Fantasy Football

2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down


Welcome fantasy friends and foes to the first edition of the weekly Stock Up/Stock Down report.

This weekly report will identify players whose stock is rising and which players have seen their value take a dive.

Combine this report with the weekly Waiver Wire to give you the advantage of which players will help you dominate your fantasy leagues.

Find out which players have improved their value and who you should avoid this week in the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Jamies Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints

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The winner of the New Orleans Saints quarterback battle and the Week 1 hero is Jameis Winston.

Winston showed poise and was in total command of the Saints offense on his way to five passing touchdowns on only 21 passes in the Week 1 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers. More importantly, Winston committed zero turnovers.

Head Coach Sean Payton has done a masterful job in getting Winston ready to take over the Saints offense as he looks for a football rebirth in New Orleans.

He played within himself and used his legs when needed. Winston has a big arm and Payton will expand the offense as Winston becomes more comfortable. The Saints’ offense was without wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring), who was placed on injured reserve and will miss the season’s first three games. The offense was also without Michael Thomas was placed on the reserve/PUP list and won’t be back until after their Week 6 bye.

The return of those two wideouts and the maturation of Winston bodes well for fantasy success for Winston and the Saints offense this season.

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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One rookie that stood out in Week 1 was Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenneth Gainwell. Gainwell produced 37 yards on nine carries and a touchdown and caught two passes for six yards.

Look for Gainwell to have a role in this offense over Boston Scott, who was the backup to Miles Sanders. We could see a running back platoon in Philadelphia which raises the Gainwell stock. At a minimum, Gainwell is now the handcuff for Sanders, which holds significant fantasy value.

Ty’Son Williams, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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The running back depth chart with the Baltimore Ravens required updated daily with three running backs going on the season-ending injured reserve list. So the next man up is Ty’Son Williams, who began training camp on the roster bubble.

Williams was the starting running back for the Ravens in their Monday Night matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. He made an immediate impact with a 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He finished with 65 rushing yards on nine carries and chipped in three receptions for 29 yards. Williams ended up leading all Ravens running backs in usage with 51% of the snaps including the newly signed veteran Latavius Murray.

Williams has contributed enough to be in a committee approach with Murray. However, the Ravens run the ball more than any other team in the league so Williams should produce enough to be a flex option with RB2 upside.

Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos

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The terrible news that wide receiver Jerry Jeudy will miss several weeks due to a high-ankle sprain has provided opportunities in the Denver Broncos passing game.

Tim Patrick is a big target for Teddy Bridgewater and produced four receptions for 39 yards and a score against the New York Giants in Week 1. Patrick is coming off a 2020 season, where he recorded 51 receptions for 742 yards and six scores. Amazingly, Patrick recorded zero drops on 79 targets last season.

Patrick will be a red-zone target for the Broncos and should continue to produce to climb into FLEX or WR3 territory for fantasy managers.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

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Sterling Shepard is a very underrated wide receiver and he continues to produce despite having Daniel Jones as his quarterback. Shepard is the go-to guy in the Giants offense with Engram hurt again and Saquon Barkley still not at full speed.

Shepard finished with a team-high seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. His stock should continue to rise as the Giants’ poor defense will force the team into many negative game scripts.

Look for Shepard to be on some fantasy championship teams this season.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears

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Like most fantasy managers, I can not wait until Matt Nagy finally pulls the trigger and makes the move to rookie Justin Fields at quarterback. After that, each Bears positional player will see a fantasy upgrade including tight end Cole Kmet.

Kmet finished with five catches on seven targets for 42 yards in Week 1. He had the second-most targets for the Bears and out-snapped Jimmy Graham 59-19 in the Sunday night matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

His stock is rising and will continue to rise once Field eventually becomes the Bears signal-caller.

Stock Down

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans

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One of the most disappointing performances in Week 1 was the Tennessee Titans offense. Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times, including a whopping five times by Chandler Jones. Tannehill finished Week 1 by completing 21 of 35 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while running in one touchdown in the 38-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Both wide receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones were flat and Derrick Henry only averaged 3.4 yards per carry.

Did we underestimate the Arizona Cardinals defense? Can the Titans rebound from this whipping? We will find out this week when the Titans visit the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, here is to hoping you have better options than Tannehill.

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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James Robinson has seen his fantasy value rise and fall throughout this preseason. The Jacksonville Jaguars drafting RB Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft seemed ludicrous after Robinson produced 1400+ total yards and scored 10 total touchdowns last season.

However, new coach Urban Meyer apparently believed that having another running back was more essential than filling the other holes on his 1-15 team. In a twist of fate, Etienne suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury which presumably opened the door for Robinson to be the bell cow back.

In Week 1, we saw the Jaguars suffer a blowout opening loss to the Houston Texans which impacted the game script but somehow Carlos Hyde led the team with nine carries on Sunday. Both running backs ended with 11 total touches.

Robinson did see the ball while they were in the game, but with the game out of hand, former Buckeye Carlos Hyde was called in to make presence felt in the Jaguars backfield. With many upcoming negative game scripts on the horizon, where does that leave James Robinson?

Fantasy managers have to be mildly concerned that we will see some type of platoon in the Jaguars backfield. Meyer has a history of rotating backs and this uncertainly looks familiar. The Jaguars face the tough run defense of the Denver Broncos in Week 2, hopefully, fantasy managers have better options this week.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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One of my sleeper wide receivers coming into this season, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk was basically a no-show in Week 1. We didn’t see Aiyuk start and there was plenty of speculation surrounding his absence on the field. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said the team wanted to be cautious with Aiyuk due to concerns about a hamstring injury.

Something is going on here. It’s more likely that Aiyuk is in the doghouse for some reason. Probably tough love from Shanahan but why not just admit it. Shanahan claims concerns about his hamstring but Aiyuk is able to return a punt? He returned one punt for seven yards.

Shanahan has a history of players in his doghouse and his tough love. Hopefully, Aiyuk can escape the doghouse and live up to his preseason hype and make a fantasy impact this season.

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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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