2022 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down.

If you are a sports geek like me, this is an ideal time of year. The World Series is rolling, and it might be a long series. The NBA and NHL started their regular seasons. Of course, the NFL is hitting the halfway point of its season. What's not to love?

Hopefully, the fantasy gods are smiling at you and your rosters. So let's keep the momentum going by viewing whose stock is rising and falling in the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears offensive coaching staff has finally figured out how to capitalize on the strengths and abilities of their quarterback Justin Fields. Opening up the offense and allowing Fields to run, including calling run plays for Fields, has catapulted Fields into the QB11 through eight weeks. Fields has produced one passing score in four consecutive games and has rushed for at least 60 yards in his last three games. Fields is the QB2 across the previous four games, and with the acquisition of Chase Claypool, another much-needed weapon on the outside, the sky is the limit for the former Buckeye.

D'Onta Foreman, RB, Carolina Panthers

If you were lucky enough to pick up D'Onta Foreman before Week 8, you were flying high with his Week 8 explosion. Foreman rushed for 118 yards and three scores against the Atlanta Falcons, finishing as the RB5 in Week 8. The Panthers were without the injured Chuba Hubbard, which opened the door for the breakout of Foreman. It is uncertain if Hubbard will return in Week 9, but it will be challenging to take the ball out of Foreman's hands when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots

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Jakobi Meyers continues to be the go-to guy in the New England Patriots passing offense, regardless of who is behind center. Meyers has scored in consecutive weeks and three out of his last four contests. His ascension to the WR1 territory has resulted in Meyers being the WR28 on the season but has been the WR7 across the last four games. Meyers continues to be one of the hottest wideouts in fantasy football.

Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Evan Engram is a tight end who I always seem to shy away from drafts. Engram was one of the most frustrating players on the roster. He has plenty of talent and exhibited flashes, but as soon as you trust Engram and inserted him in your lineups, he will leave you brokenhearted. However, Engram seems rejuvenated with Jacksonville Jaguars. Engram is a TE1 in fantasy on the heels of producing 32 catches for 330 yards and one score. It is time for fantasy managers to believe in Evan Engram.

Stock Down

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders had a brutal Week 8. The New Orleans Saints shut out the Raiders 24-0. Carr passed for 101 yards and one interception while being sacked three times. It was an abysmal performance by Josh McDaniel and the Raiders. Hopefully, they can shake it off when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9.

Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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One of the most discussed running backs coming into this season was the Pittsburgh Steelers, Najee Harris. Harris was on plenty of bust lists, including mine, coming into the season. The retirement of Big Ben eliminated the never-ending dump pass to help boost the fantasy value of Harris. Unfortunately, the uncertainty at the quarterback position coming into the season has played out worse than forecasted. The revolving door at quarterback for the Steelers this season has not helped this offense. However, neither has Najee Harris. Harris is currently the RB24 and has yet to produce a 100-yard rushing game. His best RB finish is RB16, which is called a fantasy bust.

Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Drake London was trending upward to start his rookie season when he scored in two of his first three games and garnered 22 total targets. However, he has failed to surpass 54 receiving yards since Week 3. The lack of production can be attributed to quarterback Marcus Mariota who likes to run the ball more than throw, and the Atlanta Falcons offense is designed around those talents. Additionally, the Falcons need to get their all-world TE Kyle Pitts more involved, who is finally seeing more targets. Also, losing RB Cordarelle Patterson has hurt the offense by not putting the fear of running the ball for defenses. Combining those factors, London and his fantasy managers have been disappointed with his latest fantasy output.

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams

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Tyler Higbee started this season on fire, as was the TE7 through the first five weeks of the 2022 season. However, Higbee has taken a turn for the worse in his last two contests. Higbee has produced only catches for 22 yards which have yielded a TE56 finish. As a result, the dream of fantasy managers with Higbee being a TE1 option has turned into a nightmare.

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