2015 Fantasy Football, Week 8 Stock Watch: Todd Gurley Continues to Soar
The stock report’s purpose is to show those players that are putting up great performances to those who are not. Each one of the rising players is either coming off a bad week or have been gaining momentum each week. The crashing athletes are those that either fell off from an excellent performance or have been struggling this season and maybe want to keep an eye on for transactions.
39/50 passing 505 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions
Drew Brees had one of those games that happen once a year for all quarterbacks. His seven touchdowns alone can be a sole reason to make this list, but throw in 505-yards and a 78 percent completion rate. Brees set a new single-game high in yardage and passing scores, connecting with nine different pass-catchers in the process.
20 rushes, 133 yards, one touchdown
Gurley is a man-beast, take away the fact that the St. Louis Rams offensive line is horrid and they have a below average quarterback with below average receivers, oh, and he is coming off a torn ACL, and you have to take wonder in the Gurley-man. His 133-yards on 20 attempts with one touchdown blows up any negative that may be facing him. Most of his yardage came on a 71-yard blast. He now has rushed for 125 yards or more in four consecutive games. He has averaged more than six yards per carry in three of those contests.
14 carries, 101 yards, one touchdown
C.J. Anderson is alive and last week he performed well. His 101-yards rushing and one touchdown was impressive. He nearly gained a third of his total yardage in this game as he had just 180 total yards up to this point. Anderson also notched his first touchdown of the season. Can he continue the hot streak going against the Indianapolis Colts?
Eight receptions, 130 yards, three touchdowns
Beckham played a large role in Eli Manning explosion against the New Orleans Saints. His three touchdowns was the most he had all season as was his eight receptions on nine targets. Beckham’s 130 yards was his second most this year. He should continue to perform well as long as his hamstring isn’t restricting him in any way.
Ten receptions, 116 yards, one touchdown
Alshon Jeffery caught ten passes in 15 attempts for 116-yards and a touchdown. Jeffery finished with ten targets more than anyone else on the team. He has been steaming over the last two weeks as he has 263-yards and two touchdowns, and it’s no denying the magic of him and Jay Cutler. He has another tasty matchup this week against the San Diego Chargers.
12 receptions, 162 yards, one touchdown
When Matt Ryan throws the ball, Julio Jones catches it. Last Sunday he had 12 catches on 13 targets, and he gained 162-yards with a touchdown. He did fumble once, which looked like he handed the ball to the defender as he was stripped of the ball. He has scored in the last two games, and he also got over the 100-yard mark for the first time since week three. He is second in targets this season in the NFL as he has 103 of them, more than twice than any other receiver on the team. He also has 70 receptions on the season with 892-yards and six touchdowns.
23/47 passing, 231 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions
Andrew Luck put up another putrid performance against the Panters on Monday Night Football. He completed just 23-of-47 passes for 231 yards, two touchdowns and tossed three interceptions for good measure. He continues to make bad decisions, throwing the ball to covered receivers instead of just throwing it away or running. He would be thrown to wolves if it wasn’t for his performances late in the games, as he displayed in Carolina. Taking the Colts twice for drives that resulted in touchdowns and one turned into a tying field goal all in the fourth quarter. His touchdown to interception ratio now stands at 13:12, not what Luck or fantasy fans want to see.
20 rushes. 64 yards, zero touchdowns
McFadden ran into a Seattle Seahawks wall of defense last week and got just 64-yards to show for it. He also caught six of eight targets for 49-yards. There is no doubting now that McFadden has the full-time role in Dallas and dominating the previous week when he ran for 152-yards and scored a touchdown. He will have another tough time against the Eagles defense this week.
21 rushes, 71 yards, zero touchdowns
Marshawn Lynch struggled to run against the Dallas Cowboys defense. He ran 21 times for 71 yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards. His longest run was only 12-yards, but he looked like his typical “beast-mode” self and looked fully recovered from the injury he was suffering from earlier on in the season. Interesting is his decline in receptions. He has only four in the last three weeks. The Seahawks have their bye-week this Sunday, and will take on the Cardinals next week.
Five receptions, 46 yards, zero touchdowns
Amari Cooper caught just five of his nine targets for 46-yards and was second in targets to Michael Crabtree, who had 12. Two weeks ago against the Chargers he put up five receptions for 133-yards and one touchdown. Last week, however, was Cooper’s lowest yardage total to date, but he will continue to be the number one target for Derek Carr. He will try to bounce back against the Steelers this Sunday.
Three receptions, 48 yards, zero touchdowns
Mike Evans continued to struggle in his second season. Facing the Atlanta Falcons last week, Evans only caught three passes and had 48 total yards. The 16-yards per catch shows off what he can do when he gets the ball, but so far that has alluded him for the most part. He has had only two 100+ yard games and only two games where he caught more than three passes. The Bucs face weak New York Giants defense this Sunday, maybe Evans can get on track.