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Monday, August 11, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK UP/STOCK DOWN

STOCK UP

Bishop Sankey:  New Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt gushed about his rookie back's performance on Saturday, when he picked up 75 yards on 13 touches and a touchdown.  Sankey did struggle in pass protection which is a big deal since QB Jake Locker has been so injury-prone but the fact of the matter is that Whisenhunt loves his play-making abilities.  Shone Greene remains the goal-line back however which limits Sankey's value to a RB 2 in PPR formats. 

Jamaal Charles:  After getting over 320 touches a year ago in a spectacular 2013 season that earned Charles the distinction of being the top player in fantasy football for 2014, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid claimed on Sunday that he had no plans of cutting back his star running back's workload.  That means as long as Charles stays healthy, another 1,200 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns to go along with 60-plus receptions is in the cards.

Brandon Williams:  Sleeper alert!  Williams is yet another in a recent long line of former basketball stars who are becoming big time pass catching tight ends in the NFL.  With the Carolina Panthers looking to employ two tight ends on every down like the New England Patriots once did with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, Williams immediately became a person of interest.  That was even more the case after he caught 3 passes in the team's preseason debut last weekend which included being target 6 times total.  Williams has big time athleticism and reminds me of Julius Thomas who at this time last year was a virtual unknown as well.  Keep a late round pick handy for this one.

Andre Ellington:  Ellington did next to nothing in the Arizona Cardinals' preseason debut over the weekend but he did take all of the first-team reps which was telling.  Bruce Arians plans on having Ellington as his number 1 back this season, with the only hiccup being the fact he will not get goal-line work.  Ellington has big time PPR appeal with the upside to be a 1 in that format.  In standard leagues his stock drops more than a bit though to low end RB 2 status. 

STOCK DOWN

Pierre Thomas:  The New Orleans Times-Picyune reports that Thomas has fallen behind both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson on the team's running back depth chart.  This is curious since Thomas is the best overall back on the team and led the position in receptions a season ago.  Thomas does have a checkered injury history and we can never totally ignore these reports.  We still like Thomas a lot as a RB 2 in PPR leagues and a bench guy in standard. 

 

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