Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Week 14
Justin Vreeland surveys the fantasy football world and examines whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 14.
Happy Stock Watch day! Week 14 is in the books and I hope you won your first playoff game (if that’s where your league is at). Hopefully a title is in your near future! If you missed playoffs and just wanted to give it a read, that’s awesome too and I appreciative it! Feel free to shoot me feedback or anything else in the live chats or on Twitter @JustinVreeland. Without further adieu, let’s dive in!
Joe Mixon , RB CIN – Mixon had his best game of the season Sunday, rushing for 146 yards on 23 carries and plunging into the end zone on one of them. He also had three receptions for 40 yards, good enough to total 27.6 fantasy points on the day. If you somehow made the playoffs with Mixon on your team (he was a major bust all season), you have to be loving what you are seeing from him lately. Over the last six games he has fantasy totals of 17.7, 17.1, 17.3, 7.9, 17.0, and 27.6. That from a guy who scored fewer than 12 fantasy points in six of the first seven weeks of the season. He has a tough matchup with the Patriots on tap in Week 15 but, if you survive that week, he closes out the fantasy season with a juicy matchup against Miami in Week 16.
Hayden Hurst , TE BAL – Hurst had the best game of his career on Sunday, hauling in all three of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens 24-17 win over the Bills. Mark Andrews is currently battling an injury and with the Ravens playing Thursday night, there is a chance that Andrews is forced to miss the game. Hurst would still be fighting for looks with Nick Boyle , but Hurst is the better pass catcher of the two and would be the better option for fantasy and DFS. He would only be worth a look in deep leagues, but he could be in for a good game and is someone to keep in mind for DFS purposes this week (a cheap price tag). Don’t forget, he was a first round pick in last year’s draft.
Justin Watson , WR TB – Watson was a major benefactor after Mike Evans was forced to leave the game with an injury. Watson finished with eight targets, five receptions, 59 yards, and a touchdown. He had just one reception for 13 yards over the first 12 games combined. If Evans is forced to miss extended time (likely), Watson could be relevant for those of you playing in deep leagues. We know the Bucs are going to throw the ball a ton and Watson could continue to see increased looks. He is too risky in most formats, but he is worth keeping an eye and could make for interesting DFS target in Week 15 when the Bucs take on the Lions (who struggle to stop anyone).
Russell Wilson , QB SEA – What has happened to this Seahawks passing attack? Wilson had his second lowest fantasy output of the season (11.6 points) in Seattle’s loss to the Rams. It was his fourth straight game with fewer than 18 fantasy points and he has now failed to reach that mark in six of the past seven games. Keep in mind; he topped 24 fantasy points in four of the first six games of the season. It’s even worse when you consider the fact that his last three opponents are all pretty below average pass defenses. In the game against the Rams, he threw the ball 36 times and only managed 245 yards and zero touchdowns. He is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he isn’t one of the best fantasy quarterbacks right now. He has two more good matchups on tap though, as he will face the Panthers and Cardinals in Weeks 15 and 16.
Tyler Lockett , WR SEA – We need a milk carton missing person’s ad for this guy. Where has he gone?! He finished this week with four receptions for 43 yards… pretty awful right? Well, that was his best game since Week 9! He hasn’t topped 8.3 fantasy points in any of his last four games and he had fewer than six points in three of them. His worst game of the season through nine weeks was 9.1 fantasy points (his only game with fewer than 11.4). This guy was elite all season long and a big part of why some people made playoffs, but now he’s a major reason why some people have been eliminated. I’m really not even sure how you can trust him at this point. Deeper leagues will have to take the risk with him, but those of you in shallow leagues may want to look a different direction if you can.
David Njoku , TE CLE – I found it astonishing the amount of people that were high on Njoku making his return and were ready to just go ahead and plug him into their lineups. He hadn’t played since Week 2, was returning to an offense that has struggled all year, and with a quarterback that has struggled all year. This same offense has Odell Beckham in it and he hasn’t done squat all season, but Njoku was going to just make a big splash return? Of course that didn’t happen, as Njoku finished with one reception for four yards on three targets. A whopping 1.4 fantasy points. This is a low-scoring offense with Chubb, Hunt, Landry, and OBJ all ahead of Njoku for touches. He may have a solid game down the stretch somewhere and DFS players can take a shot at him if they want to, but this guy shouldn’t be anywhere near your fantasy lineup right now. Do not risk your playoffs on him.