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Fantasy football 2019: 10 Players whose stock rose, fell after switching teams

Fantasy football 2019: 10 Players whose stock rose, fell after switching teams

The 2019 NFL offseason witnessed several top-tier playmakers change teams for the upcoming season, which will without a doubt shake up the way fantasy players draft their teams. 

As these stars get settled into new schemes with different personnel surrounding them, some should be better off because of the change, while others may struggle. Here, we’ll break down whose stock rose and fell after changing jerseys for 2019.

STOCK UP

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

The Browns improved tremendously in 2018 under Freddie Kitchens (5-3 record, 395 yards per game) and will have franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield entering his second season. 

So not only does Beckham get out of the dumpster fire that has become the New York Giants, but he’ll join a quarterback whose style fits with his perfectly and an offensive-minded head coach. Look for Beckham to return to WR1 form in 2019. 

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens' ceiling this season will depend heavily on Lamar Jackson’s development as a passer, but unless he makes a significant leap, it’s realistic to expect Baltimore’s offense to rely on the running game. Ingram will see a lot more carries as the lead back than when he shared a backfield with Alvin Kamara in New Orleans. 

Assuming Jackson won’t make a lot of throws in the red zone, Ingram should have plenty of goal-line carries to boost his touchdown total, as well. Ingram won’t be highly ranked in your drafts, but could have the workload of an RB1 with a high touchdown ceiling. What more could you want?

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Jackson struggled to produce in Tampa with Jameis Winston, and now he’s returning to the team that drafted him as the missing piece to a stacked offense. The Eagles severely lacked a deep threat in 2018, primarily operating their passing attack in the middle of the field. Jackson will open things up tremendously, while secondaries won’t be able to key in on him with Alshon Jeffrey and Zach Ertz on the field. 

You can expect Carson Wentz to find Jackson on deep balls throughout the year thanks to all the weapons Philly already has, while head coach Doug Pederson will most likely incorporate the 11-year veteran in his complex screen game to get Jackson into space. 

Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Coleman will re-join former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco as the 49ers’ best option as an all-purpose back. Jerick McKinnon is coming off a torn ACL, and while Matt Breida showed some flashes last year, Coleman should get the most carries and targets in the passing game. 

Once a super-charged handcuff in Atlanta behind Devonta Freeman, Coleman has his chance as the lead back under a coach he’s familiar with. It’s all the right ingredients for a breakout season. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

With the Redskins going full rebuild drafting Dwayne Haskins, Crowder made a good move signing with the Jets in free agency. The quick slot receiver thrived with Kirk Cousins in Washington and should find a ton of targets in Adam Gase’s offense. 

Gase’s system in Miami was built for inside receivers like Crowder. Jarvis Landry had three straight seasons over 90 receptions, and Albert Wilson led the league in receiving yards last year before a hip injury ended his season. 

STOCK DOWN

Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets

Bell forced his way out of Pittsburgh for a big payday, but he won’t have the production to back it up in 2019. Gase obviously hasn’t had a running back like Bell before, but the Jets’ new head coach has never prioritized the position in his offense. 

There were also reports that Gase didn’t want to sign Bell in free agency. Not a lot is working in Bell’s favor and defenses will likely key in on him considering the lack of outside threats the Jets have at the moment. It’ll be new territory after playing in loaded Steelers offense for five years. 

Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

Brown is easily the Raiders' best option in the passing game, but Jon Gruden has preferred to use the run to set up the rest of his offense. 

It’s also difficult to expect Brown to keep up the level of production he experienced with the Steelers. Even though Derek Carr is a fine quarterback, it will take time to develop chemistry for a player known for route running and precision on timing patterns. 

Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants

The Giants are just so, so bad. Their offensive line stinks, Eli Manning might have five games left in him while Daniel Jones needs more time to get ready, and the receiving core is an embarrassment outside of Tate. 

Tate got a nice payday to replace Beckham, but it’d be unwise to expect him to do better than last season with the Lions and Eagles. He's also suspended for the first four games of the season, further dropping his draft stock.

Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints

This is hardly a knock on Cook, who should help the Saints’ versatility in the passing game and help them remain a powerhouse in the NFC. Cook's stock takes a dip primarily because he was targeted heavily by Derek Carr in 2018 and Drew Brees tends to spread the ball around to his receivers. 

Cook won’t have a bad year, but we’re talking fantasy here, and we can’t expect the same volume of targets for Cook in New Orleans. 

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills

Beasley was one of check-down artist Dak Prescott’s favorite targets in Dallas, but Josh Allen is not the same kind of quarterback. In his rookie season, Allen tended to use his legs when the pocket broke down regularly.

There’s a chance he looks to Beasley as his release valve, but there’s little evidence where we should expect that to happen. 

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Fantasy Football Week 3 starts, sits: Is Le'Veon Bell trustworthy vs. Patriots?

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Fantasy Football Week 3 starts, sits: Is Le'Veon Bell trustworthy vs. Patriots?

The 2019 NFL season has been full of surprises through the first two weeks, and that extends to the fantasy football realm.

We've had several players, including Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, exceed expectations by a wide margin and reward fantasy owners who took a gamble in their league's draft. Other star players who entered the season with much fanfare, including Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, have disappointed fantasy owners with two lackluster performances. 

What should we make of the first two weeks of fantasy football? Let's take a look at our top fantasy starts and sits for Week 3.

START

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson was awesome in Week 2, completing 29 of 35 pass attempts for 300 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He should have another strong game versus a New Orleans Saints defense that's allowed the third-most pass yards per attempt in the first two weeks. New Orleans also struggled to slow down Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson as a rusher in Week 1, as he gained 40 yards and a touchdown on just four carries. Wilson has a similar ability to escape the pocket and pick up huge chunks of yards with his legs.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers: Jones ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on just 23 carries versus a good Minnesota Vikings defense last week, and we expect more of the same Sunday. He has a nice matchup against a Broncos defense allowing 125.6 rushing yards per game, a total of three rushing touchdowns (tied for the second-most in the league) and 4.4 yards per carry.

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Mark Ingram is averaging 5.7 yards per carry through two weeks, and he should continue to consistently pick up yards against a Kansas City Chiefs defense allowing a league-high 6 yards per carry this season. Look for the former Alabama star to bounce back in a huge way after a disappointing Week 2 performance.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: You'll want to start as many players from this Chiefs vs. Ravens game as possible. Brown has tallied 12 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns to begin his NFL career, and the rookie wideout should be in store for another solid game versus a Kansas City defense that's allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 70.4 percent of their passes through two weeks. Brown's speed could be a problem for a Chiefs secondary that lacks a shutdown cornerback.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Ridley has been Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's favorite wide receiver through two weeks. The Alabama product has 12 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 16 targets in two games. His Week 3 matchup is a good one, too. The Indianapolis Colts are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 71 percent of their pass attempts, and the Indy defense also has given up four passing touchdowns in just two games. We expect Ridley to receive eight to 10 targets Sunday.

SIT

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Mayfield has been a huge fantasy bust so far with only two touchdown passes and four interceptions. His Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is a tough one. L.A. hasn't given up a passing touchdown this season, and it's only surrendering 201 passing yards per game. The Browns offensive line also has struggled, allowing eight sacks in two games. We wouldn't be surprised if elite Rams pass rusher Aaron Donald adds a couple sacks to that total Sunday night.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins: Peterson's matchup is too tough this week, making it hard to trust him to be fantasy relevant. The Chicago Bears have one of the league's best run defenses. This unit has allowed zero rushing touchdowns, along with defensive averages of 68.5 rush yards per game and just 3 yards per carry. Bears linebackers Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith are two of the best at their position in shutting down the opponents' rushing attack.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: The Patriots allow both the second-fewest yards per carry (2.6) and rushing yards per game (37). One of the reasons for these impressive numbers is the Patriots have been jumping out to huge leads and forcing their opponents to abandon the run. A similar situation should unfold Sunday in Foxboro, where the Jets are expected to struggle to score points with third-string quarterback Luke Falk getting the start. Bell will also be a factor in the passing game, but if your league doesn't use a PPR format, he's definitely not worth starting Sunday.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Anderson is the Jets' top wide receiver, but he has a brutal matchup against an elite Patriots secondary. He'll likely go against cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was rated by Pro Football Focus as the league's top CB last season. Gilmore also was PFF's highest-graded player last week, and he will have plenty of motivation Sunday after Anderson called him out on Thursday.

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Report: Antonio Brown's agent says 'a few teams' are interested in receiver

Report: Antonio Brown's agent says 'a few teams' are interested in receiver

Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that he's communicated with "a few teams that are interested”  in the troubled wide receiver, who was released Friday by the Patriots. Still, until an NFL investigation of Brown concludes, he's likely to remain unsigned.

Brown, who has parted ways with three NFL teams since March, was cut by New England following revelations in Sports Illustrated that he had sent intimidating text messages to a woman who had previously accused him of sexual harassment.

Brown also faces a civil lawsuit from another woman who accuses him of rape and sexual assault. The NFL is investigating the allegations and released a statement Friday in which the league addressed the question of whether the now free-agent receiver could be prohibited from signing with a new team in the midst of his legal troubles.

"We have as yet made no findings regarding these issues, the statement read. "The investigation is ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously."

The statement continued:

"As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner's exempt list is not appropriate.  If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.  Upon the conclusion of the investigation, he may also be subject to discipline if the investigation finds that he has violated the law or league policies."

The All-Pro wide receiver was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders in March and was released by Oakland on Sept. 7, before signing with the Patriots hours later. 

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