Stock Performers 2019 week 14
Welcome to the stock report Week 13 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 second-year starter that came into the season with more ability to run with the ball than hit his wideouts has demonstrated its all a learning curve. Josh Allen, in the last four games has scored at least two touchdowns and completed 62 percent of his throws. On the season, his 24 total touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 61.5 completion rate. Allen is now sixth overall in points at the quarterback position.
When Ryan Fitzpatrick is on, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. However, when he isn't, he can be one of the worst. In the last three weeks, Fitzpatrick has shown to be proficient throwing for 902 yards and six total touchdowns. His three interceptions are worrisome, but he has played well against inferior opponents such as the Browns and Eagles. Fitzpatrick even put up 323 yards against the Bills. He has a nice schedule in the playoffs, as well as facing the Giants and Bengals.
Derrick Henry has not only gone over 100 yards in his last three games, but he has done it smoothly with 188 and two touchdowns against Kansas City, 159 and two scores against Jacksonville, and last week versus Indianapolis he put 149 on the ground while also crossing the goal line once. Those three contests total 490 yards and five touchdowns. On the season, Henry has 1140 yards with 13 total touchdowns making him an RB5.
The two fumbles by Chris Carson against Philadelphia put Rashaad Penny back into validity. Before that contest, Penny had 36 carries the entire season; he has had 29 in the last two weeks. Against the Eagles, he carried the rock 14 times for 129 yards and scored once. On Monday Night Football, Penny went off again for 74 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 33 yards and a score. Pete Carroll was not fooling around when he said Penny would get more work.
There are no more question marks on who is the number one receiver in Carolina anymore, and that easy answer is D.J. Moore. Since Week 9, Moore has gone over the century mark three times in five contests and has totaled 39 receptions for 517 yards. Moore also has no fewer than 75 yards during that time. He has also caught three touchdowns in the last two games and should continue to roll next week versus Atlanta.
The Miami Dolphins offense has found some life, and with that has DeVante Parker has emerged. Over the last three weeks, Paker has gone over 100+ yards twice and has totaled 20 receptions for 385 yards and two scores. Both touchdowns came against the Eagles. He also missed three straight century mark games by just nine yards against Cleveland. He has nearly doubled his season totals in three games coming just 42 yards shy.
The last three weeks have been the Calvin Ridley show for the Atlanta Falcons. Ridley has caught 22 passes for 309 yards and two scores. He has shown to be a vital cog in the offense especially when facing robust defenses in Carolina and New Orleans. In those two divisional matchups, he put up 234 yards on 16 receptions while scoring once.
The absence of Adam Thielen helped turn Kyle Rudolph's season around. Starting in Week 7, Rudolph has scored in five of six games and has done so in the last three contests. During this stretch, the veteran tight end has 24 receptions for 229 yards and six scores. Up until his breakout, Rudolph caught only nine receptions for 72 yards.
Mike Gesicki had played 26 games before catching his first touchdown, and now that he did against Cleveland in Week 12, he decided to follow that up with another in Week 13. He is doing more than catching goal-line passes too. Ryan Fitzpatrick has found himself a tight end and is getting him involved with the offense. In the last two contests, Gesicki has been targeted 14 times and has brought down eight balls for 107 yards and the two scores.
Just two weeks ago, Jimmy Garoppolo was on the Stock Up portion of this program, but his last two-weeks has seen his production drop. His opponents have not been easy as both the Packers and Ravens are difficult against the pass, and his production of 428 yards and three touchdowns show it. Garoppolo has been accurate, completing 29 of 41 attempts and did not throw an interception in that period.
The last five weeks have been brutal for Sony Michel. On top of rushing for just 255 yards on 65 carries (3.92 yards per carry) he doesn't add much into the passing game either. He has just three receptions during that span, and nine catches all-season. His numbers are down across the board, his six touchdowns in ten games only took eight to accomplish last season, and he gained one yard more per carry (4.5-3.5).
As much as Penny has been turning his season around, Carson has been going the opposite direction over the last two weeks. He was sat out against Philadelphia after eight carries totaling just 26 yards, and last week versus Minnesota, he delivered 102 yards on 23 carries but did score a touchdown. However, that 128 yards on 31 attempts (4.1 yards per carry) should keep him steady in the line-up, but has caused Seattle to return to the timeshare.
At the start of the season, Cooper Kupp appeared to finish as a top-five receiver; then, things came crashing down after Week 9. Jared Goff was horrible, and his shoddy quarterbacking put a lynchpin in Kupp's value. He put up a goose-egg against the Steelers on four targets, then would only catch 15 balls for 163 yards and one score in the next three contests. On the season, Kupp has 73 receptions for 945 yards and six touchdowns, so a bounce-back is likely.
Its been an up and down season for Stefon Diggs. In the first three weeks of the season, he would gain just 101 yards on six catches and a touchdown. Then Diggs busted out from Weeks 4-8, putting up 605 yards and two scores while snaring 31 passes. Now he is down again. The last four games have seen Diggs involved with 13 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown. Two of his five scores came in one game, and if it were not for the production against the Broncos (5-121-1), Diggs would be facing an 8-78-0 stat line in his last three matchups.
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