Anything can happen in just one week of fantasy football. We’ve learned that there are no locks in fantasy football, even in the early rounds. A guy like DeMarco Murray, the top performing running back from last year, can come out and looked like a poor version of Trent Richardson. On the other hand, a guy like Travis Benjamin can emerge and look like a legitimate option as a #1 WR for your fantasy team.
Nothing is set in stone, especially in the fantasy community; whether it’s a no name to come out and go for 15 fantasy points, or if it’s your star player to reel in only a single-digit point total. Here is a list of 5 players with their stock on the rise, along with 5 players to stay away from because of descending stock:
RB, Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
Who would’ve thought the Rams’ tough defensive front would’ve gotten eaten up on the ground like they did against the Redskins; and not by Alfred Morris, nonetheless. Jones broke out in his 2nd career game and showed much more flare than the established Morris. The rookie received more carries than Morris in week 2 and even doubled the rushing total of Morris, while scoring 2 TDs as well. If he could go for over 120 yards against the Rams, just imagine the terror he cold cause on other defenses. With 6 yards per carry, he has shown much more flare than Morris and will steal a great deal of carries going forward.
RB, Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
There is always seems to be production at the running back position for the Patriots; whether it’s Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount or even going back to the Kevin Faulk days. Now, you can say hello to Dion Lewis who has made the most of his first two NFL games since 2012. Lewis has emerged as a viable fantasy option and has gone for 100+ yards from scrimmage in both games to start the season. With 5 catches per game, a good option in PPR leagues as well.
RB, James Starks, Green Bay Packers
With the news that Eddie Lacy may not be 100% in week 3 against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football, that opens the door for the veteran James Starks. In their week 2 victory over Seattle, Starks turned in some great runs against a tough Seahawks’ front. Even with over 40 drop backs from Rodgers, the Packers still managed to give Starks a solid workload of 20 carries where he fell just short of 100 yards. Starks is a solid option as a replacement for a struggling RB such as DeMarco Murray, or even Eddie Lacy.
WR, Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns
Where did this guy come from? The speedster out of Miami has emerged as one of the best big play threats in the entire NFL. With 34 yards per catch, he is a big play threat every time he get the ball in his hands. He has established surprisingly good rapport with Johnny Manziel. His 204 receiving yards are 4th in the NFL, over guys like Odell Beckham and Demaryius Thomas. Benjamin has emerged as a legitimate FLEX option and faces a favorable matchup in week 3 against a weak Oakland secondary.
WR, Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Like Benjamin, the Jaguars’ wide receiver holds a great playmaking ability of his own. Primed for a breakout season, the 2nd year WR out of Penn State turned in a breakout performance a little earlier than expected; this, a pleasant surprise of fantasy owners who used a late round pick on him. With the up and coming Blake Bortles under center, Robinson will play a vital role on that offense and be the #1 from here on out. While he won’t always go for 155 yards and 2 TDs, you can expect a solid 10 points from him week in and week out.
QB, Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
What an upset Sam Bradford has been, not only for the Philadelphia Eagles, but for optimistic fantasy owners as well. Expected to be a breakout performer at the QB position this year in fantasy football, Bradford’s performance has been the exact opposite through the first 2 games. With 5 turnovers to only 2 TDs, Bradford has been the conductor to an extremely disappointing Eagles’ offense. In his defense, the offensive line and WR corps hasn’t done him any favors. Things surely aren’t looking up for Bradford as he is set to face arguably the best defense in week 3 in the New York Jets; a team that made Andrew Luck look like a subpar QB.
RB, DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
Another Eagle appears on the ‘Fallers’ list; are you surprised? Murray is off to the worst start in NFL history for a running back, posting only 11 yards on 21 carries. The former Cowboy was held to just 2 yards against his old team in their week 2 affair. He hasn’t shown an signs of his 2014 form and the rest of the season is looking bleak for the formerly tagged “elite” RB, especially against the Jets in week 3.
RB, Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
We haven’t seen nearly the same Jeremy Hill early on in the season that we saw last year as a rookie. Through two games, he hasn’t displayed nearly the same explosiveness that he showed most of last season. He has been outplayed by a wide margin by Giovani Bernard who went off in week 2. Going forward, Hill and Bernard will likely split carries 50/50, unless one proves to be more effective which Bernard has done through the first two games. If that’s the case, Hill’s stock plummets based on his expectations entering the season.
RB, DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
For those of you who have benefited from DeAngelo Williams in the starting lineup this past week or two, the party is over now. With Le’Veon Bell returning in week 3, Williams won’t see nearly as much playing time moving forward. Still, the 32 year old running back put together a great two games as he averaged over 100 yards and chipped in with 3 TDs this past week for a great fantasy performance.
TE, Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
When the Saints traded Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks this past offseason, fantasy players drooled at the possibilities with Graham in that offense playing with Russell Wilson. As the remaining offseason ensued, it was unclear what his role that offense and he became a mystery in the fantasy world. Still, a guy like him was expected to keep up his elite production at the position. While he did go for 6 catches and a TD in week 1, he was outplayed by fellow TE, Luke Wilson. Graham caught only one pass and was targeted only twice in the loss in Green Bay. Regardless, he remains a must start at TE, but his role on that offense is quite the enigma at the moment.