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It was a special start to week 12 of the NFL season. It featured three games on Thanksgiving day. No Mitchell Trubisky, no problem. Chase Daniel took over starting duties for Chicago and took down Matthew Stafford and the Lions. Dak and the Cowboys continued their recent success by taking down Colt McCoy and the Redskins. And Finally, arguably the league’s hottest team right now, Drew Brees and the Saints defeated the Falcons to secure their ninth straight win.

Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield lead the Browns past the Bengals. The Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive after defeating the Giants 25-22. Philip Rivers completed 28 of 29 passes as they went on to blow out the Cardinals at home.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers now fall to 4-6-1, making their chances of going to the postseason extremely difficult. And the week ended with the Titans meeting up with the Texans on a Monday night game where Houston continued their winning streak, making it now eight straight wins.


 

2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 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 12 performances.

Stock Up

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

During the team’s 31-23 win Thursday night, Dak Prescott completed 22 of 31 passes for a season-high 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also turned six carries into 18 yards and another touchdown on the ground. This makes it the third game in a row where Prescott ran in a touchdown and his fifth this season.

He’s also now thrown for 200 or more yards in five straight games. It’s no question that the 25-year-old is playing his best football this season right now and a matchup with the Saints this week is looking like a matchup that can keep Dak rolling.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

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Christian McCaffrey accomplished something only 30 players had done in NFL history heading into week 12 and that’s running and catching for at least 100 yards in a single game. McCaffrey was a factor right out of the gates as he caught eight of Cam Newton‘s 14 passes in the first half.

He ended up running the ball 17 times for 125 yards and a touchdown while hauling in all 11 of his targets for 112 yards and another score. McCaffrey has been finding the end zone at a staggering pace during the past five games. In fact, since week eight, he has a total of nine touchdowns- five on the ground and four through the air. He’s one of the best pass-catching backs in the NFL today.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

Fresh off their week 11 bye week, it was evident that the game plan was to get the ball in Sony Michel’s hands frequently. Michel handled 21 carries that went for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown. He appeared to be shaken up a bit in this game but only managed to miss one series.
It’s now the third time the rookie has handled 20 or more carries in a game, all three of those games he has eclipsed 100 yards rushing. He’s now played in eight games this season, scoring in five of them. If he continues to see the volume he’s been getting recently, Michel offers RB1 upside on a weekly basis.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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Tyler Lockett once again led the Seahawks in receiving Sunday afternoon, catching all five of his targets for a season-high 107 yards and a touchdown. That marked his first 100-yard receiving game since week seven of last year. Make that now eight touchdown catches in 11 games played and he has now caught five passes in three consecutive games.

With Doug Baldwin underperforming this season, Lockett has proved to be the safest wide receiver in Seattle. He currently leads the team in receiving through 11 games, catching 43 passes for 661 yards and eight touchdowns. Only Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and Antonio Brown have scored more touchdowns than Lockett has.

Stock Down

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears

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With Chase Daniels under center this past week, Allen Robinson caught just two passes for 37 yards. The past two weeks combined, he’s caught five passes for 76 yards. It’s been an up-and-down season for Robinson, catching five or more passes just three times while eclipsing 100 yards receiving just once.

No matter who’s at quarterback in Chicago, it’s difficult to trust him starting in fantasy lineups. Robinson currently sits as the fourth option on a team that ranks in the bottom half of the league in passing. Through nine games played this season, the 25-year-old has been held to under 70 receiving yards in seven of those games. He’s not an appealing fantasy option at this point in the season.

James White, RB, New England Patriots

Despite seeing nine carries go for a season-high 73 yards, James White registered a season-low one catch for just five yards during the week 12 win. The Patriots stuck to a run-heavy approach with Sony Michel dominating the backfield touches. Tom Brady threw just 20 passes and White’s streak of seven consecutive games with catching five or more passes has snapped.

Rob Gronkowski is now back and healthy for the Patriots, making things more crowded for the team’s pass catchers. White was once highly touted as a weekly RB1, especially in PPR leagues, throughout the beginning of the year. The return of Gronkowski pushes the vale of White to an RB2 heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Golden Tate, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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During their week 12 win against the Giants, Golden Tate saw eight targets but hauled in four of them for a modest 30 yards. Tate has played his third game with the Eagles, combining to catch 11 passes for just 97 yards. His volume has been increasing over the weeks but has failed to take advantage of the opportunities.

He’s been a disappointing fantasy player this season and as Philadelphia continues to struggle to produce things on the offensive end, so will Tate. Through 10 games played, Tate has caught three touchdowns and has had two games with more than 100 receiving yards.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns

During the team’s win against the Bengals, Jarvis Landry caught just three passes for 30 yards. The Cleveland offense exploded for 28 points in the first half of the game on Sunday and then disappeared in the second half, as Baker Mayfield attempted just four passes. He’s now caught just five passes for 55 yards in the past two games and 10 catches for 102 yards since the Browns coaching changes.

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Landry has now posted 50 or fewer receiving yards in six of the last eight games played. The 25-year-old has caught just two touchdowns this season and has been fairly inconsistent on a weekly basis. With Baker Mayfield playing at an extremely high level recently, there is still some hope in an improvement from Landry.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a huge NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for the past five years. His love for fantasy football goes beyond FantasySixPack as he was also a Cleveland Browns News Correspondent for FantasyPros.com during the 2017 season. If you want to follow more of his writing, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Mike_Triv.

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