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Week 13 Fantasy Football Stock Report: The Quest for Glory

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Stock Report

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Fantasy football never ceases to surprise. Has there ever been a week where more automatic fantasy starters turned

in zeroes, ones or twos for their owners? And in one of the most critical weeks of the regular season when teams are fighting for playoff berths no less!

Gronk, Brandin Cooks, Amari Cooper, Antonio Gates, and Eric Ebron were just some of the big-name disappointments last week. Other Week 12 letdowns, who might not have been automatic starters but who certainly were starting to look that way coming into the weekend, were Steve Smith and Sterling Shepard. Gronk left early with a back injury, but what was the excuse for Cooks, Gates and Shepard getting zero targets?

Week 12 is behind us now, and it’s do or die time for many in Week 13. Time to take a deep breath, put last week in the rear-view, and focus now on the players who can bring us fantasy glory. That’s what we’ll try to do with the Week 13 Fantasy Football Stock Report.

Week 13 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Stock Up

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

Watkins might be the one player still on waivers that could be a real difference maker in your fantasy playoffs. I urged you to stash him in Week 8 if you could. If you couldn’t, he’s still available in over 25% of Yahoo leagues, and over 40% on ESPN.

Run, don’t walk, to grab him. Watkins caught all three of his targets for 80 yards in limited snaps last week, and by all accounts is fully healthy. Need I remind you that he averaged 1,000 yards and 7.5 touchdowns in his two seasons in the league thus far? He instantly returns to being the Bills’ highest-upside receiving weapon, and therefore is a WR1 on your fantasy team even if he isn’t playing a full complement of snaps yet.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed is questionable with a shoulder injury this week and is just generally made of glass. Although I hate to say it and hope it never happens, his next concussion could end his career.

Davis filled in nicely in Weeks 6 and 7 while Reed was out with injury and has continued to contribute since Reed’s return. He has at least 68 yards or a touchdown in five of the Redskins’ last six games and is a must-own for any Reed owner out there. If Reed sits, he is in the TE1 discussion in any given week.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Apparently, Eli Manning apologized to Shepard for not targeting him last Sunday against the Browns. I don’t think this apology manifests itself as merely words. Shepard has been touchdown dependent in his rookie season, but he had managed to find the end zone in his last three contests prior to Week 12.

My bet is he scores again this week to go with his standard six to eight targets or perhaps a few extra. More targets are a quarterback’s version of please-forgive-me flowers, after all.

Stock Down

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Remember in the intro when I said it’s time to focus on the players who can bring us fantasy glory? Well, the converse of that is also true. It’s time to shed the players who don’t have the upside to propel us to victory.

This is the last bye week, so it’s time to drop RB4 types like West and James Starks, who offer little upside, in favor of guys who could win you a week or suddenly become fantasy studs like any handcuff to an RB1, or potential breakout receivers like Malcolm Mitchell or Tyreek Hill.

Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

So much for the “Brandin Cooks is awesome at home” theory. He had double-digit fantasy points in each of his last three home games and no fewer than five targets in any game this season. Then in Week 12, zero targets? Really, Drew Brees?

There are reports of Cooks’ frustration with his role (or lack thereof) in the offense, and maybe his complaints will serve to increase his target share some, but the Saints may just have too many mouths to feed. It’s definitely hard to rely on Cooks this week and rest-of-season.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

I have to admit I took Gronk in the late first round of a league because I love the guy. I knew it probably wasn’t the wisest decision. I think he has one of the best personalities in sports, and I thought he would be fun to own. But it hasn’t been very fun to own him this year at all.

When healthy, Gronk is still the most dependable tight end in the game. The problem is he just can’t stay on the field! He has already missed four games this year due to injury and barely played in two others because the Patriots were easing him back (no pun intended) into action or because he injured himself again.

We still don’t know his status for Week 13, and it will be tough to trust him against the Rams if he plays. It’s going to be even harder to rely on him in drafts next year or in dynasty leagues.

 

About David Phillips

David Phillips is originally from Austin, Texas and has been playing fantasy sports for over twenty years. His favorite teams are all from the Dallas area, with the possible exception of the San Antonio Spurs. Feel free to hit him up with a question on Twitter: @davidinperu

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