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Fantasy Football Stock Watch Week 9: C.J. Stroud Is The Real Deal

Jack takes a look at the biggest risers and fallers in fantasy football value following the NFL’s Week 9.

As the Week 9 games have wrapped up, let’s look at the players who had their stocks rise or fall from their performances.

Stock up: QB C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans

Stroud likely played the best game we will see from a QB this season, throwing for a ridiculous 470 yards and five touchdowns on Sunday against the Buccaneers. The rookie second-overall pick has taken the league by storm and now holds the rookie record for most passing yards in a single game. Stroud has a tougher matchup next week against the Bengals but is a must-start in Superflex formats and deeper leagues.

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Stock up: WR Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

Higgins has been a frustrating player to manage this season but finally had a strong game on Sunday night against the Bills, catching eight of his nine targets for 110 yards. Higgins led the Bengals in receiving this week, and with Ja’Marr Chase dealing with a back injury, Higgins looks to be in line for a larger role in the Bengals’ offense. He is a high-end WR2 this week against the Texans.

Stock up: RB Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Jacobs produced his best game of the season on Sunday against the Giants, carrying the ball 26 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns. While he did not see a single target in the passing game, he was a true workhorse on the ground. He will look to carry the momentum from his strong game into a matchup with the Jets this week on Sunday Night Football.

Stock up: TE Dalton Kincaid, Buffalo Bills

Kincaid had a great game against the Bengals on Sunday night, catching 10 of his 11 targets for 81 yards. He is quickly becoming the second option behind Stefon Diggs in the Bills’ passing attack. He has now produced three strong games in a row and has established himself as a TE1 moving forward. Kincaid will look to continue his strong season against the Broncos this week.

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Stock up: WR Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns

Cooper caught all five of his targets for 139 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Cardinals. This was Cooper’s third game of the season where he had over 100 yards, and he looks to be Deshaun Watson’s go-to target. He has a tough matchup this week against the Ravens but should still be trusted to produce a solid stat line.

Stock down: WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin was quiet on Sunday against the Texans, catching only two of his six targets for 16 yards. He had been a reliable fantasy option until this point, but he was unable to produce in last week’s matchup. His six targets were second on the team, so it is possible that he will put together a rebound performance this week against the Titans.

Stock down: QB Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

It was a rough game for Seattle’s offense all around, but Smith struggled to get anything going all game against the Ravens defense. He completed 13 of his 28 pass attempts for 157 yards and an interception, and he also lost a fumble. He will look to turn it around in a much more favorable matchup this week against the Commanders.

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Stock down: TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce had a rare quiet game on Sunday against the Dolphins, catching three of his four targets for 14 yards. He was unable to get much going despite being second on the team in targets. Kelce and the Chiefs are on their bye this week and will look to turn things around offensively in Week 11 against the Eagles.

Stock down: WR Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

Kupp produced his third disappointing performance in a row on Sunday against the Packers, catching two of his seven targets for 48 yards. While Kupp’s target share has been strong these past three weeks, he has failed to turn targets into catches, which has hurt his overall production. He has now gone three straight games with under 50 yards receiving. He will look to bounce back in Week 11 against the Seahawks.

Stock down: QB Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers

Young struggled against the Colts on Sunday, completing 24 of his 39 pass attempts for 173 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions, two of which were pick-sixes. Young continues to have up-and-down performances in his rookie season and it is clear that there is very little talent around him on offense. While it is too early to give up on Young in Dynasty formats, he can safely be left on waivers in most Redraft leagues.

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