2018 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Michael Trivisonno
2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings

This week started out with the Broncos embarrassing the Cardinals in Arizona on Thursday night. Early morning London games started in week seven, and it was the Chargers that would survive in the final seconds against the Titans.

DeShaun Watson and the Texans stayed hot with their win against Jacksonville. Tom Brady and the Patriots were one-yard away from an extra-point that would've sent the game into overtime. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley headlined the Rams win to keep them undefeated through seven weeks.

Drew Brees found Ben Watson for career passing touchdown No. 500 for his career, joining three other quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish that feat. The Chiefs continued to show their dominance Sunday night and Eil Manning and the Giants couldn't finish the game as they now drop to 1-6.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 8 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 seven performances.

Stock Up

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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During the win on Sunday afternoon, Marlon Mack had the best game of his career. He ran the ball 19 times for 126 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 33 yards and another touchdown. The second-year pro out of South Florida had numerous big plays against a helpless Colts secondary.

A lingering hamstring injury hampered Mack early and often to start the 2018 season. After using all 12 of his carries to his advantage a week ago, Mack received 19 carries this past week. He enters week eight with a workhorse-like role within the offense.

It looks like Mack has earned the right to be the lead back in the Colts offense moving forward. Besides, he has rushed for more than 200 yards on a total of 31 carries the past two weeks.

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

Rookie Kerryon Johnson carried the ball a career-high 19 times for 158 yards and adding two catches for 21 yards during their week seven win against the Dolphins. The highlight of his day was when he broke free for a 71-yard gain in the second quarter.

It's surely looking like Kerryon Johnson is the running back the Lions have been searching for a while now. The 21-year-old has now rushed for 70 or more yards in three of the past four games for the Lions. The only thing holding Johnson back from taking the next step at the running back position is sharing a backfield with LeGarrette Blount, a player who is known to vulture touchdowns.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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With C.J. Beathard under center for San Francisco, he continues to heavily involve George Kittle within the offense. Kittle enjoyed a very productive day Sunday afternoon, catching five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown during the loss to the Rams.

In fact, Kittle is leading the 49ers in targets, catches and receiving yards through seven games. Kittle has emerged as one of the premier tight ends in the league this season. He has the fourth most receptions while collecting the third most receiving yards out of all the tight ends in the league thus far.

Expect the 25-year-old to continue his heavy involvement in the aerial attack of San Francisco as he remains a strong TE1 the rest of the season.

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

In his first game being the lead back in Cleveland, Nick Chubb carried the ball 18 times for 80 yards and a touchdown during the loss to Tampa Bay. With no other running back on the team in danger of taking work away from Chubb running between-the-tackles, that leaves plenty of optimism moving forward for Chubb owners.

Chubb owners can view the 22-year-old as a touchdown-dependent RB2 moving forward, especially against a tough run defense this week with the Steelers.

Stock Down

Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos

Royce Freeman had one of his worst games of the season during the blowout win Thursday night against the Cardinals. He had 13 carries go for just 37 yards in a game where he struggled running the ball. He saved his fantasy day with a short touchdown run in the first half.

Phillip Lindsay enjoyed more success than the rookie out of Oregon and has been doing it at a much higher rate now. Lindsay handled 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown Thursday night. Freeman did sustain an ankle injury that may hold him out of this week's game against the Chiefs.

Despite his injury, Freeman's production has been down compared to Lindsay's throughout the course of the season. It's pretty clear that Lindsay is the running back to own in this backfield moving forward.

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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The struggles continue with Alex Collins. During their loss to the Saints on Sunday, Collin had 11 carries go for a modest 38 yards on the ground. This was the third time the 24-year-old went under 40 yards rushing in a game.

Collins has yet to rush over 70 yards this season and has a total of three touchdowns on the year. Two of these coming in Week 6 making him a touchdown-dependent running back for fantasy owners. Week 8 presents a matchup against Carolina, a team that just held the Eagles' running backs in check last week.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, New York Jets

Isaiah Crowell ran the ball 11 times for 29 yards during their loss to the Vikings. That marks his second-worst performance on the ground and the fifth time he's been held to under 50 yards rushing in a game this season. In the two games he's had more than 50 yards rushing, he's totaled 25 carries for 321 yards and three touchdowns.

He's been widely inconsistent thus far and can't really be trusted as anything more than an RB3 play every week. Regardless if Bilal Powell suits up this week or not, it's tough to trust Crowell putting up fantasy viable numbers in your starting lineups.

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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In a game where Blake Bortles got benched, Keelan Cole caught just two passes for 21 yards. It was the worst performance he's put up all season as he couldn't get things going all game. Through seven weeks, Cole has caught five or more passes just twice. He's also gotten more than 100 receiving yards just once, dating back to week two.

After starting the season off at 3-1, the Jaguars have now lost three consecutive games. The 25-year-old is the third leading receiver on a team that is losing hope swiftly. Things aren't looking promising for Cole's fantasy outlook moving forward.

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