RISING STOCK

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles- It’s been a down year for Shady, who was a consensus top three pick in fantasy when the season started. Sunday was arguably his best game of the season, with 130 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, cracking the 100-yard barrier and scoring for just the third time this season. With beatable matchups against the Cowboys, Seahawks, Redskins and Giants down the stretch will he finally climb back into the race for best fantasy running back?

New England Patriots- With their seventh straight win, at home against a reeling Detroit team, they have now ran up a three game lead in the weak AFC East, and look poised to claim home field for this years’ playoff run. Tom Brady (349 passing yards, 2 scores) has possibly his best set of skill players in years with Tim Wright (five catches, 38 yards, both touchdowns) and Brandon LaFell’s (nine catches/98 yards) emergence alongside Julian Edelman and a healthy Rob Gronkowski, to go with a rotating, yet affective backfield that now has LeGarrette Blount back, who also had two touchdowns Sunday. They might very well be the best team in the AFC at the moment.

FALLING STOCK

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins- It is well past panic mode for RG3 owners- Griffin is a shell of his pre-knee injury-self, and as a result will be in constant danger of in-game benchings in favor of Colt McCoy or Kirk Cousins.

Houston Texans- In addition to losing a must-win game against the reeling-Bengals, quarterback Ryan Mallet, who only recently took over the job from a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick, is now out for the season with a pectoral injury. As a result, the 5-6 Texans’ playoff chances just became that much slimmer, even with two games against the Jaguars in the next five weeks and the Titans this week.

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