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Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 24, 2018

We still have one more game in the Week 16 slate, but with Christmas tomorrow, the fantasy stock report comes a day early. Good luck to everyone still competing for a fantasy title, and Merry Christmas!




Stock up: Nick Foles, PHI

I had Nick Foles here last week, but he deserves another boost after throwing for a franchise-record 471 yards along with four scores to keep the Eagles alive in the playoff race. Foles was somehow ranked as a low-end QB2 because people apparently didn’t watch him down the stretch last year, but he is easily the top streaming option at the position for the season finale next week, as the Redskins are vulnerable through the air and just released standout safety D.J. Swearinger.


Stock down: Tom Brady, NE

It’s probably unwise to write off Tom Brady and the Patriots in January, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep rolling with him if you’re still looking to capture a fantasy title in Week 17. Brady had just 126 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions against the Bills, and it looks like he simply doesn’t trust his receivers at this point (Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Rob Gronkowski combined to catch one pass for three yards on Sunday).


Running Back


Stock up: C.J. Anderson, LAR

C.J. Anderson didn’t waste any time making an impact in Los Angeles, as he rushed 20 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in his team debut yesterday. If Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive again next week, Anderson will probably win people fantasy championships as a plug-and-play RB2.


Stock up: Brian Hill, ATL

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn recently said Tevin Coleman (groin) should be good to go for the season finale, but Brian Hill is worth a speculative add in case the impending free agent runner is held out or simply has his workload scaled back. Hill rushed for 115 yards on just eight carries against Carolina, and the Bucs will be a cupcake matchup next Sunday for whoever totes the rock in Atlanta.


Stock up: Nick Chubb, CLE

Gregg Williams has already said the Browns are treating Week 17 like a playoff game (which it basically is for Baltimore), so Nick Chubb is all but assured of a full workload, which can be tricky at this point in the season. Plus, the rookie needs just 28 yards to reach 1,000 on the year, and the Ravens have been vulnerable against opposing rushing attacks in recent weeks. For now and the future, Chubb is a solid RB1.


Stock down: Kalen Ballage, MIA

I thought Miami would feature Kalen Ballage last week against the Jaguars, but he handled just six touches, including four carries for ten yards. The 23-year-old still has a promising outlook in dynasty leagues, but his stock for the season finale is very shaky with Kenyan Drake and Brandon Bolden both also set to get touches in a three-man committee.


Wide Receiver


Stock up: Julian Edelman, NE

Julian Edelman accounted for a whopping 55.6% of Tom Brady’s production in Week 16, and he looks like the only reliable target in what has been a sub-par season for TB12. Even for 2019, there’s been nothing to suggest Edelman slows down despite turning 33 in May, as he would be on pace for career-best a 100/1,136/7 line this season if not for his four-game suspension to start the year. The Jets are extremely vulnerable against slot receivers to close out the regular season.


Stock up: Nelson Agholor, PHI

He only caught one pass two weeks ago in Nick Foles’ start/win against the Rams, but Nelson Agholor worked as a clear starter alongside Alshon Jeffery, and that continued against Houston with a season-best 5/116/1 line, which included an 83-yard touchdown. Agholor has typically played well against Washington, so we’ll see if that continues in the season finale—and potentially into January, which could lead to more confidence and success in 2019.


Stock down: Corey Davis, TEN

Another arm injury for Marcus Mariota could unfortunately keep him out of a win-and-in game on Sunday Night Football next week, so Corey Davis needs to be downgraded from low-end WR2/FLEX status. Even if Mariota does end up suiting up, it might be due to his ability as a runner, and Davis would obviously struggle to put up numbers if his quarterback is less than 100%.


Stock down: John Brown, BAL

Baltimore is winning with Lamar Jackson under center, but you could see the frustration in John Brown on some missed opportunities over the past month. On Saturday night, Jackson even showed disappointment in himself when he missed “Smokey” against the Chargers, but the only chance for Joe Flacco to get back in the lineup is through an injury to the rookie quarterback; that makes Brown a risky FLEX option that needs a big play to pay off.

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