2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down.

Can you believe we are nearing the end of the Fantasy Football regular season? What a ride!

The plethora of injuries has tested Fantasy managers to the extreme like never before. While some Fantasy managers utilize the injuries as excuses for their team's failures, the astute Fantasy managers capitalize by working the waiver wire and anticipating league winners.

Be better than your fellow Fantasy managers by being proactive, not reactive. Just ask the Fantasy managers on top of your standings!

Find out which players have their Fantasy stock rising and falling in the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots

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Rookie quarterback Mac Jones continues to impress. He is looking like the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft. Jones has thrown 16 touchdown passes with eight interceptions this season, and six of those interceptions came in the first six games.

The New England Patriots are the NFL team that everyone loves to hate, but you have to give them immense credit for handling the former Alabama quarterback.

He is completing over 70 percent of his passes and has led the Patriots to six straight victories. The Patriots are 8-4 and on top of the AFC East. It's difficult to be anything but impressed with Mac Jones and the Patriots' offensive coaches.

Antonio Gibson, RB, The Washington Football Team

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Antonio Gibson has been frustrating to roster this season. Gibson has the talent and is the lead back on The Washington Football Team, which will run the ball under head coach Ron Rivera. However, an early-season shin injury has hampered his effectiveness and explosiveness throughout the season.

Heading into Week 12, Gibson has failed to hit the century mark in rushing. The sophomore running back has scored five touchdowns on the season with two games of multiple scores.  The boom-or-bust fantasy production combined with the team limiting touches has fantasy managers wanting to pull their hair out.

In Monday night's win over Seattle, Gibson registered a career-high 36 touches and hit the century mark with 111 rushing yards. More impressively, he added seven receptions and produced the most yards (146) from scrimmage in a game in his two-year career. The increase in touches and output heading into the final weeks has his fantasy value skyrocketing.

Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots

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Kendrick Bourne signed with the New England Patriots hoping to be the WR1 on a team looking for a go-to wideout. Instead, Bourne is fighting with Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor, along with a formidable tight end duo for targets. However, he seems to have emerged as the favorite for rookie Mac Jones.

Bourne has at least four targets in the last six games and is coming off a huge game. He hauled in five passes for 61 yards and two scores against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Bourne is WR22 this season, but as Jonathan Chan pointed out in his latest Waiver Wire, he is only rostered in 23% of fantasy leagues. That number will rise as well as his fantasy stock continues to rise this season.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Gronk is back! Rob Gronkowski scored four touchdowns in the first three weeks, then made fantasy managers miserable missing Weeks 4-7. He returns in Week 8 then leaves after just one target but made a successful return in Week 11.

Since his latest return, Gronk has had 13 receptions on 18 targets for 194 yards in his last two games. His bromance with Tom Brady is well-documented and is his fantasy relevance when he is on the field.

Stock Down

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans

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Ryan Tannehill was looked upon as a quarterback to target late in your fantasy drafts coming into the season. With a Titans offense that added veteran wideout Julio Jones, the upgrade on his weapons made Tannehill, a desirable fantasy quarterback.

The Tennessee Titans have suffered so many injuries that it's difficult to name any weapons Tannehill is throwing to right now. Instead, the depleted offense had to rely on a running game led by Dontrell Hilliard and D'Onta Foreman against the New England Patriots last week.

It's not entirely his fault, but Tannehill is not startable, and dropping him might be wise as well. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns just twice this season. He might have salvaged your fantasy week with one of his four rushing touchdowns this season, but you can't rely on that, nor should fantasy managers.

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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Fantasy managers continue to look to the Seattle Seahawks for running back production because everyone knows that head coach Pete Carroll would love to run the ball on every play. The hope that Chris Carson would return from his neck injury, but the injury severity has caused Carson to undergo season-ending surgery. The next man up in the Seahawks backfield was Alex Collins, who has had flashes of a productive fantasy running back.

Collins looked like waiver-wire gold in Week 6, where he pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers for 101 rushing yards on 20 carries and one score. However, it has been downhill ever since, and it has created a crowded backfield in Seattle. Collins has failed to rush for more than 44 yards in his new role since Week 6.

The fantasy ghost of Rashaad Penny continues to appear then disappear. For some reason, fantasy managers are enamored with the return of Penny one day. I wouldn't hold my breath. We witnessed the likes of DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer contribute in flashes, taking touches away from Collins.  Add in the fact that the Seahawks offense is a complete mess currently; there is no reason for optimism for Collins returning to fantasy relevance.

Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

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There were high expectations for the former Notre Dame star after his rookie breakout season. Claypool scored nine touchdowns last season, and he was high on many fantasy analysts' target lists.

However, the 2020 second-round selection has been a bust this season. Considering the season-ending injury to wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, fantasy managers were projecting a repeat of his rookie season. Instead, sitting at just one touchdown with a gaudy 66.1 true catch rate, Claypool has frustrated Steeler Nation along with many fantasy managers.

The Steelers' offense has been hampered by poor play from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a deficient offensive line. As a result, Claypool is a boom-or-bust fantasy asset at the wide receiver position. Fantasy managers will have to hope Claypool will hit a big play. Otherwise, he is not a wide receiver you can trust in your lineups as we head into the final weeks of the fantasy regular season.

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