Week 9 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Playoff Push

by David Phillips
Week 9 Fantasy Football Stock Report
Week 9 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Credit: Erik Drost

Week eight is in the books, which means we are halfway through the fantasy football season. For playoff teams, that is. If your team is not currently in the playoff picture, you have only five weeks to get into it.

That means it is beyond time to take stock of your teams. Ask yourself what you need to do to make the playoffs. If you are two or more games below .500, you probably need to win out to be playing in week 14. You cannot afford to lose again. If you are one game under or right at .500, you need to at least win most of your remaining games.

So how do you suddenly improve? Of course you absolutely must stay active on the waiver wire. You can hope to grab the right guy off the waiver wire and have him take you storming into the playoffs. But it’s highly unlikely a single addition at this point in the season will make that much of a difference.

The best option then, is through trade. You very well may have a rough bye week ahead of you with six more teams on bye in week 9, foremost among them the New England Patriots. It might be the week you downgrade at QB or TE (if you own Brady or Gronk) in order to fill perhaps another hole if you’ve got a big gap at one of your other positions this week. Or perhaps you simply need an upgrade at another position or two.

The ultimate point is this: do what you need to do to make the playoffs. Take a look at your team, where it can improve, and who is going to be on bye over the next three weeks. Make trades as necessary. Here to help you is the Week 9 Fantasy Football Stock Report!

Week 9 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Stock Up

Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Finally back from his own injury for week 7 and T.Y. Hilton goes down with a hamstring injury, although he was able to return to the game. He seemed limited afterward and only recorded one reception the entire contest. Moncrief got more targets than Hilton, 9-6. If the injury continues to bother Hilton, Moncrief would continue to be the Colts’ number one WR.

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

J.J. Nelson has had the big game the past two weeks, but I say watch out for John Brown. He missed week 7 with complications in his leg due to his sickle cell trait and was questionable coming in to week 8, yet he managed to catch all four of his targets for 44 yards and a TD. I think he takes the bye this week, gets fully healthy, and becomes the number two WR in Arizona. And remember Larry Fitzgerald faded down the stretch last season; Brown could quickly become a number one.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Week 9 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Credit: Keith Allison

2016, the year of the sickle cell trait. It appears Ty Montgomery also suffers from this malady, and he missed last week because of it, leaving no one, absolutely no one, in the Packers’ backfield. This meant that Aaron Rodgers had to do what he does best: throw, throw, and throw some more. As a consequence, Adams got his second straight week of 14 or more targets.

We don’t know when Montgomery will be back, or when the Packers will have any semblance of a run game again. Adams could be in line for weeks of heavy volume and production. At the same time, the other shoe could drop at any moment. I’d be selling high where I could.

Stock Down

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Ingram was benched on Sunday after losing his second fumble in as many games. While he had not had fewer than 18 touches in a week since week 2, it was all Tim Hightower last week. And now, Coach Sean Payton says Hightower will see more work going forward.

However, Ingram remains the far superior back. The Saints will eventually realize this and restore Ingram to his rightful 18-touch-per-game role. Ingram may be the sort of player whom you can buy low on now and who may end up performing like the 3rd-round running back he was drafted to be down the stretch. He might just be that player you acquire who takes your losing squad into the playoffs.

Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

Another fumbling running back. Except on top of his butterfingers issues, he’s got a knee injury that kept him out of week 8. Backup Rob Kelley had a good game in his stead, rushing 21 times for 87 yards and a TD, AND NO FUMBLES!

Now Jones goes on bye, and then look at that schedule! Six of the next seven defenses are in the top ten in fewest fantasy points allowed to RB’s. I own Jones in one league and will be forced to drop him this week if I am unable to trade him. I suggest you do the same.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Maclin finally caught a touchdown on Sunday, his first of the season. This is the window of opportunity you needed to sell Maclin while you still can. The Chiefs are a running team who want to win with ball control and defense. When they do pass, they have many options other than Maclin this year, like Tyreek Hill. Sell Maclin now!

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