NationalFootballPost.com Fantasy Expert Joe Fortenbaugh shares his thoughts on Fantasy Football throughout the season special to us here at NFLGridironGab.com
Every Wednesday here at the National Football Post I will feature an article analyzing the rise and fall in value of six players. The players that make the list can fall into one of two categories: The Straight Cash Homeys (The players on the rise. Thank you Randy Moss for arguably the greatest interview of all time) and The Mike Tyson Stock Portfolio (because honestly, how do you gross over $300 million in fights and wind up more than $10 million in debt?).
The goal is to keep our readers in the know regarding which of their fantasy players are in a good position to be traded and which ones are not. As usual, I want to hear your opinions on the following players and how you feel they stack up compared to my analysis.
STRAIGHT CASH HOMEYS
1. DeSean Jackson WR Philadelphia Eagles: It isn’t very often that a guy goes from wide out sleeper to big-time playmaker in one week. Granted, Jackson was playing the hopeless St. Louis Rams, but his debut gave the fans in Philly something to be excited about. Jackson caught 6 passes for 106 yards (17.7 YPR) and gave QB Donovan McNabb a reliable, speedy target who can create separation down the field and make plays in open space. Jackson plays a tough Dallas defense on Monday night, so it will be interesting to see how he performs against a quality opponent. Right now however, his stock is high.
2. Matt Forte RB Chicago Bears: Forte was a mid-round draft pick that most fantasy owners probably had on their bench in Week 1, until they could determine how he would perform in the Chicago offense. Problem solved. Forte blew up against the Colts on Sunday night, carrying the ball 23 times for 123 yards and 1 touchdown. His performance included a 50-yard TD scamper that displayed his breakaway speed (anyone else notice Bob Sanders eating his dust?). The Colts run defense is suspect at best, and Kyle Orton will have to prove he can move the chains for Forte to be considered a top-flight back. In any event, his value is through the roof right now.
3. Aaron Rodgers QB Green Bay Packers: Brett Favre who? (Too early for that joke? Yeah, probably). Rodgers was one of the most questionable fantasy picks this summer due to the fact that nobody really knew how he would perform as the full time starter. Against one of the toughest defenses in the league, Rodgers looked as poised and comfortable as could be, completing 18 of 22 passes for 178 yards and a score. He was efficient, effective, and most importantly, made very few mistakes (no picks). Nobody owns more Aaron Rodgers stock right now then Ted Thompson. Find the guy in your league who lost Brady this past weekend and try to rob him blind by trading away Rodgers. Pulling off a deal like that is what those in England refer to as, “The Nuts.”
Honorable Mention: Reggie Bush, Donovan McNabb, Anthony Fasano, Chris Johnson, Eddie Royal, Tennessee Titans Defense, Michael Turner, Jake Delhomme, Fast Willie Parker, Lee Evans
THE MIKE TYSON STOCK PORTFOLIO
1. Isaac Bruce WR San Francisco 49ers: If you own stock in Bruce, you’re financial situation probably has you two steps shy of Russell Crowe’s character in “Cinderella Man,” before he made his comeback. Bruce really made a splash in his 49ers debut by doing absolutely nothing. When I say nothing, I’m not referring to 1 catch for 9 yards Torry Holt nothing. I’m talking about NOTHING. NO catches for NO yards and NO touchdowns. There is virtually no chance of unloading this guy in a trade right now, so the best option is to sit tight and pray the San Francisco offense can get something going. Then again, you may want to rummage through the waiver wire and see if you can find anybody with some decent upside.
2. Fred Taylor/Maurice Jones-Drew RB Jacksonville Jaguars: The usually potent Jaguar rushing duo was put on lockdown this past Sunday, combining for a lackluster 31 yards on 14 carries. To make matters worse, Offensive Tackle Jason Collier gets shot, starting Offensive Guard Vince Manuwai tears his ACL, and the other starting Offensive Guard Maurice Williams ruptures his right biceps. Keep in mind, starting Center Brad Meester was ALREADY out with a right biceps injury and will miss at least the first four weeks. Things do not look very good in Jacksonville right now. But hey, who ever said you needed an offensive line to run the football? Just look at the Detroit Lions. They rushed for a team total of 62 yards last weekend! Against the Falcons! Nice!
3. Marc Bulger QB St. Louis Rams: I’m not sure where to begin with this one. Bulger looked awful on Sunday against Philadelphia, but he can’t take all of the blame. His offensive line did a poor job of providing him adequate time to stand in the pocket and make something happen. His final stat line (14/26, 158 yards, 0 TDs) wasn’t horrendous, but it certainly won’t win fantasy owners many games during the season. The Rams need to get better up front in a hurry or Bulger, Jackson and Holt are going to have a tough time making things happen in 2008. A Week 2 showdown with Big Blue isn’t going to make things any easier for the fans in St. Louis.
Dis-Honorable Mention: The Cincinnati Bengals, The Detroit Lions, The Oakland Raiders, Matt Hasselbeck, Jason Campbell, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown,