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2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Report: Rolling On The Rivers

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Rolling into Week 13 with an eventful Week 12 in the rearview mirror. We saw heated rivals Broncos and Raiders square off.  Fantasy owners finally had a chance to realize why they chose Julio Jones early in the first round with his 253 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys are in a downward spiral with no end in sight.

In Week 13, we will see if Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings defense can contain Julio Jones. The Panthers and Saints will battle for supremacy in the NFL South in what should be a heck of a game. And Geno Smith is starting this week for the Giants? Wait! What? While Eli Manning has not been playing that well this season, come on Giants, show some respect and class while exhibiting an appreciation for the two-time Super Bowl winner.

Here is hoping Week 13 is lucky for you and your fantasy teams as we head over to the Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Report.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Report

Quarterback

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Stock Up

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have won four of their last six games, and have the look of a serious playoff threat.The Browns have won once in the last two years … when they beat the Chargers last December.

After a rough start to the 2017 season, Rivers still appears to have magic in his arm. He has completed 62.1 percent for 2,948 yards, 20 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for a 92.5 passer rating this season. His top weapon remains Keenan Allen, who has been on fire as of late, catching 23 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games.

The sturdy quarterback was impressive in Week 12’s 28-6 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Rivers threw for 434 yards and was 27-for-33 passing with three touchdowns. He finished the game with a 149.14 rating and an 81.8 completion percentage. His performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Philip Rivers should have another great fantasy day for a third consecutive game with the Browns coming to LA in Week 13. The Browns have allowed the third-most touchdown passes in the NFL this season, and have given up 21.9 FPPG to QB’s on the road. The Browns even made Andy Dalton into a top-12 QB in Week 12.

Stock Down

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Through the first five games, there was no better team than the Chiefs. They had statement wins over the Patriots and the Eagles. They had the league’s best offense in every category. Alex Smith did not look a game manager any longer. He was playing like the best QB in the game.

During the 5-0 start, Smith had the best passer rating in the league, but he now has the 17th-best rating in his next six games. This past month has been extremely rough for KC and fantasy fans. Smith has directed the Chiefs to five losses in six games. Additionally, he has also led the Chiefs to one touchdown in the last nine quarters of play. He ‘s thrown four interceptions in the last three games after throwing none in the first eight.

Paging Patrick Mahomes!

Running Back

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Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

Jamaal Williams has been thrust into a starting role for the Green Bay Packers due to injuries to starting running back Ty Montgomery and backup Aaron Jones. Williams carried the ball in all but three of the team’s 24 rushing plays against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Williams could be the only game in town for the Packers as they try and salvage their season. He’s proving to be a do-it-all asset in the Packers’ backfield and has accounted for 304 yards from scrimmage in the last three games.

I would be shocked if the Packers rush back Jones or Montgomery now that Williams has proven that he can handle a heavy workload with his 59 carries over the last three weeks and his ability to catch the ball with his four receptions in two straight games.

Stock Down

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Kareem Hunt broke out in the opening five weeks of the season. During those five weeks, he averaged 6.3 yards per carry and totaled 609 yards along with four touchdowns. He averaged 32.2 fantasy points per game in PPR formats and was among the top five running backs each week.

But the breakout rookie’s numbers have come crashing back to earth along with the team’s offense, the Chiefs have lost four out of their past five games, and no one is talking much about Hunt anymore. Hunt has not hit the 100-yard rushing mark since Week 5 and not visited the end zone since Week 3.

It was going to be impossible for Hunt to sustain that level of success, but no one could have expected this type of drop-off. He still has good overall numbers but the impact plays that are changing games are not present any longer.

His upcoming schedule with fantasy playoffs right around the corner looks quite promising. The Raiders and Chargers are among the four worst run defenses heading into Week 12, and the Dolphins appear to already be in offseason mode.  It will be almost impossible to bench Hunt with your season on the line, but he needs to show some life quickly.

Wide Receiver

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Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

Robby Anderson has proven to be one of the best deep ball threats in the NFL. He has seven total TD receptions this season, including an NFL-leading six that are 20 yards or longer. The emerging second-year wideout annihilated the Panthers’ secondary Sunday with an impressive performance, recording the first multi-touchdown game of his career and personal best 146 yards receiving.

Additionally, he kept his scoring streak alive by hauling in a TD in a fifth consecutive contest.  He hasn’t been an entirely touchdown-dependent, though, giving his fantasy owners at least 85 yards in three out of his last four games.

Anderson should feast again this Sunday when the Jets take on the Chiefs secondary that’s given up the most TDs and the third-most FPPG to WRs.

Stock Down

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

T.Y. Hilton is the pure definition of a boom-or-bust player, especially this season. He’s had just three games all season with more than 4.9 fantasy points, including 2.7 or less in five of his last six games.

The Colts offense is a truly a mess right now. There has been a handful of good matchups that Hilton has had this season where he had awful fantasy performances.

The last time he faced the Week 12 opponent, the Jaguars, he was held to two catches for 27 yards. His upcoming slate of Jags, Bills, Broncos, and Ravens won’t help your fantasy teams to a championship. I certainly hope you have another player to take his spot in your lineups.

Tight End

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Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals

Undrafted rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones continues to impress and is an intriguing fantasy prospect.

He has seven receptions and three touchdowns in his last two games. His emergence coincides with the newly appointed quarterback Blaine Gabbert taking the reins at quarterback the last two games.

Fantasy owners who must stream tight ends must stay with the hot hand and roll the dice on Seal-Jones.

Stock Down

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

Vernon Davis hurt a ton of fantasy teams last week, including mine, by providing a big fat zero in Thanksgiving matchup against the Giants. Going into the Week 12 contest, the Giants have given up the most fantasy points to tight ends than any other team this season. Davis was targeted just once and finished with zero points.

With multiple injuries to the Redskins’ offensive line, they have asked Davis to stay in and block more, and it is working.  The Redskins running game is clicking with Samaje Perine leading the way and posting back to back 100-yard rushing games.

With Jordan Reed out again (what else is new?), Davis SHOULD see opportunities. Count me as one owner who hopes he is listed in the STOCK UP section next week!


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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL and college football, MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He is an avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. He participates in numerous fantasy football leagues annually and is the commish in his two biggest money leagues. Also, participates in up to four fantasy baseball leagues annually and is the commish in one league that has been competing for over 15 years. Dennis has won several leagues in each sport and is the team to beat in the league and everyone knows it. Dennis is also an avid DFS player in both football and baseball. Dennis is a student of all sports and normally calls out what the game announcers say before they say it. Coming soon....twitter account.

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