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Week 4 Stock Report: Steel City Letdown

Week 4 Stock Report
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My thoughts on a stock report are simple. I tend to think of a stock broker; someone to tell you when to buy, sell and remain steady.

The Week 4 Stock Report is going to be like that, there are a few players who flashed and showed what they are capable of, and Fantasy players should buy into them if possible- stock up.

There are also a few players who you should hold onto, whether it be for match up reasons or a greater opportunity ahead- stock steady.

Then there are the flops. The players who showed they can win your league for you, but now could potentially be released by Fantasy owners- stock down.

So, without further ado, let’s dive in to the Week 4 stock report.

Week 4 Stock Report

Stock Up

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

No, I’m not just saying this because I’m a Ravens fan. Joe Flacco has been a consistent Fantasy scorer in the first quarter of the season.

The schedule gets pretty easy for him moving forward as well as he plays the Browns, Titans and Saints over the next three weeks.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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Andrew Luck scored four touchdowns and threw for 464 yards in a loss against the Texans in Week 4.

Luck faces the Patriots this week in a game where the Colts will surely be trailing and will have opportunities to throw the ball often. After the Patriots game, Luck faces the Jets, Bills and Raiders, all of which are favorable match ups.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

I know, he played a very banged up Falcons defense in Week 4, but if you look ahead at the match ups for the next four weeks, Dalton has some favorable games.

Dalton plays Miami, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Tampa Bay over the next four weeks. Dalton has already been a consistent scorer and those match ups should have owners salivating.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Nyheim Hines only rushed four times for 10 yards in Week 4, but his work in the passing game is what puts him firmly on this list.

Hines caught nine passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4. Hines seems to have cemented himself as the Colts passing down back, and for an team that trails a lot, that’s an important role to be in.

James White, RB, New England Patriots

James White is the running back to own for the Patriots and it’s not close.

White does it all for the Patriots, and most importantly he has the trust of Tom Brady in the passing game. White will see the field in all situations and should be in all Fantasy lineups moving forward.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones gets a lot of attention, and Calvin Ridley has been the main beneficiary of that.

Ridley leads the NFL with six receiving touchdowns and he continues to show why he was a first round pick every week.

With the Atlanta defense banged up, Atlanta will have to throw the ball a lot and Ridley should continue to see a large workload.

John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens haven’t had a number one receiver in what feels like decades, but they may have found a receiver that fits what Flacco likes to do.

John Brown has blazing speed and he has been the main beneficiary of the hot streak Flacco is on. Brown should be owned in all leagues moving forward.

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers might have found themselves a tight end. Vance McDonald has emerged as a legitimate option for the Steelers in the passing game. In a game where Ben Roethlisberger struggled, he found McDonald five times for 62 yards.

Tight end is an ugly position in Fantasy this year, and McDonald is a legit option when there aren’t many out there.


Stock Steady

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Leonard Fournette has already been ruled out for Week 5, making T.J. Yeldon the starter. Fournette has battled this injury for most of the season and it is not certain when he will be back.

Yeldon is the Jaguars starter until Fournette gets back, and because we do not know when that is going to be, Yeldon should be held onto and started this week against the Chiefs.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have been looking for a number two receiver ever since Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones left. Boyd is emerging as that.

Boyd’s stock has been up since Week 2, and it should remain steady until further notice, especially with the Bengals easy schedule moving forward.

Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders

Cook has been one of the most consistent tight ends all season. I thought it would fall off after the first few games, but Cook has remained steady as a consistent weekly starter at tight end.

Derek Carr has consistently looked for Cook all over the field and Cook should remain in lineups until further notice.


Stock Down

Pittsburgh Steelers Offense

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James Conner was ineffective in week four, Ben Roethlisberger struggled to find Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster in most of the game and they put up just 14 points.

This offense will continue to struggle until Le’Veon Bell returns. You still must start all these guys with the hopes that they turn it all around, but its looking bleak.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Fitz Magic came to an end in Week 4, and it looks like Jameis Winston will be starting for the Buccaneers moving forward. Fitzpatrick is droppable.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns

This is more of Nick Chubb deserving more touches than anything Carlos Hyde did wrong. Chubb had three rushes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4.

Hyde’s workload will surely decrease moving forward, and that is why his stock is down.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots

There are just too many receiving options for Chris Hogan to remain relevant for the Patriots. Hogan is behind Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, James White and Josh Gordon in terms of targets.

Hogan should be held onto moving forward, but temper expectations for him.


Check back in for the Week 5 stock report next week to see whose stock is up, steady and down.


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