We are going to keep up with this article weekly for the rest of the season, giving you an analysis of the players that are growing in value, and those that are plummeting in my rankings. Here are my Stock Up/Stock Down picks of the week.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Stock Watch
James Robinson put himself on the map big time last season, only for the Jaguars to hire Urban Meyer and draft Travis Etienne in the first round of the draft. However, an injury to Etienne allowed Robinson to get a full workload, and boy has he ran with it. He has rushed for over 70 yards in four straight games, and has scored five touchdowns over the last four weeks. He is a top-12 ROS RB and you likely got him at a tremendous value at his ADP. Expect a monster week against Seattle for Robinson.
Emmanuel Sanders has become a massive part of this offense over the last few weeks. He played virtually every snap in their pass-heavy offense in Week 6. Josh Allen seemingly loves to use Sanders as a deep threat, and the emergence of Sanders in this Bills offense makes the ball get spread around quite a bit. However, he is an every-week start right now as the big play potential is too much to pass up on.
Due to the injury to Juju Smith-Schuster, there is a clear path for Chase Claypool to get a ton of targets going forward. Not to mention, after his Week 6 dud against a Seattle defense that is usually a smash spot for wideouts, now may be the time to buy-low on Claypool. Guys, he is averaging 8.4 targets per game, and this number is likely to get better with Juju out. I think there is a real ceiling here with Claypool, trade for him now that he is on a bye week. You won’t regret it.
You may be sitting there wondering why Miles Sanders is on the stock up portion of this article. He has been downright awful this season in terms of fantasy production, but if you look closely at the situation it actually hasn’t been his fault at all. He has faced a lot of tough run defenses and hasn’t received 15 carries in a game since Week 1. However, his snap percentage is still very good and the production will follow once their schedule weakens up a bit. Nick Sirianni even made a point to say that they need to get Miles Sanders more involved. When they have, Sanders is averaging a solid 4.7 YPC. Expect him to get an uptick in work in the following weeks. This may be your last shot to buy low on him.
Allen Robinson II
This situation is looking a bit grim for Robinson II. He simply is not getting the targets that he needs to be a WR1/WR2 that he was drafted as. Not to mention, he is literally only averaging 3.5 receptions per game. With Justin Fields starting to progress a bit, we may see him target Robinson II more heavily, but as of right now this passing attack is unpredictable, and A-Rob is arguably having the worst season of his career because of it. If you are in a situation where you are below .500 in fantasy, he is not someone that I would recommend. However, if you are 6-0 or 5-1, a guy with Robinson’s ceiling is a low-risk/high-reward pick-up.
Elijah Mitchell/Trey Sermon
Eli Mitchell is the lead back in San Francisco for now, but once Jeff Wilson Jr. returns, I expect the mediocre Mitchell to either lose the job or be pushed into a committee. Trey Sermon was one of the more hyped-up players in the fantasy football community in the offseason. I myself was very high on Sermon, but I just do not think that it is going to happen this season. In all honesty, Kyle Shanahan has been extremely unpredictable with this rushing attack, and this backfield is one that I want no part of in fantasy. It is likely best to move on from guys like Mitchell and Sermon, and try to get yourself into a more stable situation like an AJ Dillon type player.
Giants Wide Receivers
This receiving room is an absolute mess. Everyone is either banged up or missing significant time. Kenny Golladay has been a bust, Darius Slayton can’t stay healthy, and Evan Engram is just not a fantasy asset unless you are desperate. The only two guys in this offense that are intriguing are Kadarius Toney because of the upside, and Sterling Shepard because of the targets. However, both of these guys are hurt, and I expect this offense to be a dart throw in most games going forward. It is likely the best scenario to trade out of this sporadic offense.
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