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Week 14 Stock Report: The Start of the Playoffs

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The fantasy playoffs are here! Most fantasy leagues begin their playoffs this week. So, if you’re reading this, it is most likely because you made the playoffs in your league, so congratulations!

Now with the playoffs upon us, whose value is trending up, down and who should be held onto for just a bit longer?

This week’s stock report focuses on the players who may have heated up or cooled off in recent weeks. With these next few weeks being playoff matchups, it is important to know what players you can trust and who you should stay away from.

Without further ado, the Week 13 Stock Report: The Start of the Playoffs.

Week 13 Stock Report: The Start of the Playoffs

Stock Up

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

One of the best quarterbacks all season, Philip Rivers has been a very good and reliable fantasy quarterback throughout this season. So why is he on the stock up list? Well, over the next two weeks Rivers faces the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, both of which are good matchups.

If you have Rivers continue to start him with confidence over the next two weeks.

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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After Austin Ekeler was rendered largely ineffective versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, Justin Jackson stepped in and provided some much-needed explosiveness to the Charges running game without Melvin Gordon.

Jackson showed he was ready for an increase in volume last week. He should be in line for more carries this weekend versus the Bengals whose run defense isn’t the greatest.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Since Lamar Jackson took over, the Ravens running game has taken off. This weekend against the Chiefs Jackson will start again, as will Gus Edwards. Over the past few weeks, Edwards has been given the bulk of the Ravens carries and will continue to get them this weekend against a weak Chiefs defense.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

While his stock has really been up most of the season, Phillip Lindsay took off last game to the tune of 157 yards and two scores. Linsday has been a remarkable story all season long and will continue to be for the rest of the year. The Broncos have a rather easy schedule going forward and Lindsay has the look of a potential league-winner for your fantasy team.

Cortland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos

With the Emmanuel Sanders injury that happened this week, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are both in line for an increase in targets. Sutton has shown flashes all season and there is certainly an expectation that he can breakout to end the year.

As stated before, the Broncos have an easy schedule moving forward and good things will be ahead for these talented rookies.

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Last week, Godwin caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown without DeSean Jackson on the field. It appears Jackson will not be playing again, and Godwin should be in line for another big week.

 

Stock Steady

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

I get it, the game against the Jaguars was awful. But before that Luck was probably carrying your fantasy team with a string of incredible games. Luck plays Houston this weekend which is another matchup that isn’t favorable, but Luck should continue to be in your lineup going forward.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

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It isn’t clear what is going to happen to the Packers offense sans Mike McCarthy, but Aaron Jones should be held onto for the time being. Jones was underutilized under McCarthy and it is entirely possible he is given more carries moving forward, but no one really knows.

Hold onto Jones until more clarity is given on what the Packers offense will look like under interim head coach Joe Philbin.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Last time the Bengals were missing A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd’s production dipped slightly. Now with Green placed on IR, Boyd is in line for most of the targets for the Bengals. It remains to be seen whether Boyd will be able to shine, so hold steady on him for now.

 

Stock Down

The entire Washington Redskins offense

Now down Alex Smith and Colt McCoy, the Redskins turn to Mark Sanchez. Good luck with that.

Seriously though this offense is going to lack production with Sanchez at the helm and you should avoid it at all costs.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Without Gordon, Ekeler was supposed to be the running back to receive most of the carries and targets at running back for the Chargers. Now, Jackson appears to be the one receiving those touches and Ekeler should receive less.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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Even without Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman just hasn’t been able to be a consistent fantasy scorer. To finish the season, Coleman faces the Packers, Cardinals, and Panthers all of which have above average run defenses. To top that off, Coleman has seen some of his carries taken by Ito Smith.

John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Once the number one receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, John Brown has two catches in his last three games. Stay away from Brown as long as Jackson is starting at quarterback for the Ravens.

 

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