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Week 5 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Brady’s Back!

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Week 5 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Credit: Mike Lizzi

Have you ever played a more frustrating game than fantasy football? Some might say Monopoly, but I say fantasy football takes the cake! A game where you can lose by 0.28 points and have the second highest score in the league! Because your one remaining player on Monday night needs just one and a half tackles in an IDP league to seal the deal for you, gets a full tackle in the first quarter, and then does literally nothing the rest of the game! Curse you, Everson Griffen!

Okay, rant over. For this week. Hopefully, that was cathartic for those of you who lost by similar margins last week. I know it was for me. Fortunately, we’re not even to the quarter pole of the season yet, so if you shared my plight in Week 4, it’s time to look around the league with an eye to improving our rosters and chances for a rebound in Week 5.

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Stock Up

The New England Patriots. All of them.

Tom Brady is back. Yay! Everyone on the Patriots, including their DEF, gets a bump in value. That is all. Moving on.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

The Bucs let Austin Seferian-Jenkins go after Week 2. Brate has 18 targets and has been the Bucs’ second most targeted receiver behind Mike Evans since then. His six red zone targets leads the team for the season, and all of them have come in the two weeks since Brate became the starter. If you need more motivation to grab this guy, check our Waiver Wire Grabs this week.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

I did an image search on the word “injury” recently, and Ryan Matthews’ mug was plastered everywhere. Lo and behold, Matthews is battling an ankle injury, and although he’s expected to be active this week, I’d grab Smallwood wherever I could. He rushed 17 times for 79 yards in Week 3, and maybe some people forgot about him with the Eagles on bye last week. I think his role will only increase.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions

Riddick is more of a passing down back, but with Ameer Abdullah and Dwayne Washington out for multiple weeks, only Zach Zenner (whose stock is also not-coincidentally up, though not to ownable levels) is left to share the Lions’ backfield touches. His six red zone targets also lead the team.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Chris Johnson is on IR so Ellington becomes the David Johnson handcuff. He’s probably not worth owning otherwise, however.

Stock Down

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t he just say the whole Pats team’s stock was up?” And yes, I did. Tom Brady’s return helps everyone without question.

But how can a player’s stock be simultaneously up and down? Simple. Gronk hasn’t been himself so far this year, missing the first two games with a hamstring injury and also having to stay on the line to block more for the Pats’ third-string quarterback when he did play. Now there are reports surfacing that Gronk “is not right” (skip to the 2:00 mark).

Personally, I disagree with the video saying that this week will be the week we can determine how healthy Gronk is. The Patriots play the 0-4 Browns this week and should destroy them. I don’t think Belichick and Co. will be looking to push Gronk if there are still questions about his health. However, all these doubts do lower his value and I think create a buy low opportunity.

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, New York Giants

If you watched Monday Night Football, then you know what I’m talking about. Beckham is repeatedly letting opponents (and kicking nets) into his head, and now reports are surfacing that it’s affecting the team as well.

He’s still the top 3 receiver you drafted, but you have to be worried. If you didn’t draft him, this is probably the best buy low opportunity you will ever get on him in your life. Ever.

Arizona Cardinals WR: Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Michael Floyd

Carson Palmer is in “the protocol”. The Cardinals play on Thursday this week, which doesn’t leave Palmer much time to recover. Drew Stanton will likely take over, and this hurts all Cardinals receivers until Palmer returns.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennesee Titans

With DeMarco Murray booming as the RB1 in Nashville, Henry’s role has been reduced each week of the season. Right now, he’s nothing more than a very talented handcuff. I own him in a couple leagues and will be trying to sell him to the Murray owner. You should, too.

Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Coleman has what is called the “sickle cell trait” which affects people adversely at high altitudes. Atlanta plays in Denver this week. So consider Coleman’s stock especially down for this one week.

Oddly, Devonta Freeman’s is also down for Week 5, because did I mention the Falcons are playing Denver?

Atlanta’s schedule the rest of the way is NOT pretty either. I’d try to sell high on both these guys where I could.

About David Phillips

David Phillips is originally from Austin, Texas and has been playing fantasy sports for over twenty years. His favorite teams are all from the Dallas area, with the possible exception of the San Antonio Spurs. Feel free to hit him up with a question on Twitter: @davidinperu

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