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2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Stock Up-Stock Down


Week one of the NFL season is officially over! What a week it’s been and there is so much to talk about. As always in fantasy football, you’ll never know what to expect, especially during week one.

I’m sure some fantasy owners are already putting in claims for guys like Austin Ekeler, Will Dissly and maybe even Ryan Fitzpatrick– I mean he did just throw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns against the Saints on Sunday.

Guys like Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes all shined as they played their first regular season game with their new respected teams. All-in-all, it was an action-packed weekend of NFL football and it’s time to examine some of the players whose stock rose and fell with their performances this past weekend.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Stock Up-Stock Down

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After every week of the regular season, I will take a look at some of the key players who’s stock either went up or went down following their performance during that week.

It’s time to look at some of the players who’s stocks have changed following their week one performances.

Stock Up

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

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An injury-filled season along with inconsistent quarterback play made for a down year in 2017. Emmanuel Sanders opened up the new season posting an eye-popping 10 catches, 135 yards and one touchdown. The last time Sanders caught at least 10 passes in a game was back on Dec. 11, 2016.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the 31-year-old have success like that. He was all over the place Sunday afternoon, especially in the first half. It has seemed like Case Keenum has built an affinity with Sanders- dating back to some games in the preseason. Sanders is a safe WR2 heading into week two.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Reports were surfacing early on in the offseason that Joe Mixon would be the “bell-cow” in the Bengals offense. That appeared to be clear Sunday afternoon as the second-year pro garnered 91 percent of the running back touches.

Mixon finished the game with 17 carries, 95 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 54 yards during the win as well. That was good enough to finish inside the top-5 in PPR scoring for running backs for week one. He can basically be treated as an every-down back moving forward and he possesses high RB1 upside during his matchup next week with the Ravens.

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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No Le’Veon Bell, no problem. James Conner finished the week finishing as the overall RB2, trailing just Alvin Kamara. Conner finished the game against Cleveland with 31 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns, along with catching five passes for 57 yards.

In fact, no other Steeler running back registered a single carry during the rare tie against the Browns. Leading into Sunday’s contest, Conner was owned in 87 percent of ESPN leagues and just 85 percent in Yahoo leagues. Who knows when Bell will return to the Steelers, but in the meantime, I expect those numbers to rise heading into week two. Conner remains to be viewed as an RB1 moving forward as Bell continues his holdout with the team.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

After the offseason rumors of Randall Cobb being shopped, the eight-year pro recorded his best game since week three of the 2015 season. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Cobb near the top of fantasy scoring in a given week.

He secured nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown during the come-from-behind win Sunday night against the Bears. He was also Aaron Rodgers‘ favorite target that night, seeing two more targets than Davante Adams. The catch that put him over the top was the play to win the Packers the game, a 75-yard catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter.

Although he won’t out-target Adams every week, Cobb seems to be in line for a major bounce-back season in 2018. His stock has surely gone up since Sunday night and I expect it to continue to rise throughout the season.

Stock Down

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Sammy Watkins was the third leading receiver for the Chiefs Sunday afternoon. He caught just three passes for 21 yards during the win. It’s pretty clear that Tyreek Hill is the No. 1 receiver in the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense.

He got the first catch of the game for the Chiefs but after that, it was the Tyreek Hill show. The fantasy value of Watkins moving forward remains cloudy, especially with Hill and Kelce likely being the top-two targets for Patrick Mahomes. Watkins can be viewed as a back-end WR3 next week when he gets a matchup against the Steelers.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots

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With no Julian Edelman the first four weeks of the season, Chris Hogan was in the driver’s seat to lead the aerial attack in New England. Instead, four different players had a more productive afternoon than Hogan. Rob Gronkowski, Phillip Dorsett, James White and James Develin all saw more looks from Tom Brady.

Hogan finished the game catching just one of his five targets for 11 yards. It was surely a disappointing week for fantasy owners who started him and it doesn’t get much easier in week two when he goes against the Jaguars defense.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

It was a week to forget for the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott completed 19-of-29 passes for 170 yards and an interception during the week one loss to the Panthers. Prescott struggled to get things going all day, failing to produce a play over 20 yards. Cole Beasley was his go-to receiver as he caught 7 passes for 73 yards.

His struggles this past week has been something that’s been a lingering problem. In fact, Dak has thrown for more than 200 yards in a game in just 7 of his past 17 games played. With no Dez Bryant and Jason Witten this season, Prescott has to find a new No. 1 receiver. It may take some time to get used to this and the Cowboys new receiving core.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

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It was a very quiet debut for Jimmy Graham with the Green Bay Packers Sunday night. He was fourth in line for looks behind the Packers three main wide receivers. He caught just two passes for a modest eight yards. I expect Graham to do most of his damage in the red zone, particularly catching touchdown passes.

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He gets a week two matchup against the Vikings. His upside remains the same due to his size mismatch in the red zone but expect Rodgers to target Davante Adams and Randall Cobb more as the season goes on.

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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a huge NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for the past five years. His love for fantasy football goes beyond FantasySixPack as he was also a Cleveland Browns News Correspondent for during the 2017 season. If you want to follow more of his writing, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Mike_Triv.

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