2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
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Welcome fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down.

I have never been too big on holidays, but there is one thing that gets me excited during the holiday season. Typically, the holiday season coincides with the fantasy football playoffs. While family members are racking their brains on what to buy, I'm stressing out who to start in multiple leagues. I have my priorities.

The familiar fantasy hypothesis is always to start your studs. It seems logical enough. However, the accurate decisions involve the players in your flex positions and your WR3 slots. Examining matchups and tendencies has kept me out of plenty of family conversations, and when all else fails, I flip a coin—just kidding. Maybe.

Cheers to you, and you reaching your fantasy playoffs. Here is a look at the players whose stock has moved up or down in the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Taysom Hill, Q.B., New Orleans Saints

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Every NFL fan realizes what Taysom Hill is. Taysom Hill is an excellent versatile football player who plays quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He might not be a good NFL quarterback, but he is a viable option for fantasy managers.

Hill finished with four interceptions in his first start this season, but fantasy managers love Hill for his rushing workload. He rushed a team-high 11 times for 101 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Hill finished as the QB4 in Week 13 and has a tremendous Week 14 matchup with the New York Jets defense that allows 30.6 points per game, the most in the league.

His rushing upside provides a high floor, and the Jets have given up an average of 18.4 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. Last week, the Jets' defense resurrected Minshew Mania with Gardner Minshew, giving up 242 passing yards and two passing touchdowns to the Philadelphia Eagles backup signal-caller.

Taysom Hill will continue to see his stock rise into a top-five fantasy finish after he runs over and around the Jets defense this Sunday.

Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos

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Fantasy managers were desperate for the Denver Broncos to do the right thing and give their rookie running back, Javonte Williams, the lead-back role in the Broncos backfield. His timeshare with veteran Melvin Gordon was frustrating fantasy managers to no end. Finally, however, we saw flashes of what Williams can do, and his explosiveness was quite evident.

With Gordon out for Week 13, the rookie finally had his opportunity to shine. Williams did not disappoint and looked like the real deal. The former Tar Heel was ripping off big plays via the ground and passing game. He posted 23 rushes for 102 yards and added another six catches on nine targets for 76 yards and a score.

The Denver Broncos got destroyed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, but the Broncos saw their future workhorse back, and a fantasy star was born.

Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets

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Rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore, splashed in the offseason for the New York Jets but missed time due to a groin injury that held the 2021 second-round selection out for the entire preseason.

Moore got off to a slow start, but he has now emerged as the number one wide receiver for the Jets. The rookie is the only wideout who consistently gets targets regardless of the quarterback carousel that the Jets were forced to endure this season to a bevy of injuries.

Moore has seen six or more targets in each of his last seven contests. He has also scored in four out of his past five games.

The former Ole Miss standout has placed himself among the best rookie wide receivers, and his fantasy stock continues to climb as he builds chemistry with first-round quarterback Zach Wilson.

Stock Down

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Trevor Lawrence was impressive in college with the Clemson Tigers. As a result, Lawrence was a no-brainer selection for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the first overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

I feel awful for Lawrence. He seems to have no chance in the Jaguars' offense. It's hard to throw when you are always running for your life. His decision-making has been rightfully questioned, but he tries to do it all on that offense. Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is also not doing him any favors with an offense that has zero direction or purpose.

Lawrence is just a Superflex option in deeper formats, but even that declaration has me thinking. Do I want my fantasy playoffs fate in the hands of Lawrence and the Jaguars offense? It's difficult to stomach wishing to invest in an offense that averages only 15.0 points per game, the second-lowest in the league. 

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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On the latest Fantasy Edge podcast, my co-host Richard Savill and I discuss the Baltimore Ravens' fantasy status. The Ravens have always been a run-first offense, with Lamar Jackson leading the attack. However, they need to diversify the offense. Jackson has tunnel vision for wide receiver Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews.

Fantasy managers felt the drafting of first-round wide receiver Rashod Bateman would assist the Ravens' offense to be more potent. Unfortunately, in August, Bateman suffered a groin injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the first five games of the 2021 season.

Bateman returned and showed flashes of being a playmaker in the Ravens' offense. The former Minnesota Gopher saw at least six targets in his first five games, including two games where he surpassed 80 receiving yards. However, Bateman failed to produce plays with his looks in his last two contests, with seven catches for 60 yards in those games.

In Week 13, Bateman only saw one target and was held catchless. The rookie wide receiver looks to be getting phased out of the Ravens offense.

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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D.K. Metcalf is a menacing physical figure, and he came into the 2021 season firmly planted as a WR1 after posting 83 receptions for 1303 yards and ten scores last season. Metcalf was eating when Russell Wilson was cooking, thankfully for fantasy managers.

However, after a hot start to the season, Metcalf has suffered along with the rest of the Seattle Seahawks. Partially due to Wilson returning too soon from his finger surgery, but fantasy managers are looking for answers for his poor performance in the last four games.

Metcalf has 13 receptions on 28 targets for 170 yards and zero scores in his past four contests. Not precisely the production you are looking for as we head into the fantasy playoffs.

Here is hoping that the Seahawks let Russell Wilson feeds the ball more consistently to his best offensive weapons, Metcalf and fellow wideout Tyler Lockett, and not that ineffective running game.

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