We are going to keep up with this article weekly for the rest of the season, giving you an analysis of the players that are growing in value, and those that are plummeting in my rankings. We are approaching the weeks where the playoff picture truly comes into shape, which is why it is important to be extremely active on the waiver wire and trade market trying to bolster your roster by any means. Here are my Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down picks.
Week 12 Fantasy Football Stock Watch
Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Zach Ertz went from a tight end by committee with the Eagles to one of the top targets in Arizona. I understand this is a team without De’Andre Hopkins over the past few weeks, but Ertz is a legitimate red-zone threat for the rest of the year. Week 11 was his best game of the season where he saw nine targets for eight receptions, 88 yards, and two touchdowns. We can likely expect the targets to come back down to earth over the coming weeks, but where earlier in the season he may not have been on most people’s radars, he is now an every-week start in most leagues.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Now I wouldn’t say that Michael Gallup has an insane ceiling, but he does have a few things going for him over the next few weeks. Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are both dealing with injuries, which resulted in Gallup seeing a team-high 10 targets in Week 11. Another factor is that Gallup has been around for a while, and it is clear that Dak trusts him. This is what makes him an enticing play in Week 12, as there is a good chance that he sees a sizable target share.
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
All things considered, Miles Sanders could offer some real value in the coming weeks of the season. In Week 11, the Eagles upset the Saints and played a great game, but deeper than that, they effectively ran the ball early and often. Sanders has been efficient all year, the issue is that he hasn’t seen enough carries to make him an every-week start. Last week he saw 16 carries and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. If Sanders can see 15 carries a week, he could offer some real value and make up for some lost ground in his 2021-2022 campaign.
D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
Swift is a legitimate league winner as he has one of the most favorable playoff schedules of any running back in football. On top of the matchups, he is crazy efficient, and in Week 11 he averaged 9.7 yards per carry. He is always a threat to rip off a big run or a big reception, and the Lions are seemingly finally getting the memo on simply how talented Swift is. I understand that this Lions team is likely to be playing from behind a lot, but Swift offers tremendous value in the passing game which not only gives him a safe floor, but also a massive ceiling.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Jacobs is someone that you may have no choice but to plug into your lineup, but it never feels great. He has totaled more than 15 carries just once all season, but he does offer some redeeming qualities in the passing game. What it really comes down to is that you are essentially banking on 4-5 receptions, and a touchdown for him to have a good week. This is not an impossible task, but he does not offer the upside on the ground that a lot of others do. So he is someone that can get the job done, but he is not going to win you a league at this rate.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
I feel as if this is a long time coming, as Landry simply is not the same WR that he was during his days with Miami. In other words, he is not capable of being the alpha wideout with massive target shares, that can beat any matchup that stands in his way. He is getting the targets now that OBJ is in LA, but most of these targets come from the slot with a relatively low ADOT. For instance, in Week 11 he saw eight targets, caught four receptions, and only totaled 26 yards. These figures simply aren’t going to get the job done, and it makes it difficult to start him on any given week, especially with crucial matchups on the horizon come playoff time.
Kenny Golladay, WR, New York Giants
Golladay has been a bust this season, and his contract with the Giants is looking like a disaster thus far. Not only is he not having a good year by his standards, but he isn’t even close to the top option in this passing game, regardless of the fact that his contract indicates that should be. However, the Giants front office woes, allowed them to pay Golladay a premium, and then spend a ton of draft capital on Kadarius Toney, who is looking like he may be the real deal, and to heed his development, he will likely command a lot of targets. Toney had 12 targets in Week 11, while Golladay had 2. There is no scenario where one feels confident starting Golladay in fantasy football, and at this point, he might just be a lost cause for this season.
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