As the NFL Season continues, let’s look at which players had their stocks rise or fall based on their Week 4 performances.
Stock Up: QB C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has been extremely impressive through the first four games of his NFL career. On Sunday against a formidable Steelers pash rush, Stroud completed 16 of 30 passes for 306 yards with two touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Stroud now has had multiple touchdown passes in three straight games and has two 300+ yard passing games to go along with it. He ranks as a low-end QB1 play this week against the Falcons.
Stock Up: WR D.J. Moore, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears offense finally showed some positive signs on Sunday against the Broncos. Moore caught eight of his nine targets for 131 yards and a touchdown against Denver. Moore now has back-to-back weeks with a receiving touchdown and is clearly the Bears’ top option in the passing attack. He should remain a solid option this week against the Commanders.
Stock Up: QB Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Fields has appeared on this list in the “Down” group before, but he bounced back slightly in Week 4. He had a career day against the Broncos on Sunday, setting new career highs in both passing yards and touchdown passes in their Week 4 matchup. Fields completed 28 of 35 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns while adding 25 yards on four carries. Those who stuck with Fields through the early weeks of the season were rewarded with this performance, and hopefully it is a sign of things to come for the Bears’ offense moving forward.
Stock Up: RB Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
Jacobs has been off to a bit of a slow start so far but made up for it with his performance on Sunday against the Chargers. Jacobs carried the ball 17 times for 58 yards and a touchdown while also having a productive day as a pass catcher, catching eight passes for an additional 81 yards. It is still concerning that he has been inefficient as a rusher this season, but his volume more than makes up for it. He has a solid matchup this week against the Packers.
Stock Up: QB Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Wilson has not yet been what the Jets hoped he would be after selecting him second overall in 2021, but his performance on Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs was encouraging. Wilson completed 28 of 39 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Jets will face the Broncos this week, who have one of the worst defenses in the NFL this season, so Wilson could be an option this week if you are in desperate need of a quarterback.
Stock Down: RB Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
The good news for Stevenson is that he is still receiving the majority of the work out of the Patriots’ backfield. The bad news is his production has not matched his volume. He carried the ball 14 times on Sunday against the Cowboys for just 30 yards with zero touchdowns and caught just two passes for 10 yards. Stevenson has yet to surpass 65 total yards in three out of four games this season and has only found the end zone once through four weeks. He is a risky option moving forward.
Stock Down: QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Jones and the Giants’ offense has been off to a rough start so far, and it didn’t improve on Monday night against the Seahawks. Jones completed 27 of his 34 passes for zero touchdowns and two interceptions while adding ten carries for 66 yards and a fumble. He was also sacked 11 times. Until the Giants’ offense shows signs of improvement, Jones remains a low-end QB2 play.
Stock Down: TE Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
The use of Kyle Pitts in the Falcons’ offense has been extremely frustrating for fantasy players, and it continued on Sunday against the Jaguars. Pitts was targeted just four times and caught two passes for 21 yards on Sunday. Fellow Falcons tight end Jonnu Smith has been more productive than Pitts over the last few weeks. It is probably time to bench Pitts until he becomes more involved in the Falcons’ offense. Hopefully, a breakout performance will come soon.
Stock Down: RB: Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions
Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs carried the ball eight times for 40 yards while adding an additional four catches and 11 yards on Thursday against the Packers. However, Gibbs played just 38% of the team’s offensive snaps on Thursday night, and it is clear that David Montgomery is the lead back as he received 32 carries. Gibbs has some value in PPR formats, but he is best left on the bench for now until his role increases.
Stock Down: QB Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Jones struggled against the Cowboys on Sunday, completing just 12 of his 21 passes for 150 yards and two interceptions while also losing a fumble and being benched in a blowout loss. It has been reported that Jones will remain the Patriots’ starter, but he remains a risky QB play.