-126-2 game against the Packers in Week 7, he has taken a dip in production. In the last three contests Waller has seven receptions 103 yards and a score on 15 targets. In the first five games Waller averaged close to eight receptions a game; in the last four contests it has dropped down to just under four catches per matchup.