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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 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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