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The most volatile stock came in the players market from Kenjon Barner (KENJ), who saw a 100% increase in his stock to $50. He was listed as LaMichael James’ backup, but mostly known for his role as a punt/kick returner last season. With James out for pushing his girlfriend, Barner made the most of his opportunity by eclipsing last season’s touchdown totals with four rushing and one through the air. I would expect him to have earned at least a few more carries per game this year and if he outperforms LMJ he could eventually turn into the starter.
I would advise buyers to purchase stock in UCLA’s Akeem Ayers (AYER) ending up as the conference’s defensive MVP. He was all over the field for the Bruins racking up 11 tackles, one sack, a pass deflection and recovered two fumbles. He’ll have plenty of opportunities for tackles this year, because the only place you saw the UCLA defensive line was in the Kansas State rear view mirrors as they gave up 350 rushing yards. His stock is up 15 points, but the bullish UCLA defensive stock is dropping.
There were some surprises in the positional markets starting with USC’s defense (USCD). Some of our analysts were bullish on this stock as it IPO’d at $100, but watching Hawaii dance around them like the girls on Dancing With the Stars was not reassuring. I couldn’t tell what was worse, the tackling or their secondary that gave up 459 yards passing – 200 of which came after the starter was injured. Their poor performance dropped them 50% after surrendering 588 yards to the Rainbow Warriors.
|Matt Barkley||USC||BARK||↑ 15||15%||$115|
|Nick Foles||Arizona||FOLE||↑ 15||14%||$120|
|Kevin Riley||Cal||RILE||↑ 5||6%||$80|
|Kevin Prince||UCLA||PRNC||↓ 5||20%||$20|
|Andrew Luck||Stanford||LUCK||↑ 10||8%||$135|
|Jordan Wynn||Utah||WYNN||↑ 5||10%||$55|
|Kenjon Barner||Oregon||BARN||↑ 25||100%||$50|
|Nic Grigsby||Arizona||GRIG||↑ 5||20%||$35|
|JacQuizz Rodgers||Oregon State||QUIZ||↓ 5||4%||$120|
|Chris Polk||Washington||Polk||↑ 5||10%||$55|
|Juron Criner||Arizona||CRIN||↑ 15||30%||$65|
|Ronald Johnson||USC||ROJO||↑ 15||42%||$50|
|James Rodgers||Oregon State||JROD||↑ 5||10%||$55|
|Ryan Katz||Oregon State||KATZ||–||–||$10|
|USC Defense||USCD||↓ 50||50%||$50|
|UCLA Defense||UCLD||↓ 20||33%||$60|
|Oregon State Defense||OSUD||↓ 10||20%||$40|
|Arizona Defense||ARID||↑ 15||60%||$65|
|Utah Defense||UTAD||↑ 10||20%||$60|
|UW Defense||UWD||↓ 5||10%||$40|
|Oregon Defense||ORED||↑ 15||15%||$115|
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