2021 Fantasy Football: Week 17 Stock Watch
The season is nearly over, but there's still fantasy football to be played, so use Sam Holt's Stock Watch to see who is on the up as we enter the final weeks of the season!
Happy post Week 16! Hopefully you’re reading this as you look to construct your roster for a championship matchup in Week 17! If not, and you’re feeling a mild hangover from the holidays and multitude of fantasy upsets from the weekend, then let’s find some high-upside players to stream in DFS. Cheers to those fighting for the ship, and pouring one out for those that missed the mark.
Fantasy Football Stock Watch Week 17
Joe Burrow - Cincinnati Bengals (Stock Up)
Burrow had his season high in yards this weekend against the Ravens with 525 yards and four passing touchdowns. I don't see him matching this mark against the Chiefs, but the Bengals are riding high at the top of their division with a lot to prove. Burrow has proven that every pass catcher on the Bengals is a threat. Over the past four weeks the targets have been evenly spread out. Tee Higgins is averaging 9.25 targets, Ja’Marr Chase has averaged 7.5 targets, and Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah have seen 5.75 targets per game.
Baker Mayfield - Cleveland Browns (Stock Down)
Coming off a four-interception game is rough for anyone. I’d like to say blue skies ahead for Baker Mayfield but I don’t think he’s in for a big boom of a game even against a beatable Steelers secondary. The Browns had success against the Steelers earlier in the season with their beastly defense and running game, I see them returning to that. In their last matchup Baker only had 225 yards and didn't throw a single touchdown. This matchup will likely be another low-scoring affair so If you have other options with better upside I’d look there.
Trevor Lawrence - Jacksonville Jaguars (Stock Down)
If you were holding out hope that Lawrence would finally show up and deliver against the Jets, you weren’t alone. I felt like he had his best chance for redemption in that matchup. For Week 17, Lawrence is unstartable against a stout Patriots defense.
Matthew Stafford - Los Angeles Rams (Hold)
Stafford certainly had a brutal showing against the Vikings this weekend, throwing for under 200 yards and three interceptions. This was Stafford’s lowest fantasy output all season long. Lucky for him he’s about to face a depleted Ravens defense that just allowed Joe Burrow to throw for over 500 yards against them.
Ronald Jones II - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Stock Up)
In place of Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones carried the workload with 20 rushing attempts for 65 yards, a rushing touchdown, and two catches on three targets. Not a crazy blowout game but very serviceable numbers for any fantasy team looking for a solid running back. Week 17 against the Jets is a fantastic matchup for Jones and with Tom Brady missing multiple weapons, he’s sure to need a steady volume again from him.
Cordarrelle Patterson - Atlanta Falcons (Stock Down)
Patterson's downward trend started in Week 13 when he was kept out of the end zone. His rushing yards have been trending downward since then. I was holding out hope for a bounce back against the Lions this weekend, however Patterson only had seven attempts for 14 yards, although he did score another TD. Week 17 against the Bills who are now seeing red after their win over the Patriots isn’t a favorable matchup.
Justin Jackson - Los Angeles Chargers (Hold)
Jackson was the lone bright spot on the Chargers offense from the weekend. Now Austin Ekeler has been activated off the reserve COVID list, but I would still hold on to Jackson. Running backs with a higher usage in the passing game tend to find success against the Broncos. If you’re in desperate need of a flex-worthy streamer I like Justin Jackson. He had eight catches on nine targets and 98 yards last week. If they use Ekeler as a decoy in his return, Jackson could see the end zone.
K.J. Osborn - Minnesota Vikings (Stock Up)
It was brutal to see Adam Thielen leave the game early after missing two weeks. However Osborn has done well filling in his shoes. He’s had three touchdowns in the last four weeks and an average of 6.5 targets in those weeks. I also think despite the tough matchup with Green Bay there is success to be had. Thielen had 82 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in Week 11, while Justin Jefferson had 169 yards and two touchdowns. Fire up K.J. with confidence in this one.
Terry McLaurin - Washington Football Team (Stock Down)
It was difficult to watch the Washington offense Sunday night against Dallas. They could barely put together a drive. Adding insult to injury, McLaurin hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 11. I think the phrase "brighter days ahead” can be saved for next season when discussing any part of the Washington Football Team.
Isaiah McKenzie - Buffalo Bills (Hold)
While Josh Allen was without Gabriel Davis & Cole Beasley, Isaiah McKenzie filled in at the slot. He had a fantastic week with 11 catches on 12 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. I don't see the Bills needing to play catchup or run up the Falcons necessarily, but I like the floor he has if Davis and Beasley remain out as the number two option behind Stefon Diggs.
Mark Andrews - Baltimore Ravens (Stock Up)
Andrews’ has proven over the last three weeks that he’s completely quarterback proof. He has had at least 10 targets, 110 yards and a touchdown in each of the last three weeks, despite a variety of QBs suiting up for Baltimore. This offense will lean on him and he will deliver. No matter who’s under center when the Ravens face the Rams, Andrews will see the majority of targets and opportunities.
Mike Gesicki - Miami Dolphins (Stock Down)
Even though the Dolphins stomped the Saints on Monday Night, it wasn’t as a result of anything Mike Gesicki did. He’s been hot and cold for weeks now, hasn’t had more than 50 yards since Week 9, and hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 7. I’m not a fan of their matchup with the Titans for Gesicki’s sake, and think the Dolphins will lean on Jaylen Waddle and others to try to pull off the win.
Dallas Goedert - Philadelphia Eagles (Hold)
Coming off back to back +100 yard games, fantasy managers expected more of the same from Goedert against the Giants. However, his two catches on four targets for 28 yards underwhelmed. The good news is Week 17 holds another matchup against the Washington Football Team who are barely holding it together at this point.