Week 12: Player Upgrades
Last week it was Damien Williams, this week it is Nate Washington. The message here is that the Titans' receiving core in general has seen their fantasy stock rise as a collective group since the season-ending injury to fantasy stud Kenny Britt earlier in the year. This past weekend, Washington caught 9 passes for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Washington has turned into a reliable possession receiver for Tennessee hauling in a team-high 48 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns so far this season. After another solid performance it bears mentioning in Player Upgrades that Washington is a receiver all fantasy owners should be targeting in trades going forward. Unless Williams, who only had one catch for 16 yards this past weekend, develops into a true number one receiver, Washington will still be the guy.
There is a pulse. You wouldn't know it from the criticism he's taken, but Vernon Davis actually leads the upstart 49ers in receptions (39), is second in receiving yards (446), and leads the team with five touchdowns this season. Davis found the endzone for the second week in a row reeling in five passes for 67 yards and a score last weekend for the 49ers. As long as Davis can continue to find the end-zone, his fantasy stock will continue to rise.
Davis is one of the league's premier red-zone threats at the tight end spot, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him close out the season on a bit of a run. He's starting to pick up some steam and becoming more productive each week, which is worth noting in Player Upgrades. Fantasy owners looking to acquire a tight end should look at making a deal for Davis, who has off the charts potential and the ability to close out the season in dynamic fashion, helping to lead your fantasy team to a championship.