Kenny Golladay has had a special place in many Fantasy Analysts’ hearts for the past couple of years, myself included. That is why I had to lead off with the “Babytron” for the Week 12 stock report.
Golladay has the type of measurables that NFL scouts dream for. The Lion is 6’4’’, 218 pounds, runs a sub 4.5 40-yard dash with a 35.5-inch vertical. He has every physical tool to be an elite receiver in the NFL. All he needed was an opportunity.
That opportunity presented itself when the Lions traded Golden Tate and Marvin Jones was dealing with a knee injury. I said this on Twitter a few weeks ago and some people vehemently disagreed.
Kenny Golladay will swing more leagues than any other player for the rest of the season. He’s a legit Top-15 WR going forward.
— Michael Tomlin (@Tomlin3) October 30, 2018
Golladay has been the WR9 and WR12 the past two weeks. He has increased his Fantasy Scoring in each game since the Golden Tate trade. He has also increased his reception total and yards in each game since the trade.
Some people might be worried about the tough matchups. I am not one of those people. Babytron is the real deal and he will continue to put up WR1 numbers and that is why he is the biggest riser on the stock report.
Week 12 Stock Report
Other Plays on the Rise
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
If Joe Flacco sees the field again for Baltimore then John Harbaugh should have his head examined. Jackson brings such a dynamic flare to the offense and his running style fits perfectly for the Ravens. Baltimore has one of the best 4-5 defenses in the league, so they need the offense to run the ball, control the clock and not turn it over. With 117 yards rushing in his first start, Jackson provided just that.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Jones was on the stock report last week and delivered another elite running back performance. With Mike McCarthy finally figuring out that Jones is the best option in the Green Bay backfield, Jones has 59.5 Fantasy Points over the last two weeks.
Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 19, 2018
If you’re first thought was, “who?!” then you are not alone. The rookie from Rutgers had just 15 carries for 64 rushing yards through the first 10 weeks of the season. He exploded for 115 yards and a score against Cincinnati last week. It’s looking like he will take over as the lead back in what should be a vaunted rushing attack with Lamar Jackson at quarterback.
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints
Most weeks Smith would have been leadoff in the stock report. He still probably should have been, but I have a special place for Golladay. Nevertheless, Smith blew up last week against the Eagles’ decimated secondary. The rookie hauled in 10 catches for 157 yards and a score. He seemed to gain more of Drew Brees’ confidence with each reception.
D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
A more heralded rookie coming into the league, Moore is finding his niche in the Panthers’ offense. It seemed like was hitting his stride a few weeks ago with a 90-yard day against Baltimore, but followed it up with two stinkers. However, he burst out with 157 yards against Detroit. The Panthers also have one of the easiest schedules through the Fantasy Playoffs for wide receivers.
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Reynolds was also on the stock report last week and he followed it up with a 20-point performance in the game of the year against Kansas City. The Cooper Kupp absence was filled by the former Texas A&M Aggie. While every game won’t have his team score 54 points, Reynolds is a solid FLEX option going forward.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Reasons To BUY Cameron Brate:
•Per @SharpFootball , TB faces the 4th easiest Pass D schedule Weeks 12-16.
• Brate put up a 94 Target, 68 Rec, 839 Yard, 10 TD line over a 16 G stretch in 2016-17 with Winston
• 2018 TB TE Ranks: 18.1 PPR PPG (4th), 8 TD (4th), 8.3 TPG (6th).
— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) November 21, 2018
I’ve said before about how much better Brate is with Jameis Winston at the helm as opposed to Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Winston starting yet again, Brate was already slated for more work. With O.J. Howard going on IR, Brate becomes a Top-10 option at the position.
Players on the Downswing
Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos
In the preseason I really thought Keenum would be a serviceable starter this year. I was wrong. Keenum has not broken the 20-Fantasy Point barrier in over a month. He has just a single multi-touchdown game since Week 6. He hasn’t thrown for 300 yards in that same time frame. The defenses are about to get easier, but I am not holding out hope for Keenum.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
With Gus Edwards likely taking over, Collins will take a backseat.
Adrian Peterson, RB; Chris Thompson, RB; Josh Doctson, WR; Jordan Reed, TE; Washington Redskins
Colt McCoy will be behind center and Jay Gruden is not going to want to risk him to neither injury nor turnovers. This offense will become very tame as if it was not tame enough already. I am out on the entire team for Fantasy purposes.
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
Inconsistency is the name of the game with Robinson. He had 31.3 Fantasy Points in Week 10. He had 25.7 Fantasy Points in all other games combined since Week 6. Yes, he was hurt a couple of games, but you still get the idea. You never know when the Bears will need him to step up, so for Fantasy purposes, he is too risky.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
Speaking of inconsistency… Davis has four games with 12 or more Fantasy Points. He also has five games with less than nine Fantasy Points, including three outings scoring less than five points.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Before the season, I thought Rudolph had a chance to be an elite option. That has not panned out as Kirk Cousins’ struggles combined with the plethora of other receiving options have pushed Rudolph to the backseat. He has not scored a touchdown since Week 3 and has not hit the 10-Fantasy Point mark since Week 4. He is tough to start going forward.
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