Week 2 has set into our rearview mirror and the emotions of fantasy players everywhere are at an all-time high.
This season has started off incredibly different than what we were projecting and the injury bugs are certainly not helping our confidence in our lineups moving forward.
Additionally, we’ve seen some abnormal trends throughout the first two weeks. A prime example would be that, currently, these are the top 10 leaders in receiving yards across the NFL…
(Just as we expected, right?)
This level of unpredictability has almost certainly led to some shaky lineups and fantasy owners’ tendency right now is to start panicking. Stay calm and don’t freak out. It’s a long season ahead of us, so take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee and let’s discuss how we can “right the ship” for our Dynasty rosters moving forward.
Dynasty Tip Of The Week
Never Buy High. Depending on your lifestyle, this may also be good life advice…
What I mean by this is to never go chasing after a player in a Dynasty league whose stock is up or who’s coming off of a big game. In the eyes of the Dynasty owner, their player’s value has never been higher and you’re going to have to significantly overpay to acquire them.
For example, I have Sammy Watkins in my main Dynasty league. If someone had come to me with a trade offer for Sammy Watkins after Week 1, I’m asking for the moon in order to move him off my team. My perceived value for Watkins was vastly different than what it was only a few days prior with his 3-TD game…
When you chase after a player that just had a huge blowup performance, you’re surrendering assets that you didn’t need to give up in the first place. Every NFL player has big weeks and then mediocre weeks, so there’s a chance that that desired player comes back down to earth sooner rather than later.
My suggestion would be to grab a notebook and write down the players name that you have your eye on after a big week. Put a star next to their name and just keep an eye on their performances the next few weeks. The opportunity to trade for them will come, you just have to be patient in the meantime.
Dynasty Stock Report
Stock Up: David Montgomery – Chicago Bears, RB
David Montgomery’s carry count literally tripled from Week 1 to Week 2. While the box score won’t make you extremely excited, the workload and opportunity Montgomery received was very promising.
The Bears offense funneled through Montgomery on Sunday versus Denver and it was clear the game plan this week was to run out the clock. Montgomery finished with 18 carries for 62 yards and a TD, while receiving 3 targets in the passing game. The most exciting part though for Montgomery (and us as Dynasty owners) was that on one drive, Montgomery received the ball 5 times inside the 10-yard line. While the stout Broncos red zone run defense was able to hold up until the last carry, Montgomery’s opportunity is an indication of future success.
If you invested highly in Montgomery, be encouraged by his performance on Sunday. The arrow is certainly pointing up for the young running back.
Stock Down: Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
What is happening with Cam Newton?
The Panthers insist that he’s perfectly healthy, but Newton currently has negative rushing yardage on the season through two games. He’s consistently missing wide open receivers and doesn’t appear to be the “Superman” that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing week after week.
Until Newton can show that he’s fully healthy, mobile and back to his confident self, he doesn’t belong anywhere near your starting lineups. We have to begin wondering if this is the last of Newton in Carolina with his contract up at the end of 2020, but only a $2 million dead cap hit this offseason.
Stock Up: D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars, WR
Chark was a bit of a surprise pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in the 2nd round out of LSU due to the lack of production, but the physical profile and athleticism Chark displayed in college was enticing. He struggled his rookie season with Bortles as his QB, but he remained a player to keep your eye on moving into 2019.
After two back-to-back big games from Chark, it looks like he’s taken that step forward that you love to see from second-year wideouts. He’s a deep threat with incredible ball tracking ability and he’s become a favorite target for Foles and Minshew.
With Minshew at the helm moving forward, I’m uncertain whether or not I’d be willing to put him in my starting lineups every single week, but it’s encouraging to see his talent prevailing the current situation.
Stock Down: Derrius Guice – Washington Redskins, RB
This one is pretty self-explanatory…this poor guy can’t stay healthy. For all the talent that Guice possesses, it’s useless unless you can be on the football field. With him being placed on IR again this past week, it feels eerily similar to the Kevin White situation only a few years ago. (That brings up all sorts of negative emotions.)
I feel terrible for the guy, but Guice has a steep hill to climb up in order to be able to make a significant impact in the NFL. It’s not looking good for the former LSU running back…
Stock Up: Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals, WR
Christian Kirk didn’t do much with his targets Week 1, but Week 2 he made the most of his opportunity. Kirk went 6-114-0 on 8 targets and now has 20 targets over two games with Kyler Murray as his quarterback.
Kirk is an integral part of this Kingsbury offense and the targets are only going to continue as the Cardinals spread defenses out. With 2019 likely being Fitzgerald’s last season in the NFL, Kirk has shown the talent and ability to step right in and take over as the WR1 for this team moving forward.
He’s an incredible Dynasty asset and the arrow is pointing up for the 22-year-old wide receiver. Hang onto him if you have him on your roster.
BONUS: Draft Prospect To Watch
There’s a wide receiver that I loved in my early summer scouting that is starting to garner some attention from draft media and his name is Tylan Wallace.
Wallace is a separation artist. He’s a diverse route runner and can take the top off a defense with his wheels. This kid can flat out fly on the football field and reminds me a lot of DeSean Jackson.
Oklahoma State plays Texas this weekend and this will be a perfect test for Wallace against good competition. If you’re looking for a game to watch Saturday night, turn on this game and watch #2.
(Bonus Bonus: Keep an eye on Chuba Hubbard in this game, also. Not only does he have a great name, but he’s a running back who is draft-eligible and has been putting on a show in recent weeks.)