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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up/Stock Down


With no major COVID outbreaks so far this week, the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up/Stock Down stopped looking quite so bleak.

National Tight Ends Day had no shortage of production at the position, somehow led by Harrison Bryant of all people.

D.K. Metcalf chased down Budda Baker on what was an incredible and bizarre moment of elite defense from the wide receiver.

The Rams got their first win against a team that wasn’t in the NFC East. Speaking of NFC East, the NY Giants are both one game away from being tied for most wins in the division, and one game away from the first overall pick.

Tom Brady may have entered the MVP conversation if he can keep the pace he’s been playing at lately.

And perhaps most important of all the developments, Justin Herbert got his much deserved first win against the Jags.

And as always to check out the injury impact specifically, you can click here.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets

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I know, “he’s a Jet and there’s no value there.” Very true for the time being. The picture above in which he’s bracing for impact and about to fall pretty hard is a better metaphor for the season then I can write.

But it’s possible, even quite likely that the team will look extremely different this time next year.

Mims could find himself being the top target on a team with Trevor Lawrence and without Adam Gase. Either way, the high likelihood of being without Adam Gase is enough to believe his upside could potentially explode with Sam Darnold still at the helm.

Obviously, this is a buy and hold type of player whose immediate impact may be limited. His perceived value may be low enough to make him a buy in dynasty depending on the owner.

His redraft value is limited, but if he can get 10 targets a game he may be worthy of consideration in deep leagues. Considering the limited offseason with an injury on top of all the chaos, his immediate usage shows signs of potential.

Kyle Allen, QB, Washington Football Team

It’s nice to see some decent football from a team that has historically struggled. Kyle Allen may not yet be a dependable starter in most cases. But he’s creeping his way into relevancy and certainly deserves to be in the superflex/2QB conversation.

His rushing upside keeps his ceiling high, and having Terry McLaurin makes his floor pretty solid. And now after his bye week, the Football Team has desirable matchups against the Giants, the Lions, the Bengals, and the Cowboys.

A brief summary of some of the lackluster QB performances this year,

  • Lamar Jackson has eclipsed 205 passing yards just one time all year. He also has scored more than two TDs in just two of six games played.
  • Despite a brilliantly played season so far in which he’s averaged 22.8 fantasy points since Week 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick is now the backup in Miami.
  • The Cowboys can’t seem to escape the brutal injuries to their QBs.
  • Cam Newton got benched for Jarrett Stidham, who is one more wobbly interception away from being benched for Brian Hoyer.
  • Drew Lock, Nick Foles, Philip Rivers, and Daniel Jones just can’t seem to get a consistent rhythm going from week to week.

So at the end of the day is it really so crazy to pick up a Washington QB? I’m not saying he’s going to shock us with Justin Herbert-like performances. But in a world where Kirk Cousins is still being played, consistent 16-20 points seems like a pretty solid option.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

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With now three straight solid performances against exceptional defenses, the case can be made that Agholor being on this list is overdue. But the fact that his ownership is in the single digits on most platforms is proof that we’ve all been ignoring the Raiders’ success.

Agholor has had three straight games with a TD catch and is coming off a season-high nine targets. That’s tied with Darren Waller for most on the team.

Now I’m not saying that Agholor is going to be this consistent moving forward. Henry Ruggs is equally capable of going off in any given week. But if you’re desperate, his recent performances demand attention.

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The Entire New England Patriots Roster

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I’m not sure how many people were forced to watch that terrible game, but the entire team looked bad in all three phases. There is growing speculation that the COVID outbreak may be having lingering effects. There is also speculation that the team is just garbage now. Maybe it’s both?

Either way the only fantasy relevance this team has moving forward is how many points are they going to surrender. Moving forward any team with a solid offensive line and a good decision-maker at QB can completely be trusted to perform against the Patriots.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

With the growing injuries to the offensive line and QBs, the Cowboys are now a shell of what they were at the beginning of the year. Now over the past two weeks, Zeke has managed to score only 18.1 PPR points.

A list of players who have outscored him in that time includes,

The point is that, his name and reputation make him difficult to bench. But there are more productive alternatives to be had.

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Harrison Bryant, TE, Cleveland Browns

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Typically I wouldn’t mention a rookie tight end with just one significant game so far in his season. But with the high profile injury to Odell Beckham, there has been a lot of speculation that Bryant’s role going forward can increase.

There is basically nothing left at the position so he’s for sure worth going after if you’re desperate in deep leagues. But this is another player who very easily can disappoint. Consider this just a warning to keep your eyes peeled for the better options out there.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants

Listen, I get there are desperate teams out there. But how many times can we stand by and let our friends and families pick up Giants back-up running backs before we step in? The time has come for fantasy interventions.

The Giants play the Bucs this week, and the defense that made Aaron Rodgers look bad isn’t going to be giving up ground to a third-string RB. There will be some low-level PPR production but in half-PPR or standard leagues, there isn’t a solid matchup for the team until week 12.

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His value obviously is rising as the only viable option for the Giants. But the question is can he ever truly be a confident start?

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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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