As quickly as the season started, the season’s final week is now just a few days away. If your league extends into Week 18, this article will highlight some players on hot streaks who are must-starts or some players who you may want to avoid starting ahead of the season’s final week.
Stock Up: WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Lamb was dominant against the Lions, catching 13 of his 17 targets for 227 yards and a touchdown. He also added one rush for five yards. Lamb has now seen 10 or more targets in five straight games and has scored a touchdown in seven of his last eight games. He is a must-start this week against the Commanders.
Stock Up: RB De’Von Achane, Miami Dolphins
With Raheem Mostert out with an injury, Achane took advantage of his opportunity against the Ravens and carried the ball 14 times for 107 yards while catching four of his five targets for 30 yards and a touchdown. He was one of the lone bright spots on offense for Miami in a blowout loss. He should be in a position to see a significant role this week against the Bills, even if Mostert returns to the lineup.
Stock Up: WR D.J. Moore, Chicago Bears
Moore had a huge game against the Falcons, catching nine of his 13 targets for 159 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be a large part of Chicago’s offensive game plan and will remain heavily involved this week against the Packers. He is a great option at WR this week.
Stock Up: RB James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
Conner produced his best game of the season on Sunday against the Eagles, carrying the ball 26 times for 128 yards and a touchdown while also adding one catch for five yards and another touchdown through the air. He has now scored a touchdown in four consecutive games. He will look to continue his hot streak this week against the Seahawks.
Stock Up: RB Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs
Pacheco was great on Sunday against the Bengals, carrying the ball 18 times for 130 yards and catching all seven of his targets for 35 yards and a touchdown. He has now scored a touchdown in each of his last four games and remains an RB2/flex option this week against the Chargers.
Stock Down: RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler’s disappointing stretch continued against the Broncos as he carried the ball 13 times for just 46 yards and only caught one of his two targets for four yards. He has only scored one touchdown in his last eight games and will be a risky start again this week against the Chiefs. There are better options at running back this week.
Stock Down: WR A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
Brown was quiet on Sunday against the Cardinals, catching four of his five targets for 53 yards. This was Brown’s second-lowest target total of the season after four games in a row with 10 or more targets. The Eagles’ passing game continues to be inconsistent, but with DeVonta Smith dealing with an injury, it is possible that Brown gets more involved this week against the Giants.
Stock Down: TE Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys
Ferguson caught four of his six targets for 33 yards on Saturday against the Lions. He has seen six or more targets in five consecutive games but has now gone four games without scoring a touchdown. He will look to bounce back with a favorable matchup this week against the Commanders.
Stock Down: WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Lockett disappointed fantasy managers again against the Steelers catching just one of his five targets for 10 yards. Lockett has been very boom or bust this season and that continued on Sunday. He has now not scored a touchdown since Week 10. He will look to turn it around this week against the Cardinals.
Stock Down: RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions
Gibbs was shut down against the Cowboys, carrying the ball 15 times for just 43 yards and only catching one of his three targets for zero yards. Gibbs was coming into this game on a hot streak but was held in check by a strong Cowboys defense. He will look to get back on track this week against the Vikings.