2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Michael Trivisonno
2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9: Injury Impact

Week 11 started off with Aaron Jones and Devante Adams both putting up 27 fantasy points in PPR leagues. It was a week where a number of starting quarterbacks sustained injuries, none worse than Alex Smith. He ended up breaking his tibia and fibia, ending his season.

The Steelers snuck out a nearly improbable win on the road against Jacksonville. Cam Newton overshot his target in the end zone- losing their second-straight game. Lamar Jackson made his first career start and became the first quarterback since Colin Kaepernick back in 2016 to run for over 100 yards in a game.

The week ended with an instant classic between the Rams and Chiefs. The 54-51 final score became the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game ever. What a week of NFL football!

2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up-Stock Down

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After every week of the regular season, I will take a look at some of the key players who’s stock either went up or went down following their performance during that week.

It’s time to look at some of the players who’s stocks have changed following their week 11 performances.

Stock Up

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

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It looks like Aaron Jones has finally been freed within the Packer offense. During their loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night, Jones registered another game involving multiple touchdowns. He turned 11 carries into 40 yards and one touchdown while catching a season-high five passes for 63 yards and another touchdown.

It's been clear that Jones has been the superior running back on the team. Since returning from their week eight bye week, Jones has logged 14 or more touches in every game. Although his carries went down a bit this past week, he still made his touches count. He's now scored four touchdowns over the past two weeks and his value only continues to go up.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy owners have been waiting for Doug Baldwin to finally break out this season. It certainly happened Thursday night when he caught seven passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. It was Baldwin's first touchdown score and just the second game to catch more than five passes in an injury-filled season.

The 2018 campaign started off slow due to a lingering injury occurring in week one. Since then, he's been steadily getting more involved in the offense, having back-to-back five-catch games. During Thursday night's game, he got peppered with 10 targets, something no other Seahawk player has seen this season.

Being on a team centered on running the ball may be something to keep in mind as a Baldwin owner. Nonetheless, he says that he's over his knee injuries and with a season-best performance this past week, his value is trending upward.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

With Andrew Luck playing at an elite level recently, that helped T.Y. Hilton enjoy his most productive game of the season this past week. He caught a season-high 9 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns during the win against the Titans. It was just the second time this season the 29-year-old surpassed 100 yards receiving.

Before this game, he had played three games after coming back from an injury. In those three games, he caught eight passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. In the second quarter, Andrew Luck connected with Hilton that resulted in a 68-yard touchdown pass- just one of many big plays the two players had on Sunday.

With Luck continuing to play at a high rate, Hilton may be in line for more monster weeks ahead. He's a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside on a weekly basis moving forward.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Undrafted rookie running back Gus Edwards did something Alex Collins hasn't done since Week 14 of last year, that's run for more than 100 yards in a game. Edwards handled the bulk of the carries during the Week 10 win over the Bengals. He logged 17 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Prior to this breakout game, the 23-year-old's best game came back in week six when he turned 10 carries into 42 yards. Alex Collins continued to struggle, turning seven carries into just 18 yards and a touchdown. Despite scoring seven touchdowns on the year, Collins has never topped 70 rushing yards in a game.

It's still unclear how the running back situation will be handled this week, but Edwards became one of the hottest names to pick up off the waiver wire. With one of the easiest remaining schedules remaining going against opposing run defenses, Edwards carries some upside with the fantasy playoffs coming up.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The magic might've run out. Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled immensely against the Giants during their loss. He completed 13 of 21 passes for 167 yards and three interceptions. After throwing a pick-six on the sixth offensive play in the second half, Fitzpatrick was pulled from the game for Jameis Winston.

From there, Winston nearly pulled off a late-game comeback. He tripled Fitzpatrick's fantasy day, completing 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. During the last three games, Fitzpatrick has thrown seven interceptions to just four touchdown passes. It won't be surprising at all to see head coach Dirk Koetter name Winston the starting quarterback from here on out.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

After a monster game just a week ago, Corey Davis and the Titans struggled during their loss to the Colts. He caught just two catches for 30 yards. Things started off slowly for the Titans, but it went from bad to worse when Marcus Mariota re-injured his throwing elbow and hand late in the first half.

Blaine Gabbert took over at quarterback for the Titans for the rest of the game. From there, there was no hope of any more production from any wide receivers on the Titans. It's been a roller coaster of a season for the 23-year-old. He's caught just two touchdowns, both coming in games where he has caught seven or more passes for more than 100 yards receiving.

Through 11 weeks, he's had five games catching less than five passes and 50 receiving yards as well. It's still unclear if Mariota will be ready to suit up this week against the Texans, but there's limited upside for Davis in your starting lineups at this point.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

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During their win against the Titans, Evan Engram hauled in four of five targets for 46 yards. After a breakout rookie campaign, Engram has been an afterthought within the offense in New York. He led the team in receiving last year and has been pushed back to the fourth option on the team.

His best performance came all the way back in week two when he caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Since then, he's caught just 14 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Engram has been held to zero catches in a half a number of times this season and it'll be hard for the 24-year-old to sustain viable fantasy numbers being the fourth option on the team.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Jordan Howard turned 18 carries into 63 yards during the win against the Vikings Sunday night. The bright spot- the 18 carries were the third-most he's gotten in a game this season. Other than that, it was another modest performance from the 24-year-old.

He's never topped 100 yards rushing this season and has scored five touchdowns through 11 weeks of play. Tarik Cohen has been the superior running back in Chicago's offense, especially in PPR leagues. Howard provides very minimal upside in the passing game- catching just three passes since the team's week five bye week.

Howard has posted five games of 10 or more fantasy points and three games of five or less this season. He's a hit-or-miss player on a weekly basis and that trend will continue on for the rest of the season.

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