2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Ryan Kirksey
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If you are researching stocks in the market to invest in, how long are you looking at their profit/loss sheet? Weeks? Months? Keep that in mind with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down article.

One single week in the NFL is often the definition of overreaction theater, much less the week-to-week game of Fantasy Football. Each player has data from which we draw conclusions. We are forced to use that information to make decisions moving forward.

We tend to evaluate each week's Fantasy Football performances thinking about the short term. What does the data tell us about what to expect for a defined period of time, or for the rest of the season? But we can also draw conclusions from a longer-term Dynasty perspective.

Who saw their stock rise based on usage or opportunity in Week 13? Who saw it fall due to their own performance, lack of usage, or because of a change in role? Let’s dive in and find out.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers

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In the two weeks since the Carolina Panthers fired a bevy of coaches, it's become clear that this interim regime tasked with running the offense vastly prefers Chuba Hubbard to Miles Sanders. In that span, Hubbard has played 94 snaps to just 50 for Sanders, and Hubbard has handled eight red zone touches to zero for Sanders. Hubbard has more targets, more rushing attempts, and about 100 more total yards as Sanders has been relegated to back-up duty. Joe discusses this in his Week 13 Usage Trends article as well.

But the best part about Chuba Hubbard is the team control. The Panthers have Hubbard under contract for just $1 million next year, making him one of the best assets in the NFL - a cheap, talented running back. He will likely demand bigger dollars in 2025, but for this year and next, Hubbard should get all the work he can handle with a team trying to establish an offensive identity.

Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans

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Nico Collins wins the award for most obvious name of the week who will win you your league in 2023. With Tank Dell sadly lost for the season, an already stellar season for Collins is about to go into the stratosphere. What more can we say about Collins that hasn't been said already? The third-year receiver has 991 yards in just 11 games played. He is ninth in receiving yards and ninth in yards after the catch. He is seventh in yards per route run, and fifth in yards per target.

What should make him a league-winner over the next four weeks will be the Texans' offensive tendencies. The Texans pass at the eighth-highest rate in the league over the last three games (61.2%) even though each has been a competitive affair. C.J. Stroud is a certified gun-slinging wizard and Collins is by far his favorite target when Tank Dell is on the bench.

Tyjae Spears, RB, Tennessee Titans

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There are conflicting reports about whether or not Derrick Henry has a concussion and if he will be able to play in Week 14. But one thing is true regardless of Henry's status: Spears looks like an elite future running back. Even after Henry got 120 total yards on 22 touches on Sunday, there was enough left over for Spears to get 88 of his own yards on 20 touches. That means the Titans let their running backs touch the ball 42 times on Sunday, and there is no indication that will change.

There were only 25 non-running back targets for the Titans on Sunday, as they rushed the ball 52% of the time. Should spears get even a small fraction more of the rush attempts the rest of the season, it could pay huge dividends. He ranks 10th at the position in true yards per carry and number one overall in juke rate. Spears is the future for Tennessee, and the Titans may spend the rest of the season showcasing him.

Stock Down

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

It has been quite the roller coaster ride for Austin Ekeler this season, but unfortunately, we are on the unexciting part right now and we really need him to pick up speed soon.

Ekeler started the season not playing in four weeks due to injury and bye week. He has since finished as a top-six running back in PPR formats for four weeks, and has finished outside the top-30 in four others. Three of those finished outside the top-30 have come in the last three games as Ekeler is sputtering toward the end of the fantasy season.

The team has given no indication that he is hurt, and these awful performances are on the heels of three weeks in the top-six, so there is no clear answer here. He is tenth in opportunity share and 12th in targets despite missing three games, so maybe the years of heavy workload are finally getting to him? The reason we have to keep running him out there is he is number three at the position in expected fantasy points per game (19.8), but this is not the lead-up Ekeler wants to have as he enters an unrestricted free agent year at age 29.

 Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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If Austin Ekeler's problem is too big a workload after all these years, consider Drake London the anti-Ekeler. He can't buy himself a target some weeks, and only has one weekly finish inside the top-20 of wide receivers this season in half-PPR formats. For a wide receiver who is clearly the top receiving option, it's astounding that he only has three games all season with more than seven targets. The Falcons continue to play a 1950's style of football, and I don't know if that's going to ever change under this regime.

On the season, only the 49ers and Ravens rush at a higher rate than the Falcons' 49%. That's because those two teams are always blowing everyone out and can just fun the final quarter and a half of every game. London ranks 51st among all wide receivers in routes run. That's an astonishing number for someone running a route on 97% of his team's plays. London is still a receiver oozing with natural talent, but Arthur Smith remains committed to not letting it flourish.

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