Fantasy Football News and Updates: Playoff Stock Watch - Bull Market
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Playoff Stock Watch - Bull Market
January 16, 2014
Playoff Round 2 Stock Watch - Bull Market
LeGarrette Blount - Blount continued his spectacular stretch of games as he had 24 carries for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Colts. Blount has taken over the Patriots offense for their last three games where he has had 64 carries for 431 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Patriots signed Blount to a one year deal so there is no guarantee that he will be back in New England next season. If Blount is a Patriot in 2014, he would be one of the most valuable fantasy running backs and he should be on every fantasy owner's radar.
Keenan Allen - The Chargers season is officially over, but Keenan Allen went out with a bang and left fantasy owners feeling confident in his abilities to have a strong sophomore season. Allen's catches slowed down a bit as the season came to an end, and he was basically invisible when the Chargers beat the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs. Allen finally showed up in a big way for San Diego last weekend though as he caught 6 passes for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. Allen had the best fantasy day of any receiver in the 2nd round of the playoffs and his performance showed that Rivers has the utmost confidence in him. Allen is looking like a very solid fantasy option for the 2014 season, and fantasy owners should not be hesitant to draft him.
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T.Y. Hilton - Hilton ended the season with another 100+ yard receiving day, and he gave fantasy owners a few more reasons to believe he can be a viable fantasy option next season. Many fantasy owners may shy away from Hilton, especially if Reggie Wayne comes back for another year, but Hilton has shown he can be a true weapon on the football field. If Luck and Hilton can continue to develop their chemistry, then Hilton could be one of the best fantasy receivers in the NFL. Hilton needs to become a more consistent performer in order to be thought of as one of the best fantasy WR, but he had a strong 2013 season and showed he is capable of stepping up on the big playoff stage. Hilton's fantasy stock is on the rise, and fantasy owners should monitor his offseason progress.
Marques Colston - Many fantasy owners viewed Colston as a fantasy disappointment in 2013, but the truth is that he was not too far off his career averages. Colston has been good for 80+ catches, 1,000+ yards, and 7+ touchdowns throughout his career, and in 2013 he had 75 catches for 943 yards and 5 touchdowns. Colston had a bad stretch of midseason games, and this caused many owners to lose faith in Colston as they feared he may be getting run down. Well Colston overcame the doubters in Seattle last weekend when he caught 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Colston's midseason slump was mostly likely due to an undisclosed knee injury that caused him to miss week 9, and not because he is getting too old. Colston's touchdown totals should rebound next season as well since Jimmy Graham will now be the most defended red zone target in New Orleans. Colston's playoff performance against the Seahawks proved he can still get the job done, and he should be a very good value draft pick in 2014.
Colin Kaepernick - Kaepernick keeps creeping up the 2014 fantasy draft boards with every playoff win, and it should not be surprising when a fantasy owner in every league drafts him a few rounds earlier than expected. Kaepernick is still a young developing quarterback who is one win away from back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Kaepernick is a great athlete, and fantasy owners will not soon forget how he went into Carolina, and not only beat Cam Newton, but Kaepernick also mocked Newton in the Panther's endzone after scoring a rushing touchdown.
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