Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down. To put it bluntly, this has been one of the worst weeks in the history of Fantasy Football. So many letdown performances across the board from known superstars.
Before we get into that, let's take a look at how our picks from last week fared in their slate of games this week.
Rashaad Penny and Hunter Renfrow were unable to continue their high level of play. Penny had 11 carries for 39 yards and a couple of catches for five yards. Very pedestrian numbers and Renfrow was not much better. Only three catches for 32 yards in a game that was close from beginning to end, yet Derek Carr was looking the way of Zay Jones and Foster Moreau more often.
On the other side of the coin, James Robinson finally returned to his workhouse status following the departure of embattled coach Urban Meyer. Robinson carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards, a touchdown and had three grabs for 13 yards as well. All in all, a successful Fantasy day for any managers of Robinson.
Julio Jones, on the other hand, suffered another injury during the Titans matchup on Sunday, in what has been a lost year for Tennessee's big offseason trade acquisition.
Now that we've gotten through a tough week, let's look ahead to who's stock is on the rise, and who is trending down!
2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down
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Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills
— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) December 19, 2021
Davis is coming off of his best performance of this year, with seven catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. This was the third consecutive game with a touchdown as well for Davis, and his stock is on the rise. He has an opportunity to continue his streak against the Patriots in Week 16. Emmanuel Sanders is unlikely to play with a knee injury, and Cole Beasley has been placed on the COVID-19 list. Josh Allen will need another trusty target since star cornerback J.C. Jackson is likely to shadow Stefon Diggs for most of the game. Davis can be that guy, as teams head into the Fantasy Football Playoffs.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
AMON RA ST BROWN🔥💪🏻
— Immaculate Sports (@ImmacSports) December 19, 2021
I'll be honest, I had no trust in any Lion for Fantasy purposes coming into this year besides D'Andre Swift. Amon-Ra St. Brown is changing my feelings. For three straight weeks, St. Brown has seen 10 targets or more and has eclipsed 70 yards in each of them. His stat lines over these games:
Week 13: 10 catches on 12 targets, 86 yards, game-winning TD
Week 14: 8 catches on 12 targets, 73 yards
Week 15: 8 catches on 11 targets, 90 yards, TD
This is an impressive target share, making St. Brown basically QB proof, a huge bonus considering he has Jared Goff throwing him the football. Roll him out with confidence in the Fantasy playoffs, especially against a weak Falcons secondary this coming week.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Peak Joe Mixon as he hits the backside C gap on wide zone, lowers his shoulder to ruin a DBs day, and then runs for another 10 yards pic.twitter.com/hWHPqLtgwj
— Mike (Sans) (@bengals_sans) December 20, 2021
Mixon has struggled for two games in a row now, carrying 35 times for 116 yards combined over Weeks 14 and 15. He also suffered an ankle injury in the Bengals Week 15 game against the Broncos. If he is able to play this week, it will not be a great matchup, especially against a Ravens defense that allows the sixth-fewest Fantasy points to running backs (ESPN).
Samaje Perine is a must-add to all your Fantasy rosters if Mixon misses any time. That being said, if Mixon plays through his injury, it will not be a strong Fantasy start. He will get his volume, but the efficiency is not there as of now.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins laser show 🎯 pic.twitter.com/3Q0XRrnhGX
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) December 21, 2021
Cousins has seen his value drop after two brutal games in a row, which is remarkable considering he was a reliable QB1 for Fantasy managers most of the year. 14 of 31 for 216 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks against the Steelers, and then an abysmal 12 of 24 for 87 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick against an injury laden Bears squad.
The schedule does not get any better for Cousins. Aaron Donald and the Rams await in Week 16, and the Packers the game after. Normally I would tell Fantasy managers to ride it out, but since we are in playoff territory, with the potential for no tomorrow, I can't place any trust in Cousins. Find a better option.
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