Fantasy Football News and Updates: Playoff Stock Watch - The Bear Market
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Playoff Stock Watch - The Bear Market
January 7, 2014
Playoff Stock Watch - Bear Market
A bad showing in the postseason can have a strong impact on a player's fantasy draft value for the following season, and here are a few players that should drop a few rounds on draft day in 2014 because of their underwhelming performances in the first round of the playoffs.
Andy Dalton - No player's stock fell more on wildcard weekend then Andy Dalton. Dalton and the Bengals had a strong season and played a very beatable Chargers team on Sunday afternoon. However, things did not go as planned for the Bengals and Dalton's two interceptions are the main reason that the Bengals season came to an abrupt end. Dalton looked to be on the verge of having a breakout year as he finished the season as a top 10 scoring fantasy QB. If Dalton had had a strong postseason, then he would have been drafted as a top 10 fantasy QB next year. That did not happen though, and since Dalton showed he is still not ready for the big lights this postseason, he should once again be drafted as a backup fantasy QB in 2014.
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Chiefs Defense - Kansas City had the top scoring defense in fantasy football this season, but that dominance did not translate over to their playoff game against the Colts. The Chiefs offense was able to score 44 points and the Chiefs defense was able to force 4 turnovers, but the final stat that counts is the fact that the Chiefs defense gave up 45 points. The Chiefs defense struggled in the second half of the regular season as they began to face tougher competition, and that trend held true during the postseason. Kansas City finished the year as the best fantasy defense, but they do not deserve to be drafted as even a top five option next season because of their poor second half and postseason performances.
Randall Cobb - Cobb does not really deserve to be on this list because he was one of the Packers most clutch performers on Sunday, however, he did not do enough to work his way back in the conscience mind of most fantasy footballers. Cobb was drafted as a #1 fantasy WR in most leagues this year, but because of his injury and a very short end-of-year return, he will slide down draft boards next season. Cobb could arguably be the best value heading into next year's fantasy draft as he could fall out of the top 15 or even top 20 fantasy wide receiver rankings. Cobb could get back into the #1 WR conversation with a strong 2014 preseason, but as of now, Cobb will be one of the best draft day bargains in 2014.
Aaron Rodgers - A disappointing season caused by injuries are how great fantasy football players become draft bargains, and that is exactly what happened to Rodgers in 2013. Rodgers has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks since he took over the starting job in Green Bay, and he has been drafted as a top 3 fantasy QB for many years now. However, that could all change next year. There is a chance that Rodgers could be rated as the 5th or 6th fantasy QB heading into next season, and if that is the case, he will be a great draft day bargain as it means he could be taken in the 3rd or even 4th round. There is a lot that will have to happen for Rodgers to fall out of the top 3, but if Luck and Newton have dominating postseason performances, then next year's "industry standard" QB draft rankings could look like this: 1. Peyton, 2. Brees, 3. Newton, 4. Luck, 5. Rodgers/Foles.
James Jones - Jones fantasy stock dropped on Sunday not because of an injury but because he was unable to make the big plays. Jones was a clutch receiver two years ago when he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns, and he showed signs that he could be a reliable fantasy WR this season. But on Sunday night Rodgers went to Jones on a couple of high stake throws and Jones was unable to complete the catches. Rodgers stopped looking for Jones as the game went on because Jones was not coming down with the ball. Since Jones was not getting the job down, Rodgers went back to Cobb who was able to make the big catches. Jones lost some of his mojo this postseason, and he will definitely be behind Nelson and Cobb in the Green Bay WR pecking order next season.
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