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    Who are the best stock market investments and liquidations for Week 10? Here’s who to buy and sell, to help your fantasy portfolio this season!

    Every fantasy manager should look at their teams as the stock market. You want to buy rising stocks for cheap and sell at their peak, in order to secure a premium return. And just like stockbrokers and investors, you want to diversify your portfolio, with a number of different options. Not all stocks pan out and sometimes there are substantial losses, but there are also those penny stocks that can make you rich! You have to diversify your fantasy portfolio with all types of stocks that you can help you maximize your returns. Hopefully, my weekly stock market can guide you to a championship and those big payouts and help avoid those major losses.

    With the NFL season just past halfway complete and fantasy league teams beginning to position themselves for a championship run or selling off valuable pieces to build for the future, I am going to do something different with this week’s stock market article. In this piece, I am going to look at one player at each position who can provide a great return for both buyers and sellers. These are the more popular names that are game-changers for contenders and bring a high return for those looking to cash in.


    Stock Market Investments

    (Blue Chip Stock of the Year)


    LB, Jayon Brown, Tennessee Titans

    Last Week: 77snaps (100%), 10 tackles, 6 solos, 1 TFL, 1 QB Hit, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 PBU


    I feel like Jayon Brown is one of the most underrated linebackers in the fantasy world. I’m not saying that because I’m a Titans fan, but he seriously doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He currently ranks as an LB1 in our IDPNation listener league 2 - 10th at the position with 139.5 fantasy points. That’s ahead of players such as Deion Jones, Jordan Hicks, and TJ Watt. Over the last four games, Brown has registered 10+ tackles three times and over that span has produced 40 total tackles, 24 solos, two TFLs, one sack, one forced fumble, and five PBUs. You can’t ask for more from a starting linebacker. The Titans next three matchups are super favorable for Brown - Indianapolis, @ Baltimore, and @ Indianapolis.

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    If you are a contender and need help at the linebacker position, Brown is a wise stock investment. Most fantasy managers would likely sell him as an LB2. If you can get him for that investment price, jump all over that. Brown is currently on pace to set career highs across the board this season. Now is the time to go see how much he will cost you to add to your portfolio. You’ll be surprised that it’s not as much as you thought. If it were me I would offer up a 3rd round pick and feel like I stole something if the other fantasy manager accepts.


    FS, Daniel Sorensen, Kansas City Chiefs

    Last Week: 83 snaps (100%), 10 tackles, 8 solos, 1 forced fumble


    My next stock market option is one that has seen a great rebound. After the Chiefs drafted super-talented rookie Juan Thornhill to be his successor, Sorensen has turned up his game and isn’t letting the starting role go without a fight. After a ho-hum 2019 in which he only made three starts, he’s come out with a vengeance this season. Sorensen is recording career-best numbers. Over the last four games, all starts, he has had three games with nine-plus tackles - resulting in 33 total tackles and 25 solos. He's also added two interceptions - one returned for a TD - and two PBUs.

    Sorensen has been the #3 overall safety based on IDP Nation listener league 2 scoring with 49.8 fantasy points. That has him just behind Jabrill Peppers and Jordan Poyer

    As a fantasy manager, you owe it to yourself to go get Sorensen on your rosters. Got see what it would take to acquire him to your team(s). What’s even crazier is I have actually picked him up off waivers in a few leagues. That’s F’n insane! No way a top fantasy option should be available to be picked up for free. A great fantasy stock investment, that will produce a high return for your fantasy portfolios. Even if he is rostered by another fantasy manager, I would bet you can send a low ball offer and get him. Actually, I would ask for him as a throw-in, in any trades that I make. This is a low key investment that can help your team make that championship run.


    CB, Marcus Peters, Baltimore Ravens

    Last Week: 68 snaps (100%), 5 tackles, 4 solos, 5 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT, 1 PBU


    My last stock market investment is one that most fantasy managers will disagree with me on. Mostly, due to the fact that he’s a cornerback. Fantasy managers like to stream that position. For the most part, I do as well, but there are a few corners that I plant my flag on. Peters is one that I big dick whip on! I will admit he’s a boom or bust option of sorts, but when he’s on, the return he provides is off the charts. An impact player that is a game-changing fantasy asset for your IDP portfolios. Peters has 38 turnovers (30 INTs & eight FFs) in 85 career games, has finished in the top ten in interceptions, in five of his seven seasons, along with three top-ten finishes in interception return yards, and currently stands as the all-time active leader in that category.

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    If you are a gambler like me, then don’t be afraid to go after and invest in Peters. While he may have a few clunkers, his overall payout will be huge more times than not! It’s these types of moves that can be the difference between you being a championship contender or pretender. He can be had for pennies on the dollar, so ask for him as a throw-in, in any trade that you make. Need more convincing? Over the last two weeks, he’s the #2 scoring cornerback in our IDP Nation listener 2 league with 42.1 fantasy points, behind only Trevon Diggs, and currently ranks 16th overall at the position for the season. Sure that’s a CB2 scorer, but I believe he’s a championship piece.


    Stock Market Liquidations


    DE, Yannick Ngakoue, Baltimore Ravens

    Last Week: 45 snaps (66%), No recordable stats


    I have long believed that Yannick Ngakoue was a DE2 option at best. While he showed a lot of promise, he was a feast or famine guy, whose sacks came in bunches. I know that can be said for a lot of pass rushers but the bottom has fallen out of Ngakoue’s value quickly. When he was traded to Minnesota, I actually thought his value would trend up and it did. In his six games with the Vikings, he produced five sacks and that was before superstar Danielle Hunter was ruled out for the season. Even still, I loved the projected return from him with the Vikes. His stint in Minnesota was short and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure why. 

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    The trade to Baltimore should have been a good one, but it just has been anything but through two games. He’s played just around 40% of the snaps and had not one recordable stat last week. As I mentioned earlier I was never a huge fan of his, and definitely not now. He’s currently ranked the 30th DE in our IDP Nation listener 2 league, that’s DE3 territory. Even with the great tenure in Minnesota, he’s just not a valuable fantasy option. Sell high on his name value and let some other fantasy manager deal with the headache. The name value alone will carry some weight and if you package him in the right deal, I believe you can get a solid return for him.


    LB, Cory Littleton, Las Vegas Raiders

    Last Week: 78 snaps (99%), 8 tackles, 5 solos


    As many of our listeners know, @seahawksdan8 and I have never been high on Littleton as a fantasy option. While he had two great seasons in Los Angeles with the Rams, it seems the wheels have fallen off fantasy-wise in Las Vegas. Littleton is currently on pace to have fewer than 100 tackles and only three impact plays. This is concerning to me due to the fact that he has made the switch from inside to outside linebacker. I would believe at least his sack numbers would inflate. Littleton has only had two games with eight or more tackles in his nine games with the Raiders. His missed tackle rate (22.6%) has skyrocketed after being one of the league's best in that category.

    In the IDP Nation Listener 2 league Littleton currently ranks 51st among all linebackers, which is an LB4. That’s way below the value that he cost you to invest in him. After recording at least 125+ tackles the past two seasons, he’s not even on pace to crack the century mark this season. Quite the drop off in production and with no impact plays. At age 26, he still has time to rebound and has the name cache to get you something decent in return. Look for teams in need of linebacker help and put some feelers out to gauge his current trade value. You may be surprised at what you can get in return.


    DE, Melvin Ingram, Las Angeles Chargers

    Last Week: 44 snaps (88%), 5 tackles, 3 solos, 1 TFL

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    My last stock market liquidation has been slowly declining over the last couple of seasons. At age 31, Ingram has passed through his prime years and is on a downward trend. This is a player who’s name has far outweighed the production he has returned for fantasy managers. He is on pace for the second-worst season output of his career. Now granted he has missed a few games due to injury, but the er game averages are just horrible. Ingram has no sacks and only four QB hits on the season and as a pass rusher that’s where his value has been his best attribute. Without the sack production, he’s virtually a common role player. He currently ranks 104th among all defensive ends, in the IDP Nation Listener 2 league.


    With the complete lack of production, you’re not going to be able to trade him for anything of value. The best you can hope for is throw him in as an add-in in trades and try to recoup something even if it’s a late-round pick. If not and at this point, it’s very likely you will just have to drop him and cut your losses. You can’t afford to keep these types of hemorrhaging stocks on your IDP portfolios.


    Thanks for reading my article and if you enjoyed it, you can read more of my articles on my author page at IDP Guys and Dynasty Football Digest. I am a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers of America) and you can also follow me on social media, on Twitter at @HollywoodTitan, on Facebook on my IDPNation page, on Reddit in the fantasy football IDP sub I’m user KingTitan1 and you can tune in each week and listen to the podcasts, IDP Nation & Devy IDP Grind, that I co-host, on a number of different platforms. Feel free to hit me up with any questions that you have, as I’m always glad to help fellow IDPers. #IDPNation #IDP #IDPDevy

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