Fantasy Football Updates, 2013 NFL Week 7, Stock Watch Increasing Values
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 7 Bull Market
October 17, 2013
Stock Watch: Week 7 Bull Market
1. Justin Blackmon - Blackmon is one of the hottest players in the NFL, and nobody's fantasy value has shot up as much as Blackmon over the past two weeks. In his first two games back after serving a four game suspension, Blackmon has 19 catches on 29 targets for 326 yards and a touchdown. Blackmon has busted out in a big way, and picked up right where he left off last year.
Now fantasy owners have to determine if they believe Blackmon can keep up this monster pace. There are a few factors going in Blackmon's favor. Chad Henne is now the Jaguars quarterback and Blackmon's presence on the field should help MJD and the running game balance out the Jaguars offense. The negative is the Jaguars upcoming schedule and the inevitable double and triple teams that will attempt to shut down Blackmon in the future. Blackmon has a tough 4 game stretch after the Jaguars bye week where he will face a very distressed divisional opponent twice, Houston, and two of the leagues top cornerbacks, Joe Haden and Patrick Peterson. We have seen super stud wide receivers like Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall dominate targets and double coverage without too much hassle. While Blackmon has shown similar skills on the football field and has a similar build to Megatron and Marshall, Blackmon does not have the same level of quarterback throwing him the ball. Blackmon needs MJD too step his game up to keep defenses honest, and if that happens, then Blackmon should continue to produce like a fantasy stud the rest of the season.
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2. Jordy Nelson - Nelson's fantasy value has risen because the injury bug decided to attack one of his teammates. Randall Cobb suffered a broken leg, and will miss the rest of the fantasy football season. Cobb may return to the Packers if they make the NFL playoffs, but that will not help fantasy owners win fantasy football championships. Since Cobb is now no longer going to be on the field, Nelson has become the Packers' #1 wide receiver and Aaron Rodgers top target. Nelson is already producing like a top 10 wide receiver, and that should continue know that he is the top option in the Packers' passing game.
3. Josh Gordon - Josh Gordon is another player that has put up big numbers after serving a suspension. Gordon has finally shown his skills on the football field and has become a solid starter for fantasy football teams. Gordon's numbers have not suffered since Weeden took over as the Browns quarterback (w/ Hoyer 14 catches for 217 yards and 1 touchdown, with Weeden 11 catches for 212 yards and 1 touchdown), and there is no obvious reason to think Gordon's number will decline in the future. Gordon is looking like a solid fantasy start for the rest of the season, and his fantasy value should continue to rise.
4. Jay Cutler - Cutler is a very sneaky player in the Fantasy Football World at the moment. It seems as though the majority of fantasy owners are very hesitant to trust him again. Cutler has not been a trustworthy fantasy starter since his last year with the Broncos in 2008 when he threw for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns. Cutler is currently on Pace to throw for over 400 yards and 30 touchdowns, and numbers like that make him worthy of being called a #1 fantasy QB. In a year that was supposed to be deep at the quarterback position, Cutler has emerged as a top 10 option because injuries and underwhelming performances have hampered other quarterbacks such as Ryan, Wilson, Kaepernick, Brady, RG3, and Vick. Cutler has a nice schedule remaining and lots of weapons around him. Cutler is a very worthy buy now candidate before his stock gets much higher, because his price will only get higher as the season progresses.
5. Cam Newton - Newton is starting to set a trend as a second half guy. Newton started out slow last year, and he must have decided that was a lot fun because he did it agains this year. Newton has not won a lot of NFL games, but he has won a lot of fantasy football games. Newton had a dominating performance Sunday on the road in Minnesota, but the truth is, Newton has not played that bad this year. Newton is cursed because fantasy owners expect him to play like his self-professed TD celebration states, and if he does not put up superman numbers, than he must be a bust. Newton's big game and his tendency to get better as the season goes along are the reasons his fantasy value is back on the rise.
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