2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down.

We are gearing up for one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. Great food, being with the family and watching NFL games. It's hard not to be grateful when you get to watch three games now every Thanksgiving.

Fantasy managers should be grateful that these games mean something to them and that you are still fighting for the playoffs or playoff seeding. Once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen and always will.

Check out which players you should be grateful for with their stock rising and who to be concerned about with their stock falling in the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

The much-maligned Jimmy Garoppolo should be viewed as a winning quarterback who is valuable to roster in fantasy leagues. Garoppolo put on a show Monday Night with 228 yards and four touchdowns, and it is hard not to with all of the extreme talents in the 49ers' offense. Jimmy G. was the QB12 over the last four weeks, with his full complement of players returning. But, unfortunately, sometimes nice guys don't finish last.

James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills

With Josh Allen's elbow a concern, the Buffalo Bills decided to pound the ball on the ground against the poor Cleveland Browns defense. The most significant benefit of that game plan was rookie running back James Cook.

Cook produced a career-high 86 rushing yards on 11 carries. Admittedly, some of these touches were in garbage time, but they still count, especially for Cook.

The Bills had confidence in the rookie, which should go a long way for Cook and fantasy managers as the Bills try to hold off the Miami Dolphins for the AFC East title.

George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

George Pickens arrived with a bang in training camp and has had his moments this season, just not consistently. In Week 11, Pickens caught four passes on six targets for 83 yards and a touchdown and narrowingly missed another big play that would have a long touchdown score.

The trade of Chase Claypool has opened the door for more touches and has resulted in Pickens scoring 13 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games. Pickens continues to develop chemistry with fellow rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, and he will be a problem for opposing defenses for years to come.

Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints

Juwan Johnson is a viable fantasy tight end who has scored in three consecutive games and four of his last five contests. Johnson is the TE3 during that span, and the New Orleans Saints offense is mediocre. Johnson plays third fiddle to Alvin Kamara and rookie wideout Chris Olave, but he is still a tight end that fantasy managers should continue to monitor and roster.

Stock Down

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins had a game he wanted to forget in Week 11. He was sacked seven times and only produced 105 passing yards with no touchdowns as the Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Minnesota Vikings 40-3.

Coming into that game, Cousins was the QB12 and was a valuable quarterback to start for fantasy managers. Hopefully, Cousins can quickly forget this game and move forward with a short week as the Vikings welcome the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving evening.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The downside of Miles Sanders is not attributed to his fantasy production. Instead, the issue is the lack of usage. Sanders is rarely used in the passing game, with only 15 targets this season, ranking 47th among running backs. In addition, while he is the team's RB1, he is not the leading rusher who falls to quarterback Jalen Hurts. The lack of touches limits Sanders' ceiling, brings his stock down and is concerning as we gear up for our playoff lives.

DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

It is very frustrating to roster DJ Moore. We see the talent in him, but he does not have a consistent quarterback with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers' carousel of inadequate signal-callers has altered the fantasy significance of the talented wideout.

Yes, Moore had exhibited flashes like in Weeks 7 & 8 when he produced top-ten fantasy wide receiver numbers. However, those weeks are the outlier. Typically, we are left with what we have gone through the last three weeks.

Over the last three weeks, Moore has produced more than 29 receiving yards with zero scores which won't cut it for fantasy managers fighting for their playoff lives.

Foster Moreau, TE, Las Vegas Raiders

There was some minor buzz in the fantasy world when Darren Waller was placed on Injured Reserve two weeks ago with a hamstring injury. This should have opened the door for Foster Moreau to see a bump in value.

In Week 10, we saw Moreau strike for 43 yards and a score, which we need from a tight end. However, it was a different story this past weekend. The former LSU Tiger only caught one pass for 33 yards on the final drive that set up Davante Adams' winning score.

Overall, he has seen less than five targets in the last two weeks and is an afterthought in the Las Vegas Raiders offense.

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