Stock Performers 2019 week 16
Welcome to the stock report Week 15 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.
Imagine if Jameis Winston can play Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Detroit every week? If it would be anything like his 1224 yards and 12 total touchdowns with six interceptions would set the fantasy football world on fire. On the season, Winston has seven 300+ yard games to go along with three 400+ yarders in which two of them have come in back-to-back weeks.
Since Week 10, Joe Mixon has repaid owners for drafting him in the second round. Mixon has either scored or over 100 yards in five of six games. The only time he hasn't was against Pittsburgh, but he ran for 79 yards. In the last three games, Mixon has scored twice, rushed for over the century mark twice, for a total of 282 yards. Most impressive was his game against the Patriots as he rushed for 136 yards.
Todd Gurley has not rushed for 100 or more all-season, but in the last three games, he has scored at least once. In his lowest performance game over that time, an 11-20 against Dallas, Gurley scored twice. He has been an active member of the passing game with averaging nearly three receptions per game. Gurley will never meet the expectations that he demonstrated up until late last season, but he is a serviceable number 2 RB in most fantasy leagues. On the season, Gurley has 741 rushing yards with 12 total touchdowns and 29 receptions.
After stumbling against the Giants and 49ers where he put just 56 yards on the ground and catching four passes, Aaron Jones has been impressive over his last two games. On the road against Washington, Jones rushed for 134 yards and a score while catching six of seven targets for an additional 58 yards. Last week in a difficult defensive matchup against Chicago, Jones gained 51 yards and scored twice. He will have a challenging game at home versus the Vikings in most fantasy championships.
It took 11 weeks for Anthony Miller to start to put up meaningful stats. He only caught 17 passes for ten weeks putting up 218 yards and no touchdowns. Since Miller has caught 33 balls for 431 yards and has caught touchdowns in back-to-back games. The second-year wideout has two 100+ yard games in the last three contests as well.
In his first five seasons, Breshad Perriman has not had more than 33 receptions and three touchdowns in a season up until now. It took just two games to break his touchdown total, and he has caught 24 passes in 12 games this season. It is beneficial to have both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both go down with injuries leaving Perriman as the number one receiver. He played well against the Jaguars (5-87) and Colts when Evans went down catching three balls for 70 yards and one score. Last week in Detroit, Perriman caught five balls for 113 yards and three touchdowns as Godwin was injured. Up to that point, he had just 11 receptions for 139 yards and a score.
In the last three of four games, A.J. Brown has seen a transition of statistical numbers in a positive direction. These numbers include three 100+ yard games out of the previous four including four touchdowns. Brown brought in two scores against Oakland and found the end zone last week versus Houston for back-to-back contests of crossing the goal line. Brown had just one game of 100 yards but is now showing dominance as the number one receiver ousting Corey Davis.
Last week I discussed being wrong with Mitchell Trubisky always trending toward the bottom. This week, its Patrick Mahomes turn in the wrong direction. Mahomes has not been his usual self over the last four weeks. In the three games before last week, the talented quarterback threw for only 640 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Mahomes did bounce back last week with 340 yards against the Broncos but only threw two scores and an interception. That's three picks in four games accounting for all his passing turnovers on the season.
Since throwing for 378 yards and five touchdowns against the Buccaneers, Russell Wilson has not thrown for more than 286 yards and has totaled six touchdowns in his last five games. Wilson also has thrown four interceptions in the previous five contests, including one pick in four straight matchups. The defenses have been tough on quarterbacks (San Francisco, Minnesota, Los Angeles Rams, Carolina), but he also had a bad performance against the Eagles (13/25-200-1-1). He does face Arizona next week, and that should put him back on track. Wilson overall is having a terrific season with 3708 passing yards and 31 touchdowns with just five turnovers.
Melvin Gordon has struggled over his last four games outside of his 99-yard performance against the Broncos. It did get bad last week against Minnesota as he rushed just seven times for 28 yards, but he did catch five passes. Unfortunately, Gordon also lost two fumbles and was benched for one series. Before that, he only rushed for 124 yards against Jacksonville and Kansas City combined. However, he did score once. Gordon's four-game totals result in only 251 yards one touchdown and 15 receptions.
The last time Leonard Fournette gained over 100 yards was in Week 7 against Cincinnati. The previous time Fournette scored a touchdown was in Week 12 and before that Week 5. That is three scores in 14 games this season and just three games of 100+ yards. In three of his previous six contests, Fournette has garnered 290 yards on the ground. However, Fournette has been impressive catching the ball 38 times for 225 yards. It won't get any easier against the Falcons and Colts in the next two weeks, either.
Amari Cooper has struggled to remain consistent in the last five games. Cooper has ranged anywhere from putting up 31 points in Week 10 against Minnesota to scoring a goose-egg in New England. Over the previous five-weeks, Cooper has 348 yards on 18 catches and just one touchdown. He was solid in back-to-back games against Buffalo and Chicago catching 14 balls for 168 yards and a score. However, Cooper has failed to exceed 85 receiving yards in five-straight games; and has only one touchdown. There is a growing concern that Cooper may be battling a lingering ankle injury. He will face the Eagles soft secondary this week.
For the second straight week, Stefon Diggs has seen his stock drop. The last three weeks have seen him perform below average results, not including five out of the previous six contests. Diggs staggering poor statistics bring him to a total of 23 receptions for 367 yards and just one score during those six games. The bright spot being his 5-121-1 against Denver. It won't get any easier as he now faces the Packers and Bears in back-to-back weeks.
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