Stock Watch: Bengals-Ravens Fallout: Is Collins Value Plummeting & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are plenty of storylines coming out of yesterday’s games, but which are the most intriguing?  Whose stock is on the rise?  Whose performance should we be ignoring?  Let’s take a look:


1) Tyler Boyd makes the biggest statement for Cincinnati…
Considering A.J. Green caught 3 TD passes it’s somewhat amazing that Boyd’s performance may be the most notable for Cincinnati.  He equaled Green with 9 targets, turning them into 6 receptions, 91 yards and 1 TD.  That’s a big step up from his Week 1 performance (3 receptions for 25 yards), but it’s actually the second time in his past three games that he’s reached 90+ yards and the third time in his past four games that he’s caught at least 5 passes (dating back to ’17). 

It’s obviously just one game, but the receptions, targets and yards all match his career highs.  A third year receiver, the former second round pick has the potential to put things together and finally enjoy a breakout campaign.  Hardly a must use option, those in deeper leagues and dynasty leagues will want to stash him just in case.

Stock Up


2) Javorius Allen could be a real threat to Alex Collins…
While Collins was the more impressive performer, Allen cut into his opportunities:

  • Alex Collins – 9 carries + 3 receptions (4 targets) = 12 touches
  • Javorius Allen – 6 carries + 5 receptions (7 targets) = 11 touches

Allen also scored on a goal line carry, further hurting Collins’ outlook.  Collins handily outgained Allen to the tune of 90 yards to 44 yards, so time will tell if the Ravens maintain their stubbornness and continue to share the load (in Week 1 it was Kenneth Dixon who ate into Collins’ opportunities).  While we still believe in Collins upside, unless he’s getting more touches his value is going to be capped to being a RB2/FLEX.

Stock Down


3) Is Tyler Eifert falling off the tight end spectrum…
He had 2 receptions (on 4 targets) for 23 yards against the Ravens, while C.J. Uzomah had 3 receptions (on 4 targets) for 45 yards.  There’s never been a question about Eifert’s upside, but injuries have consistently derailed him and have helped cause the Bengals to limit his snaps to open the year.

That’s opened the door for Uzomah, who performed well in Week 2, and would it be surprising if the Bengals continued with a timeshare moving forward?  Eifert remains a plausible TE2, but until the Bengals fully deploy him it’s going to be impossible to trust him on a weekly basis.

Stock Down

Source – ESPN

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  1. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor,

    12 team 1/2 point ppr. My qb question would you pick up Tyrod and play him this week over mat Ryan my current qb
    Thank You

  2. Patriots says:

    I would be dropping Eli Manning to pick up Tyrod or would you play Eli

  3. ossqss says:

    I started Collins and sat Miller. I am regretful after seeing the 2nd half of that game last night. I wonder if Allen got more chances after the Collins dropped pass at the 2. Kinda like after the fumble last week. 3 down workhorse is in doubt at this point.

    So Prof, would you have started Lamar over Collins this week?

  4. Trevor says:

    Standard flex- Adrian Peterson or T.J Yeldon
    Standard flex-Peterson, Tevin Coleman or Yeldon
    Standard flex-Yeldon or Dion Lewis

  5. Tony says:

    Hi Professor,

    Sorry for coming back to the table for more, but I have Collins as one of my starting RBs, so problematic already, but Joe Mixon was my other starter and now out for some weeks?

    I have P Barber o the bench, and Wilkins and A Jones as well, the latter offering some promise when he returns, especially as both the Bears and Vikings will not have been kind to J Williams.

    With Mack appearing to be close to returning, should I drop Wilkins and pick someone up to cover for P Barber’s bye on week five, or do I take my chances with one of these RBs on my bench? Free agent RBs in our league are desperation shots of course, but here are a few names that should be available on waiver next week:

    *G Bernard (might get grabbed before, then there is possible RB committee)
    *Yeldon (reckon Fornette will be back soon though)
    *J Allen (go with Collins/Allen committee at Cleveland in week 5)
    *B Powell at Denver
    *Blount or Ty Montgomery (desperate choices for desperate times)

    Then there is always F Gore!

    Anyway, this is a lot, but if you have the time and an interesting perspective, which you always have, please let me know what you think? I doubt Mixon will be back that soon for week five.

    Thank you very much!


    • Obviously planning ahead to Week 5 works, but a lot will change in the next 4 weeks. To an extent you just have to go with it and plug the hole later on I’d say. Maybe something else happens and you end up with a fantastic option

      • Tony says:

        Hi Professor,

        Thank you very much for taking my question – I appreciate it!

        Excellent point, which escaped me as I reacted to quickly to the situation; the current options aren’t that great. It isn’t as if other owners in my league will be rushing to take any of these aforementioned players either, and as you noted, a lot can change over the next few weeks.

        As you noted in your article, the situation with Collins is a bit worrisome, so probably adds to the sense of urgency, but again, your advice is sound, so thanks again for the great insight…makes sense to me.



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