NFL Fantasy Stock Up/Stock Down Report: Week 8
All right everyone. Time to hit you up with some more fantasy knowledge. Once again, here are some players that it might make sense to use or avoid this weekend in the FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship (3 week left) or in your head-to-head or league matchups.
So let’s get to it.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – Bills): Yes, he plays on a winless team, but he threw four TDs against the Ravens and – hold your breath – is the #1 fantasy QB in points per game right now. No, that’s not a typo. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better fantasy QB right now than Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers or Philip Rivers. One thing to note is that while Bills head coach Chan Gailey is a terrible coach, he’s an extremely gifted offensive coordinator. Gailey has made a lot of journeymen QBs look quite good over the years. As long as Fitzpatrick is playing for Gailey, you can be confident Fitzpatrick will play well.
John Kitna (QB – Cowboys): Kitna’s 38 years old, and doesn’t have much left in the tank, but he has a great matchup in Week 8 against a bad Jaguars secondary. Considering Kitna basically has two #1 receivers to throw to in Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, you’ve got to like Kitna. Plus he’s ridiculously cheap ($5,200).
LeGarrette Blount (RB – Buccaneers): I’ve been touting him for a while, and he finally got his chance against the Rams this last weekend, going for 72 yards on 11 carries. Because he’s a punishing runner, expect Blount to get goal-line duties and about 14-18 carries a game. And don’t be surprised if he takes over nearly full time for Cadillac Williams, who is averaging under three yards per carry.
Nate Burleson (WR – Lions): Burleson is quietly having a good season. This week with Matt Stafford back, and the Lions going up against a Redskins secondary that hemorrhages fantasy points, Burleson is a great third wide receiver.
Drew Brees (QB – Saints): Something stinks in New Orleans. Their offense is nothing like it was last year and Drew Brees is having one rough season so far. Is this all due to the Reggie Bush injury? That’s the big question. Bush’s prognosis for playing in Week 8 is up in the air right now. Best to lay off using Brees until Bush gets back and we can reassess the Saints’ offense.
Jordan Shipley (WR – Bengals): Shipley’s Week 7 numbers (6 catches, 131 yards, one TD) were the result of a furious comeback attempt by the Bengals where they had to do almost nothing but throw. No chance he repeats that performance anytime soon.
Brandon Lloyd (WR – Broncos): Lloyd has had some big games this year and is averaging 100 yards per game receiving, but he hasn’t found the end zone all that often. Combine this with the fact that the Broncos are an absolute mess right now, Lloyd is known for being exceptionally streaky, and he’s been held in check for two straight games. The logic is to start backing off from using him. You don’t know what you’re going to get.
Matt Forte (RB – Bears): Forte is unfortunately caught in a terrible situation. Jay Cutler is reverting to 2009 form, the Bears’ O-line is dreadful, and Mike Martz is doing everything possible to avoid running the ball. Combine this with the fact that Chester Taylor is seemingly the goal-line back for the Bears, and Forte looks less and less like an RB you’d trust.