2019 Fantasy Football Stock Up Stock Down Week 5

by Bobby Shepherd

Another exciting week of NFL action has come and gone. 2019 Fantasy Football Stock Up Stock Down Week 5

The Cowboys offense struggled on the big stage in their first truly "competitive" game.

The Bills were only a drive away from beating the Patriots, but their defense still showed up in a big way.

Daniel Jones, Kyle Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, and Chase Daniel all managed to get it done for their teams.

Jameis Winston and his Bucs looked like a brand new offense, while Jared Goff gave us his best 2016 Jameis Winston impersonation.

The Titans receivers woke up in a brutal beat-down win over the Falcons.

And despite the hard-fought loss to the Chiefs, Matt Stafford's hip seems to be just fine.

2019 Fantasy Football Stock Up Stock Down Week 5

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A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

The buy low opportunity I mentioned for dynasty leagues last week, may have already come and gone. But he is still just 10% owned on Yahoo.

Brown barely leads the team in air yards so far with 191 as compared to Corey Davis and Delanie Walker who both have 190. But Brown is by far the most effective with the ball in his hands with 113 yards after the catch.

Brown's most impressive stat however is his RACR (receiving air yards conversion ratio) which is a measurement of how well intended air yards are converted into actual yards. Brown leads all wide receivers in the NFL with a minimum 15 targets with a 1.17.

For reference other receivers RACR so far this season,

Among the best reasons to go get A.J. Brown now is his playoff schedule. When you need big numbers the most, his schedule includes the Raiders, Texans, and Saints which should all be favorable games for him.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Hooper has always been a usable fantasy tight end. But this year he seems to be on track to become a viable and consistent top tier TE1.

So far this year, he leads Falcons receivers in YAC (138), catches (28), and completion percentage when targeted (84.8%).

In a year when Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle all seem to be disappointing us, anybody can be a top 10 tight end. But Hooper's current pace has him as the 11th best pass catcher (excluding RBs) in all of fantasy football.

Honorable Mentions

  • Leonard Fournette RB Jacksonville Jaguars- Fournette finally made his touches translate into points. This is clearly his ceiling, but his performances in the future should continue to impress.
  • Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns- The home run hitter did what he did best this weekend. In a week where the offense looked like it was supposed to, we saw Chubb's true potential on full display.
  • Jordan Howard RB Philadelphia Eagles- Funny how when you give your most talented running back the ball more, he makes big plays. I doubt he will have a game like this again, but it's very possible he earned more snaps with his big performance.

Dynasty Targets For A Rebuild

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Jarius Wright, WR, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers number three option isn't a very highly sought after commodity in the fantasy trade market.

But so far this season, according to PFF he has averaged 2.5 targets per game, 12.6 yards per catch and 4.3 YAC per catch. And when targeted he has a 71.4% completion rate and the QB rating of 99.1.

I'm not saying he is going to be a league winner by any means, but if D.J. Moore or Curtis Samuel get injured he could be a valuable asset to any fantasy team that is hurting at wide receiver.

Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos

Freeman won't be as cheap as Wright is, but he could be much more valuable. So far this season Freeman has more yards after contact (146), runs of 10 or more yards (6), and a higher YPA (4.5) than Phillip Lindsay.

The only thing Freeman hasn't done well this year or last, is find the end zone. Since the start of last year Lindsay has outscored Freeman 12 to 5.

Freeman is only a few redzone touches away from having a Jordan Howard-like 30 point game, and in the event of another Phillip Lindsay injury he becomes an immediate high end RB3 with upside. So if the Freeman owner in your league has depth at the position it's worth taking a shot at trading for him.

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Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

We all expected Juju to take a hit when Big Ben went down for the year. But to have been surpassed by Diontae Johnson is something that is almost inexplicable.

Juju isn't really droppable, but he also isn't startable lately either. According to PFF he's leading the team in snaps, end zone targets, and targets inside the 25, and yet despite that he's not producing.

There's almost no chance you can trade him, and with his high draft capital, you really can't drop him. It seems like we're stuck with him for what is currently shaping up to be a disappointing season.

Brandin Cooks, WR Los Angeles Rams

Goff had 68 attempts 517 yards and two TDs. Cooks had 71 yards on 6 catches. If this wasn't the best chance for him to get going, then there might not be a better chance ahead.

Goff's deep pass just isn't as good as it used to be, and with Cooper Kupp soaking up targets Cooks will lack the consistency we expected him to have.

So far WR3 is about as good as we can expect moving forward without any other pass catchers missing time. If Cooks has a big game in the near future it will be worth exploring trade options if any are available.

Honorable mentions

  • Dak Prescott QB Dallas Cowboys- His touchdowns, passing yards, and QBR have gone down every week since week 1. And with their second game against the Redskins coming in week 17, the Cowboys are running out of fantasy relevant free wins.
  • Andy Dalton QB Cincinnati Bengals- This really applies to the whole team more than anything. The offensive explosion to start the season was a welcome surprise. But now it might be an AJ Green dependent team again.

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