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2018 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up-Stock Down


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The Houston Texans just keep winning. Thursday night they defeated the Dolphins to extend their winning streak to five games. The Eagles survived a late-game scare to even out their record at 4-4. Jameis Winston got benched in the third quarter and Ryan Fitzpatrick nearly led Tampa Bay back to secure the win.

A costly turnover by Ty Montgomery ending up costing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a chance to take down the undefeated Rams. Drew Brees surely didn’t perform up to his standards Sunday night, but still came out with a win.

Tom Brady and the Patriots took care of business Monday night in Buffalo. They now head into week nine with a five-game winning streak.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 9 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 eight performances.

Stock Up

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

During the loss Thursday night, Kenyan Drake produced his second-best fantasy performance of the season. He had 12 carries go for 58 yards and a score. Drake also caught two passes for 37 yards and another touchdown. Despite Frank Gore eating into his workload, Drake outperformed Gore yet again.

The only thing holding Drake back from being a weekly RB2 is the involvement of Frank Gore. Throughout the season thus far, we’ve seen Drake become the more dominant running back, both through the air and on the ground.

The day Adam Gase figures that out is the day Kenyan Drake becomes a high-upside RB2. In a matchup against the Jets this week, Drake remains a solid RB2 play in your lineups.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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After drafting rookie Rashaad Penny in the first round of the draft, early signs pointed to him becoming the bell-cow running back in Seattle. Things sure have changed. Chris Carson continued to show signs of improvement and lead the Seattle running game.

He registered 25 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown. It’s now the third game this season Carson has ran for more than 100 yards in a game and the fourth time in seven games in which the 24-year-old has handled at least 14 carries in a game.

It’s clear that Carson is the running back to own in Seattle and in a run-oriented offense, he makes for a fine play on a weekly basis.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

The rookie enjoyed his most productive game of the season during the loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Lindsay handled 18 carries that went for 95 yards and a touchdown. He has now gone for more than 90 rushing yards in back-to-back games. He handled eight more carries than Devontae Booker and could’ve had a bigger fantasy day but had two long runs negated by penalties.

Even if Royce Freeman returns back from injury, it’s worth noting that Lindsay has been the more productive back this season. He’s now handled 10 or more carries in six out of the eight games played to date and should remain a solid FLEX option moving forward.

O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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O.J. Howard continued to produce for fantasy owners during the loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown helped bring the Buccaneers within two points late in the fourth quarter, ultimately tying the game up on the ensuing two-point conversion.

It’s now the third straight game Howard has caught at least four passes for north of 60 yards. He doesn’t see a huge amount of targets, but he surely makes the most out of them when he’s being looked at. He’s a big play guy waiting to happen and remains a mid-level TE1 for the rest of the season.

Stock Down

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets

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After not recording a single catch against the Vikings, Jermaine Kearse was more involved this past week but still struggled to produce. He saw 10 targets turn into just three catches for 30 yards during the loss to the Bears.

With Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa both not healthy, Kearse has failed to produce despite an increased role within the offense. Both players have a chance to return back to the team this upcoming week, presenting Kearse with a much tougher situation to find his way in the offensive game plan.

The 28-year-old will be a popular drop candidate this week.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

It was the first time since week three where we saw Randall Cobb play. In his return back, Cobb caught just four passes for 40 yards. Marquez Valdes-Scantling emerged in the weeks of Cobbs’ absence and continued it on Sunday. In the three games Cobb has missed, Valdes-Scantling has caught 12 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

Even with Cobb set to be 100 percent healthy this week, it appears that Valdes-Scantling will remain a part of the Packers offense. This will continue to take a hit on Cobb’s fantasy value as he has only had one standout game this season.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

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During the Sunday night loss to the Saints, Kyle Rudolph caught just four passes for 39 yards. It’s been a frustrating season for Rudolph to get things going with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen stealing the spotlight in Minnesota.

Through eight games, Rudolph’s season-best in catches is seven and has had two games where he had more than 50 receiving yards. He’s been an afterthought within the offense and hasn’t caught a touchdown since week three.

Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Josh Doctson actually had his best performance of the season this past week. He caught five passes for 49 yards during the win against the Giants. He was once a guy who was thought to be a breakout candidate this season who has turned into a guy barely even rostered in leagues.

Even after posting season-highs in yards and catches last week, Doctson offers little fantasy upside moving forward. Next up for Doctson and the Redskins are a home matchup against the Falcons.

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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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