Stock Market – Week 2
Matt Stein tells you which Week 1 performances to buy and sell.
Stock Market – Week 2
However, there are times when even a fantastic draft could mean very little if players that were expected to be superstars end up being busts. Of course, knowing when to buy into or sell players like this could put you back on track to being a competitive football team.
That’s what we’ll attempt to do for you today, and every following Wednesday of the fantasy football season. We’ll break down whether you should keep that supposed all-star or get rid of him before it’s too late.
QB – Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Watching Romo was difficult for anyone, especially fantasy owners. His three interceptions basically killed any chance he had at putting up solid fantasy numbers.
However, the real scary part is that Romo did it against a defense that’s mediocre at best. Sure, the San Francisco 49ers defense is talked about in the same breath as the elite defenses in the league, but that simply isn’t the case. In fact, the 49ers finished Week 1 with the 17th-ranked defense in the league.
Even worse is that Romo was only under pressure 22.5 percent of his time, which was in the lower half for quarterbacks. His receivers also didn’t drop a single pass on the day, which makes his 65.7 accuracy percentage only better than five quarterbacks in the league.
With back-to-back road games ahead, plus a game against the Seattle Seahawks in the next five weeks, now’s the time to move on from Romo.
RB – Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
No big-name player was as big of a dud in Week 1 as Charles. Seven carries for 19 yards and four receptions for 15 yards are about as pathetic as it can get. For those not so strong at math, that’s a pedestrian 3.1 yards per touch.
One problem for Charles is that his offensive line looks like it’s going to have some major issues. Only one of the five linemen finished with a positive grade following Sunday’s game. Another is that the Chiefs don’t have any other offensive weapons to get the ball to. This allows defenses to hone in on stopping Charles.
With all that said, there’s simply no way that Andy Reid is going to allow Charles to only get 11 touches in Week 2. If he gets a legitimate workload next week and continues to struggle, then there would be extreme concern, but give Charles one more week before selling.
WR – Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Of the 104 wide receivers Pro Football Focus graded in Week 1, Cruz finished No. 93. He finished the game with only two receptions for 24 yards. Unfortunately, that’s not even the worst part.
Cruz was only targeted a measly six times on Monday night against the Detroit Lions. He dropped two passes and one of the throws his was resulted in an interception. To make matters worse, Eli Manning and his 53.0 quarterback rating proved that the Giants offense is far from ready to produce points on a consistent basis.
Until Manning and the Giants offense can prove that they’re in sync, there isn’t a receiver worth holding on to for New York.
TE – Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
The worst graded tight end in Week 1 was Celek.
The good news is that where Celek really struggled was with his run blocking. The bad news is that the Eagles love to run the ball and can’t keep Celek on the field if he can’t block.
Furthermore, Celek was also outshined by second-year tight end Zach Ertz. Both players saw four targets and had three receptions, but Ertz turned those opportunities into 77 yards and a touchdown while Celek finished the game with only 15 yards.
All in all, it was a performance that Celek would likely want to forget. Unfortunately, he’ll be constantly reminded of it as the Eagles push the ball more towards Ertz in the coming weeks.