NFL FANTASY RISERS AND FALLERS

2022-11-17 · 6 min read · NFL/Football
Matt Ryan of Indianapolis Colts and Brian Robinson of Washington Commanders

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QB
Risers
Matt Ryan (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Nice to see Matty back out there slinging it again and doing what he does best, icing games for his team in the fourth quarter. Ryan pulled a new trick out of his bag this week going for a career-high 39 yard rush with the game on the line, then two plays later he found Parris Campbell up the middle for a TD that would give the Colts a lead they would not relinquish. The widely mocked Jeff Saturday hiring isn't looking too bad right now, but the jury's still very much out as we got plenty of games left. Regardless Ryan’s stock is clearly on the rise, as he appears to be reinstalled as a fixture under center in the Colts decently endowed offence once again.
P.S. Benching Ryan was never the right move; honestly it felt a little disrespectful to a successful veteran quarterback. Especially considering he injured his shoulder in the game prior to being benched, the organization could have just said he was injured, as it's clear Ryan was not the issue.
Justin Fields (Chicago Bears)
  • Well this one might be a little obvious. It needs to be said if Fields is on your wire and you don't have a top-five quarterback pick him up now. This guy has been dominating for fantasy owners as of late, since his coaching staff has given him free rein to run when he wants to; spoiler alert he wants to. In his last five games the sophomore signal caller has had at least 12 carries and a touchdown in all but one, including back to back games going over 140 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Does anything else need to be said? This is definitely a guy you want to have in your line up.
Fallers
Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
  • Before you grab your pitchforks, I'm not saying Josh Allen is not good, but he has been struggling recently (six interceptions in his last three games). Now nursing an elbow injury that seems only to be a minor hindrance, another reason to keep an eye on his status game to game has surfaced. I'm not even saying don't start Allen, as his rushing still makes him a fairly elite fantasy asset, however I am saying is this situation needs to be closely monitored. If you happen to have two really good quarterbacks don't be afraid to go with the matchup.
Jimmy Garoppolo
  • While Jimmy G has done a pretty good job of winning games in the real world, in the fantasy world I have a hard time buying him as much of an asset. Against a fairly soft matchup in the Chargers, Jimmy barely mustered a decent line, and if he hadn't punched in a touchdown with his legs he wouldn't have. In a lot of leagues guys like Daniel Jones, Marcus Mariota and the above Ryan are on the wire, so I would have a hard time starting Jimmy.
RB
Risers
Brian Robinson (Washington Commanders)
  • Since returning to the team after recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in a attempted robbery, B-rob has slowly but surely been taking over the Commanders backfield. He's coming off a huge workload, his biggest yet this past week in the primetime upset against the Eagles. Although his passing upside is limited due to Antonio Gibson, he's clearly the lead and goal line back. Did I mention he has a soft matchup against the Texans coming up this week? If you're looking for a flex and he's on the wire grab him.
D'onta Foreman (Carolina Panthers)
  • Foreman is officially the bell-cow in Carolina as even with a fully healthy backfield this week he totalled 31 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown, sporting a 70% snap share. If you've been watching, he's been really impressive the last handful of weeks, going for over 100 yards in three of the last four games. Foreman is a bonafide RB1, so go ahead and punch him into your lineup as one, likely for the rest of the season.
Fallers
Chubba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers)
  • With Hubbard returning this week hopes were high, but were quickly dashed by the above Foreman tightening his stranglehold on the Panthers backfield. Worse yet Hubbard played just 18% of the snaps with only 5 touches. He was actually out-produced by No. 3 RB Raheem Blackshear, who totalled six carries for 32. In case you did not read the blurb it’s Foreman’s backfield the rest of the season, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Khalil Herbert (Chicago Bears)
  • Herbert is talented and has had some good moments this season. Unfortunately none have come in recent weeks, since Justin Fields has been unleashed as a runner. Herbert has just been placed on a minimum 4 game IR stint, prior to his injury was firmly positioned third when it came to the pecking order of the Bears rushing attack, behind Fields and David Montgomery. While he did do a pretty good job of creating value when he was sharing the backfield with just Montgomery, now that Fields is getting double-digit carries a game and he’s injured it seems like it's going to be real tough for Herbert to have value again this season.
WR
Risers
Van Jefferson (Los Angeles Rams)
  • Jefferson has been quite quiet since returning from an injury that kept him out this season before the last few weeks. Now however, the Rams primary target on the other side, Cooper Kupp is out for at least a couple weeks with an ankle sprain. Especially with Allen Robinson's up and down play all year; Jefferson is a very intriguing option in an offense that will have a lot of targets to get redistributed without Kupp in the game. If you need an additional wide receiver or a flex, this could be a very intriguing option, at least until the return of Kupp.
Darius Slayton (New York Giants)
  • This guy is flying a bit under the radar but is making a case to be a pretty good fantasy asset. In four of his last five games he's had at least 58 yards and three receptions. In the last three games his snap percentage has gone up, and he's caught touchdowns in two of them. His rapport with quarterback Daniel Jones only seems to be growing and he clearly has a role on this Giants offense, especially in the red zone.
Fallers
Mack Hollins (Oakland Raiders)
  • With the Oakland wide receiver group fairly healthy and its overall offense struggling, there's not a lot of reason to think Hollins is a good play right now. Hollins only caught two of his six targets last week failing to reign in both deep attempts and mustered only 18 yards as the Raiders lost to the Colts. While he did lead the Raiders WRs in snaps and was third in targets, his struggles to connect with Derek Carr make him a very risky play. Hollins definitely seems like a guy to avoid given the Raiders have a tough matchup traveling to Denver this week.
Josh Palmer (Los Angeles Chargers)
  • I admit I was pretty high on this guy coming into the season and I'm far from the only one, but he seems to be one of those guys that are better for reality than fantasy. He only managed to haul in three of his eight targets this past week operating as the de facto WR1 for the Chargers. With at least one of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams likely to come back this week, Palmer is likely to be relegated further down the depth chart. It is possible this will benefit Palmer who can now sit more in line with where he likely belongs amongst the Chargers pass-catchers, however it seems more likely the negatives will out weigh the positives in this case.
TE
Risers
Cole Kmet (Chicago Bears)
  • Kmet scored two touchdowns for the second consecutive week and while that seems unsustainable, he does seem to be operating as the Bears go to red zone target. Cole has quickly become one of, if not Fields most trusted target. Especially at the tight end position, that means a lot. There are very few guys I would rather have starting at the tight end position right now, especially with injuries to Goedert and Ertz this week.
Foster Moreau (Oakland Raiders)
  • Moreau played almost every snap this past week and scored one of the Raiders two touchdowns. Overall he is set up to have a fairly large role, at least for the next couple of weeks with both normal starting tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow on the IR. As long as Waller is out he's a very viable TE streamer, but I don't love that matchup against Denver this week, as their strong defense especially the secondary, is often the reason the Broncos aren't getting blown out.
Fallers
Zach Ertz (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Ertz has been a solid play but after getting hurt this past week against the Rams it seems that Ertz is done for the year with a knee injury. The Cardinals are waiting on the second opinion but as long as it's confirmed he unfortunately needs to hit the wire. Here's wishing him the best and a healthy return to the game next year.
Taysom Hill (New Orleans Saints)
  • Hill had a very quiet performance this past week and only some of that can be blamed on the Saints offensive struggles. He rushed 3 times, and was only able to generate a yard and failed to connect on his lone pass attempt against the Steelers. This goes into the books at his worst outing of the season, and despite having a nice stretch of games earlier in the year, particular that 4 touchdown beauty in week five; the veteran gadget player is fading into fantasy irrelevance.
Quick Outs
  • Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles) – Was hurt on a missed facemask penalty this week, which needed to be called. Folks as a former DB I am all for leaving a guy bruised or banged up, but you never want to see a guy get injured. That goes double for an illegal hit, come on refs you got to see that. On top of this Goedert was quietly one of the best fantasy TE’s on the season; hopefully he gets well soon.
  • Christian Watson (Green Bay Packers) - It was a breakout party for Watson this week, hauling in three touchdowns on only four catches. Perhaps more importantly he led his team with eight targets and 107 receiving yards. Overall Watson had a 42% target share this past week, however he apparently is dealing with an ankle injury. Due to the breakout fellow Packer wide receiver Allen Lazard is likely to be overlooked, but he's been the Packers most consistent producer at the wide receiver position this year, albeit that not being something that says a lot. Overall both guys could be worth a flier and deserve monitoring.
  • Isaiah Pacheco (Kansas City Chiefs) - After carrying the ball a team-high 16 times for 82 yards, even with a costly fumble in the red zone he had a solid game. Overall, Pacheco seems to have solidified himself as the RB1 in KC. He is likely to have low-end flex value moving forward as the go-to guy for a team where most of the attention is paid to its prolific passer.
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