We saw some interesting performances and some misfires this Sunday in the NFL. In dynasty, we’re in it for the long haul. That doesn’t mean we can ignore the day-to-day fluctuations. That’s what the Stock Watch is all about. Each week I look at one player whose stock is on the rise and one whose stock is on the decline at each of the key fantasy positions. Let’s look at some of the big swings from Week 12.
Stock Up: Tommy DeVito, New York Giants
About: DeVito wasn’t supposed to be the option. An undrafted rookie who was the team’s third QB, DeVito was forced into action by injuries to Tyrod Taylor and Daniel Jones. At first, it was ugly. But a funny thing happened—DeVito is growing into the job. The Giants have won two straight games, and DeVito has been a big part of why. He has 437 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in the past two weeks. It’s enough to imagine DeVito has a future beyond this season.
Stock Down: Mac Jones, New England Patriots
About: Across the field from DeVito, we saw Jones, who is trending in the other direction. He’s been pulled three times previously this season, and the Patriots spent all week leaving people wondering who would start. Jones did, going 12-for-21 for 89 yards and two interceptions as the Patriots lost to the Giants. He was given the hook again, and it seems like his career as a starter for the Patriots is over. That leaves him as a sunk asset in Dynasty, as it’s hard to imagine he has much if any, value anywhere.
Stock Up: Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
About: There were a couple of players that had a great day now that Matt Canada is no longer running the Steelers’ offense. The first is Harris, a former First Round pick. He ceded the starting role to Jaylen Warren, but it didn’t look like that Sunday. He carried 15 times for 99 yards and a touchdown, rushing for more than six yards a carry and looking a lot like the back we saw in his rookie season. That’s a win for fantasy players.
Stock Down: Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
About: It hasn’t been a great season in Cincinnati. Now that Joe Burrow is out for the season, the team is looking more like a long shot to the playoffs. It doesn’t help that Mixon, once a Top 12 option at running back, has looked ordinary this season. He had just 16 yards on eight carries. For the season, he has just 605 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Despite plenty of work and no competition, we haven’t seen much from Mixon. It’s fair to wonder what his future is with the Bengals and as a top dynasty asset.
Stock Up: Tank Dell, Houston Texans
About: Dell has had a phenomenal rookie year. He came into Sunday as WR16 in fantasy and added another five receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The young Texans have shown plenty of spark this season, and the connection between Dell and C.J. Stroud is a big reason why. Stroud lobbied for Dell in the draft, and he’s continued to find him on the field. The all-rookie connection looks like a good one for years to come and a boon to dynasty players that often got him in the Third Round of rookie drafts.
Stock Down: Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
About: It’s no secret the Cowboys have sought consistency behind CeeDee Lamb. While Brandin Cooks has finally caught a spark of late, Gallup appears to be playing his way out of the lineup. In fact, Kayvontae Turpin has looked like a better option. For those holding Gallup, it might be time to free up a roster space.
Stock Up: Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
About: The Steelers missed Freiermuth, as did fantasy players. He caught nine passes for 120 yards and looked like a big and featured part of the Steelers’ re-vamped offense. It’s a reminder that Freiermuth is one of the better young tight ends in football and a player who is a Top 12 option at a tough position.`
Stock Down: Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
About: Pitts was taken in the same draft as Freiermuth and thought to bring even greater talent. The problem is he doesn’t get that kind of opportunity. While the Falcons have found a way to get Drake London and Bijan Robinson involved in most games, Pitts remains too inconsistent an option to rely on. Sunday, he had just two receptions for 22 yards. For the season, his third, he has just 35 receptions for 419 yards and a touchdown. The talent is there, but the opportunity isn’t. Unfortunately, that’s not a winning combination in fantasy.
Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.