2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down.

Playing fantasy football can drive you crazy. Weather and injury issues can destroy even the best-drafted teams. Have a great week, and scoring the second-most points in a week sounds fantastic until you find out that you are playing the team with the highest weekly score.

However, you keep grinding. Work the waiver wire and buy low while selling high players to take advantage of your league mates is gratifying.

To help you win, check out our fantastic group of fantasy football writers here at F6P, but before you do, look at the players that are seeing the fantasy stock rising and falling in the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the biggest surprises of the young season. Currently 2-1 after beating the Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Chargers, head coach Doug Pederson has done a marvelous job in steering the team to respectability.

Still recovering from the train wreck, Trevor Lawrence had an ugly rookie season in the Urban Meyer season. Some were even preaching that Lawrence was a bust, which seems silly. Instead, Lawrence has improved in each game this season, culminating in his three-touchdown performance in Week 3.

The future looks bright in Jacksonville, and Trevor Lawrence is the catalyst to lead the team to be a force in the AFC South for the upcoming seasons.

Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears

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Khalil Herbert showed what he could do when he got the full opportunity to lead a backfield. After David Montgomery left the Week 3 matchup, Herbert stepped in and produced 157 yards on 20 carries. He also punched in two touchdowns to cap off his breakout performance.

There is no confirmation on how long Montgomery will miss, but Herbert has displayed that, at minimum, a timeshare is in order, if not the complete takeover by Herbert.

DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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DeVonta Smith exploded in his Week 3 matchup against the Washington Commanders. Smith caught eight of his 12 targets for 189 yards and one touchdown. His incredible day led Smith to be the Week 3 overall WR1.

Fantasy managers have been waiting for Smith to explode. Week 1 had to concern fantasy managers with Smith producing zero catches on four targets. Smith picked it up in Week 2 with seven catches on seven targets for 80 yards.

With a true WR1 in AJ Brown opposite him, Smith should continue to shine in the Eagles offense led by early MVP candidate quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Stock Down

Carson Wentz, QB, Washington Commanders

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Now, this is the Carson Wentz all fantasy managers were familiar with. Wentz completed 25 of 43 pass attempts for 211 yards and zero scores against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, in Week 3. He looked lost as he tried to run for his life while being sacked nine times and losing a fumble in the Commanders' Week 3 loss.

Wentz started the season on fire, throwing seven touchdowns in the first two games. However, that might be a mirage that fantasy managers fell for once again. His fantasy stock took a huge hit, and his fragile psyche might not recover soon.

James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner won plenty of fantasy leagues for fantasy managers last season after scoring 18 touchdowns. However, there was uncertainty about how Conner would hold up to an RB1 workload, and he answered all questions in his first season with the Arizona Cardinals.

While prepping for the 2022 fantasy football season, Conner was viewed as a potential bust based on the inability to match last season's performance. It seems improbable that he can reach that height again, even though he had a stranglehold on the lead-back position in Arizona.

To this point, it seems that those naysayers were correct. Conner averages 3.0 yards per carry with one touchdown and has been on and off the field with an ankle issue. In addition, the Cardinals' offense looks like it is a mess with the play calling, looking like a new Madden player who doesn't know how to find any pass plays. As a result, his fantasy stock continues to nose dive into the fantasy-bust land.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

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Fantasy managers have to hope they traded DJ Moore away after his Week 2 performance. Moore caught three passes for 43 yards and a score in Week 2, and that was the highlight for Moore through the first three weeks of the season. He has been targeted six times in each game this season, but all he has to show is seven total catches for 88 yards and one score.

Moore has been handcuffed by poor quarterback play throughout his career, including Baker Mayfield, who has proven why the Cleveland Browns decided to move on from their former first overall NFL draft pick. As a result, it is frustrating to watch Moore consistently get open and only have 50 percent catchable targets. 

The stock-down nomination focuses more on the poor quarterback play and the inept offense. Hopefully, when Matt Rhule is relieved of his head coaching duties, the Carolina Panthers will find a coach who best utilizes Moore's ability. Until then, it is challenging to roster the Panthers wideout.

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