DC Pro Sports Stock Report (11/20)
The Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards are all in season and that means games played. Our Stock Report looks at players who are UP and players who are DOWN based on the past week. Here is the report from last week. The following Stock Up and Stock down are based on the last seven days.
RB Alfred Morris: Why? Because he produces. Period. Morris carried the ball 22 times for 93 yards, grinding out 4.2 yards per carry and helping the Redskins sustain some drives. Through ten weeks, Morris is just 82 yards shy of his second consecutive 1,000 yard season, compiling 918 yards on 181 carries, averaging a solid 5.1 yards per carry.
DE/LB Brian Orakpo: Why? Because Orakpo is bringing it on lately. Last week in the Redskins loss to the Eagles, Orakpo had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He is getting off blocks more forcefully and providing the pass rush that the Redskins expected from him. Over the past two weeks, Orakpo has recorded 2.5 sacks.
FB Darrel Young: Why? Because he is producing. Young got a big first down on a 3rd and short and then caught a 62 yard TD pass. It was Young’s 4th TD in the past three weeks, the first four of his career. He is transforming from a reliable fullback to a play producing fullback.
D John Carlson. Why? Over the past two games, Carlson has been a force on ice and has quarterbacked the power play well. You can read more about that here. Carlson had 1 goal and 1 assist over the past two games. He also added 2 hits and 7 blocked shots. He sits among the NHL league leaders in blocked shots. Carlson had 4 shots on goal the past two games. Carlson’s tally against St. Louis came on the Caps man advantage, marking his second power play goal of the season.
F Alexander Ovechkin: Why? Ovechkin is on a hot tear so far in 2013. That was no different over the past two games. The Captain scored 3 goals on 10 shots over the past two games, including two against the St. Louis Blues that gave the Caps an early lead they would not relinquish. Ovi’s two goals against St. Louis tied him for the NHL lead with Blue’s forward Alexander Steen, who the Caps held scoreless. Ovi also compiled 6 hits and was a +3 over the past two games.
Nicklas Backstrom: Why? Because he is an assists machine. Over the past two games, Backstrom has racked up 4 assists and posted a +3 rating. His 4 assists over the past two games moved him into a tie with fellow Cap Alex Ovechkin for fourth in the league in total points and 2nd in the NHL in assists. Backstrom also added the shootout tally against Detroit to lift the Caps to the win and stayed a perfect 4 for 4 in shootouts.
Braden Holtby: Why? Give credit where it is due. Holtby played an amazing game against St. Louis, stopping 46 of 47 shots on net. Doesn’t say much for the defense that 47 shots made it to the net, but Holbty was a magnet between the pipes. Over the past two games, Holtby has a .952 save percentage and won both games, including an impressive shootout performance against Detroit.
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WR Joshua Morgan. Why? The $6 million dollar receiver was inactive, not by injury, but by Mike Shanahan’s choosing. Enough said, no further explanation required.
Special Teams: Why? We told you they would reside here permanently. You can count on this unit for at least a few screw ups per game. This week it went to rookie WR Nick Williams. Williams was signed from the practice squad to take over punt return duties from the recently benched Joshua Morgan. The Williams experiment is off to a rough start. Williams let two punts go around the ten yard, both downed inside the five yard line. The kid has got to learn to judge those punts better and make the fair catches. Field position killed the Redskins in the game against the Eagles and these two punts were a big reason. Not ready to give up on the Williams experiment, but he needs work.
Pass Protection: Along with special teams, we might as well make a permanent home here for the offensive line. Let’s face it, this is a run blocking line. That is what it was developed for, the zone blocking scheme. However, this line struggles in pass protection and unfortunately QB Robert Griffin III pays the price. The Redskins will have $45 million in free cap space this coming off-season. Besides ILB and the secondary, the Redskins need serious upgrades on the interior of the offensive line. Griffin was sacked four times. He has been sacked 8 times over the past two weeks.
D Mike Green: Why? Because he is injured. Again.
F Eric Fehr: Why? He has been non-existent. In fact, Fehr has been a scratch since November 2.
The Bench: Wizards are getting very little production from the bench. It has been that way all season and unless that changes, we can expect similar results to the 3-7 start. Wiz did a surprisingly nice performance from Jan Vesely off the bench last night, as he hit 4 for 4 on field goals, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 1 block and 2 steals in 19 minutes of court time.