Stock Performers 2019 week 6
Welcome to the stock report Week 4 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.
Gardner Minshew has been more than the Jacksonville Jaguars could want in a backup quarterback. He has tallied close to 1300 yards passing with nine touchdowns and just one interception. Last week, Minshew put up 374 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Also, a bonus of 42-yards running. His three fumbles were a problem. Minshew has grown to like D.J. Chark connecting with him from 37-yards out for the first score, and then a beautiful toss to Chark for the second over the outstretched hands of cornerback Ross Cockrell.
Josh Jacobs was an essential key in defeating the Chicago Bears last week. The rookie running back ran for 123 yards and two scores on 26 carries. Jacobs was also busy catching passes bringing down three for 20 yards. Jacobs two-yard touchdown leap put the Raiders up for good, and his two touchdowns were his first since Week 1. Jacobs has also added at least 99 yards in four of five games. He should continue to climb that wall next week against a soft front of the Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Jones had the backfield all to himself and did what many have said he would do as a bell-cow. Against the Cowboys, he rushed for 107 yards and four touchdowns and caught seven of eight passes for another 75 yards in the victory. Jones has been on a hot streak getting into the end zone four times in the last three games. It is his rushing yards that haven't been up to par, eclipsing the hundred-yard mark only twice in four games. Jones should continue to pile up fantasy points against the soft Detroit Lions front.
Chark has been a stud in only his second season as a pro. Last week, Chark pulled in 164 yards and two touchdowns with eight catches on 11 targets. Over the past four weeks, Chark has 234 yards receiving on 23 of 34 targets and four scores. Not only has Chark become a better receiver in catching the ball but his routes are much crisper. By gaining chemistry with Minshew, Chark is proving his second-round worth.
Chris Godwin put up another spectacular game with seven receptions on 125 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets against the Saints. Godwin is finally taking full advantage of his skills in his third-season and could realistically claim to be the number one receiver in Tampa Bay. Godwin in his last two games has 19 receptions for 297 yards and four touchdowns on 23 targets. has back-to-back two-score efforts and has logged at least nine targets in three of his past four games, making him an elite option in any league format. Godwin has scored in four of five games and has caught 33 passes for 511 yards and six scores on the season.
Will Fuller busted out for the first time this season. Fuller benefitted with the absence of Kenny Stills who has undoubtedly stolen volume from the long-distance receiver. Against the Falcons, Stills caught 14 of 16 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Fuller nearly met his entire season through four games; he has caught 14 passes on 23 targets for 183 yards and no touchdowns. Fuller should continue his progression as long as Stills remains out and Deshaun Watson remains healthy.
Gerald Everett was a monster against the Seattle Seahawks defence. Jared Goff targeted Everett 11 times, and he brought down seven of those for 136 yards. Everett for the second straight week has put up substantial numbers for an offense that has a variety of weapons at each position. Two weeks ago, Everett caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown, bringing his two-week total to 12 catches (19 targets) for 180 yards and a score. Everett's role may expand now that Brandin Cooks could be out due to a concussion.
Most fantasy owners will be surprised to see Lamar Jackson's name written as stock down recipient. However, if you look over his set of games, he has not done much in the passing department, and the games he has done well in have been against Miami, Arizona, and Cleveland. For instance, last week against the Steelers, Jackson passed for only 161 yards and had one touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions. Lucky for him, his 70 yards rushing gave him double-digit points on the week. Two weeks before that, he did not throw for a touchdown but did have one rushing. Jackson will always have value because he can run, but he is just not a very good throwing quarterback. Four scores and five interceptions are a testament to that over his last two games.
Joe Mixon can't catch a break. Mixon continuously teases fantasy owners as he puts up good yardage numbers, but the Cincinnati offense keeps a lid on him taking full advantage of his capabilities. Last week he almost hit the century mark on 19 carries, however, for the fifth straight week, he did not score a rushing touchdown. His only score came in Week 3 against Buffalo on a reception, which happened to be his only double-digit fantasy point week.
Devonta Freeman has had one good game all-season, and even that he only tallied 88-yards. Overall, Freeman has 187-yards on 58 carries (3.2 yards per carry) and one touchdown which came on reception last week against Houston. Perhaps it isn't all his fault, the offensive line is terrible and not opening holes for the Pro-Bowl running back. In four of five games, he has not rushed for more than 30 yards. Freeman is catching passes though. In five games, he has 22 catches and has more yards through the air than ground in four of five contests as well.
What is happening with Mike Evans? The stud wide receiver is being ping-ponging each week and just can't seem to draw out consistent high-performing contests. Evans looked back on track after his Week 3 statistical blow-out catching eight passes on 15 targets for 190 yards and three touchdowns followed up by a 7-4-89-1 effort. Week 5 against the Saints was a complete 180 turnaround. Evans put up his worst performance and put up a goose-egg. Something he has not done since Week 2 of the 2015 season. Evans has scored a total of ten fantasy points in three of the five weeks. The goose-egg could also be contributed to Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore lined-up on Evans for 43 of 53 snaps.
For the second week in a row, Julio Jones did not score a touchdown or go over the century mark. In fact, if you add up Week 4 and 5 numbers, Jones has only seven receptions for 94 yards. When fantasy owners throw in a Week 1 performance where he caught six passes for 31 yards and scored late in the game. That's a three-game total of 13 receptions for 125 yards and touchdown, very unlike the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. It got so bad for Jones last week that he was held without a catch for the final 33:57 of regulation against Houston. Thankfully, Jones has 13-234-3 in the other two games.
In Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals, Greg Olsen caught six balls for 75-yards and two touchdowns. However, over the last two weeks, it has been quite the opposite. Against Houston, Olsen caught just two passes for five yards and last week at home, Olsen put up a goose-egg. That is a total of two receptions for five yards in his previous two performances. This could mean a variety of things. Olsen isn't meshing with quarterback Kyle Allen, he has lost a step, he is injured, or in a slump. Olsen will look to break free against the Tampa Bay defense next week.