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Sunday, August 10, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK UP/STOCK DOWN

                                                      

STOCK UP

Johnny Manziel:  Well that was quick.  For all the talk and rumors that Brian Hoyer would be the starting QB for Week 1, it now appears that only one solid preseason performance by Johnny Manziel was all it took for him to move to the top of the depth chart.  Manziel showed the spark that made him famous at Texas A@M in the first place in his preseason debut on Saturday, protecting the football and showing off a strong arm.  Hoyer played all right himself in completing 6-of-14 throws for 96 yards but it appears he will be holding a clipboard when the games count.  Manziel now graduates for the time being into a low end QB 2 in two-passer formats and a backup with upside in QB 1 leagues.

Rashad Jennings:  It appears as though Jennings is going to be one of the prime beneficiaries of the new Ben McAdoo West Coast offense for the New York Giants this season as he comes off a terrific performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday which included a 73-yard touchdown run.  Jennings has run well and is catching passes out of the backfield for the Giants through two preseason games and in PPR formats he is a rock solid RB 2.  However rookie Andre Williams played well again as well and his status as the goal-line back will hurt Jennings, especially in standard setups.

STOCK DOWN

Steven Jackson:  Even besides the fact that Jackson is coming off a horrid 2013 season and for the fact he is currently sidelined with a bum hamstring, he now has to deal with a hard charging Devonta Freeman who comes off a 107-yard total outing in the team's preseason debut.  Freeman absolutely could steal the starting RB job from Jackson is this keeps up, although he may lose the goal-line work.

Robert Griffin III:  A report by ESPN's Mike Reiss made the rounds on Sunday regarding how it was clear to him that Kirk Cousins was vastly outplaying Robert Griffin III which was something the Patriots seconded after their joint practices last week.  Cousins seems to have taken more quickly to new head coach Jay Gruden's offense but Griffin remains the rock solid starter no matter what happens.  Still this is not what you want to hear with the season quickly approaching and Griffin trying to move past his awful 2013 campaign.

 

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