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Fantasy Football Updates: 2013 NFL Week 8 Stock Watch Increasing Values

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Stock Watch Bull Market

October 24, 2013

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Week 8 Stock Watch: Bull Market

1. Ryan Matthews - All of a sudden Ryan Matthews has turned into a rushing machine.  Matthews rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Chargers last two games and he had over 20 carries in each of those games as well.  Now fantasy owners have to figure out two things.  Are the Chargers going to finally rely on Matthews to be a workhorse back, and if they do, can he stay healthy?  Matthews suffered a concussion during week 5 and Danny Woodhead's carries also increased over the past few games. In a year where the injury bug is taking players out left and right, it would seem likely Matthews will suffer an injury at some point.  It's looking like a good time to sell high on Matthews, but if the price in not right, hold onto him. There is no guarantee Matthews will get hurt, and right now his stock should continue to rise because the Chargers have two good matchups, Washington and Denver, after their bye week.

2. Andy Dalton - Dalton has hit a hot streak having throw for over 700 yards with 6 touchdowns in his last two games.  This is a major change from Dalton's first five games where he only had a total of five touchdowns and did not top 300 yards in a game.  Dalton has been a streaky player over his career and with a tough Jets defense coming to Cincinnati this week, it's a good time to try and sell high on Dalton if anyone in your league is desperate for a quarterback.

Fantasy Football Updates: 2013 NFL Week 8 Stock Watch Increasing Values

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3. Chris Johnson - Chris Johnson has been a major frustration to fantasy owners over the last few seasons.  He got off to a very slow start last year, and he has done the same thing this year.  There are many opinions on why CJ has struggled so far this season, and while there are multiple factors that have contributed to CJ's troubles, its very hard to overlook the Titans schedule for their first 7 games.  CJ has faced 5 of the top 10 defenses this season (Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, 49ers, Steelers) and he is still a top 20 fantasy running back.  CJ showed he can still break a long run against the 49ers on Sunday, and with the toughest part of his schedule over, CJ's stock is on the rise and the time to buy low on him is getting close to being over.

4. Chris Ivory - Just when fantasy owners were getting comfortable starting Bilal Powell every week, Chris Ivory gets 34 carries and Powell gets 3.  There have not been any reports to indicate that Powell was injured, so it appears the Jets backfield has become a fantasy nightmare.  Fantasy owners are going to need to see more from Ivory before they start to believe in him again, but he was the big free agent brought in to add some thump to the Jets backfield.  It is possible a healthy Ivory takes over the Jets' backfield and if he does, his fantasy value will rise significantly.

5. Kendall Wright - Wright has very quietly become a very consistent receiver for the Titans and is slowly getting attention from the Fantasy Football World.  Nate Washington made a big waiver wire splash after a few huge games in weeks 3 and 4, but Washington has gone ice cold since then.  Wright on the other hand has maintained steady production catching at least 5 balls and gaining over 50 yards in each game since week 2.  Wright and Washington have produced basically the same amount of fantasy points, and if the tortoise always beats the hare, then Wright is the wide receiver to own in Tennessee.

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