2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down

by Kyle Williams
2021 Fantasy Football Running Back Busts

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down report!

The final edition of 2020 Fantasy Football Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down is upon us. With the fantasy playoffs being wrapped up within the next few weeks, the offseason will be here.

The draft is inching close and so is free agency. Guys will be moving, values will be changing, and by this time next year, you could be right back here reading this piece again. Hopefully.

It's been a memorable 2020 that's for sure. The pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. Just last week in the spirit of Christmas I gave away $50 to one lucky winner. It's important to help and give back to the community at this time. Besides we are all human after all. We should look out for one another.

I just want to say thank you for reading all of my articles and I really hope you enjoyed them. 2020 hasn't been the best year but for me, I'm just glad I put my foot in the fantasy door. The big boss Joe Bond took a chance on me and I hope you and him are reading this and enjoying the content. I look forward to all of your questions, concerns, and comments. Now let's dive into the final edition of stock up and stock down for the 2020 season.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Dynasty Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up:

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Fransisco 49ers

If you didn't already know well know you do. Brandon Aiyuk is an absolute stud. All over Twitter this week people have been ranting and raving about this young rookie receiver. He has challenged Deebo Samuel in just his first season for the top receiver spot.

The run, the jump, the speed, the size, everything. This guy is an absolute animal in the open field. He beats single coverage, he roasts zones, he does everything. Like I said, in year one he is already better than pronounced stud Samuel.

What's even more important than his on-field play is his fantasy numbers. I mean, after all, this is a fantasy article. He is been killing the fantasy scene since jump street. Take a look at these numbers.

Impressive. Want another impressive stat that backs up just how great Aiyuk is? Check this out. Since 2010, only four WRs have averaged 13+ fantasy points per game [half ppr] in their rookie seasons. Here is the list:

That's the list. but wait, there's a catch. Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk are both on pace to do it in 2020. I also forgot to mention that Jefferson and Aiyuk are graded as top-20 WRs on PFF's scale and are the best two rookies in the class.

Aiyuk is a through and through stud. He is by far one of my favorites if not my favorite rookie WR. I'm all aboard the air Aiyuk train ladies and gentlemen.

Cam Akers, RB, Las Angeles Rams

I've been highlighting Akers recently in several articles I've written. After pre-season hype, Akers faltered heavily throughout the first few weeks. It took until Week 12 for Sean McVay to finally unleash the full potential of Akers.

McVay played mind games with us all season. He told us Akers would continually get chances and never did. Finally, it's his backfield and there isn't a thing Malcolm Brown or Darrell Henderson can do about it. I can say with certainty it's Cam Akers' world and we're just living in it. Since taking the reins over in Week 12 here is a look at his stats:

  • 14.4 Fantasy points
  • 16,4 Fantasy points
  • 21.4 Fantasy Points

In primetime on Thursday night football, Akers absolutely shredded the Patriots. He showed quick explosive feet, long electric runs, and a high processing mind that makes it hard for defenders to telegraph where he's headed. For a young rookie runner to look as electric as he did it's impressive.

Akers' stock is skyrocketing. It may already be too late to grab him and trading for him may be nearly impossible since he's on the same trajectory as Antonio Gibson. But if you have the opportunity to, do it.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

The Jonathan Taylor breakout was upon us the first weeks, but it died down quickly. But all good things have a way of picking themselves back up. Taylor is once again breaking out in front of our eyes. On Sunday, Taylor ran for 150 yards on only 20 carries. He shredded up a terrible Las Vegas defense.

Look at that burst through the hole. The speed Taylor displays is incredible. He always has had the tools of an elite level runner. The only thing with Taylor in college was fumbling issues, but he has displayed steady hands in the big leagues so far.

Taylor peaked early in the season and was a top-10 running back through the first six weeks. He tailed off slightly for the next few but since Week 11 he has returned to form and then some. It seems like Taylor has hit an extra gear since Week 11.

His stock is rising quickly with the likes of Akers. He is another running back that may be untradable and you might not be able to trade for.

Stock Down:

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Elite running back no more. After rumbling into the season in most redrafts leagues or dynasty leagues as a top-5 running back, Elliott has quickly faded. Since the injury of Dak Prescott, Elliott has turned into a shell of himself.

Elliott leads the league among all players that aren't QBs with six fumbles. With QBs, he is ranked 13th highest in fumbles. Not great for a guy who was known for not fumbling the ball. In addition to not having steady hands, he also isn't rushing quite like he once was.

1 20-yard run? That's it? Horrible. Zeke has been so horrible this season in fact he has a PFF grade of 62,7 [51st]. That's not even the best on his team, as even Tony Pollard has outplayed him.

Since Week 6, Zeke only has one top-10 RB finish. He has two games of double-digit points since Week 7. Terrible. Since the start of Week 7, Elliott is ranked 27th in fantasy points. Elliott is a falling star and his stock is plummeting quickly.

With a 13 million dollar cap hit next season, it may be cheaper for the Cowboys to cut ties. At this time next season, Elliott could be on a new team. For now, the stock is free-falling.

Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Coming into 2020, I, among many, had high hopes for Hurst. He was being drafted as a sure-fire top-8 tight end. And that's exactly what he was. Well, until recently that is. Since Week 10, Hurst has not scored over nine points in a PPR league.

The Falcons traded a second-rounder last offseason for Hurst and he has yet to produce what they traded for him. He showed high flashes of upside this season. He's shown a good connection with Matt Ryan but the Falcons as a whole have disappointed. They are quickly moving towards a last-place finish in the division.

With rumors of Ryan and even Julio Jones being shipping off, the Falcons could be in trouble. Hurst's stock with all the question marks surrounding the team is down at the moment. I'm not completely giving up hope as there is some talent. For now, hold onto him or buy low, but the stock is trending in the wrong direction.

David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans

Coming into the 2020 season, there were few players I was higher on a bounceback than Johnson. In a situation where Carlos Hyde ran for 1,000 yards, all I could see was Johnson rushing for 1,500 and receiving another 500 through the air. But I was wrong, boy oh boy was I WRONG.

At times, Johnson has shown glimpses of his old self, rushing the ball with some authority and quickness. However, for 90% of the season or more he has looked like an old aging runner. Which for all intents and purposes, is what he is.

Johnson on the season has failed to rush for over 100 yards in every game. He also has failed to record more than 20 points in every game in fantasy as well. Last but not least, Johnson only has two games of over 63 yards rushing.

Johnson is an aging runner with little production in each facet of the game this season. He has dealt with injuries throughout the season missing a total of four games so far. He holds a high salary number next season and may make more sense for the Texans to cut him. Sell Johnson while you can before they replace him.

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