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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down article!

We’re officially at the point where you either are going for a championship or tanking for assets for the future. You have to decide at this point which players you value and which you don’t. It’s a great time to start studying up on some low-end sleepers not only already in the NFL, but in college as well. Times are changing and we must change with them. Let’s dive in and dissect some stock up and stock down players for dynasty fantasy football.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Fransisco 49ers

An undrafted free agent out of Baylor, Hasty was elected the 5th string running back on the depth chart to start the season. After injuries to Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jeffrey Wilson, the 49ers running back corps has now turned to Hasty and Jerrick McKinnon. McKinnon himself has also dealt with his own injuries and ineffectiveness so far on the season.

Hasty was a sleeper pick coming into the year as it was. A duel threat receiving back in college, Hasty had over 1,900 yards on the ground while racking up near 500 yards in the air. The undrafted rookie was super impressive in Week 7. He went up against a  Patriots defense that was allowing only 4.2 rush yards per attempt entering Week 7 and turned his nine carries into a whopping 57 yards, for an average of 6.3 yards per carry.

Hasty could be interesting long term as well. Mostert and McKinnon are the only active running backs on the roster for next season. Coleman and Wilson both arent under contract. The good thing for Hasty is that even with both those guys on the roster, Mostert and McKinnon can easily be cut for little to no money. I’m grabbing Hasty in any league that I can. He’s got clear talent and opportunity ahead of him. Grab him while he’s cheap before the price goes up.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Although the Rams selected RB Cam Akers in the second round this season, there is still room for optimism with Henderson. Head coach Sean McVay has displayed great confidence in Henderson and his ability through on-field play and the media. He’s raved about how Henderson has looked on the field and in practice. So much so that Henderson has nearly forced out Akers and continues to push Malcolm Brown.

The play for Henderson so far this season has been well above expected. It’s showing in the amount of touches they continue to give him as well. Here are Henderson’s carries starting from Week 1.

  • 3 Carries – Week 1
  • 12 Carries – Week 2
  • 20 Carries – Week 3
  • 8 Carries – Week 4
  • 15 Carries – Week 5
  • 14 Carries – Week 6
  • 15 Carries – Week 7

The continual carries is a great sign for short term value. As he continues to show that he is the teams top running back his value steadily increases. Henderson’s ability to run hard and catch the ball has really helped his value. If he can find a way to limit Malcolm Brown’s exposure on the field, he will be considered a high-end RB2 in fantasy. For now, hold Henderson or sell high as the stock continues to rise. I’ll leave you with a clip of an impressive run from him.

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

I think we can officially say welcome to RB1 territory in fantasy football to Robinson. After several doubters of Robinson and his situation, he’s continued to show up and show out. He’s clearly here to stay and could be a mainstream RB in fantasy for years to come.

After several Jaguars runners were shipped off or placed on the covid-19 list, James Robinson was left as the sole top back left. In his first eight weeks of the season, he’s averaging 15 carries per game while racking up 4.6 yards per carry so far on the season. To top it off he’s been a focal part of the receiving game as well, averaging a tad more than four receptions per game. Now with the Jaguars trusting Robinson, they’ve resorted to making him a weapon in the redzone. He’s scored six touchdowns on the season so far and continues to get work in the redzone.

His Week 7 breakout game provides great excitement for the future of Robinson’s stock as well. On Sunday, Robinson ran 22 times for a total of 118 yards and a touchdown. He also added in four receptions for 18 yards and another touchdown. Those total 31.7 fantasy points in PPR leagues, which vaulted him to RB2 in fantasy football. Not an RB2, but running back two in ALL formats. Better than every player not named Alvin Kamara.

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Robinson is here to stay. He’s an upper-echelon RB so far on the season and his dynasty stock is rising quickly.

Stock Down

Ronald Jones & Leonard Fournette, RB, Tamba Bay Buccaneers

Back in the pre-season, I wrote on these two and how they were both stock down. The reason I wrote back then still holds true to this day and here’s why.

As both continue to be in the lineup both continue to absolutely drain the value of the other. When the others out it always seems that the guy that’s in absolutely dominates. Here is a graphic that shows what I’m explaining.

I’m a firm believer in both of these guys. However, if they stay on the same team there is no fantasy value. Neither can break out of the fold and return to fantasy relevance. Until Fournette or Jones relocates. consider both of them low-end RB3s as they eat into each other’s value.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

Incredibly average, not special, high touted, bust. Just a few words to describe Bears running back David Montgomery. I’m not sure if it’s coaching which is to blame or that Montgomery is just plain not good. Maybe a little bit of both honestly. The hype on Montgomery has been out of control since day 1. Here’s a look at how the media was hyping him out pre-draft.

Almost every comparison here is completely wrong other than Sony Michel‘s athleticism comparison. That part is accurate considering Michel might be one of the slowest moving RBs in the entire league.

Here are a few stats you will find interesting on his workload and just how unproductive he’s been with it.

  • Snap Share – 7th
  • Carries – 12th
  • Yards per carry – 51st
  • Yards per touch – 43rd

He’s getting an amazing amount of carries and touches throughout the entire game. He’s averaging on those carries 3.6 yards per carry and on touches only 4.4. Both of those rank 51st and 43rd respectively – brutal. Montgomery is an average RB at best and the Bears – who need offensive weapons – could look to acquire one via trade, free agency, or the draft next season. Stock is dwindling on Montgomery and its only year two. Sell now before it becomes a zero.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals

After claiming that fantasy owners would regret not drafting him, he in return has provided them with fuel to that fire. Drake has been nearly as average as David Montgomery above. Here is what Drake has said in the past.

Drake has done an awful lot of talking this season with not a lot of fantasy production. Here are some statistics that show that Drake has been ineffective.

  • Rushing yards – 512 [3rd]
  • Snap share – 61.2% [18th]
  • Carries = 119 [3rd]
  • Redzone Touches – 22 [11th]
  • Yards per carry – 4.0 [39th]
  • Yards per touch – 4.3 [45th]

With the amount of workload, Drake has had he’s only averaging 4 yards per carry good for 39th in the league. He’s been average at best so far on the season even with high volume. Now he’s also hurt, rumor has it he’s out 3-5 weeks with a tear in his ankle ligament. Chase Edmonds will look to take over control of the backfield.

Drakes stock is dwindling as he’s been average and now injured. For all the talking and hype we heard all offseason we’ve seen near nothing for the expectations. Stock is down for now on Drake and probably might be his last stop. He’s been a bust so far in his career as he was shipped out of Miami last season for a mid-round pick.

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