These installments become more and more critical as each week goes by. Chances are you’re heading into the first round of your fantasy football playoffs. That, or you’re looking for a cheap bargain buy on daily fantasy football sites. Either way, we got you covered.
Check out the top players with rising and falling stock heading into week 14:
RB, Chris Polk, Houston Texans
It looks like the Texans aren’t going to feed Alfred Blue the ball as much as many anticipated as he received only 4 carries this past Sunday. Chris Polk took full advantage on his 12 carries as he averaged over 5 yards per rush against a stout Buffalo defense and chipped in with a receiving touchdown as well.
I fully expect Houston to go with a backfield by committee for the remainder of the season, but I fully expect Polk to take charge and emerge as the lead back in Foster’s absence. I’ve loved him ever since his days with the Eagles. He’s a tough running back who can do a little bit of everything. Could emerge as a solid FLEX play down the final stretch.
RB, James White, New England Patriots
When Dion Lewis went down with the season-ending injury a few weeks ago, the Patriots backfield became an enigma. LeGarrette Blount was the popular name back there, but he’s not an every down back. James White was the next name that popped up in the fantasy scene. While it’s been a slow start thus far, he had a career game this past week against Philadelphia.
White emerged as the go-to guy with Gronk out this past week as he reeled in 10 catches for 115 yards and a TD. It seems like someone is always bound to produce in the Patriots backfield, and it looks like White is the next back to make an impact. As long as he stays consistent, he’ll be a weekly FLEX play and quite possibly even a solid RB2.
WR, Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
What a great past two weeks for Doug Baldwin, the unsung hero of the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have really stepped up their game these past two weeks, and Baldwin is a big part of that. With 5 TDs the past two weeks, Baldwin has been arguably the best WR over that span.
As the Seahawks continue to roll in the NFC, Baldwin will remain a key component on their offense. The passing game for the Seahawks has finally found their stride, which means Baldwin will continue to be Wilson’s #1 target – especially if Graham’s health remains a concern. Without a doubt a WR2 from here on out.
WR, Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans
The fantasy stock of Dorial Green-Beckham has been up and down each week, but it’s back on the rise after a great week 13. The rookie entered the NFL with tremendous upside and while he he’s been inconsistent, he brings a lot of potential into each week’s matchup. Premium DGB was on display this past week a he went off for over 100 yards an a TD as he shredded the Jacksonville secondary.
From here on out, DGB is a must start if you need a lot of upside in your lineup against inferior opponents. He can go for double-digit points on any given week, especially if Mariota continues to progress.
WR, DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Another rookie WR appears on the ‘Risers’ list. I was so tempted to put DeVante Parker on this last week, but space wouldn’t permit. He did, however, appear on my ‘top sleepers of the week’ and he did deliver. The rookie out of Louisville scored for the second straight week and is emerging as the top target for Ryan Tannehill, although the QB’s play declined this past week.
Still, I view Parker as the top waiver wire target of the week. He’s finding his stride as an NFL receiver and offers a tremendous skillset. He will have a great final stretch to end the season.
QB, Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Some weeks he looks like an elite fantasy QB, other weeks he looks like trailer park trash. Lately, it’s been the latter. In the past three weeks Cutler has thrown for 2 interceptions to just 1 TD pass and has averaged just over 200 passing yards per week – a dramatic fall off compared to his play earlier in the year.
Even with the re-emergence of Alshon Jeffery, Cutler hasn’t been playing any better. The Bears fail to keep him protected on a week-to-week basis and his play obviously indicates that. Cutler is another veteran QB who can’t be trusted down the final stretch – in both real world NFL and in fantasy football.
QB, Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos
The hype was riding high for the young Brock Osweiler, but that died down after his poor performance this past week. Despite another win for the Broncos, Osweiler failed to post worthy fantasy stats with one TD and interceptions each, with well under 200 passing yards.
I still like Osweiler as an NFL QB, he’s the type of guy who will win football games, but he won’t always post a stellar stat line like a prime Peyton Manning. You may want to hold off on starting Osweiler as his hype has died down after he came back down to earth a bit.
QB, Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Shockingly, Philip Rivers is still in the hunt as the NFL’s leading passer. This despite two pitiful performances in the past three weeks. This past Sunday he passed for just 202 yards with an interception and a completion percentage just over 50%. While he went for 400+ and 4 TDs the week prior, he had another awful game of less than 200 passing yards and an interception – with no TD passes.
At this stage in the season, Rivers is far too inconsistent to be a reliable starting QB – although his pass heavy offense may say otherwise. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be right to not start a QB of Rivers’ caliber, but if you have another worthwhile option, you may want to go in that direction.
WR, Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
In the middle of the season, Stefon Diggs bursted onto the scene as an explosive rookie receiving threat for the Vikings. As it’s played out, Diggs hasn’t been as productive as he was during his impressive run to begin the season. He hasn’t scored since week 8 and hasn’t had a game of over 70 receiving yards in that span. Once considered a reliable WR2, he is barely worth a FLEX position at this point.
Part of Diggs’ lack of production can be credited to Teddy Bridgewater – the QB appeared on the ‘Fallers’ list last week. The tandem put up an abysmal showing against a stellar Seattle defense and they don’t show any signs of improvement – especially on Bridgewater’s part. Depending on the matchup, Diggs shouldn’t be in your starting lineup.
WR, Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
What a fall from grace the offense of the Atlanta Falcons has underwent after their 6-0 start to the season. Matt Ryan has been god awful as of late, and like Bridgewater, was another QB that appeared on the ‘Fallers’ portion last week who can be credited with the lack of production for the team’s top WR.
While you absolutely have to start Julio Jones every week based on his talent and role in that offense, his stock has undoubtedly taken a fall. Jones hasn’t reeled in a TD in 5 weeks, although he has put up good yardage – not in the past two weeks, however.