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Week one is in the books and that means we have our first fantasy stock report on the games most intriguing players. Week one brought with it many surprises and some players coming out of nowhere to put up great fantasy numbers. In the weekly stock report, we will see whose stock is up and whose is down after the week of games.  So I bring to you, Breaking Football’s first stock report for the 2017 season.

STOCK UP

RB, Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

The highest scoring fantasy player for week one was Kareem Hunt and his stock value has shot through the roof. Hunt carved through the Patriots defense like he was a five-year vet. Hunt had 22 touches for the Chiefs, so he is without a doubt the bell-cow back for the rest of the season. Kareem Hunt should be an RB1 for the rest of the year and can finish as a top 5 running back this year.

RB, Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears

I was a big fan of Tarik Cohen coming into the 2017 NFL Draft and after week one I am a huge fan of him for fantasy football. Cohen could be the next Darren Sproles, he has a smaller frame but makes up for it with elite speed and agility. It also looks like the Bears are going to use him enough for him to be fantasy relevant.

Cohen is obviously the number two back behind Jordan Howard but Cohen was still able to manage 13 touches. This included 8 receptions on a team leading 12 targets, which gives him incredible value in PPR leagues. Cohen had 24 points in PPR and with Kevin White going down for the season, Mike Glennon is running out of weapons in the passing attack, which should lead to Cohen getting more targets throughout the game. Tarik Cohen should be added in all PPR leagues this week.

WR, Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

A preseason favorite, Golladay was able to replicate that production into the first regular season game with two touchdowns. Golladay’s second touchdown was a spectacular diving catch, showing just how good he can be for Lions. Golladay might become Matthew Stafford’s favorite red zone target as the season moves along, giving him incredible upside the rest of the season. Golladay’s stock is climbing, so grab him before the price becomes too high.

TE, Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

I wrote about Austin Hooper being a late round flier during the preseason and Hooper is making me look smart after his week one performance. Hooper only had two catches but he turned those two catches into 128 yards and a touchdown. Hooper is not going to score 80-yard touchdowns every week but should see plenty of looks in the Falcons high octane offense. The tight end position is very thin in fantasy football and Hooper’s stock is up and should be added in most leagues due to his potential.

STOCK DOWN

QB, Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

Palmer was a popular sleeper pick against a weak Lions pass defense, but the 37-year-old quarterback could not produce. Palmer threw three interceptions and struggled all game to push the ball downfield. Palmer might be over the hill for good and now that he won’t have David Johnson for at least eight weeks, his struggles could continue. Palmer’s stock is not only plummeting in fantasy football, but for the Cardinals as well.

RB, Bilal Powell, New York Jets

Many experts were predicting Bilal Powell to be the Jets number one running back to start the season. This led to many fantasy owners putting faith into him being an RB2 in PPR.

This was not the case, as Powell did not see the field until the 2nd quarter while Matt Forte started the game. Powell ended up with more touches than Forte, but still could not have any real success with his chances.

The Jets don’t seem to care if they win many games this year, so that could lead to them running Matt Forte into the ground even though Powell is probably the better back at this time in their respective careers. Powell’s stock will continue to fall until the Jets show he will get a bulk of the touches for this offense.

RB, Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals were absolutely crushed in week one against the Ravens. They had no success on offense and Joe Mixon was very limited with his opportunities. Mixon only had eight rushes for nine yards and three receptions for 15 yards.

Mixon is listed as the third string running back so the opportunities may still be low for the next couple of weeks. Mixon’s stock is down, for now, however, I do believe he will become the lead back at some point during the season. Mixon is a very good buy-low candidate in an offense that has nowhere to go but up.

WR, Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins

A popular breakout candidate amongst my fellow Breaking Football writers, Crowder was non-existent in the first game of the year. Crowder only had three receptions for 14 yards, as the Redskins offense struggled against the Eagles. This performance alone is enough to drop his stock, but what is even more alarming is the fact that Crowder struggled at the end of last year to produce fantasy numbers.

Jamison Crowder is a great talent but this slump is becoming alarming. Crowder should eventually start to produce, but he needs Kirk Cousins to get going for his stock to go on the rise again.

About The Author Matt Cardona

Matt is 21 years old and in his 3rd year of college as a history major. Residing in Southern California, Matt has been a huge fan of football for about 12 years now and has been playing fantasy football since he was 9 as he played all the way up until high school. He has become increasingly invested into the NFL Draft process over the past 3 years and loves to scout college players in his spare time. His ultimate goal is to make a name for himself while doing what he loves to do.