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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 9 Stock Watch Decreasing Values

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 9 Stock Watch: Bear Market

October 30, 2013

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Week 9 Bear Market

Marques Colston - Colston has been one of the most reliable and consistent fantasy receivers for many years, but for some reason this year has been different.  Drew Brees looked to get Colston going on Sunday, but unfortunately for the Saints and Colston's fantasy owners, nothing really happened.  Colston actually led the Saints with six targets last week but he still produced a poor game catching 3 passes for 18 yards.  Colston is third on the Saints in targets behind Graham and Sproles, and he has been the most targeted wide receiver in New Orleans.  It is possible Colston is not 100% and his offseason foot injury could still be bothering him.  Colston's slow production combined with the return of Lance Moore and the Breakout performance from Kenny Stills make Colston a very risky start going forward.

Darren Sproles - Sproles had a terrible game last week where he gained exactly zero yards on four catches.  To make this performance worse, it came against a terrible Buffalo defense and Drew Brees had a phenomenal game throwing for 332 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Games like this can scare fantasy owners, especially since Sproles has only had one big game.  Sproles value is currently at the lowest it has been for several seasons, and he should rebound as the season moves forward.  Sproles has a unique role in the Saints offense, and he is still the second most targeted player in New Orleans.  It is a great time to take advantage of a nervous owner and acquire Sproles for cheap.

Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 9 Stock Watch Decreasing Values

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Ronnie Hillman - Hillman looked like he could be a sleeper pick this year.  Hillman was listed as the top running back in Denver on the Depth Chart, and even though Moreno was getting the bulk of the work, Hillman looked like a solid backup due to Moreno's injury history.  But then Hillman made the most unforgivable error a running back can make and that is fumbling on the goalline.  Hillman was trusted with a late goal line carry against the Colts two weeks ago, and since he lost the football, he was not allowed to put on a uniform last week.  One play, a goal line fumble, has destroyed Hillman's fantasy value and his spot on the Broncos depth chart.

Rashard Mendenhall - When a player is hurt and cannot take the field, it leaves the door open for someone to walk through and take the injured players job.  Well, that is basically what happened in Arizona on Sunday.  Mendenhall was not healthy enough to play, and Andre Ellington was given the opportunity to start.  Ellington literally took the ball and ran with it.  Ellington had the best rushing performance in the NFL on Sunday, and he should get the bulk of the carries going forward for Arizona.  The Cardinals coaches have stated they do not want to over work Ellington and Mendenhall will still see his share of carries, but Ellington showed he is the best running back in Arizona and he should lead the Cardinals in touches going forward.

Matt Schaub - Schaub's season just keeps getting worse and worse.  Schaub is reportedly healthy enough to play despite having torn ankle ligaments, but he will not be given the opportunity to show that he is able to play because he is no longer the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans.  Case Keenum was named the starter, and it was a performance based decision according to the Texans head coach.  Schaub had the worst kind of streak a quarterback could have throwing pick-sixes in four consecutive games, and now he lost his job on a bye week.


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