With Week 11 in the books, it is high time we take a look at some of the biggest risers through the season, and guys that are coming along strong down the stretch. We’re locking down playoff spots, and it’s essential to look at Week 12 NFL dynasty stock check and focus on who can continue to affect their stock positively or negatively.
Coming into his rookie year, Michael Gallup was valued highly due more to his situation than anything else. On a then barren WR corps headlined by Allen Hurns, Gallup had his ups and downs as a rookie, posting a 33/507/2 slash line on 68 targets through 16 games.
Fast forward to 2019, and Gallup has eclipsed all of those marks through eight games played and has garnered a near-identical number of targets (69). This week’s test will be the New England Patriots, followed by the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears; all are stiff matchups with teams that have talented secondary units capable of putting the clamps on him.
If Gallup has indeed had something click after the Dallas Cowboys’ bye week, we will see WR3 or better days from him after each contest. If the production was fluky, we’d see a reduction in targets and possibly a faltering offense in Dallas. Time will tell, but this won’t be the last mention of Gallup in the Dynasty Value Report.
After not putting up much rookie film that popped, sophomore WR DJ Chark has rewarded those that banged the table for him during the draft season, turning himself into the most consistent Jacksonville Jaguars WR this season in the process. What’s even more encouraging is that Chark has been productive with two different QBs under center. From Nick Foles to Gardner Minshew, back to Nick Foles, Chark has been a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 throughout the year.
Calling Chark a deep threat defines some, but not all of his repertoire. His prowess begins with the nine route, but with his established long speed, he can set up defensive backs on post routes and deep breaking ins and outs. A little more finesse and body control would round out his game into real fantasy WR1 status, but for now, Chark is firmly in the top 20 after seeing success with different QBs this season.
Looking forward, yes, the Jaguars could add another receiver in the draft, but with Leonard Fournette running like he’s back in LSU, being a crucial part of a complete offense means Chark will have fewer eyes on him to create more explosive plays.
Speaking of WRs that have remained productive through QB changes this year, Carolina Panthers’ D.J. Moore has been a lock for dynasty lineups, regardless of who is lining up under center.
Moore’s athleticism was always a strength, and it’s been evident since he stepped on the field as the Panthers’ first-round selection. Now with some seasoning, we see some of his strengths in college film start to show up in his pro tape. Savvy route running, varied releases at the line of scrimmage, and play strength are all evident in his play this year.
As we witness Moore take the proverbial next step, his ceiling is also becoming evident. Likely valued as a high WR2, dynasty fantasy football players will expect Moore to join the ranks of the top 10 at his position by the end of 2021 at the latest. Progression isn’t linear, but Moore has all the tools to put things together and win fantasy plays some championships for years to come.
An injury to Marlon Mack in Week 11 has us talking about which Indianapolis Colts’ RB can step up in his absence. His potential replacement was even the first selection in PFN’s waiver wire draft, a pick made by yours truly. However, I’ll say that my confidence in Mack as the starting RB for the Colts in the future isn’t incredibly high.
Currently RB15, Mack has five games where he only scored single-digit PPR points. That’s not as big of an issue as his all-around game. Mack displays serviceable to good, not great traits. His burst may be his best trait, and with this offensive line in front of him, he’s undoubtedly a weekly starter when healthy. However, considering where Mack is with this line, I could imagine a slew of other backs performing much better.
The positives are what no fantasy player can argue, the Colts have done nothing that suggests they would like to move on from Mack. With mountains of cap room, the Colts showed practically zero interest in the last free agency class along with the draft as well. That willingness to stick with their guy could be because they believe in him, or they believe in him, on a rookie contract. If I could get an early 2020 selection for Mack, I wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
Of the three Green Bay Packers mid-to-late round selections at WR last year, it was Marquez Valdes-Scantling who was written off by most as a one-trick pony that wasn’t particularly efficient at his trick, fly routes. Well, we’re now 26 games into his pro career, and there are defenders on both ends of the spectrum.
Surprisingly productive as a rookie, MVS put up 581 yards on 38 receptions. Currently fantasy football’s WR66 in PPR leagues, he is a bit of a disappointment to players that once considered him found money. Still lacking a diverse skill set, we’re left to wonder how Equanimeous St. Brown would have fared in the same situation if he didn’t sustain an injury in the Packers’ third preseason game.
Green Bay will likely look again to the draft for help alongside Davante Adams, which would relegate Valdes-Scantling to third on the depth chart at best. Some disappointing games recently have probably hurt his sell window, but remember that he was frequently undrafted as a rookie in standard dynasty league drafts, which means getting a mid-third round pick could be considered a win at this stage.
Andrew Thomas Jordan is an editor and analyst for the Pro Football Network covering Fantasy Football. You can follow him @The_ATJ on Twitter.