With only one more week until the fantasy playoffs in most leagues, let’s look at which players have had their stock rise/fall as a result of this week’s games.
Stock Up: WR D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
Metcalf had his best game of the season on Thursday night against the Cowboys, catching six of his eight targets for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Metcalf now has 90 or more receiving yards in three out of his last four games and is heating up as the fantasy playoffs continue to rapidly approach. He has a tough matchup this week against the 49ers but has been productive enough recently to remain a reliable option this week.
Stock Up: RB Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers
Hubbard carried the ball 25 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against the division-rival Buccaneers. Hubbard has taken control over the backfield in Carolina as he has seen more snaps than Miles Sanders in recent weeks. He likely won’t remain this efficient on the ground, but his volume alone makes him a solid RB2/flex option.
Stock Up: WR Nico Collins, Houston Texans
Collins had a career day on Sunday against the Broncos, catching nine of his 12 targets for 191 yards and a touchdown. Collins was clearly the go-to option against Denver, as his 12 targets were a team-high and no other player had more than four targets. With rookie receiver Tank Dell now out for the remainder of the season, look for Collins to be the Texans’ go-to option the rest of the way. He faces a strong Jets defense this week, but he is a must-start due to his enormous target share.
Stock Up: WR Deebo Samuel, San Fransisco 49ers
Samuel produced his best game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday, catching all four of his targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns while also carrying the ball three times for an additional 22 yards and another touchdown. He dominated the Eagles’ defense all game and has now scored four touchdowns over his last two games. His target share remains low, but Samuel remains an extremely high upside play this week against Seattle.
Stock Up: QB Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Smith completed 23 of his 41 pass attempts for 334 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception against the Cowboys on Thursday. He also had two carries for six yards and another touchdown on the ground. This was Smith’s first game with three touchdown passes this season. He appears to be trending in the right direction, although he will face a 49ers defense this week that shut him down on Thanksgiving. Start Smith with caution this week.
Stock Down: WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
McLaurin was held without a catch on Sunday against the Dolphins while also seeing a season-low three targets. The Commanders are on their bye this week and will look to find ways to get McLaurin more involved in Week 15 against the Rams.
Stock Down: RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions
Gibbs carried the ball eight times for 60 yards while also catching one pass for -6 yards on Sunday against the Saints. Gibbs was efficient on the ground, but the Lions opted to give David Montgomery the bulk of the work against the Saints. Gibbs has produced 70+ total yards in four out of his last five games, but his usage has been more unpredictable in recent weeks. He will look to have a big game this week with a favorable matchup against the Bears.
Stock Down: WR Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers
Reed caught four of his five targets, but for just 16 yards, on Sunday against the Chiefs. Reed has been a reliable option all year for the Packers but wasn’t able to get anything going despite the Packers passing game having success. He will look to bounce back this week against the Giants and might be in line for a larger role if Christian Watson isn’t 100% heading into this week’s matchup.
Stock Down: RB D’Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles
Swift was an afterthought on Sunday against the 49ers, as he only saw eight total touches. He was held to just 13 rushing yards on six carries and caught two passes for seven yards. Part of his lack of usage was due to the Eagles throwing the ball a season-high 45 times since they were playing from behind for most of the game. Swift will look to turn it around this week against the Cowboys, who also have a strong rush defense. Swift shouldn’t be trusted as anything more than an RB2 this week.
Stock Down: RB Devin Singletary, Houston Texans
Singletary carried the ball eight times for 46 yards and caught one pass for four yards on Sunday against the Broncos. He entered the game having seen 10+ touches in six straight games but saw only nine touches compared to Dameon Pierce’s 15 last week. With Pierce now healthy, it becomes tough to predict which back will receive a larger workload each week. Until one takes control of the backfield, Singletary should be nothing more than a flex play moving forward.