Each week I will highlight players and teams who have seen their value rise or fall during the previous week. I will also try to highlight players that have favorable schedules coming up that could give them a boost in value. Remember that you always want to sell high and buy low!
-Keenum has been a solid starter for the Texans since taking over in week 7 against the Chiefs. In his three starts, he has 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He has lost two fumbles, but hasn’t been the turnover machine that Matt Schaub was earlier in the year. Keenum has seen an increase in attempts each week and the Texans should continue to pass more now that Arian Foster is out for the year. The Texans have a favorable schedule the rest of the season, and look for them to put up strong offensive numbers. Keenum isn’t going to put up top-level quarterback numbers, but he has value as a QB2 and should be owned in all leagues.
-Vereen is finally coming back this week after missing most of the season with a wrist injury he suffered in week one against the Bills. I am sure most fantasy owners remember how well he played in week 1 (over 150 total yards with 7 receptions). It make take a week or two for Vereen to be fully implemented in the Patriots’ game plan, but he has the potential to be a jack-of-all trades running back. He should be used similarly to the way the Saints use Pierre Thomas. Vereen should get 10-15 touches a game and has more value in PPR leagues than in standard leagues.
-Garcon has seen double-digit targets in 7 of 9 games this year. He is clearly the #1 target for RGIII and has seen an increase in yardage the past two weeks. Garcon is benefitting from the extra attention that Jordan Reed is getting each week. He is now seeing more single coverage and that has allowed him to be more productive for fantasy owners. The only thing holding him back from being a WR1 is a lack of touchdowns. Expect the yardage to continue to be around 90 yards per game and he should be able to find the end zone a few more times this year.
-Wright is on pace for almost 90 receptions and over 1,00o yards this year. He has been a consistent performer in PPR leagues, but doesn’t get much publicity because he hasn’t had a huge breakout performance. He isn’t an exciting player to put in your lineup because he has a very low ceiling. Wright is solid WR3 to use in your lineup because you know the production he will give you each week.
-In the first six games of the season, Johnson had zero touchdowns. In the three games with Keenum at quarterback, Johnson has 5 touchdowns with a huge increase in his yards per reception. The Texans have been throwing the ball more with Foster out and Johnson should continue to see an increase in production. Johnson should continue to put up WR1 stats for the remainder of the year as he faces a pretty easy schedule the rest of the way.
-Cruz had a big game in week 1 and 3, but has been very disappointing during most weeks this year. His recent production isn’t on par with his name value and reputation. He has scored single digit fantasy points in five straight games. He has only topped 70 yards once in that span and has averaged less than 5 receptions per game. Cruz always has the potential to have a huge week, but he shouldn’t be viewed as anything more than a WR2 going forward. Keep him in your lineup each week, but limit your expectations as the Giants continue to struggle passing the ball.
-Jackson has seen a huge decrease in production the last two weeks. He has been under 10 targets both weeks, and hasn’t topped 30 yards receiving. Most of his stats were accumulated in three monster weeks. He dominated the Jets in week 1 and had back-to-back explosions against the Eagles and Falcons. If you take out those three games, he has only 2 games of over 40 yards receiving and zero touchdowns. He is the main option for the Buccaneers, but he faces a lot of double teams as a result of being the only quality receiver on the team. Jackson’s production is also struggling due to his inaccurate quarterback. Continue to use him as a WR2, but he really is a boom or bust type player.
-Dalton had a great three game run that really inflated his value as a fantasy quarterback. If you take out his those games, Dalton has been a below average fantasy quarterback. He totaled 11 touchdowns in those three game, but hasn’t come close to those numbers in his other games. He has averaged only one touchdown pass per game outside his mid-season stat explosion. That includes three games with zero touchdown passes. Dalton doesn’t have the arm strength to be a top-notch fantasy quarterback. Having A.J. Green as a receiver makes any quarterback capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers, but Dalton is not a player you should trust in your lineup. He doesn’t offer any upside running the ball if the passing game isn’t working. Let someone else have him as their back-up quarterback.