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If you’re someone who started Derrick Henry this past week, congratulations. We witnessed one of the best fantasy performances in history. His wild performance was the start of an action-packed week of fantasy football. Hello Amari Cooper! Ten catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns are what carried the Cowboys past the Eagles in overtime Sunday afternoon.

Julio Jones bounced back big time for fantasy owners despite the loss to the Packers. Saquon Barkley dominates again and is well on his way to having the best fantasy season from a rookie running back. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley struggled immensely to produce anything against the stout Bears defense Sunday night.

And to put an end to one of the most action-filled weeks of the NFL season, Kirk Cousins couldn’t seem to do much damage against the Seahawks tough defense on Monday night.


2018 Fantasy Football Week 15 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 14 performances.

Stock Up

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Embed from Getty ImagesBefore the offensive explosion from Derrick Henry on  Thursday night, his season-high in rushing yards in a game was 58. During the win against the Jaguars, he ran 17 times for a career-high 238 yards and four touchdowns. This was surely one of the best fantasy performances from a running back of all-time. If you were someone who started him in the fantasy playoffs, welcome to the next round.

Henry had just five touchdowns heading into this game and could’ve matched that number but fell a couple yards short of the goal line more than once. Henry’s impressive speed and size were on full display against a helpless Jaguars defense. Will this be the start of a special fantasy playoff run? We’ll have to wait and find out but he can be fired up into your starting lineups after this performance.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

After hardly practicing throughout the week, T.Y. Hilton enjoyed one of his best performances of the 2018 season. Hilton caught nine catches for 199 yards during their win against the Texans. The nine catches tied a season-high and the 199 receiving yards set a new season-high for the 29-year-old.

Make that three out of the past four games Hilton has eclipsed over 100 receiving yards in a game while catching at least seven passes as well. Andrew Luck has not been shy about targeting the veteran receiver as of late and expect that trend to only continue from here on out.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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It only took one half of football for Kittle to garner seven catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of Kittle’s day came in the second quarter when he scored an 85-yard touchdown catch in open space. He needed just five yards after halftime to break the all-time receiving record for a tight end in a single game, but failed to record a catch.

During the team’s win against the Broncos, he became the first 49ers tight end to post over 1,000 yards in a single season. He’s registered 24 percent of the team’s targets this season and is the centerpiece behind San Francisco’s receiving core. The volume has been there all season long and he should continue to put up monster numbers on a failing 49ers team.

Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers

With Greg Olsen shut down for the year, Ian Thomas was surely a hot waiver wire add this past week. I hope some fantasy owners took advantage of the opportunity to start him as he had himself a career day against the Browns. Thomas ended up catching a team-high nine passes for 77 yards during the loss on Sunday.

Since Olsen has been placed on the Injured Reserve, Thomas has caught 14 of 16 targets for 123 yards. He’s been one of Newton’s go-to targets when looking over the middle of the field and will continue to see extensive looks as the starting tight end. Averaging eight targets the previous two games, Thomas can be viewed as a low-end TE1 as the fantasy playoffs continue.

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Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

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On a day where the Giants scored 40 points, Sterling Shepard caught two of six targets for 17 yards and a touchdown. The good news is he did lead the team in targets with Odell Beckham sidelined but failed to take full advantage of the opportunity. It’s now six straight games Shepard has been held to under five catches and 50 receiving yards.

The 25-year-old has been very inconsistent this season. He’s the third leading receiver on the team and has exceeded 80 receiving yards in a game just twice this season. With Beckham set to return this week, Shepard will take a backseat fighting for targets again. The inconsistency and underwhelming 2018 season should keep Shepard on your bench.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Houston Texans

Demaryius Thomas has been relatively quiet since changing teams. This past week, he posted four catches for 48 yards during the loss to the Colts. Since joining the Texans, Thomas has hardly made an impact, catching no more than four passes in a game. In fact, his best fantasy game came back in week 12 when he caught four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

He’s been held to under 65 yards in every game since joining the team. With DeAndre Hopkins dominating the looks in Houston, Thomas has been merely an afterthought. Since joining the team, he’s averaged less than three catches per game going for just 35 yards. The 30-year-old is not an appealing FLEX play this late into the season.

David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns

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David Njoku caught just three passes for 35 yards during the win against the Panthers. In the past two weeks, Njoku has caught just six passes for 43 yards. He’s scored three touchdowns all year and continues to struggle to catch the ball, adding his sixth drop in 13 games.

Even when Cleveland gets into the red zone, Njoku is hardly looked at. He’s caught a grand total of three catches on four targets all season in the red zone. In order for Njoku to carry more upside for fantasy owners, he’ll need to make some big plays in close games. The 6.5 yards per target is surely not helping his case. The 22-year-old has even been held to under 40 receiving yards in three of the last four games.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Garbage time surely helped the 35-year-old this past week. After not recording a catch in the first half, Larry Fitzgerald ended the game with five catches for 55 yards. It’s been a very inconsistent season for Fitzgerald and the rest of the team’s playmakers.  The poor play from rookie signal caller Josh Rosen leaves Fitzgerald an unappealing fantasy option the rest of the playoffs.

Besides, the veteran receiver has had just five games with four or more catches while being held to under 60 receiving yards in the past five games. He’s got five touchdowns on the year while eclipsing 100 receiving yards just once. Fitzgerald’s days of being an elite or even starter worthy fantasy option may be over.


 


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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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