Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Week 15
Justin Vreeland surveys the fantasy football world and examines whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 15.
What’s up FANation?! Week 15 is in the books hopefully you are moving on to your fantasy championship! If you missed playoffs and just wanted to give this a read, that’s awesome too and I appreciate it! Feel free to shoot me feedback or anything else in the live chats or on Twitter @JustinVreeland. Without further adieu, let’s dive in!
Breshad Perriman , WR TB – This one was obvious. In the first game without Mike Evans , Perriman went absolutely bananas against the Lions, hauling in five receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns on six targets. He moved into the number two role, as expected, but far exceeded production expectations. Chris Godwin also left this game injured, and if he is forced to miss time Perriman will see a very hefty target share moving forward. This was his by far his best game of the season, but he also came into this game on a bit of a roll, with 13.7 and 16.0 fantasy points in his two prior games, respectively. He has at least five targets in three straight games, and Winston is clearly throwing the football his way. He will have a nice floor for the remainder of the season, because we know Winston is going to sling the rock around a ton, regardless of the score or how he is playing.
A.J. Brown, WR TEN – Another very obvious choice for this section. This rookie wide out was a bit of a boom-or-bust player early on, but he’s really starting to put it together consistently. He scored 25.4 fantasy points this week, his third game with at least 23.5 points in his last four games. The one dud in there was a 7.5 point effort, which is at least not a lineup killer. He has three 100-plus yard games in that span and just racked up a career high 13(!) targets against Houston. Tennessee isn’t a pass heavy team, but it’s clear that this is their go-to guy when they do pass. It will be tough to bench him in Week 16, despite a semi-tough matchup with the Saints. This rookie is a star in the making and his dynasty value is sky-high right now, as it should be.
Greg Ward , WR PHI – Ward has risen from the practice squad to being the Eagles best wide receiver. In fact, he was the only wide receiver to catch a pass for the Eagles on Sunday (how crazy is that?). He hauled in 7-of-9 targets for 61 yards and the game-winning touchdown, good for 19.1 fantasy points. Wentz really found a rhythm with Ward on the final drive, as the two connected four times for 40 yards including that game-winner. He now has seven, three, nine, and nine targets over the last four games and can be viewed as the Eagles number one wide out for the remainder of the season. It would be a bit risky to start him in seasonal leagues, but he will be an interesting DFS target in Weeks 16 and 17 as the Eagles play the Cowboys and Giants to close out the year.
Randall Cobb , WR DAL – Cobb had a nice, fun little stretch in Weeks 10-12, but that seems like a distant memory now and he is completely useless for fantasy. He finished this week with one catch for negative three yards on two targets, good for a whopping 0.7 fantasy points. It was his third straight game fewer than 10 fantasy points and he hasn’t topped five targets since Week 12. He is behind Zeke, Cooper, Gallup, Witten, and even Pollard for touches in this offense and really isn’t that far ahead of Tavon Austin . Yes, Dallas has a solid offense but it’s hard to be much of a factor when you are behind so many players. He shouldn’t even be owned at this point, and he is nothing more than a deep dart throw in DFS.
Phillip Lindsay , RB DEN – It was a snow day in Kansas City, Denver has a rookie quarterback, and the Chiefs are weak against the run… you would think that would mean nice volume for Lindsay right? Nope. He was given a season low seven carries which he turned into 32 yards and he failed to catch either of his two targets. How on earth in that situation do you give you lead back just seven carries and two targets?! He totaled 3.2 fantasy points, his fourth game with fewer than 10 points in the last four games and his best game in that span was just 13.5 points. You really can’t even start him at this point, which is a tough pill to swallow considering he has a matchup with the Lions on tap this week. He may be worth a look in DFS, but you can’t trust your championship matchup on him. It’s insane that a guy as dynamic as Lindsay is gets so little usage. It makes zero sense.
Hunter Henry , TE LAC – Henry was a beast when he made his return off IR, rattling off strong games in five of six outings. His lowest fantasy total in that span was 8.7, but then the Chargers bye week happened and he has been trash ever since. In three games since the bye week, Henry’s best game was 11.9 fantasy points (Week 14) and in the other two games he failed to top 3.0 points. He only has nine total targets over the last three games and hasn’t had more than three receptions in any of them. It’s hard to do much with such a low target share though. It is really difficult to trust him in Week 16 with what we have seen recently and if you have a different option it may be best to go that direction. Henry is a talented guy, but Rivers is playing like crap and Henry isn’t a focal point.