Dynasty Stock Watch 2015: Week 9
By Jay Myers (@Dynasty_DFW)
Welcome back to DFW’s own Dynasty Stock Watch in-season article. Each and every week we cover a number of players who fall into the buy, sell and hold categories based on current values, performance, and player trends. Player values are of the utmost importance to the fantasy football community. Striking on a player when his value is low or high makes all of the difference in the world. These concepts are especially true in dynasty leagues where player values stretch out over a much longer period of time. So while we’ll focus on some immediate news and production remember that in dynasty we can’t overreact. One game (or even a few games) a career does not make, but it does definitely give us an idea of what to expect.
Let’s take a look at my selections:
Big Ben – Some might be worried about his production on Sunday and the knee brace, but he should only get better as he gets healthier and knocks the rust off. They’ll also have to rely on pass a bit more with Bell out for the remainder of the year.
Le’Veon Bell – It’s worth a shot to see if his owner is desperate for immediate RB help, maybe they’ll consider a package of say Doug Martin and another piece. He avoided a torn ACL which is the only good news about his injury, but he should be back to full strength by mid-2016.
DeAngelo Williams – He’s a buy for contenders as he should be cheaper as a low-end RB1 for the rest of the season. In the 3 games that Bell didn’t play or missed major time DAW scored 16, 31 and 15 points in PPR format.
Keenan Allen / Kelvin Benjamin / Jordy Nelson / Kevin White / DaVante Parker / Dorial Green-Beckham / Nelson Agholor / Josh Gordon / Breshad Perriman / Jaelen Strong – If you’re not looking like a playoff team you might want to start looking at these WRs consisting of IR players or rookies for the ’16 season.
Eli Manning / Drew Brees / Phillip Rivers – Teams are starting to dial-in on their team needs in an effort to ramp up their optimal starting line-ups for a projected playoff push. These are 3 players who should be expendable if you aren’t a strong playoff contender. All 3 had solid weeks and should be fairly attractive for those having QB issues.
De’Angelo Williams – Listed as a buy, but he’s also a sell for non-playoff teams who want to try and get a late 2nd from a contender looking to fill a hole at RB for the rest of the season.
Chris Johnson – There have been recent rumors of a contract extension for CJ?K. While he is playing well we need to remember he’s 30 years old and his game is built on speed. I still believe in David Johnson as the future bell-cow RB for ’16 and beyond, so even if they do extend his contract I think it would be smart by the team to structure it in a way that provides protection should he struggle or if they want to cut ties from him down the road. Strike while the rumors of contract extension are in the air, it’s just white noise in opinion and will distract buyers.
CJ Anderson – He finally had a good game, sell him asap before he turns back into a pumpkin. His 20+ yard TD run looked like blown assignments from the defense as nobody touched him until the one yard line, but it was too late by that point.
QB: Derek Carr – He looks legit, strong arm and can stand in the pocket and make the tough passes. Doesn’t hurt that he has Cooper and Crabtree as targets.
RB: Deon Lewis – I really like this kid, most folks wouldn’t be able to tackle him in a phone booth due to his quick’s and agility. I think Bill also has a soft spot for him too.
There you have it folks. These are just a few guys that, in my opinion, you should be looking at this week and deciding what to do with them. Whether you have them on your roster or are thinking about acquiring someone the buy low and sell high philosophy is a powerful one. And one you should always look to take advantage of. Obviously the final decision on these players (and others) is up to you. If you have thoughts on these guys or opinions that differ
I’d love to hear them. Hit us up in the DFW forums or post a comment and I’ll respond in kind. Differing opinions is what makes fantasy football fun after all.