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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 4: Stock Watch High Valued Players

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Stock Watch: High Values

September 25, 2013

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Stock Watch: High Values

Normally its great to have players that are part of the fantasy football bull market, but in 2013, that is not necessarily the case.  The majority of the bull market players are #2 running backs or Quarterbacks that fantasy owners have a major problem trusting.  The wide receiver market is the most stable market in fantasy football, and there are not too many surprises at this position.  Since the NFL is an all out passing league, (hence the reason the RB market is so messed up) the tight end market has stolen some value from the RBs and it too is a pretty stable market.

Here is a quick look at players with high values heading into Week 4:

Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 4: Stock Watch High Valued Players

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Quarterbacks

1. Michael Vick - It's not often that fantasy owners are hesitant to invest in the #2 QB after three games, especially when that QB has a household name.  But in the turbulent 2013, Michael Vick is a player that the overwhelming majority of fantasy owners are afraid of.  The Eagles offense has been red hot and it took their former coach to slow them down. Andy Reid knows the Eagles personnel and he knew how to attack them.  While Reid may have set a blueprint for other teams to follow, its hard to argue that the Eagles will continue to be shut down, especially since there are some very weak defenses in their division.  Vick has great value now, but fantasy owners are scared to invest because of the injury risk.  If Vick can put up good numbers this week in Denver, his value will be at a season high, and he should cross the "risk factor" hurdle and become the most valueable commodity on the trade market.

2. Phillip Rivers - Rivers has gone from fantasy stud to fantasy dud to waiver wire darling, and that is why no one is buying what the Chargers are selling.  Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates have been riding the River wave of resurgency; however, fantasy owners are not ready to hop on the Chargers bandwagon.  Rivers has played like a top 10 QB, but fantasy owners are not willing to give up top 10 QB value to acquire him.  While Rivers is definilty part of the QB bull market, he is going to need a few more big games to attract the interest needed to get a fair market value for him.

 

Running Backs

1. Giovani Bernard - Bernard is looking like he will be the top rookie running back this year, and that is why fantasy owners will not be willing to part with him.  Bernard was a late mid-round pick in most leagues and he is looking like the RB steal of the year.  Bernard's value will continue to rise and it will take a lot to acquire him now because of the extremely volatile running back market.

2. Bilal Powell - If you're in a league that Powell is not owned, then grab him now.  Ivory looked like the fantasy RB to own from the Jets, but his injury history got to him early and now Powell is the lead back for the Jets.  His value is at an all time high after his huge game last week.  So if you own him, its time to sell high or hold, and enjoy the fact a starting RB who will get 20 touches a game is on your roster.

3. Joique Bell - No other player in all of Fantasy Football is more frustrating to fantasy owners, well let's rephrase, no handcuff is more frustrating if he was not drafted by Reggie Bush owners.  Oh the heartache if Bush is on your bench and you get beat by a team that starts Bell.  But at the same time, Bell's value is limited because Bush will be back, and when he comes back, Bell will go back to being a backup.  As awesome as Bell has been, Bush has the potential to be even more awesome, and that is why the Fantasy Football World is stalling on Bell's value.  You can't trade him unless its too a Bush owner, and then the asking price is too high.  Bell is not more explosive than Bush, but he could remain a valid flex option all year.  So despite his high stock value this week, Bell should just sit on your roster and be played while he is starting, unless you can take the Bush owner in your league for all he's worth, 

4.Fred Jackson - Fantasy Owners that drafted C.J. Spiller are still waiting to see Spiller throw up, and that has not happened.  In fact, its the fantasy owners that are throwing their hands up in frustration over the fact they bought into the Bills' bluff.  Jackson may be old, but he is still productive.  And now that Spiller may miss sometime, his value won't get higher.  If you have Jackson then follow suite with the Joique Bell owners and take the Spiller owner for all he's worth; otherwise, sit back and enjoy the ride while it last because only the Spiller owner will give up the value Jackson is demanding now.

 

Wide Receivers

Brian Hartline - If he is still on your league's waiver wire, stop messing around and grab him.  If you own Hartline, he could be the key piece in a trade that lands you that much needed running back upgrade.  Hartline is looking like a very reliable fantasy option, and his value is on the rise.

 

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