2018 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Michael Trivisonno
2018 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up-Stock Down

The Los Angeles Rams clinched the NFC West by defeating the Lions to push their record to 11-1.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys shut down the Saints Thursday night.

The Packers finally fired head coach Mike McCarthy after their loss to the Cardinals.

The Texans won again this past week, making that nine in a row.

Patrick Mahomes now has 41 touchdown passes this season, keeping him within distance of breaking Peyton Manning's record of 55 passing touchdowns in a single season.

Tom Brady finally surpassed 1,000 yards rushing during the win against the Vikings, shocking right?

The Chargers went into Pittsburgh and stunned the Steelers during a shootout Sunday night.

To wrap up week 13, Carson Wentz and the Eagles took down Mark Sanchez and the Redskins to bring them back to a .500 record.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 14 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 13 performances.

Stock Up

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

During the team's win against the Bengals, Phillip Lindsay ran for 100 yards for the second consecutive game. In fact, he ran for a season-high 157 yards on 19 carries, adding in two rushing touchdowns to register his best performance of the season.

With four games left to play, Lindsay needs just 168 rushing yards to have the most rushing yards by an undrafted running back in his rookie season in NFL history. In his last three games, Lindsay scored five total touchdowns while seeing at least 11 carries in the last six games. The undrafted rookie has been the most productive running back in Denver all season long and has locked himself into an RB1 heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

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Josh Allen completed 18 of 33 passes for 231 yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions during the loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. It didn't stop there, he also ran the ball nine times for a season-high 135 yards. The 135 rushing yards were the fourth-most rushing yards by a quarterback of all time, the most since Colin Kaepernick ran for 151 yards back in 2014.

What makes Allen effective is that he's been able to run the ball well as a rookie, especially in the last two games. In that span, he's run for 234 yards on 21 carries, making him the first quarterback to run for at least 234 yards in a two-game span since Green Bay quarterback Tobin Rote did it back in 1951. The 22-year-old has shown improvement throughout the season and he'll look to build off of this game moving forward.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Not only was Travis Kelce the highest scoring tight end this week, but the highest scoring player in PPR fantasy leagues as well. He went on to set career-bests in catches (12) and yards (168) against the Raiders on Sunday. Kelce also found the end zone twice, making that nine on the year and seven in the past five games.

The 100-yard game for Kelce made that his fifth this season. Only Julio Jones and Adam Thielen have more 100-yard receiving games this year than Kelce. He also surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the season during the win against the Raiders - his third straight season accomplishing that feat. The 29-year-old is as elite as they come at the tight end position and faces a matchup against the Ravens this week.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

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Robert Woods hauled in five of nine catches for 67 yards and a touchdown during the win against the Lions. He's been one of the most consistent wide receivers not only in the league but on the Rams as well. He's tied for a team-high with 59 catches and trails only Brandin Cooks by 61 yards for a team-high in receiving yards.
The 26-year-old is also less than 100 yards away from surpassing 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career. He has at least seven targets in seven of the past eight games while catching a touchdown in back-to-back games for the second time this season. So far this season, Woods has just one time went under 50 receiving yards . He gets a matchup against the Bears this week.

Stock Down

Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona Cardinals

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Josh Rosen continues to struggle for the Cardinals. This past week he completed 11 of 26 passes for just 149 yards. It's now the third straight game the rookie was held to under 200 passing yards. In fact, in the nine games he's started this season, he's been held to under 200 passing yards in six of those games. The 21-year-old has thrown more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) as well.

During the loss on Sunday, he failed to throw a touchdown pass, making that the third time he's done that in a game this season. There's minimal upside with having Rosen rostered in your leagues, making him just a desperation play in a two-quarterback league.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Jordan Howard turned 16 carries into 76 yards during their loss to the Giants. The discouraging season continues for Howard as he hasn't run for more than 85 yards in a game once. It's been evident all season long that Howard's been a touchdown or bust running back for fantasy teams.

With Tarik Cohen continuing to show out in the running and passing game, the role of Howard is diminishing. He's carried the ball at least 15 times in a game five times this season but has failed to make a lasting impression. With no role in the passing game either, Cohen is the guy to own in this backfield.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

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LeSean McCoy carried the ball 15 times for just 52 yards during the loss to the Dolphins. The past two weeks have been vexatious for fantasy owners, running for 98 yards on 32 carries. There's not been much success with McCoy this season, especially without Josh Allen under center. He's found the end zone in a game just once, happening back in week 10 when he ran for 113 yards and two scores.
To put things into perspective, Josh Allen has run for 234 yards the past two weeks while McCoy has run for 478 yards this whole season. The veteran running back has struggled immensely on one of the worst offenses in the league. He's a FLEX play at best moving forward.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

The nightmare season for Matthew Stafford continues to roll along. This past week he completed 20 of 33 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the loss to the Rams. The leading receiver for the Lions during the loss was tight end Levine Tollolo, like everyone expected right?
With the Lions down two of its top three wide receivers, Matthew Stafford's supporting cast is as weak as we've ever seen. The veteran signal-caller has even been held to under 300 passing yards in the past five games. During that same span, he's thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. Stafford remains a QB2 moving forward in the fantasy playoffs.

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