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2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Stock Up-Stock Down


Week five of the NFL season started off with Tom Brady and the Patriots defeating Andrew Luck and the banged-up Colts during their Thursday night showdown. During the win, Brady threw career passing touchdown No. 500 to newcomer Josh Gordon.

The Chiefs and Rams both secured wins Sunday afternoon, continuing their perfect seasons. The Cardinals snuck out their first win against the 49ers in the final minutes of the game. Baker Mayfield leads the Browns to secure their second win on the season against a stout Ravens defense.

What better way to cap off week five of the season than Drew Brees passing Brett Favre for most passing yards in NFL history.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 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 five performances.

Stock Up

James White, RB, New England Patriots

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Even with Julian Edelman returning to the team this past week, James White would end up leading the Patriots in targets, catches and receiving yards during the Thursday night win against the Colts. He ended up catching a season-high 10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Despite just rushing the ball twice for zero yards, White continues to hold high upside PPR value due to the volume he receives in the passing game. White has now caught at least seven passes in three games thus far, while registering a receiving touchdown in four of the five games played.

Through five weeks, White is averaging six catches for 54 yards through the air. The fifth-year pro has averaged 20 points per week in full PPR leagues this season and will remain a high upside RB2 moving forward.

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

During the week four win against the Falcons, James Conner enjoyed the best game of his career. He ran the ball 21 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns while catching four passes for a career-high 75 yards. It was a much-needed bounce-back week after Conner struggling in week four against the Ravens.

The second-year pro has now caught at least three passes in all five games played and will look to continue his recent success with another favorable matchup against the Bengals in week six. This may be the last game Conner runs the show in the Steelers’ backfield with Le’Veon Bell expected to return to the team for their Week 7 matchup against the Browns.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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Make that five straight games to start the season in which Adam Thielen has recorded 100 or more receiving yards, making him the first player in NFL history to accomplish that. He ended up catching seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown during their week five win against the Eagles.

He’s now scored three times in the past four weeks and has become an elite fantasy option at the wide receiver position. He’s leading the league in targets (66) and catches (47) on one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league through the first five weeks of the season.

Thielen is locked in as a WR1 moving forward this season and will look to keep the 100+ receiving yard streak alive with a matchup against the Cardinals this week.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Despite not playing the second half of the game Sunday afternoon against the Seahawks, Kupp still ended the week with his second best performance of the season. During the win, he caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Kupp has now caught 30 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns, making him a top-5 receiver in full PPR leagues. He currently leads the team in catches and touchdowns, while trailing Brandin Cooks’ 452 receiving yards for a team-high.

Rams coach Sean McVay is hopeful that Kupp is ready to go this week after being ruled out of Sunday’s game with a concussion. This is a situation to monitor as the weekend gets closer, but Kupp has been a household name through five weeks so far.

Stock Down

Marvin Jones Jr, WR, Detroit Lions

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During the win against the Packers, Marvin Jones caught one of four targets for an eight-yard touchdown. It hasn’t been a good start to the season for Jones. He seems locked in as the No. 3 option on the Lions team.

His best performance came back in week three when he caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. He has now caught three touchdowns through five weeks, helping him produce a couple sufficient starts to the 2018 season.

Jones and the Lions now get a bye week before they travel to play Miami in week seven. He’s shaping up to be a mere FLEX option at this point.

Duke Johnson Jr, RB, Cleveland Browns

Another week goes by where Duke Johnson is a non-factor in the Cleveland Browns offense. He had five carries for 35 yards while catching just one pass for seven yards during the win against the Ravens. Through five games, Johnson has caught just 10 passes for 91 yards.

He’s been nonexistent in the Browns offensive game plan this season after leading the team in receiving just a year ago. It’s getting tough to trust him even on your fantasy team at this point in the season with Carlos Hyde dominating the snaps in the Cleveland backfield.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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This past week turned out to be Coleman’s worst performance of the year. He carried the ball seven times for 15 yards while catching two passes for 15 yards through the air. Devonta Freeman returned and led the team in snaps while Ito Smith continued to play a role in that backfield as well.

He’s been struggling mightily the past three weeks, collecting just 99 yards on 36 carries. Freeman will now regain the lead duties in the Falcons backfield with Coleman looking to get things going more through the air. View him as a FLEX option moving forward due to the loss of opportunity.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

The struggles continued for Marcus Mariota during the loss Sunday to the Panthers. He completed 14-of-26 passes for a modest 129 yards with an interception as well. Mariota has now failed to throw a touchdown pass for the third time in four games.

After exploding in week four against the Bills, the fourth-year pro couldn’t get things going through the air against Carolina. He has now thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes on the year while surpassing 200 yards through the air just once.

Things don’t get any easier for Mariota and the Titans as they are face a stout Ravens defense this week.

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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 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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