21 November 2023 • by Neal Maligno
What’s up and welcome to Rival Fantasy Week 12 Risers episode! The goal of this article is to talk about players whose fantasy football stock is on the rise. The players discussed in this article may be good trade targets for you, waiver wire adds, must starts and more.
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Justin Fields hadn’t played a game since week 6 where he left with an injury after only 10 pass attempts. Back to the field in week 11 and Justin Fields immediately finished as a top 10 quarterback. Seeing Fields healthy and finishing the game is an auto-riser for me, because other than health issues, I trust his upside on a weekly basis regardless of match-up. Unless you also roster one of the handful of elite fantasy quarterbacks, Fields is a must start each week.
Tommy Devito…yes…the Giants rookie quarterback who many have joked on, saying he lives with his parents, they do his laundry and blah blah blah. Well skip to week 11 and Tommy Devito finished as a top 10 quarterback, after throwing for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Washington Commanders. We don’t know if the Giants will switch to Tyrod Taylor when he’s back or if Devito will perform good enough vs the Patriots to keep the job. If I’m betting today, I say he plays well against the Patriots and keeps the starting job the rest of season, making him a riser!
QBs I mentioned last week: Joshua Dobbs & Kyler Murray
Jaylen Warren came into the 2023 season as the Steelers backup running back to Najee Harris. Fast forward to week 11 and Jaylen is now the more productive RB of the duo, with less carries than Harris but more yards. In week 11 vs one of the league’s best defenses, Harris couldn’t get anything going, but Warren had over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jaylen finished the week as RB2 and after rising within the Steelers backfield, he’s doing the same amongst the top ranks of the NFL.
Gus Edwards finished week 11 as the RB5 and on the season he is the RB10, with almost 600 rushing yards, over 100 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Gus has now scored touchdowns five weeks in a row, scoring 9 TDs from week 7 through 11. There really isn’t a match-up where you are going to sit Edwards, as the Ravens don’t have a legit reason to turn anywhere else in the lineup. Gus has scored multiple touchdowns per game for 3 of the last 4 weeks and the Ravens are winning, so expect the production to keep on rolling.
RBs I mentioned last week: Devin Singletary & Ty Chandler
With the loss of tight end Mark Andrews, the Ravens are going to have to find more pass catchers to pick up the slack. Odell Beckham Jr. the last three weeks has scored double digit points in PPR scoring. He did get injured in the game, but it shouldn’t be anything significant. Expect things to continue upward for Beckham, who at 31 is keeping himself relevant, even after sitting out all of the 2022 season.
I’ve been mentioning this wide receiver before the season started and then again countless times throughout the season, but yet I still feel like I haven’t said enough. Tank Dell is absolutely CRUSHING it, with four weeks with 20+ points, in fact two of the last three weeks with damn near 30 points in PPR scoring. C.J. Stroud liked what he saw in Tank Dell’s route running so much so that he asked the Texans to draft him and man was he right. Tank is a must start WR, so keep your start/sit questions with him and just lock him in.
WRs I mentioned last week: Jayden Reed & Brandin Cooks
Deshaun Watson is out for the season and typically it’s not a good thing when a team loses its starting QB. However, in the case of Browns tight end David Njoku and new rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, things are actually looking up. Njoku scored his 2nd most points of the season with the rookie QB running the ship and in just the week 11 game alone he had 15 targets. DTR is clearly comfortable with using Njoku as his safety net, so his stock is on the rise for the rest of the season.
This tight end riser has nothing to do with talent being realized, because we knew George Kittle was a baller all along. Kittle’s health and the load of talent in San Francisco’s offense are the two hurdles blocking Kittle’s upside. However, for three weeks straight now, Kittle has scored 20+ fantasy points with 354 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. George Kittle has the ability to keep the double digit point weeks rolling in, so stock up for Kittle and his overall health in the 2023 season.
TEs I mentioned last week: Michael Mayer & Tyler Conklin
Kenneth Walker came up injured in week 11, leaving rookie running back Zach Charbonnet the lead back role for week 12 and potentially longer. Walker has had a good season so far, currently sitting at RB13 in PPR scoring, so this isn’t a situation where Zach will take the job for good. In the meantime while Walker is out, take advantage of the temporary rise Charbonnet will experience in week 12 and any other week that Walker remains out.
Bonus Flex I mentioned last week: Cardinals Pass Catchers
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