2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Ryan Kirksey
2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down

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 15 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 14? 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 15 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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For Fantasy Managers desperate for a win in Week 14, Drake London obliged with the best game of his career. He had 10 receptions for 172 yards (both career highs), and his yards per target was 15.6. For a player who only has three 100-yard games in his year and a half, this was a welcome sight. But it must come with some context, and the context is what is causing his stock to rise.

Atlanta has the fourth-highest rushing play percentage in the league this season (48%). But on Sunday, that plummeted to just 37.7% as the Falcons found themselves in a competitive shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Arthur Smith abandoned the run for most of the game, and got London and Bijan Robinson involved. That jumped London to 20th among all wide receivers with a 2.0 yards per pass attempt this season.

Any upgrade at quarterback in the offseason or forceful commitment to passing more will cause London's stock to soar even higher.

Jayden Reed, WR, Green Bay Packers

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"Wisconsin Deebo Samuel," as social media has aptly named Jayden Reed, does have the look of a dual threat offensive force. The question for Reed is: can he maintain his usage and efficiency when Aaron Jones and Christian Watson return? Without those two in the lineup on Monday night, Reed caught eight passes plus rushed for more than 30 yards and a score. He gained over five yards per touch and scored for the fourth time in the last five games.

Reed, a dynamic second-round rookie from Michigan State, now is up to 14th among all wide receivers in Red Zone targets, and has 100 rushing yards in his last four games. Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon are not in the long-term plans for the Packers, but Reed, on a second-round rookie salary, certainly is worth it. With upcoming games against Carolina, Minnesota, and Chicago, Reed is a play to help you now and long-term on your dynasty rosters.

Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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As of Tuesday night, it was not know how much time, if any, Alexander Mattison would miss with the ankle sprain that forced him out of Sunday's game. However, running backs that get 15-20 touches don't just grow on the waiver wire tree during the playoffs, so Chandler is a wise investment. He got 15 touches after Mattison went down and would be in line for a massive workload next week, especially with Justin Jefferson also dealing with an injury.

In his last four games, Chandler has averaged 3.92 yards per carry on 41 attempts. And while that's not going to win you MVP awards, Chandler is 18th among running backs in expected points added this year. That's proof that his runs have been efficient. With a 98th-percentile dash score coming out of college last year, Chandler has the burst and the opportunity to make some real noise in the fantasy playoffs.

Stock Down

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

There was a time this season, after J.K. Dobbins went down, that Gus Edwards had a legitimate claim he was a top eight running back. From Weeks 7-11, Edwards averaged 56.4 rushing yards, 21 receiving yards, and 1.8 touchdowns per game. But with the emergence of Keaton Mitchell over the last few weeks, those numbers have taken a nose dive. In Weeks 12 and 14 (13 was a bye), Edwards averaged 20.5 rushing yards, 0.5 receiving yards, and he did not score.

In Week 14, Edwards was out-snapped by three other running backs and only touched the ball six times. Meanwhile, Mitchell averaged 6.2 yards per tough and looked as explosive as ever. Baltimore runs the ball more than any other team in the NFL, so it's possible Edwards has some late season value. But with Lamar Jackson and Mitchell now handling most of the carries, Edwards appears to be on the outside looking in.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos

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It is no fault of Jerry Jeudy that Courtland Sutton is having one of the all-time positive regression touchdown seasons. Sutton now is second only to Tyreek Hill in receiving scores but has done it in literally half the number of receiving yards coming his way from Russell Wilson. The other side of that coin, however, is that Russell Wilson has basically decided Jerry Jeudy is not worth throwing to consistently.

Jeudy only has 23 targets over his last five games and has exceeded 50 yards once in that span. Jeudy's only receiving touchdown came in Week 8 and a big part of that is Jeudy only has nine Red Zone targets across his 13 games this year. Another part of the failure is that Jeudy's yards per target is down 1.7 yards since last season. With Sutton getting all the high-value looks, Jeudy is just along for the ride at this point.

There were talks of jettisoning Jeudy out of town at the trade deadline this year. If the Broncos can get rid of Jeudy's final $12 million for his contract next season, perhaps that helps. But for now, he's an afterthought in this offense.

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