Originally posted on Cippin on Sports  |  Last updated 9/21/12

Just as expected, Week 2 threw us a bunch of curveballs in the Fantasy Football world. There were injuries to guys like Aaron Hernandez, huge performances from the tandem of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and yet another dismal showing from Chris Johnson (although that could have been predicted.) With another week of action to digest, let’s take a look at who’s stock is up and down heading into NFL Week 3.

Stock Up

Rob Gronkowski

Gronk is the only member of the grossly hyped Patriots pass game that, so far, has panned out according to plan. We all know Brady is going to bounce back to his usual lethal self. With Aaron Hernandez sidelined for a few weeks and Lloyd and Welker playing at a pedestrian level, the dynamic tight end should see plenty of targets in the near future. Gronk’s production over the next few weeks very well could be the highest it will be all season.

Trent Richardson

If you listened to me last week when Trent Richardson was in the Buy Low category, give yourself a pat on the back. He has the same upside Adrian Peterson did as a rookie not too long ago, and he should get enough touches to warrant starting even against trickier matchups. He is on the cusp of making the Browns relevant again.

Victor Cruz

This past week should have effectively silenced all critics who questioned whether Nicks and Cruz could prosper together, as the two combined for 379 yards and two touchdowns on 32 targets. With Ahmad Bradshaw seemingly out of the picture for the immediate future, the Giants will be forced to air the ball out, and Cruz figures to be the clear beneficiary with Nicks out. Look for video game stats this week from Cruz.

Stock Down

Justin Blackmon

After Julio Jones and AJ Green had monstrous rookie seasons, many thought Blackmon, who possesses similar potential, would follow suit.  Blaine Gabbert is doing his best to make sure that this does not happen. I honestly can’t see Blackmon presenting much value this season, maybe as a bye-week fill-in later in the season.

Kevin Ogletree

If you bought into Ogletree’s Week 1 performance, spending a pricey waiver tag in the process, you probably aren’t feeling too confident with your speculative abilities. He’s a legitimate bust, but no one can fault owners looking for another Laurent Robinson. If you like someone else on the waivers this week, don’t hesitate to drop him. It won’t bite you in the ass, I promise.

Jamaal Charles

Regardless of what Romeo Crennel feeds the media, I believe Charles’ injury will linger for longer than currently anticipated. Even so, Peyton Hillis was already getting an almost identical workload before Charles’ knee took a hit last week. Hillis will undoubtedly receive the goal-line carries this season- so an injured Charles, clearly without his trademark explosiveness- likely won’t break out many of the 60-yard scampers that made him so valuable not too long ago. His name still carries value though, so explore trade possibilities.

 


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