Here is a list of players whose performance is on the upswing or downswing based on their play for fantasy purposes.
Matthew Stafford Stafford had 300+ yards passing this week as the Lions have pretty much completely abandoned their run game, and rightfully so. His playmakers have really stepped up as of late with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron playing well. Kenny Golladay also returned from injury last week and added a deep threat to Stafford’s arsenal. He is a QB1 that is primed to continue his hot streak into the second half of the season.
Also Rising: Marcus Mariota, Jared Goff
Tyrod Taylor Taylor, who had been playing pretty well for the past month, had his worst game of the season in week 10 against the Saints. His 9/18 56 yard stat line is pretty alarming considering it was the first week he had a healthy group of receivers on the field. The Bills have lost two straight, and if they don’t right the ship soon, it would not be surprising to see a quarterback change as rookie Nate Peterman is waiting in the wings.
Also Falling: Jay Cutler
Rising Running Backs
Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram The Saints have become one of the most run heavy teams in the league, and have had amazing success in doing it. Kamara and Ingram are individually both RB1’s despite sharing a workload every week. While we can’t predict who is going to score touchdowns, it’s certain they will both be very involved in the offense and will continue to play at a high level, especially if the Saints continue to play with a lead.
Also Rising: Rex Burkhead, Tevin Coleman, Demarco Murray
Falling Running Banks
Devonta Freeman: Freeman was having a tough go of it for the past month or so, but I did think he’d snap out of the funk he was in and the Atlanta offense would begin to eventually thrive again. The Falcons smoked the Cowboys in week 9, but Freeman suffered a concussion after just 2 carries, so he was unable to reap the benefits. He will be inactive this weekend, and his status is uncertain for the coming weeks as well. Tevin Coleman will take over as the lead back in Atlanta.
Also Falling: Melvin Gordon, Lamar Miller
Rising Wide Receivers
Sterling Shepard This is just about the only viable fantasy option left for the Giants outside of Evan Engram. Shepard exploded for 11 catches and 142 yards against the 49ers on Sunday. He had a whopping 22 targets which is absolutely unheard of in this day in age. Expect Shepard to continue to see high volume and be the number one target in New York.
Also Rising: Robert Woods, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adam Thielen
Falling Wide Receivers
T.Y. Hilton Hilton has to be the hardest player to gauge from week to week. He has to be in all lineups due to the chance he goes off for 10+ catches and 150+ yards, as he’s done three times this year already. The problem is, in the rest of the games he hasn’t given us even a mediocre performance, as the duds seem to occur more often than not. This up and down production is unlikely to change with Andrew Luck out for the season, but continue to start Hilton and hope and pray he goes nuclear for you when you need it most.
Also Falling: Marvin Jones, Will Fuller
Rising Tight Ends
Austin Hooper This isn’t a huge upgrade, but his usage has been rising the past few weeks as he’s seen at least six targets in five of his last six games. It’s significant in respect to how bad the tight end position has been across the league this season. Hooper could be worth a look, especially with Devonta Freeman going down with injury.
Also Rising: Greg Olsen, Eric Ebron
Falling Tight Ends
Hunter Henry Coming off of a one catch performance against the Jaguars, who are if anything a tight end friendly opposing defense, it’s nearly impossible to count on Henry. He is far too volatile at the moment, mainly due to the struggles the Chargers have faced moving the ball as of late.
Also Falling: Cameron Brate