Back again within the walls of my mythical stock exchange, watching the buzz for hot players and the desperate unloading of injured and poor performing players. Another bi-weekly report is here and the names may be the same but the outlooks on some quite different.
This has been a very hard season to predict, and an even tougher year for finding those gems on the waiver wire. The time has come to make deals to make your team better, and to try and stick with stars who may have some off weeks in hopes that the luck can change.
So many of you are thinking “How exactly do I know what to do with who?” Well I have a few pieces of advice:
1. Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger on a trade to get better at a position. An example is this, say you have 4 good RBs but no good QBs? Simple, fall out of love with one of those RBs and make the deal! Get a solid QB, and it will enhance your team.
3. Read, and read often. Here at http://www.camelclutchblog/ we bring you plenty of fantasy reports, as do other sites. Don;t be afraid to read them, size them up and use them. I have to be honest, my Twitter, Facebook and emails blow up every week from people seeking advice. Never worry about asking someone. It’s not like asking directions when driving, asking is always a smart choice.
4. Just do it. How often do you say “Oh I wish I started this guy over that guy”? Well stop doing it and get him in there. You can’t always be perfect, and the right move is never 100% guaranteed, but if you try, you feel better than to not try and fail.
Alright, now that you have those helpful tips, let’s take a look at the Stock Report, and see who you should go with, and who you should move. Again, never a guarantee, but at least this gives you someone to blame. Or is that someone to trust? Well, you decide.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Buy! Yes, I see he has not done much for TDs so far this year, but Peterson is getting more active in the passing game, and is doing good work on the ground. He will find his TDs in time. My phone rings daily with people in my league trying to get Peterson from me, but he is hard to shy away from. So unless you can get a sweet ransom, hold on to Peterson.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Buy! Here is one for the CEO of CamelClutchBlog Mr. Eric Gargiulo. He swore to me that RG3 was a solid QB for fantasy, but I got scared by his injury and slight decline. After watching him handle Minnesota and run 76 yards for a TD, I am on his bandwagon, and if you own him, go with him!
Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers: Sell! There is still no answer as to when he will be back, and in his absence Jordy Nelson and James Jones have been excellent. Now I know Jennings is a terrific WR, but there are too many guys doing great things for him to be a huge plus each week. Now is the time to move him or at least look elsewhere.
Baltimore Ravens Defense: Sell! Injuries to key stars like Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and Haloti Ngata as well as still playing without Terrell Suggs make this a defense in trouble. They are already in the bottom tier in pass defense, not doing much for sacks, and now go up against the Texans offense. It looks like trouble is on the way for this once super bunch. Get out while you can.
Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions: Sell! If you had him and were waiting for a glimmer of hope, it’s over. Best will miss the rest of the season and may end his career. His latest test did not look promising, and I wish him the best, no joke intended.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants: Buy! This hurts me to say, as I was one of the guys getting killed by his lack of play last year. However, Bradshaw seems to be running hard this year, and is putting up pretty solid numbers, including a 200 yard rush week against Cleveland. Bradshaw has always shown he had skills, but staying healthy was his issue. If he stays healthy you have to roll with him right now.
Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego Chargers: Sell! I told you to do this 2 weeks ago, and I am sure many of you did not. Well, there is still time and he can still fetch you someone more reliable. As I watched him Monday night I saw a fragile back being seriously overworked by an offense with line issues. He can throw a good game out there once in a while, but he can’t be trusted for your run to a playoff spot.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns: Buy! The “grandfather of rookies” is finally getting a chance to throw and throw often, and it has paid off nicely the last few weeks. He is averaging 2 TDs and 250 yards, plus with some bye weeks still coming for good QBs he can make a nice back up. Grab him if you can.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Sell! He is reverting back to a game manager perhaps? Flacco was white hot early this season, but has seemed to be warm at best since. 0 TDs 2 weeks ago against KC and only 1 this week at home vs. Dallas. It truly is Ray Rice’s team first, and Flacco has struggled. I have a hard time even endorsing him for a bye week play right now, that’s how bad it has gotten.
Fred Jackson/ CJ Spiller, RBs, Buffalo Bills: Buy! Yes, heck buy yourself a nice timeshare and treat the family. I swore Jackson would get phased out, but apparently both guys are getting equal touches and both had real nice weeks last week in PPR leagues. Spiller is dynamite, Jackson is a pounder, and somehow it pays off for them and works for nice Fantasy Flex action. Right now, you could do a lot worse than either one of these two.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Sell! He is just not getting it done. One TD for a guy with his speed and skill is fantasy death. His team is a mess on offense, he gets no more punt returns and really should have looked for a change instead of signing his deal here. There are way too many options to use right now.
Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets: Sell! Sell! Sell! Sell! No that is not an error due to the fact that I said this so many times. He had a career day last week, now has to go up against an excellent New England run defense. Catch a sucker and sell fast!
Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Sell! He couldn’t get the job done against defenses like Buffalo and the Rams, although the Rams have improved. He was a flash in the pan, and even suffered an injury last week while trying to add scrambling to his game. He is not a big time QB, but with bye weeks still looming, someone may try and buy him from you for a WR3 or RB3, and for that you take it!
Darryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: Buy! Keeper leagues and deep leagues as well this is for you. Although the Rams claim they want to keep Steven Jackson, this kid is looking too good for them not to keep using. He’s fast and shifty, and should get more touches. Get in on him now.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Sell! What? Yes I said sell, but at the right price. It seems to be a common theme in my leagues that owners that grabbed Jones did so very early and lack the real explosive RBs to put them ahead, but still own decent WR3 such as James Jones, Miles Austin, and Vincent Jackson. My advice is to unload Jones for a quality RB, someone like Alfred Morris, or Trent Richardson who are active but may be an owner’s number 4, and plug one of those WRs in. Jones has good weeks, but mixes in too many ordinary ones.
So that is it from this week here at the Stock Market. Keep coming back every 2 weeks and see what we have brewing for you. Also remember I do Start Em/Sit Em advice every Thursday so don’t miss out! Thanks again, and best of luck!