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Fantasy Football Stock Report: November 13, 2018

Box scores never tell the whole story, so which fantasy options are rising and falling heading into Week 11? If you want to completely dominate your league, consider Fantasy Consigliere for premium analytics and next-level advice for all your leagues, all year long.




Stock up: Lamar Jackson, BAL QB

Picking up Lamar Jackson on waivers tonight could be a little risky if Joe Flacco (hip) ends up playing in Week 11, but the rookie’s colossal upside makes him worthy of the No. 1 claim in all redraft leagues. While I’ve said since April that I don’t anticipate Flacco losing his job in 2018, it would probably only take one impressive performance by Jackson for the 4-5 Ravens to stick with him; and down the stretch, the rookie would have the easiest schedule imaginable (v CIN, v OAK, @ ATL, @ KC, v TB, @ LAC, v CLE) as a potential difference-maker into and through the fantasy playoffs.


Stock down: Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB QB

He’s coming off another 400-yard performance, but Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn’t find the end zone and tossed two interceptions in last week’s loss to the Redskins. More concerning, though, is the fact that Dirk Koetter appears to be making decisions on a whim after taking play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Todd Monken—who was doing an excellent job all year—before Week 10, and Koetter being on the hot seat might cause him to have a quick trigger with Jameis Winston waiting in the wings. No matter what happens on Sunday, Fitzpatrick is probably at risk of an in-game benching the rest of the way.


Running Back


Stock up: James Conner, PIT RB

Well, the deadline for Le’Veon Bell to report has passed, meaning James Conner is locked in as an elite RB1 for not only the next seven games, but also for 2019 and 2020 (at least). Conner “only” had 13.3 standard fantasy points last week as he saw a scaled-back workload in an easy win before entering the concussion protocol, and his floor will be as high as anyone’s for the fantasy playoffs, especially considering the game scripts with matchups against the Chargers, Patriots, and Saints still on the schedule. Hopefully those who traded Conner already got nothing less than another top-end RB1 or WR1.


Stock up: Josh Adams, PHI RB

The Eagles sound ready to commit to Josh Adams as they try to jumpstart the offense and turn their season around, so the undrafted rookie could become a significant factor for fantasy owners behind Philly’s offensive line. In three games with at least five touches this year, Adams has rushed 22 times for 138 yards (6.3 YPC), and the Birds might simply give him Jay Ajayi’s old role, which means low-end RB2 potential is realistic.


Stock down: Jordan Howard, CHI RB

I don’t think fantasy owners should give up on Jordan Howard, but this season has certainly been a disappointment with just 460 rushing yards and 3.4 yards per carry through nine games. I thought an improved offense would set up plenty of scoring opportunities for the 24-year-old, but he’s not even on pace for double-digit touchdowns, and Tarik Cohen remains heavily involved. Perhaps the cold weather will allow Howard to get going in the second half of November and December, but RB1 promise has turned to FLEX results.


Stock down: Chris Carson

Following a 12-carry, 108-yard, one-score performance by first-round pick Rashaad Penny in Week 10, second-year back Chris Carson could be the third wheel behind the rookie and veteran Mike Davis (15 touches for 80 yards and a touchdown last week). It’s unfortunate because Carson has been great when given carries this year, but fantasy owners can’t really trust him in lineups as things currently stand; also, if anything, Seattle will probably increase Penny’s workload as the season progresses, leaving Carson as a bench stash.


Wide Receiver


Stock up: Amari Cooper, DAL WR

Wideouts can typically struggle on a new team because they need to learn the system and earn trust from their quarterback, but Amari Cooper has wasted no time making an impact for Dallas, going for lines of 5/58/1 and 6/75 through two games. And they aren’t just empty numbers, as Cooper has looked like the guy Oakland thought they were consistently getting with crisp route-running, soft hands, and on-the-ground explosiveness. Still just 24, the Alabama product is trending towards WR2 status in redraft formats, and his dynasty stock is pointing straight up.


Stock up: Anthony Miller, CHI WR

It’s crazy that Anthony Miller wasn’t a top-50 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but his talent was on full display with a breakout 5/122/1 game in which Detroit had no answers for him in Week 10. Chicago’s second-round pick has increased his yardage in each of the past five games since the bye (29 > 35 > 37 > 49 > 122), and he should continue to benefit from Allen Robinson taking coverage away as a big-bodied perimeter threat that can make downfield plays. Miller is a weekly FLEX option in all formats after a slow start.


Stock up: Chris Godwin, TB

He hasn’t scored a touchdown since starting the season with four scores in five games, but Chris Godwin just had his first 100-yard effort of the year, and Tampa Bay would be wise to feature him down the stretch. The 22-year-old has a reception of 20+ yards in each of the past four games, but interestingly enough, he has yet to catch a pass longer than 25 yards this season. However, anyone who watched Godwin at Penn State knows he can be a deadly target on deep passes, and his schedule over the next three weeks (@ NYG, v SF, v CAR) is as good as it gets.


Stock down: D.J. Moore, CAR WR

It looked like D.J. Moore was primed for a second-half surge when he totaled 129 yards in a tough matchup against the Ravens to close October, but he’s been held in check over the past two weeks with just 73 total yards, and a large chunk of the production came on a 32-yard rush. Carolina’s first-round pick is a big-play threat every time he gets his hands on the ball, but his solid FLEX outlook in redraft leagues quickly disappeared following a five-day stretch to start November.

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