Hey folks—Dan stepping in this morning for Dennis, who's gallivanting somewhere on vacation instead of gracing you all with the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up/Down column.
I've got my eye on a few deep wide receivers whose stock rose pretty significantly this past weekend, as well as some fellas who are becoming dangerously close to droppable.
Dennis is probably unhappy that his drum-beating campaign to drop Allen Robinson backfired a bit this week. But we shan't tell him. Let him enjoy his time away.
2022 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up/Down
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David Bell, WR, Cleveland Browns (0.4% owned)
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Okay, so I know he only posted 2.3 PPR points on Sunday. But hear me out.
This guy was absolutely unreal at Purdue. He earned 30% of his Boilermaker targets. That's good for the top-five percentile at Purdue. Not to mention, Bell produced over 1,000 scrimmage yards as a nineteen-year-old freshman.
Now a rookie for the Cleveland Browns, Bell ran 33 routes on Sunday. Why does this matter? Because he was only averaging eleven routes per game in the weeks prior. How does triple the opportunity sound to you?
Obviously, being on a Brisset-led Browns offense caps his ceiling. But if you're out there looking for a deep stash, Bell's one to flag.
Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants (6.6% owned)
Ladies and gentlemen, the Kentucky stud has arrived in a bigger Blue.
Was anyone else fired up to watch this kid on the field on Sunday? Just as we all might have fallen for the resurgence of the rapport between Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton, Wan'Dale Robinson showed us why, sometimes, shiny and new is always better.
Starting for the first time since his knee injury in the preseason, Robinson only played 24% of snaps and ran just 11 routes. He was clearly on a pitch count. However, he earned four targets on those 11 routes, and caught one of them for a touchdown. He finished the game with 12.7 PPR points.
I expect his role only to grow, even as Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay return to health. And, heck—I'm a believer in this Giants offense. I think Robinson will have borderline flex value most weeks going forward.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos (83.6% owned)
Yeah, this was brutal for Melly apologists all around the world. The Monday Night ESPN broadcast couldn't seem to get enough of panning to a helmetless Melvin Gordon on the sidelines during the second half. Shaking his head. Blowing raspberries. Sulking in quiet fury.
He tallied only three carries compared to newcomer veteran Latavius Murray's fifteen. And Murray was efficient—this feels worth noting. As you can see in the above video, Melvin says he's healthy, and has no idea why he was leashed in the doghouse.
As bad as I feel for the player—for whom I've always had a soft spot, dating back to his earliest days as a Charger—this isn't much news. The Broncos offense isn't one you want any piece of, anyways. Teams are daring Russell Wilson to throw, which meant Melvin wasn't that efficient with his carries before Monday night.
He's not droppable, but he's dangerously close. At the very least, he's a definite bench this week.
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (86.8% owned)
I'm not saying he's close to droppable. But there seems to have been a bit of a changing of the guard in the Jacksonville backfield, at least in terms of efficiency. It's impossible to deny how explosive Travis Etienne has been in his last two games.
Robinson hasn't scored a touchdown in his last three games. And while he still gets a fairly even split of carries with Etienne, Robinson simply looks efficient at best, sluggish at worst. Etienne has been running hard, and Doug Pederson has kept his word about getting him more involved.
It wasn't two weeks ago that we were talking about Robinson being a surefire RB2 going forward the rest of the year. I think his stock has gone down steeply since then. He's a borderline flex play, at this point. A bit touchdown-dependent. a
And, don't forget, the Jaguars aren't afraid to let Lawrence take off with the ball in goal-to-go situations.
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