Fantasy Stock Market
The second half of the fantasy season is here, so the trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Fantasy leaguers can approach the deadline like they would the Stock Market.
- You can “buy” by upgrading your roster for that championship push by acquiring depth or that final missing piece.
- Some owners might wish to “sell” by moving a disappointing player, or extra draft picks for next season.
- Those in keeper or dynasty leagues may even want to “invest” in younger talent for the future.
Let’s take a look at some current options in the 2010 Fantasy Football Stock Market.
Dwayne Bowe (WR) Kansas City- Those five touchdowns in three weeks look great, but when we realize who the Chiefs have played in those three games, Houston, Jacksonville, and Buffalo, it looks less impressive. Though Bowe is the Chiefs best receiver, he will always be a secondary option to the run game. In seven games Bowe is averaging only 6 targets per week, resulting in 3 receptions for 51 yards. Those touchdowns could easily cease when the Chiefs aren’t playing the NFL’s worst pass defenses, and the winter weather arrives.
Terrell Owens (WR) Cincinnati- Owens has been a pleasant surprise so far in 2010. He is on pace for
an incredible 103 catches 1438 yards and 11 scores. There is almost no way a 37 year old receiver can keep that pace up. Especially considering the Bengals second half schedule includes Steelers (twice), Jets, Saints, Chargers, and Ravens.
David Garrard (QB) Jacksonville- Garrard has been a huge boom or bust player in 2010. He has four games of 3+ touchdowns, and three games with one or zero scores. Last week he had a career high with five scores (4 passing) in a blowout win at Dallas. Through seven games Garrard already has 13 touchdown passes and has added two more on the ground. But Garrard’s career high is only 18, and he is coming off of back to back season of 15 touchdown tosses. Jacksonville is off this week, then play Houston in Week 10. Following that game would be a great time to move Garrard for maximum return.
Ryan Torain (RB) Washington- Mike Shanahan hates fantasy football. He thinks he can just stick any back into his system and get results. Just when Ryan Torain was becoming an every week option, he got hurt and Keiland Williams looked good in relief. Clinton Portis has also returned to practice this week to further crowd the backfield. Hamstring injuries are often the most difficult for running backs to recover from, so moving Torain now makes a lot of sense.
Wes Welker (WR) New England- If anyone in your fantasy league expects Welker to turn it around and put up his usual spectacular numbers, trade Welker to him now. Since Randy Moss was traded , Welker has become the focal point of opposing secondaries, and the results aren’t promising. With Randy in the line-up in the first four games, Welker had 26 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Without Moss for the Patriots last three games, Welker averages four catches for 34 yards and has zero scores.
Maurice Jones-Drew (RB) Jacksonville- A side-effect of the Jaguars improved passing offense has been the lack of rushing scores for MJD. In his first four season, Jones-Drew averaged 13.5 touchdowns, but is on pace for only six this year. When defenses start focusing more on the Jags aerial attack, it should open up the middle of the field for Jones-Drew, and he should get more opportunities. Especially near the goal-line, where David Garrard has been abnormally busy.
Vincent Jackson (WR) San Diego- If you can afford to stash a player who won’t play in the next three weeks, Jackson makes and excellent trade target. Since signing his tender and returning to practice with the Chargers, Jackson has stood out as the best receiver on the roster. With the way Philip Rivers has been throwing the ball, V-Jax could put up monster numbers for San Diego beginning in Week 12 against the Colts.
Ray Rice (RB) Baltimore- Rice has only scored in one game so far this year, so fantasy owner might be ready to give up on him. Keep in mind he has gotten some goal line opportunities this year, and as winter arrives, the Ravens rushing attack, and Rice, will return to prominence.
Miles Austin (WR) Dallas- The Cowboys have totally collapsed this season. Last year’s waiver wire hero, Austin has been limited to only two touchdowns so far in 2010. Some owners might be willing to part with him cheaply now that Tony Romo will miss significant time. Austin should be fine with the switch to Jon Kitna. The two hooked up seven times for 117 yards last week.
Randy Moss (WR) Tennessee- Some people are concerned about Moss’s attitude. Others worry about him going to the run oriented Titans. The fact is, Moss is still hugely talented, and his arrival will open up the offense for the Titans. Joining a winner should keep him happy, and with Kenny Britt’s health a huge concern, he should become an immediate big part of the offense.
C.J. Spiller (RB) Buffalo- Why did the Bills use another first round pick on a running back and barely play him? Spiller has game changing speed, and he should be Buffalo’s starting running back next season.
Johnathan Stewart (RB) Carolina- Stewart flopped as the featured runner last week, but excelled in those situations in the past. DeAngelo Williams will be an unrestricted free agent, and is unlikely to return in 2011. That will make Stewart the full time starter for whoever is coaching the Panthers next season.
Jermichael Finley (TE) Green Bay- We all know he’s out for the year, but if you’re in a keeper league and can free up a roster spot, why not take a chance on this elite young tight end? Finley was off to a terrific start before he got hurt, and should be 100% in time for 2011.
Sam Bradford (QB) St. Louis- Sam Bradford has the 4-4 Rams tied for first place in the NFC West, and has been throwing to a group of nobodies at wide receiver. We haven’t seen a rookie quarterback put up numbers like Bradford since Peyton Manning. If you’re in a keeper league and can get him cheap, Bradford looks like he could be the next great NFL quarterback.
Donald Brown (RB) Indianapolis- The Colts rarely miss on first round picks. The Colts also aren’t afraid to move on from an effective starting running back to a younger, cheaper alternative. There’s a chance that Joseph Addai won’t return to Indy next year, and Brown would be first in line to take over his job. 2010 was thought to be Brown’s chance to claim for playing time, if he could improve his pass protection. Unfortunately, Brown has been plagued by nagging injuries, so he’s an excellent candidate to be acquired as a fantasy trade “thrown in”.