2017 Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Week 14
Chris Bouvier takes a look at the NFL landscape following Week 14 and tells you which players stock is rising or falling heading into Week 15.
Russell Wilson QB, SEA – Wilson has been matchup proof this season with his ability to run and pass so effectively and if there was ever a week to prove that in was in Week 14 against the NFL’s best defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars. While he did throw three interceptions, there are some other things to consider when evaluating his performance. 1) It was a road matchup against by far the best defense in the NFL. 2) He still managed to throw for 271 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 50 yards on five carries. 3) Those three interceptions leading to a Seattle loss hurts the team WAY more than it does your fantasy squad as he still put up his league high ninth 20+ point performance in ESPN standard leagues. After all, this is the number one scoring quarterback in all of fantasy football.
Nick Foles QB, PHI – What a devastating loss for the Eagles with Carson Wentz possibly suffering a torn ACL this week against the Rams. From a fantasy perspective, it’s fairly safe to say that there is a playoff team in your league that has Wentz on their roster, and likely no backup. If that team is you then you should seriously consider Nick Foles. Here is a veteran quarterback that has had success in the NFL and is now in the driver’s seat of the best team he’s ever been on. There aren’t any numbers to justify why Foles should be on your radar, however, this Eagles team is loaded and not looking to make excuses. Foles has shown his ability with a lot less talent around him and matchups against the Giants and Raiders over the next two weeks will make this transition even easier as both of those teams are atrocious against the pass in 2017.
Mike Davis RB, SEA- Finally, a healthy Seattle running back that can handle a full workload and do everything head coach Pete Carroll asks of him. Mike Davis has given this team some stability in the running game and balanced the offense, relieving some of the pressure from quarterback Russell Wilson. In both Week 13 and Week 14 combined, Davis carried the ball 31 times for 130 yards and also recorded five receptions for 36 yards. This upcoming week, Seattle heads home to face an L.A. Rams team that has given up the third most ESPN standard league fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and follows that up with a road matchup with the Dallas Cowboys – a middle of the pack defense in points allowed to opposing fantasy running backs in 2017.
Robby Anderson WR, NYJ – When Jets quarterback Josh McCown broke his non-throwing hand against the Broncos, nobody’s stock dropped more than that of wide receiver Robby Anderson. Now Anderson is still a very good receiver and could produce decent numbers, however, with the idea that quarterback Bryce Petty will now be under center for the Jets its likely that we can all kiss that hope goodbye. Going 2-9 for 14 yards in relief of McCown and having a career 3:7 touchdown to interception ratio and 57.9 career rating isn’t something that is going to inspire hope if you’re a Robby Anderson owner. Matchups against two very solid defenses in the Saints and Chargers over the next two weeks lessen the optimism here even more.
Andy Dalton QB, CIN – The Cincinnati Bengals are an absolute train wreck. Where do we even start here? Let’s start with the fact that the Bengals potential star running back Joe Mixon is injured with a concussion and we all know the wide range of recovery time for that specific injury. We could also talk about how it's that time of year again (usually towards the final month of the season) where every one starts the Marvin Lewis hot seat conversation. However, we need to look no further than the fact that Andy Dalton looked completely lost at home to a Chicago Bears team that has allowed less than 20 points only three times this season. His horrendous play in Week 14 also led to his benching for backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, providing an outside chance for a quarterback controversy in Cincinnati.
Mike Evans WR, TB – A disastrous 2017 campaign continued in Week 14 for the big wide receiver out of Texas A&M. Evans had two receptions for 25 yards on five targets and was blanketed all day by a Lions team that in Week 13 allowed 189 yards to Ravens wide receivers. Mike Evans is struggling to gain separation in the secondary and has hardly any yards after the catch. To make matters worse for Evans, quarterback Jameis Winston is spreading the ball around to all of his receivers, evidence by the eleven different players catching a pass in Week 14. There is no denying that Evans is an elite talent at the wide receiver position, the pieces of the puzzle for him in 2017 are just simply not fitting together. Its hard to trust a guy who has yet to break the 100 yard plateau in any game this season, especially with your championship hopes on the line.
Stock to Watch
Theo Riddick RB, DET – Running back situations in the NFL are constantly changing and that’s why Riddick is here on this list. With Ameer Abdullah missing the game against the Buccaneers, the Detroit Lions featured Theo Riddick in the backfield and he did not disappoint. The Lions are pushing for a playoff spot and may ride the hot hand even if/when Abdullah returns in Week 15. Riddick only received ten carries in Week 14 but he reached the end zone twice and also had a considerable workload in the passing game with six receptions for 64 yards. Riddick has been the Lions most dynamic running back in 2017 and they may give him extra looks going forward if Abdullah isn’t 100-percent.
Mark Ingram RB, NO – Alvin Kamara suffered a concussion this week against the Atlanta Falcons and the timetable to return is still unknown. He said he hopes to return in Week 15 against the Jets, but nothing is yet clear. If he doesn’t play it could open the door for a huge day for Mark Ingram, as the Saints will likely jump out to a big lead against the McCown-less Jets. This type of game flow would allow Ingram the possiblity to run out clock for much of the second half. Even with Kamara healthy, Ingram has been a top ten running back in fantasy football this season in every format so its not like his production will increase but rather his workload. With the Saints not likely to rush back their star, do-it-all running back in a game likely to be a blow out, Ingram could easily reach 25 carries in Week 15, something he’s done once in 2017.