Week 17 of the fantasy football season was headlined by the awesome performances of Joe Burrow (446 passing yards and four touchdown passes) and Ja’Marr Chase (11 receptions for 266 yards with three touchdowns) in a win over the Chiefs and the awful Antonio Brown mid-game walkout against the Jets. It didn’t impact Brown’s quarterback Tom Brady as he threw for 410 yards with three touchdown passes. The Buccaneers did lose Ronald Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn to injuries as did Brady’s former team the Patriots after Damien Harris left the game with an injured hamstring. Other injuries included Kyle Pitts suffering a hamstring injury and Michael Gallup tearing his ACL.
With one week left to go, here’s the final Fantasy Football Stock Watch report. Good luck to all and take home those titles!
Devin Singletary, RB BUF: Despite the constant fear of Josh Allen vulturing touchdowns away. Singletary has been very reliable over the last four weeks. He’s run in four touchdowns combined his last three weeks and he’s received 22-plus carries in two of his last three outings. He’s even caught five or more passes in two of his last four games. Up next for Buffalo is another date with the Jets and they are awful against the run. They’ve allowed a league-high 22 rushing scores to running backs this season. Last time out against the Jets, Singletary received just seven carries, but he still rushed for 6.1 yards per carry and hit the end-zone last time out against them. He also hasn’t turned the ball over all season.
Dalton Schultz, TE DAL: Schultz owns a 16.3 percent team target-share, which is second-highest for the Cowboys, and he’s received 21 percent or more of the targets in each of his last three games. Between Dak Prescott playing better and Michael Gallup being out for the year, it sets Schultz up nicely in what should be a smash spot of a matchup for him against the Eagles who are at the bottom of the NFL when it comes to defense versus tight ends. They surrendered 102 receptions to opposing tight ends and back in Week 3, Schultz caught two touchdowns and logged 80 receiving yards. Schultz has hit the end-zone in two of his last three weeks and he’s caught six for the season.
Zach Ertz, TE ARI: We were all wondering who would benefit the most once DeAndre Hopkins went down and Ertz has not only played the most snaps over the last two weeks of any Cardinals running back or pass catcher, but he’s received nine or more targets in three straight games. He hasn’t been hitting the end-zone but he’s caught no fewer than five passes in each of his last four weeks. He is the prioritized receiving weapon in Arizona and his next opponent, Seattle, has surrendered nine touchdown receptions to tight ends, which is fourth-most in the NFL. Ertz had his best game of the season in PPR leagues the last time he faced the Seahawks catching eight passes for 88 yards with two touchdowns.
Saquon Barkley, RB NYG: Did Barkley have his lone 100-plus yard rushing game of the season against the Bears on Sunday? He sure did! It didn’t make that big of a difference though. as Barkley hasn’t rushed in a score since week four and he hasn’t been utilized as much in the Giants passing game. He’s received one target in both of his last two games. The Giants aren’t scoring as they’ve scored 10 points or fewer in their last three contests. Barkley has also played less than 56 percent of the Giants offensive snaps in four straight outings. He got out-snapped by Devontae Booker in Week 16 and then Barkley out-snapped him just 30 to 27 in Week 17. New York's backfield is a pretty even split and with the Giants having nothing to play for, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants sit Barkley for the final game of the year.
Melvin Gordon, RB DEN: While Gordon has been a bit banged up for the last few weeks, he’s still been on the field and investors have seen his production drop off for the most part over his last few weeks. We saw the Broncos get worked by the Chargers and Chiefs, who only allowed the Broncos to score nine points on them the last time they squared off, and since that Broncos game, the Chiefs have scored no fewer than 31 points. Denver on the other hand, has failed to score more than 13 points in each of their last three games, which indicates that game script is once again going to work very much against both Gordon and Javonte Williams. Gordon hasn’t been catching many passes out of the backfield and he’s scored touchdowns in just one of his last five matchups.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB MIA: We’ve seen Tagovailoa struggle over the last three weeks. He’s completed 59.3 percent of his passes or less in two of his last three games and in Week 1 against the Patriots, he also completed 59.3 percent of his passes. The Patriots are one of the strongest teams in the league at limiting quarterbacks and they’ve picked off quarterbacks 23 times this year, which is the second-most in the NFL. Tagovailoa has not only thrown interceptions in his last three games, but he’s also thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes in his last three weeks. He’s thrown for fewer than 200 yards in two of his last three games just barely eclipsing 200 in Week 17.