Fantasy Football News and Updates: Playoff Stock Watch - Bear Market
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Playoff Stock Watch - Bear Market
January 13, 2014
Playoff Round 2 Stock Watch - Bear Market
Tom Brady - Brady's fantasy value has dropped like a stone in water since Gronkowski went down, and the Patriots game plan in their divisional playoff game made Brady's fantasy value fall even farther. Brady has not reached 200 passing yards in any of the Patriots last three games, and he has only thrown two touchdowns in those three games as well. Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but it is looking like his days of being a fantasy stud are fading away. The Patriots have turned into a power running team, and they are having a lot of success with that game plan. Brady still has the ability to sling the rock with the best of them, however, the Patriots do not have a very strong receiver core and that is why they have started relying on their ground game. Brady is dropping down fantasy draft boards with each passing week, and he could end up being drafted as a backup fantasy QB in 2014.
Stevan Ridley - Ridley is another Patriot whose fantasy stock is dropping each week. Ridley's problem has been his fumbling issues, and now he has a bigger problem named LeGarrette Blount. Blount took over the Patriots backfield as the season came to an end, and now Ridley is having to fight for carries. Ridley had a nice game on Saturday night as he rushed for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries, but he was outdone by Blount who had twice as many touchdowns and three times as many rushing yards. Ridley was drafted very early in fantasy drafts in 2013, but now he is looking like nothing more than a handcuff to LeGarrette Blount for the 2014 fantasy drafts.
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Ryan Mathews - Mathews had a very good year as he was basically healthy all season and he set career highs in carries (285) and rushing yards (1,255). The reason Mathews' fantasy stock is dropping now is because the injury bug that he avoided during the regular season finally caught up to him during the postseason. Mathews injured his ankle in the Chargers first playoff game, and he was only able to carry the ball five times for 26 yards are Sunday against the Broncos. Mathews has been a big fantasy risk because he has been very injury prone, and now fantasy owners will once again be worrying about Mathews durability since he was unable to help the Chargers in the postseason.
Darren Sproles - Sproles was quietly one of the bigger fantasy disappointments this year, and he did nothing to compensate for that fact in the postseason. Sproles only had two good fantasy games in the entire regular season and those two games were the only games he reached the endzone. Sproles had been a fantasy force since coming to New Orleans, but that all ended this season. Sproles is still a good football player but he is not the fantasy force he once was. Sproles will be 31 when the 2014 season kickoffs, and he is quickly dropping down fantasy draft boards.
Golden Tate - Tate had a very disappointing performance on Saturday against the Saints. Tate was targeted five times but he was only able to make one catch for 13 yards. Tate had several big drops and he also fumbled the onside kick at the end of the game. It was an all around bad day for Tate and one that fantasy owners should remember on 2014 fantasy draft day. Tate still has time to redeem himself this postseason, but his poor outing on Saturday combined with his inconsistent regular season are causing him to fall down fantasy draft boards.
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