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 13.

Quarterbacks

Stock Up: Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts

About: Once upon a time in Jacksonville, Minshew Mania was a big deal. He looked like a potential franchise quarterback for the Jaguars. The problem was, he couldn’t sustain it. Or, rather, the Jaguars weren’t good enough. Minshew spent a couple of years as a backup, and coming to the Colts this season, he was clearly the veteran mentor for Anthony Richardson. But when Richardson went down, Minshew stepped up and has thrived. The Colts are 7-5, and if the season ended today, they’d be in the AFC playoffs. And it’s largely a credit to the effort and work Minshew has put in. That should, in this quarterback climate, make him an interesting name in the off-season. If you’re rostering him, his stock is rising.

Stock Down: Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints

About: Carr is a starting quarterback. His team hasn’t been very successful, and Carr hasn’t been very good, either in NFL terms or for fantasy players. It’s enough to wonder what his future is. Saints’ Head Coach Dennis Allen wanted Carr, but Allen’s job is far from safe. So, too, is Carr’s hold on the Saints’ starting position. These final five games will make a big impact on the future of Carr and the Saints, and fantasy players should be aware.

Running Backs

Stock Up: De’Von Achane, Miami Dolphins

About: It was worth the wait. We had to wait a bit longer than expected for Achane to return healthy, but when he did, he was a boon to your lineup. He had 17 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns, adding 30 yards on three receptions. Achane is a dynamic playmaker for the Dolphins and a great boon for fantasy players.

Stock Down: Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

About: Ekeler was the overall No. 1 running back in fantasy last season. He’s a dynamic player who spent the off-season seeking a better long-term deal. It seemed he was primed for a big year again in 2023, but it hasn’t played out that way. He has just 446 yards rushing and four touchdowns through Week 13, and that includes a 117-yard rushing day in Week 1. He hasn’t sniffed even 70 yards in a game since. Sunday, against the Patriots, he had just 18 yards on 14 carries. He hasn’t been the solid lock for fantasy many hoped to see, and his long-term future is far from set. It’s time to hedge your bets.

Wide Receivers

Stock Up: Nico Collins, Houston Texans

About: Collins is having himself a season. As the Texans have put together a 7-5 record and C.J. Stroud has looked like the Rookie of the Year, Collins has been his primary target. He has 85 receptions for 991 yards and six touchdowns already this season. That includes nine for 191 yards and a touchdown in a big win Sunday. Collins looks like a potential star for years to come and should be in a position to explode down the stretch in 2023, especially with rookie Tank Dell out with a broken leg.

Stock Down: Allen Lazard, New York Jets

About: Lazard went from the Packers’ WR1 to a solid WR option for the Jets to completely irrelevant. Yes, the Jets’ offense is a mess. But Lazard is in the coach’s doghouse, too. In Week 12, he was a healthy scratch. In Week 13, he has one target and no receptions. Since November 1, he has three receptions for 35 yards. He’s practically droppable right now. Will it change if/when Aaron Rodgers is back? Perhaps, but Lazard’s stock has taken a big hit.

Tight Ends

Stock Up: Trey McBride, Arizona Cardinals

About: It’s been a middling season for the 3-10 Cardinals. One of the bright spots has been second-year tight end McBride. He’s exploded down the stretch. He has 56 receptions for 610 yards and two touchdowns. He also got a boost this week when veteran Zach Ertz asked for and was granted his release. McBride responded with eight receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. He looks like a Top 12 option in Dynasty.

Stock Down: Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints

About: Johnson figured to be in for a good season. He was a great option for fantasy players in 2022 and looked to build upon that in 2023. But it hasn’t happened. He has just 18 receptions for 142 yards all season. In fact, three tight ends caught passes for the Saints on Sunday, and none of them were Johnson. He’s become irrelevant for the Saints and 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.

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