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IDP Stock Market Weekly: Week 2 Edition

Well, the new season is upon us. NFL teams and fantasy owners are finalizing their rosters. Lots of questions have now been answered, and things have become more clear. With those answers in place, we can now look at whose stock went up / down and what this means for your team. I wish everyone the best of luck and may you this be the beginning of your quest for the championship!

Hot Stock

LB, Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers

This is a classic example of one door closing and another one opening. Warner had done very well during the preseason, and when news broke that Reuben Foster would be suspended for the first two games of the season, I stated then that this would be a huge opportunity for Warner, to showcase his talents. In week one versus the Vikings, is record twelve tackles, with eleven of them being solo’s and added a forced fumble. In week two he will get to tee off on a Lions offense that looked horrible versus the Jets. There is concern that when Foster returns, that Warner may lose playing time, but he’s played too well, for the Niners to take him off the field. Grab him up now, before he has another big game this week and his stock skyrockets.  Investment Rating (5)

Investments

LB, Duke Riley, Atlanta Falcons

The IDP world was rocked earlier this week when the Falcons placed star LB Deion Jones on injured reserve, with a foot injury. There has been wide speculation as to who will step into his role and Duke Riley will get the first crack at it. He made six starts last season, and in two of those contests, he recorded six tackles in each. He has shown flashes and now with a regular starting opportunity; he could be poised for a breakout. A great grab in deep leagues, if available. Investment Rating (3)

LB, Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears

Before you say anything, I know he was one of my stock liquidations last week, but hear me out. His stock going down was due to the changing of his position from defensive end to linebacker, but this week could be a big week for his stock as any. He will go up against the Seattle Seahawks and the human turnstile, Germain Ifedi. Mack will have a field day with this offensive line and will harass quarterback Russell Wilson, early and often. He was the 1st defender since 1982, to have a tackle, sack, interception, forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the first half of a game against the Packers. And that performance came after only a couple days of practice with a new team. Now that he’s got the motor going, it’s no telling what he’ll do for an encore. An absolute must-start for this week. Investment Rating (5)

CB, Mike Hilton, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Joe Haden and Artie Burns likely to be out for week two, its a prime opportunity for 2nd-year corner Mike Hilton to step up and shine. He was already a favorite of mine this season, due to how the Steelers used him from the slot, but now he has a chance to be the main guy and against a questionable Cleveland offense. This makes him a great start for those required to start corners or in big/deep leagues. Investment Rating (4)

Liquidate / Sell

DE, Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers

A perfect example, in not believing everything a coach says. When Bosa first hurt his foot during the preseason, it was said he’d be ready next week. Then it was we’re just cautious, and now here we are in week two, and he’s still out, with the possibility of him missing a few more weeks. One thing I’ve learned is foot injuries can linger and be a nuisance all year. He’s getting a second opinion, and hopefully, it will be good news. Now don’t get all crazy and do something insane like dropping him, but you should look to make a move with Bosa. Stash him on the bench or injured reserve if you can. Liquidation Rating (2)

SS, Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs

This guy just can’t seem to catch a break lately, as he is now dealing with a heel injury. It now looks as if he’ll miss another week at least. There is no doubt that he’s a game-changing player, but even the best can’t always avoid injuries. If you have the room on the roster, then he’s worth stashing until he can get healthy. If you don’t have the roster space or injury spot, then he can be dropped until he returns. Liquidation Rating (4)

SS, Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have had as horrible a first week of the season as a team could have. They lost Keanu Neal with a torn ACL, and then after the game was over, they lost a linebacker, Deion Jones. Two huge stars are gone for the year. Although, Jones could return at some point. For those that own Neal, you can drop him in redraft leagues, but in dynasty leagues, I would place him on IR. If you want to move him, then look to trade with a team that can afford t sit on him for a year. Liquidation Rating (4)

 

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