2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down.

My Week 8 Stock Down selections did not work out so well. Justin Fields finally displayed why the Chicago Bears traded up to get Fields to be their franchise quarterback. Maybe it was the Matt Nagy factor since Fields produced highlight-reel plays without Nagy calling plays.

Tyler Lockett hasn't produced for fantasy managers since Week 2, but I guess he was upset that I listed his Stock down. Lockett went off for 12 receptions on 13 targets for 142 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8, and yes, that was with Geno Smith as his quarterback.

Unfortunately, my Stock Up selections didn't continue to break out, so check out who I picked as my Stock Down for the Week 9 breakouts as I present to you the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

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The New York Jets' fourth-round pick has been tremendous the past few weeks. After scoring touchdowns in Weeks 4 and 5, Carter showed his pass-catching skills in Week 7. The former Tar Heel standout caught eight passes on nine targets for 67 yards and established himself as the RB1 in the Jets backfield.

Not to be undone, Michael Carter decided to finish as the RB1 in Week 8 in every format! Carter finished as both the Jets rushing leader and receiving leader with 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, along with nine receptions on a whopping 14 targets and 94 receiving yards.

His explosion catapulted Carter to the RB2 over the last few weeks. Carter is the bell-cow back that fantasy managers crave, and his Stock continues to ascend.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts

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Michael Pittman provided some flash moments in his rookie year last season. However, Pittman has now established himself as the WR1 in the Indianapolis Colts offense. He has flourished with quarterback Carson Wentz.

He is coming off a career-best game against division rival Tennessee Titans. He had a career-best ten receptions and a single-game career-high two scores on a season-high 15 targets.

In five October games this season, Pittman Jr. hauled in 28 receptions for 374 yards and four touchdowns. The former Trojan standout is the WR13 on the season, and his climb into the top ten would not be a shocker.

Pat  Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth has stepped up in the last few weeks. In Week 7, he caught seven passes on seven targets for 58 yards and was awarded a season-high 72% of the offensive snaps in Week 8. The rookie finished second on the team in seven and caught four receptions and a beautiful game-clinching touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

Freiermuth has taken over as the TE1 in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and continues to trend up. The Steelers haven't had a productive tight end like this since the retirement of Heath Miller. With the injuries to the wide receiver room, the rookie tight end looks to build upon this production down the stretch to be another outlet for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

He will look to continue his climb in the tight end rankings on primetime in Week 9 with a matchup against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

Stock Down

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

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What is going on with the Kansas City Chiefs? The revamped offensive line leaves Patrick Mahomes scrambling for his life continuously. The pressure has led to multiple errors, including Mahomes having at least one turnover in the Chiefs' past seven games. The defense is atrocious and has been an enormous disappointment, allowing at least 29 points in six of their eight games this season.

The Chiefs continue to play hero ball, and it's not working. Mahomes forces the ball into bad situations, and the receivers continue to drop plenty of passes.

The Mahomes magic is not working as we head into Week 9.  The former MVP is not as sharp as we are used to seeing, and the turnovers are killing the team's chance of winning with the defense unable to stop anyone.

Fantasy managers have to be kicking themselves for investing a high pick for Mahomes. Of course, we won't see those outrageous numbers he has provided in prior seasons but is he still a QB1 but not the number one fantasy quarterback.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington

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One of my favorite running back sleepers coming into this season, Antonio Gibson, has not broken out as projected. The biggest reason is that Gibson has been battling a hairline fracture in his shin all season. It's disturbing why the Washington front office didn't place Gibson on injured reserve. Instead, he continues to be a gamer and playing, but he is not producing for his team or fantasy managers.

Heading into Week 8, Gibson was sixth in league with 103 carries, averaging only 4.0 yards per carry. Gibson started to share touches with J.D. McKissick, which also hindered his fantasy output. In Week 8, the WFT decided that Jaret Patterson should jump in and grab touches in the Washington backfield. Patterson had a career-high 11 carries for 46 yards, while Gibson received a season-low eight carries and 11 total touches against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Washington Football Team has a bye in Week 9 and then plays the top-ranked run defense Tampa Buccaneers in Week 10. I suspect that the team wanted to limit Gibson's touches has the team went into a bye. However, the team should have been more concerned initially and allowed Gibson to sit out a few more games initially.

Washington has a demanding schedule moving forward, and now fantasy managers will see a backfield by a committee in WFT. Gibson and fantasy managers deserve better.

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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Mike Williams was the hottest wide receiver in the first five weeks of the season. Yes, even more, desirable than Cooper Kupp. The former seventh overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft kicked off the season with six touchdowns in the season's first five games. Williams was the overall fantasy WR1 during that span, averaging 20.6 fantasy points per contest. The chemistry between Williams and second-year quarterback Justin Herbert looked unstoppable.

However, in typical Mike Williams fashion, his production came to a loud thump. In Weeks 6 and 8 (Week 7 was a bye week), the former Clemson standout produced only four catches on ten targets for 46 total receiving yards. During that span, Williams finished as the WR104, and no, that is not a typo. His struggles coincide with the Chargers offense stumbling and Herbert's struggles, but the poor performances concern fantasy managers.

His hot/cold production is frustrating, and Williams always seems to be dealing with some injury. The belief is that the explosive Chargers offense will start scoring in bunches again especially considering the firepower in that offensive lineup. However, the frustration with Williams can not be ignored.

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