2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down.

I have been away from contributing for a few weeks, and I want to thank everyone for their good wishes and patience while dealing with a death in my family. Also, shout out to the F6P fearless leader Joe Bond, Keith Lott, and Richard Savill for the kind words, understanding, and support.

Also, I want to thank my fellow F6P writers who stepped up in my absence. The writers did a phenomenal job of taking the torch with their renditions of the Stock Up/Stock Down! Much appreciated!

Enough about me. Let's see if I can help my fellow fantasy managers with some fantasy insight on which players have seen the needle move on their fantasy stock.

Find out whose stock is rising and which players have seen their stock fall in the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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The revolving door at the running back in the Baltimore Ravens backfield has stopped at Devonta Freeman. Freeman has seemed to lock up the lead-back role in the Ravens backfield.

The Ravens backfield has been through plenty of horrors this season, but Freeman has held off everyone, including the return of Latavius Murray back from his injury stint.

Freeman has been getting double-digit touches in the past three games and has scored four touchdowns in his last five contests. It is a given that the Ravens will run the ball, and Freeman has revived his career in Baltimore enough to be a fantasy asset in your flex position in your lineups.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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The second-year wideout has turned his season around in the last four weeks. Brandon Aiyuk was a player that I was advising fantasy managers to cut after a putrid start of the season. He was making bonehead plays, and he had a cushy seat in Kyle Shanahan's doghouse.

However, the light came on for Aiyuk, who has totaled 26 targets across his last four games on his way to leading the team in catches (seven), receiving yards (85) in the Niners' 30-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.

I gave up too soon on Aiyuk. Don't make the same mistake.

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears

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As a deep sleeper wideout, Darnell Mooney was a preseason favorite who would capitalize on more opportunities in the Chicago Bears offense. Last season, Mooney was forced to deal with erratic quarterback play on his way to 61 receptions on 98 targets for 631 yards and four scores.

The Bears are going nowhere fast with Matt Nagy leading (for now?) the team, and the team was forced to throw first-round rookie Justin Fields into the fire after an injury to veteran signal-caller Andy Dalton. Fields have experienced growing pains, but we have seen flashes of big-play potential in the Bears offense.

The sophomore wideout has put up consecutive WR4 finishes for fantasy managers while scoring three touchdowns in his last contests. He owns a ridiculous 48.5% target share with Allen Robinson being out with a hamstring injury.

Enjoy your turkey on Thursday while watching Mooney destroy the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

Stock Down

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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It hurts to put Russell Wilson here, but the reality is that Wilson probably came back too soon from his finger surgery. Wilson has not looked good since he came back two weeks ago. Wilson has led the Seattle offense to 13 points in his past two games while losing consecutive games. He has only completed 52% of his passes while compiling a 39.7 QBR and 80.1 QBR in those contests.

His lack of production has a domino effect on the Seahawks' weapons. D.K. Metcalf has only 57 total receiving yards, and the offense is struggling so badly that even Pete Carroll is speechless. 

Hopefully, we will see Russell cook soon because he is burning plenty of fantasy managers.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Every fantasy manager is looking for a cheat code to put in their weekly lineups. There have been a few weeks when Nyheim Hines snuck himself in the fantasy friend zone with surprise outputs. However, we have not witnessed one since Week 9, where he scored a rushing touchdown in a blowout win against the New York Jets.

The premise is that Hines is a PPR monster who you can sneak in your PPR lineup, and you reap the rewards. Well, I think Jonathan Taylor has taken care of that notion. Taylor has been a fantasy monster on his way to being the RB1 after scoring five touchdowns in Week 11.

It seems that Indianapolis Colts head coach and play-caller Frank Reich has finally figured out that it might be a good idea to pound the ball with Taylor continuously behind one of the top offensive lines in the league. Of course, Reich should have done that a lot earlier, but I vent.

Funneling the offense through Taylor has decreased their pass play percentage to 45.50% in the last three games. The Colts were up to 54.48% pass-oriented offense before Reich awoke. The switch in mindset has made Hines a useless fantasy commodity except for a handcuff if the unthinkable happens.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

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I have been a fan of Courtland Sutton since his 2019 breakout season when he had 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six scores. I figured he was on the verge of reaching the elite level at the wide receiver position as he headed into the 2020 season. However, after only 31 snaps into the 2020 season, Sutton tore his ACL, and he was lost for the season. Sutton returned this season slowly, but he has shown flashes from what made him a terrific wideout.

The Denver Broncos thought so much of their former 2018 second-round pick that they just rewarded Sutton with a four-year contract extension. So why is the former SMU Mustang stock down?

Sutton has been playing the part of the invisible man to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater since the return of fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy. With Jeudy back in the lineup, Sutton has only seen nine targets in the past three games, catching five catches for seventy-eight yards with zero scores.

The crazy part of this is that Sutton was coming off a three-game stretch where he saw 20 receptions on 30 targets for 282 yards and two scores. His lack of looks is puzzling, and the fantasy production is on a steep decline. So much so that he is not a must-start unless Sutton has a plus match-up.

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