Here are ten players whose stock is trending up or down through the first five weeks of the season. This will be a weekly article since we all know how quickly things can change from game to game.
Riser: Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz just played arguably the best game of his career in week 5 against Arizona posting gaudy numbers once again with 304 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s very aggressive in taking deep shots to his offensive weapons, and is extremely athletic, enabling him to avoid a pass rush and create big play opportunities. Wentz is no longer a streamer for fantasy, but an every week starter.
Also Rising: Jacoby Brissett, Cam Newton
Faller: Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
I wrote up Big Ben in this spot last week, and he’s fallen further than i would have imagined. Week 5 was a disaster, as Roethlisberger threw 5 interceptions (2 of them being pick-6’s). He was seen in a walking boot after the game, and even mentioned that he’s getting old and may not be cut out for the game anymore. If you haven’t moved on to other option yet, now is the time.
Also Falling: Eli Manning, DeShon Kizer
Riser: Jerrick McKinnon – Minnesota Vikings
Life after Dalvin Cook for the Vikings is a split backfield competition between Jerrick McKinnon and Latavius Murray, and McKinnon outshined by landslide. He was without a doubt the more electric player all night, including a 58 yard touchdown run. He’s flat out the better player when healthy, and fits what the Vikings are trying to do in a face paced offense.
Also Rising: Doug Martin, Aaron Jones, Leonard Fournette
Faller: Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
This is a strange situation to say the least. Hyde was benched during the 49ers loss to the Colts on Sunday for rookie Matt Breida. Coach Kyle Shanahan chalked it up to “going with the hot hand” in a tight game. The strange thing is that Hyde is so much better than Breida talent wise. You have to wonder if Shanahan wants to see what he has with Breida as the team is 0-5 with no real hope of a successful season, and Hyde’s contract being up after this year. This feels like it will be a 50/50 split at times, so something to keep an eye on.
Also Falling: Mike Gillislee, Paul Perkins, Amber Abdullah
Riser: Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers
After being left motionless on a viscous illegal hit in week 4 by Danny Trevathan, Adams cleared the concussion protocol and shined in week 5 against Dallas. Adams finished with 7 catches for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a game winner. Jordy Nelson suffered a hamstring injury, which as we saw last year, could mean an uptick for Adams as the #1 wideout in Green Bay should Jordy miss time. Regardless, Adams is an every week starter.
Also Rising: Chris Hogan, Sterling Shepherd
Faller: Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams
Watkins has had a rough go with his new team after being traded to LA right before the season started. He has one catch in his last two games, and his next three matchups are absolutely brutal on paper. If you are hurting for bench spots, I wouldn’t be opposed to cutting Watkins and letting someone else deal with this situation.
Also Falling: Martavis Bryant, Amari Cooper
Riser: Evan Engram – New York Giants
Engram had zero catches in week 5, but it’s hard to see him not produce somewhat going forward. The Giants lost Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shephard on Sunday, so the target tree has gotten awfully small for the time being. Engram’s receiving abilities should merit decent production in the coming weeks as the Giants attempt to patch their offense together.
Also Rising: Cameron Brate, Hunter Henry
Faller: Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions
Ebron dropped an easy touchdown on Sunday against the Panthers, only to see back up tight end Darren Fells catch 2 touchdown passes from Matthew Stanford later in the game. He cannot be trusted as a starter at this point in any circumstance. Cut him.
Also Falling: Charles Clay, Antonio Gates