20 NFL Players with Declining Fantasy Stocks Heading into Week 10 Action

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets tackled by Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Are you sick of your top tier guys not performing? Let's take a look and see if we are on the same page.

Here are 20 guys with declining fantasy stocks after all of the Week 9 action, in no particular order.


1. Michael Vick, QB; Philadelphia Eagles

If Vick couldn't get the job done against the worst secondary in the NFL, it's hard to imagine watching him perform up-to-par against any other defense in the league. Of course, you can't put all of the blame on him because he doesn't have an offensive line that can block for him.


2. Darren McFadden, RB; Oakland Raiders

McFadden's injury on Sunday could prove costly. It's not like he was really able to do anything this year for your fantasy team.


3. Marques Colston, WR; New Orleans Saints

Colston was not targeted much on Monday night at home. Drew Brees has a healthy Jimmy Graham back in the lineup and is also starting to recognize that his running backs are legitimate threats to catch the ball for him. No Saints receiver is a viable fantasy option with how much Brees likes to spread the ball around.


4. Jamaal Charles, RB; Kansas City Chiefs

Charles' early exit from the Thursday night game has no part in his declining stock. It is mainly because the Chiefs are the worst team in football and are always playing catch-up. They rely heavily on Matt Cassel's arm to win games.

If they were smart, though, they would hand the ball off to Charles because he is still an elite back. Put him on any team with an offensive line and a good quarterback and the guy will put up huge numbers.


5. C.J. Spiller, RB; Buffalo Bills

Spiller started off the year as the league's best fantasy back. Head coach Chan Gailey does not know how to take advantage of Spiller's talents. Due to this, he won't be a good option moving forward.


6. Fred Jackson, RB; Buffalo Bills

It is very hard to start a running back on your team when there is another running back on the team that is equally as good. Not to mention, it's the same situation for Jackson as Spiller: Chan Gailey does not know how to utilize his running backs.


7. Jeremy Maclin, WR; Philadelphia Eagles

Once a reliable fantasy option, Maclin has been pretty much invisible this season. He had a big 73-yard touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons a week ago, but this week, his was rarely targeted by Michael Vick. 


8. Jacob Tamme, TE; Denver Broncos

Tamme was supposed to be the sleeper pick of all tight ends this season. It has not turned out that way, at all, so far. Now that Peyton Manning is starting to build great chemistry with the other tight end, Joel Dreessen, Tamme is falling back as Manning's fifth option behind Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Brandon Stokley and Dreessen. 


9. Darren Sproles, RB; New Orleans Saints

A broken hand is horrible news for Sproles' fantasy owners. He doesn't get much action running the ball, and a broken hand is detrimental to his role in the passing game. He is only a solid option in PPR leagues.


10. Robert Griffin III, QB; Washington Redskins

Opposing defenses are starting to figure this guy out. Obviously, if you have him on your team, you aren't going to bench him, but you should certainly keep an eye on him moving forward.


11. Brent Celek, TE; Philadelphia Eagles

Once a sure-handed tight end for the Eagles, Celek has not been able to hold on to the ball recently. He fumbled one tonight and also dropped a ball that resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown. This guy is not a reliable tight-end fantasy option moving forward.


12. Percy Harvin, WR; Minnesota Vikings

When your quarterback only throws for 63 yards in the game, it's not likely you are going to put up fantasy numbers. Christian Ponder was awful on Sunday, and it certainly didn't help Harvin's case. Harvin caught only two balls for 10 yards and also fumbled the ball before going down with an injury. It's hard to start a guy who has a quarterback like Ponder throwing to him.


13. Philip Rivers, QB; San Diego Chargers

Rivers was only able to rack up 220 yards passing and two touchdowns this week against a pathetic Kansas City Chiefs defense. He is no longer the reliable fantasy option he used to be. There are about 15 other guys in the league I would rather start than Rivers.


14. Reggie Bush, RB; Miami Dolphins

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has proved time and time again that he is not going to run the ball. It's a shame, because as we saw from Bush's fancy touchdown on Sunday, he has the talent to perform. Too bad it's hard to start a guy gets only 10 carries each game.


15. Hakeem Nicks, WR; New York Giants

Where in the world did Hakeem Nicks go? He has been irrelevant this year for the New York Giants. Victor Cruz has clearly proven he is the No. 1 receiver on the team. Nicks caught one ball on Sunday for a whopping 10 yards.


16. Dez Bryant, WR; Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo rarely went Bryant's way on Sunday. He was only able to catch one ball for 15 yards. It seems that Romo likes throwing to Jason Witten, Kevin Ogletree and Miles Austin way more than Bryant. His hip injury is not helping his case too much either.


17. Antonio Brown, WR; Pittsburgh Steelers

The declining stock isn't due to performance issues, it's due to a high ankle sprain as reported by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh-Gazette Post.


18. Ryan Mathews, RB; San Diego Chargers

This guy is no longer the No. 1 fantasy option he used to be at the running back position. He is still good, but he is starting to split carries with Ronnie Brown. He is also still a fumble machine. Be careful with this guy.


19. Tony Gonzalez, TE; Atlanta Falcons

You may think I am crazy for saying this, but Matt Ryan is really starting to spread the ball more to Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside. He is still a No. 1 fantasy option moving forward, but four catches for only 36 yards is not going to cut it if you want your team to win.


20. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB; New York Giants

Bradshaw is starting to see his carries slip away to Andre Brown and David Wilson. In fact, the New York Giants don't even give Bradshaw the ball anymore inside the 5-yard line. They heavily rely on Brown to pound it in. It's rare that Bradshaw even scores a touchdown anymore. He is not a reliable option moving forward, even in the flex spot.


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