Here is a list of players whose performance is on the upswing or downswing based on their play for fantasy purposes.
Carson Wentz: Another week goes by and Carson Wentz continues to get better. He threw for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Broncos on Sunday. It could have been even more production, but the Eagles removed their starters in the 4th quarter in the blowout win. This performance shows that Wentz is matchup proof, as the vaunted Broncos defense was thrashed like never before. He is a weekly starter from here on out, and could elevate fantasy teams to the promised land.
Also Rising: Tyrod Taylor, Jacoby Brissett, Josh McCown, Jared Goff
Jameis Winston: Winston’s shoulder injury has hindered him slightly the past few weeks, and it took a really bad turn last week when he had to exit the game early. This Buccaneers team is a complete mess right now, and Winston is being shut down for at least two weeks. If they continue to lose, there is no reason to rush him back. Winston is droppable in all formats.
Also Falling: Sam Bradford, Case Keenum
Rising Running Backs
Alvin Kamara: Since Adrian Peterson left the Saints, the running game has exploded with the tandem of Kamara and Mark Ingram. Kamara has been the more consistent option, and this Sunday was his best outing as he posted 10/68/1 rushing and 6/83/1 receiving. The catches are a big bonus as he’s basically getting the volume of a running back and Wide Receiver combined. He is a low end RB1 as we move to the second half of the season
Also Rising: Carlos Hyde, Christian McCaffrey, Devontae Booker, Kenyan Drake
Falling Running Banks
Devonta Freeman: The Falcons are simply not running the ball, which is odd because it is clear to the average viewer that this would probably help their offense move better than it has. They paid Freeman $40 million in the offseason but oddly refuse to give him a full workload. There are reports that he had a shoulder stinger that could be holding him back at the moment, but the volume hasn’t been there all year. He could still get healthy and return to his usual workload, but it doesn’t look great at the moment.
Also Falling: Doug Martin, Alex Collins, Buck Allen, C.J. Anderson
Rising Wide Receivers
Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery had his best outing as an Eagle in week 9 posting 6/84/2. This certainly coincides with the success of Wentz, as he’s finally starting to click with his quarterback. When healthy, Alshon is a stud and so far he’s managed to stay off the injury reports, which is rare for him. He’s faced a brutal set of cornerbacks in the first half, and the schedule is about to ease up. Lock and load Jeffery as a starter going forward.
Also Rising: Robert Woods, DeVante Parker, Robby Anderson, Doug Baldwin
Falling Wide Receivers
Will Fuller: I thought Fuller would regress eventually even with Deshaun Watson still healthy, but now that he is out for the season, we can forget about Fuller with Tom Savage at quarterback. This entire offense has taken a huge hit, and we can no longer count on Fuller to catch 2 passes a game for 2 touchdowns. That production was sort of flukey to begin with. Now we’ll never know just how flukey it was.
Also Falling: Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, DeAndre Hopkins
Rising Tight Ends
Jack Doyle: Doyle has clearly been Jacoby Brissett’s favorite target lately, as he’s getting 10 targets per game in the past month. With the volatility at the position this year, that target share has been a Godsend. He is a TE1 for the rest of the year giving Brissett’s affinity for him week in and week out.
Also Rising: Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph
Falling Tight Ends
Jordan Reed: I am keeping Reed in this spot as there were no real significant downgrades at the position this week. Reed is still hurt, the Redskins offense is a mess, and Vernon Davis is playing great. There is no way you can start Reed even if he is on the field, because the inevitable pulled muscle is bound to come up during the game, and he will go to the sideline per usual.
Also Falling: Ed Dickson, Eric Ebron