Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Stock Watch: Players on the Rise
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: 2013 NFL Stock Watch: Players on the Rise
January 4, 2014
Stock Rising for Next Season
Here is a quick look at some players that finished the 2013 season on a very strong roll. These players should be on every fantasy owners radar during the offseason.
Cordarrelle Patterson - Patterson turned into a major fantasy force over the last quarter of the season for the Vikings, and he could end up as a mid round pick in next year's fantasy drafts. Some owners may even reach for him as a top 20 WR. If Patterson is able to carry over his strong play into next year, he would be a bargain as a top 20 WR considering he finished as a top 10 WR over the last four games of the season. The key to Patterson's fantasy value will be the Minnesota starting QB next season. Right now that job is up in the air, and Patterson could take a hit if he is forced to catch passes from a rookie QB. Patterson showed he could make plays both through the air and on the ground as he had 344 total yards and 5 touchdowns over the last quarter of the season. Patterson was the biggest end-of-year breakout player, and he should be on all fantasy radars heading into the 2014 season.
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Jerrel Jernigan - Jernigan is another WR that stepped up in a huge way once he was given the opportunity to get on the football field. Jernigan had fallen to the bottom of the Giants wide receiver depth chart, but once a few injuries cleared the way for him, he showed he is ready to perform on the NFL stage. Jernigan was the Giants leading receiver over their last three games as he had 20 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns over that span. Jernigan also added 54 rushing yards and touchdown on two carries in the Giants last game of the season. The Giants spent a 3rd round draft pick on Jernigan in 2011, and it looks like they are finally starting to get a return on their investment. Jernigan should be monitored this offseason as he could earn a major role in the Giants offense next year.
LeGarrette Blount - Blount finally added a little stability to the Patriots rushing attack as the season came to end. Blount's fantasy value is on the rise, but that could change since he is still going to be seeing game action in the playoffs. Blount finished the year on a very strong note as he rushed for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns over the Patriots last two games. Blount has a chance to earn the starting job because Ridley can't seem to stay out of Belichick's doghouse. Blount is a player to watch during the playoffs, and he could enter the 2014 season as the starting running back in New England.
Geno Smith - Geno Smith decided to shock the NFL world by playing at a very high level over the Jets last four games. The big change in Smith appeared to be the fact that the Jets finally let him play his game. Smith rushed for more yards (186) in the Jets last four games then he did in the Jets previous 12 games (180). The Jets finally let Geno "run wild" and it worked to their favor. Smith also cut down on his turnovers as he only had 2 interceptions and no fumbles in the Jets last four games. Smith will most likely be passed over by fantasy owners in next year's fantasy drafts, but he is a player that finished 2013 on a very strong note and he could be a potential sleeper in 2014 if the Jets continue to let him play his game.
Marcedes Lewis - Who could have known that when Gronk went down Lewis was the TE to pick up off the waiver wire. Lewis was a very good fantasy tight end over the last five games of the regular season, and he may enter the 2014 sleeper conversations based on his strong end to the 2013 season. Lewis had 16 catches for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns over the Jaguars last five games. Lewis was a viable fantasy tight end in 2010 when he had 700 receiving yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Lewis has the ability to produce another season as a solid fantasy TE, and that is why fantasy owners should monitor Lewis and the Jaguars over the offseason.