Fantasy Football News and Updates: Playoff Stock Watch The Bull Market
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Playoff Stock Watch The Bull Market
January 7, 2013
Playoff Stock Watch - Bull Market
T.Y. Hilton - Hilton had a huge game against the Chiefs in the wildcard round as he caught 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton had the best fantasy day for any position player during the opening round of the NFL playoffs, and it was definitely a performance that fantasy owners will not forget about come draft day 2014. Hilton had been hit or miss this season, and fantasy owners wanted to see if Hilton could handle the big stage with the game on the line. Hilton answered the call and showed he can be a huge playmaker under the big lights. Hilton finished the season as a top 20 WR, but his inconsistent play during the season was a major hindrance to his 2014 value. Thanks to his huge and clutch playoff performance, fantasy owners will feel more comfortable picking Hilton in 2014, and he will most likely be one of the first 20 WR drafted next season.
Colin Kaepernick - Kaepernick was a fairly big fantasy disappointment in 2013 because his stats did not live up to the offseason hype. Fantasy owners who invested in Kaepernick were expecting to see him take off and run a lot, but that was something Kaepernick did not do much of during the regular season. Kaepernick only rushed for over 50 yards four times in the regular season with his highest rushing total being 87 yards in week 2 at Seattle. When the playoffs started, however, Kaepernick was back to his old tricks of tucking and running and leading the 49ers in rushing. Kaepernick had his best rushing performance of the year against the Packers on Sunday as he gained 98 yards on the ground, and it is that type of performance that keeps fantasy owners interested in Kaepernick. If the 49ers let Kaepernick run wild during the regular season, then there is a strong possibility he could be the highest scoring fantasy QB. There is no guarantee Harbaugh will allow that to happen though, and Kaepernick may simply continue to tease fantasy owners with his incredible playoff performances.
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Michael Crabtree - Crabtree was expected to have a big year in 2013, but an injury ended his opportunity to have a breakout season. Crabtree was not a draftable wide receiver when the 2013 season began, but he has taken advantage of his opportunities since returing to the football field this year. Crabtree has gotten better in each game he has played this season and he carried that trend over to the postseason. Crabtree led the 49ers with 8 catches for 125 yards in the wildcard round. Crabtree caught half of Kaepernick's completed passes and showed he is ready to be the #1 WR in San Francisco. With each game this season, Crabtree is regaining the confidence of fantasy owners and creeping up the 2014 draft boards.
Dwayne Bowe - Bowe was the second best wide receiver on wildcard weekend, and his performance should have been enough to keep him as a #3 fantasy WR next season. Bowe had a terrible season as he finished outside the top 40 fantasy receivers this year, but his huge playoff game could keep Bowe in the top 30 fantasy receivers for next season. The Chiefs had a good year, and that was without much help from their top wide receiver. The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to get Bowe more involved next year because of the explosive offenses in their division. Bowe's huge playoff game with 8 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown showed he can still get it done on the field, and now it's up to the Chiefs to figure out how to get him more opportunities to succeed in 2014. Bowe will still fall in fantasy drafts next season as compared to where he was taken in 2013, but he will not fall as far in 2014 as his performance this season would indicate.
Marvin Jones - Jones was actually the third best wide receiver during wildcard weekend as he had 8 catches for 130 yards. Jones finished the season as a top 30 WR, and his playoff performance would suggest he could be a force in the Bengals offense next season. Jones was not drafted in 99% of leagues this season, but he will be drafted in most leagues in 2014. Jones fantasy stock is rising even though Dalton's fantasy value is falling. Expect fantasy owners to take a late round flier on Jones as they hope he can emerge as a true threat on the opposite side of the field from the deadly A.J. Green.
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