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Fantasy Football Updates 2013 NFL Week 7 Stock Watch Decreasing Values

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 7 Bear Market

October 17, 2013

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Stock Watch: Week 7 Bear Market

1. Demarco Murray - Murray is haunted by the nightmare stigma of being an injury risk, and he lived up to that stigma in week 6.  Murray will not play in week 7, and now his fantasy value has taken a major hit.  Murray needed to get through a full season without missing a game in order for fantasy owners to fully trust him.  Murray was only able to remain healthy for five games, and now fantasy owners have lost faith in his ability to be a consistent fantasy starter.  Murray was having a very good season and he was performing like a top 10 running back. Now there are rumors that the Cowboys will use a committee when Murray returns, and while that remains to be seen, it still adds to the negative speculation that is surrounding Murray's fantasy value.  If Murray regains the bulk of the carries when he returns, than he makes for an excellent buy low candidate because the Cowboys have an easy schedule the rest of the way.

2. Doug Martin - Martin's fantasy value continues to trend in the wrong direction.  It appeared his fantasy value had bottomed out, but that is not the case.  Martin played against the Eagles, one of the NFL's worst defenses, on Sunday and had a disappointing performance.  Martin gained a total of 91 yards, but he went another week without scoring a touchdown.  Martin has as many touchdowns on the season as he does fumbles, and a 1:1 TD/Fumble ratio does not make for a top 10 fantasy running back.  It is hard to see things getting better for Martin, and fantasy owners will need to hold on for the bumpy ride and trust that he can turn his season around.

Fantasy Football Updates 2013 NFL Week 7 Stock Watch Decreasing Values

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3. Trent Richardson - Richardson made some headlines this year, but he is quickly becoming a forgotten man now that he is hidden among the cast of offensive characters in Indianapolis. As each week passes, Richardson's poor performances on the football field make the Cleveland Browns look smarter and smarter.  Richardson has not made an impact in the Colts passing game and he is only averaging 3.1 yards per carry since the blockbuster trade.  Richardson's fantasy stock continues to drop, and he may not only finish outside the top 20 fantasy running backs, but he may also start to lose carries to Donald Brown.

4. RGIII - Griffin's slow start should not be much of a shock to fantasy owners since he did not play in the preseason and he is still recovering from his knee injury.  But one thing fantasy owners did not expect is that after 5 games Griffin would have more turnovers, 7, than touchdowns, 6. Griffin did not look very comfortable in his first few games, and he has been hesitant to run the ball.  That changed after the Redskins bye week.  Griffin ran well last week against the Cowboys as he gained 77 yards on 9 carries.  This was a positive sign for fantasy owners, but Griffin has only thrown one touchdown pass in his last three games.  Griffin's fantasy stock continues to slide down, but that means he is another buy low candidate.  Griffin plays in the NFC East which is loaded with bad defenses, and he should be able to exploit his division rivals as he regains his confidence over the course of the season.

5. Brandon Myers - Myers has not been on the fantasy radar for many weeks now, but he was drafted as a top 10 tight end to begin the season.  Myers biggest problem has been the emergence of Rueben Randle.  Myers has lost targets to Randle, and this trend should continue for the rest of the season.  Myers may have a few good games in the future, but they will be very hard to determine.  Myers will continue to have a low fantasy value unless Nicks is traded.  If the Giants trade Hakeem Nicks, then Myers should see more targets, but there is no guarantee that will happen. If you are holding onto Myers in the hope that he turns his season around, you should just go ahead and drop him.


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