Stock Performers 2019 week 15
Welcome to the stock report Week 14 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.
Note to self, never write "always" as done in my introduction about Mitchell Trubisky always trending toward the bottom. Here we are, after three weeks Trubisky has thrown for seven touchdowns and 860 yards. His back-to-back weeks of three touchdowns are mighty impressive especially for someone with just ten touchdowns up until then.
Tennessee Titans are tied for first with Houston and Ryan Tannehill has led the Titans to six wins in their last eight games since taking over for Marcus Mariota. Tannehill has thrown two or more touchdowns in each game he has started except his first against Denver. The last three games, Tannehill has seven total scores. Against the Raiders, Tannehill got his team in the end zone three times while throwing for 391 yards. He has three great matchups if you are looking to stream (Houston, New Orleans, Houston).
Since Matt Breida went down in Week 11, Raheem Mostert has been outstanding. Its even now rumored that he has taken over the number one running back role for the 49ers. Due to the three-headed monster at the running back position (Breida, Mostert, Tevin Coleman) he will find a difficult time getting a lot of carries. For instance, he has only 35 carries in his last three contests, however, he has turned that into 260 yards and seven touchdowns and one in the air for a total of eight.
In the last four games Derrick Henry has rushed for over 100 yards (188, 159, 149, 103) for a total of 599 yards (149.7 yards per game) and seven touchdowns. Henry also has a five-game scoring streak in progress as well. On the season, Henry has a 1243-13 stat line making him a top-five running back in all formats.
The biggest recipient of Trubisky success has been Allen Robinson. In the last three contests, Robinson has caught 19 balls for 265 yards and four touchdowns. He was dominant against the Cowboys catching five for 48 and two scores last week. He also is getting eight or more targets in four of the last five games. A big test will be coming in the next two weeks as he faces the Packers and Chiefs in the next two weeks. Overall, Robinson has a 76-898-7 stat line.
It has been the Robert Woods show for the last four weeks. Woods has nearly reached the century mark in three of the four contests (95,97,98) and went for a whopping 172 against the Cardinals while catching 13 of his 18 targets. Last week, he finally got into the end zone in the victory over Seattle. Woods does have respectable 71 catches for 933 yards on the season, only 15 away from his 2018 reception count.
In six of his last eight contests Cole Beasley has scored one touchdown. Weeks 10 and 11 were off weeks, but against Denver, Dallas, and Baltimore Josh Allen found him again. Beasley had his first 100 (110) yard game and has 16 catches over that span. Beasley might not get a fantasy owner 18 points but he will consistent in the 12 to 15 range each week.
Jared Cook has been solid since Week 5 where he caught his first touchdown of the season against Tampa Bay. Since then he has scored in four of six contests including two against San Francisco. He made an amazing one-handed snare in the end zone. Cook lines up nearly everywhere on the field and has running back and wide receiver eligibility.
Since Gerald Everett went down with a knee injury, Tyler Higbee has been outstanding. He has two 100 yard receiving games (107, 116) and one touchdown with 14 receptions on 19 targets. The Rams have gone to their tight end all season, and Higbee is reaping the benefits being the number one tight end on the field. Everett may continue to miss time and as long as he is, Higbee should be streamed into fantasy owner lineups.
The schedule hasn't been easy for Dak Prescott in the last three contests (New England, Buffalo, Chicago) and his statistics are reinforcing how good those defenses are. Prescott has only three touchdowns and two interceptions over that time. His yardage numbers have been solid, 901 yards but he also has 131 passes which averages out to almost 44 throws per game. Overall, Prescott has been a top-five quarterback throwing 24 touchdowns and 4122 yards.
It has been a wild season for Alvin Kamara. Take into account that he has not had one game over 100 yards and just one touchdown (Week 3). On the flip side, Kamara has caught almost every pass thrown his way and there have been bunches of them. On 82 targets he has 68 receptions but only one score. His 68 receptions is good for 20th among all receivers. His last two weeks against Atlanta and San Francisco has shown he is struggling as well, only a total of 19 fantasy points in total. Latavius Murray is also putting heat on him.
It makes me wonder how injured Saquon Barkley is? He has not been the same since returning from his ankle injury which he reinjured on Sunday. However, Barkley isn't accepting a "shutdown" situation.
"The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me," Barkley said, per The Athletic's Dan Duggan. "I do not agree with it, and it won't happen. I'm going to keep going until I can't go anymore."
Realistically, how much is more? The most yards he has put on the ground is 83 in the last seven games. He even had one yard rushing on 13 tries against the Jets in the midst of his slump. Even worse he hasn't scored since Week 7 against Arizona and has just one touchdown through the air when the Giants took on the Lions. Overall, his numbers reek 154-610-2 and only 3.96 yards per carry.
It has been a difficult season for Stefon Diggs. Diggs has averaged seven touchdowns over the last three seasons and at this point he is stuck at five, and three of those were in one game. With three games left and only one score in the last seven contests it doesn't look like he will hit that average. He also isn't getting targeted very often, he hasn't had more than ten since Week 6 which is the only time, he has had ten or more. Diggs did have a solid game against Detroit with six receptions for 92 yards, but fell on his face in Week 13 catching just four of nine targets for 25 yards.
The breakout wide receiver DJ Chark has struggled in the last three games. Last week was his best with a 9-75 but prior to that he only caught seven for 85 yards against Tennessee and Tampa Bay. Overall, Chark has 67-945-8 on the season, which isn't bad for an offense focused on the ground game. He also has the Raiders and Falcons left on the schedule which puts him in a nice position to turn it around.
There probably isn't a more disappointing wide receiver than Odell Beckham this season. The second round wide out in most fantasy drafts has complained more than actually performed. Last week against Cincinnati he caught just two passes for 39 yards and in Pittsburgh he had three balls for 29 and didn't score. Beckham not getting into the end zone isn't something new this season, he has only done so twice. Both against AFC East opponents (Jets and Dolphins). Unfortunately, he doesn't have any foes in the East for the remainder of the season. Perhaps he can take advantage of the Cardinals this week?
The last three games has not seen Mark Andrews at the top of his game. Luckily, his saving grace from a complete disaster is the touchdown against San Francisco, but that day he only had three catches for 50 yards. Against the Rams and Bills he has only three catches on six targets for 59 yards. His Week 14 against Buffalo was the worst performance of the 2019 season with a 1-14-0. Andrews has a chance to rebound against the Jets this week, a tough match up.