Welcome to the first installment of the IDP Stock Market Weekly. I am going to bring you each week of the season the players that I am bullish, and need to be acquired quickly. Also, those bearish players that I am selling before they are destined for the cut list.
MLB B.J. Goodson (NYG): This is a player whose stock I have been high on dating back to last year. Hopefully, you were listening and got your shares at their cheapest point. If not, don’t fret as I fully expect B.J. Goodson’s value to continue to climb as he mans the middle and racks up big numbers. In his first career start, he totaled 18 tackles, with 14 of them being solo. He will get plenty of opportunities going forward and reward owners as one of the top scoring IDPs. The more he continues to shine, the higher his stock and price will go. Invest now in a championship winning type player.
FS Kevin Byard (TEN): If you were one of the unfortunate owners that saw star safety Eric Berry go down in Thursday night’s win over the Patriots, with a ruptured Achilles, don’t worry I have the perfect replacement for you to invest in. Titans safety, Kevin Byard, who is now in his 2nd year in pros and he’s the next IDP star in the making. The ballhawk from Middle Tennessee St is now the starting FS for the Titans and was their leading tackler in Week 1 versus Raiders, with 8 tackles, all of which were solo. You should expect this to continue moving forward, as the Titans secondary is young and is still a liability at this point, but Byard is a playmaker and the best of the group. Investment Rating (5)
ILB Zach Cunningham (HOU): Any good owner will prepare for the future, instead of reacting to it and that’s what the Texans did in this year’s draft when they selected ILB Zach Cunningham. They had their concerns with Brian Cushing’s health (ACL, Fibula, FCL & MCL ligaments) and were right to prepare themselves, as he left Sunday’s game with a concussion and the NFL handed down a ten game suspension on Wednesday for PEDs.
Exit stage left Mr. Cushing and enter Cunningham, who came into replace him in Week 1. Cunningham came right in and recorded four assisted tackles. He was a tackling machine at Vanderbilt, and he should continue to be that in the NFL. Concussions are tricky, so who knows how long Cushing will remain sidelined. Even if he plays in week 2, with his history, he can’t be trusted to stay healthy, and you should invest wisely in stocks with major growth potential, such as Cunningham. Investment Rating (5)
OLB T.J. Watt (PIT): Gone are days when rookies rarely made an impact and took time to develop or see their stock grow over time. Nowadays rookies come in with high expectations, and owners expect a high return. Pittsburgh is a team known for their pass rushing, and with age and health being a huge concern for their commodity, they addressed the issue by investing in a stock that had some history of providing a major return.
So they drafted OLB T.J. Watt, the younger brother, and 3X defensive MVP superstar J.J. Watt. Will the Steelers and fantasy owners alike reap the rewards and royalties from T.J., that Houston has with J.J.? Only time will tell, but early indications are good, and so you should get your shares of TJ now before the price goes up. After today’s performance, being the 1st player in thirty years to have 2 sacks and an interception in their first career game, it may be too late to buy low. Investment Rating (5)
DT A’Shawn Robinson (DET): If you are one of those owners in which your league requires you start a defensive tackle specifically, then I have a rising player for you to buy some shares in. A’Shawn Robinson is another second-year player, who I feel will have a breakout season and could be a difference maker in the IDP world of fantasy. Sunday he was credited with three tackles and a forced fumble. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re required to start a DT, then you understand the premium value at that position.
Haloti Ngata is nearing the end of his career, and the Lions drafted Robinson a year ago, to groom as his replacement. I had him rated highly coming out of Alabama, and he showed flashes of his potential last year. Now it’s his time to shine and for you to get a jump on your competition. Investment Rating (4)
Liquidate / Sell
ILB Brian Cushing (HOU): This is a stock that we call a money pit, where you will never be able to recoup what you invested. When the Texans drafted Brian Cushing, they had high hopes, but year after year they have repeatedly been disappointed with him. After multiple injuries and suspensions, with the latest being ten games, it’s time to cut your losses and move on. He’s going to be considered damaged goods on the trade market, which makes him unmovable. The best case scenario for you get anything for him in return, is to come up with a deal that includes him as a throw in. Liquidation Rating (5)
ILB Jerrell Freeman (CHI): Go ahead and feel free to sell any shares of Jerrell Freeman, that you have. He has been ruled out for the year with a chest injury, to go along with a concussion. He has had a history of missing time as well, as he missed four games with a hamstring injury, three games in 2015 with a groin injury and was suspended four games, for PED use last year. There are always viable options (Nick Kwiatkoski) floating around on waivers that can fill the void and provide a safe return. You’re not likely to get anyone to trade for him at this point, except maybe in a dynasty league, where he would probably only be able to be moved as a throw in type, in any potential trade. So cut your losses and use that open spot to better your team. Liquidation Rating (4)
DE Stephon Tuitt (PIT): One day after signing a five year $60 million deal, Stephon Tuitt suffered what was thought to be a season ending torn biceps. After having an MRI, it appears the injury isn’t as severe as previously thought, but he is still expected to miss a few weeks. He could only miss a week or could miss multiple as these type of injuries can linger. The best option you have available to deal with this is the common place designating him to IR. For those of you in redraft leagues, you may want to pursue other options at the position and move on. If you play in a dynasty league, he’s still a valuable asset and can be held on too, or traded for the right price. Liquidation Rating (3)
DE Myles Garrett (CLE): A high reward stock that for whatever reason will have its highs and lows. Myles Garrett is as talented a player as you will find but has a history of having those nagging and lingering injuries that prevent his stock, from reaching a peak value. He suffered a knee injury in 2016, that lingered throughout the season, a foot injury in training camp and now an ankle injury. This latest injury will likely cause him to miss a few games. Short term (redraft) his value takes a hit and owners should limit expectations but would be wise to find a trade partner still high on him. His long term value (dynasty) is still on the high side, as he has long future ahead. Finally, he is a classic big name stock that you can easily flip for a good return. Liquidation Rating (2)
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