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Published: Dec. 10, 2015 at 05:03 p.m.

Week 14 Fantasy Stock Watch

The fantasy playoffs have arrived in many leagues and are just a week away in many more. This is when things get serious. Let's not mess around. Time to get to the Stock Watch and help you figure out your playoff situations.

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  • <p>All season long, observers noted that Murray was a bad fit for the Eagles offense. It looks like Chip Kelly is starting to agree. The veteran running back has seen fewer and fewer touches over the past few weeks. Now that Ryan Mathews appears on track to return to the field, Murray's opportunities could diminish even further. The fear that last season's leading rusher was in line for a setback have become fully realized in the final month of the fantasy season.</p> 10

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    All season long, observers noted that Murray was a bad fit for the Eagles offense. It looks like Chip Kelly is starting to agree. The veteran running back has seen fewer and fewer touches over the past few weeks. Now that Ryan Mathews appears on track to return to the field, Murray's opportunities could diminish even further. The fear that last season's leading rusher was in line for a setback have become fully realized in the final month of the fantasy season.

  • <p>Matt Ryan hasn't done fans of the Falcons or fantasy football any favors recently. He's throw six interceptions in his past three games and has scored 13 or fewer points in back-to-back contests. With roster spots at a premium, Ryan is worthy of being waiver wire fodder as you add depth at other positions.</p> 9

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    Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

    Matt Ryan hasn't done fans of the Falcons or fantasy football any favors recently. He's throw six interceptions in his past three games and has scored 13 or fewer points in back-to-back contests. With roster spots at a premium, Ryan is worthy of being waiver wire fodder as you add depth at other positions.

  • <p>Another week, another season-ending injury. This time it was Mark Ingram going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. While C.J. Spiller could see an increase in snaps and touches, it's Tim Hightower that could be the biggest beneficiary. The Saints haven't shown an inclination to use Spiller this season, giving him just 17 total snaps in the past two games. In the end, this backfield is likely to become a muddled mess but Hightower should be added to most rosters.</p> 8

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    Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints

    Another week, another season-ending injury. This time it was Mark Ingram going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. While C.J. Spiller could see an increase in snaps and touches, it's Tim Hightower that could be the biggest beneficiary. The Saints haven't shown an inclination to use Spiller this season, giving him just 17 total snaps in the past two games. In the end, this backfield is likely to become a muddled mess but Hightower should be added to most rosters.

  • <p>I wouldn't give up on Langford yet, but I also wouldn't use him as anything more than a flex option. It's no surprise that the rookie's touches have dropped since Matt Forte returned to the lineup, but he still saw that ball 12-plus times in each of the past two games. Langford appears to be the future in the Bears backfield and coach John Fox isn't afraid to use him. Now if we could just get Chicago to stop giving goal line carries to Ka'Deem Carey and we'll be all set.</p> 7

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    Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

    I wouldn't give up on Langford yet, but I also wouldn't use him as anything more than a flex option. It's no surprise that the rookie's touches have dropped since Matt Forte returned to the lineup, but he still saw that ball 12-plus times in each of the past two games. Langford appears to be the future in the Bears backfield and coach John Fox isn't afraid to use him. Now if we could just get Chicago to stop giving goal line carries to Ka'Deem Carey and we'll be all set.

  • t's been a good few weeks for Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks receiver has posted 433 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his past four games in a revamped passing game. This week he gets to face one of the NFL's least effective secondaries with the Baltimore Ravens. Seattle's passing game should remain hot and Baldwin should once again be the recipient of plenty of targets. 6

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    Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    t's been a good few weeks for Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks receiver has posted 433 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his past four games in a revamped passing game. This week he gets to face one of the NFL's least effective secondaries with the Baltimore Ravens. Seattle's passing game should remain hot and Baldwin should once again be the recipient of plenty of targets.

  • Woodhead could double as a stand-in for the entire Chargers offense. With so many injuries across the unit, it's been a struggle for some of the normally productive regulars to remain productive. Woodhead did get some help from talk that Melvin Gordon's recent fumbling issues could lessen the rookie's snaps. But it won't really matter if the offensive line can't handle the Chiefs' ferocious defensive front this week. 5

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    Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

    Woodhead could double as a stand-in for the entire Chargers offense. With so many injuries across the unit, it's been a struggle for some of the normally productive regulars to remain productive. Woodhead did get some help from talk that Melvin Gordon's recent fumbling issues could lessen the rookie's snaps. But it won't really matter if the offensive line can't handle the Chiefs' ferocious defensive front this week.

  • White has done a pretty good Dion Lewis impersonation in the past couple of weeks, especially his 10-catch game last week against the Eagles. The threat of Belitricks is always present with this offense, but White has grabbed the majority of the running back snaps over the past couple of weeks. That alone makes the former Wisconsin standout worth having on your roster for the fantasy postseason. 4

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    James White, RB, New England Patriots

    White has done a pretty good Dion Lewis impersonation in the past couple of weeks, especially his 10-catch game last week against the Eagles. The threat of Belitricks is always present with this offense, but White has grabbed the majority of the running back snaps over the past couple of weeks. That alone makes the former Wisconsin standout worth having on your roster for the fantasy postseason.

  • <p>This year's crop of rookie receivers hasn't come close to matching what last year's group did, but we're starting to see more from the first-year players as the season has progressed. Add DeVante Parker to that list. He's been targeted 15 times in the past two games and has scored in back-to-back games. With Rishard Matthews expected to miss this week's game against the Giants, Parker should be in line for targets as Miami's No. 2 receiver. </p> 3

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    DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

    This year's crop of rookie receivers hasn't come close to matching what last year's group did, but we're starting to see more from the first-year players as the season has progressed. Add DeVante Parker to that list. He's been targeted 15 times in the past two games and has scored in back-to-back games. With Rishard Matthews expected to miss this week's game against the Giants, Parker should be in line for targets as Miami's No. 2 receiver.

  • <p>If you haven't jumped off the James Jones roller coaster, what are you waiting for? Since Week 5, he's had more zero-point performances (2) than double-digit ones (1). There are no Packers receivers who are reliable enough to start during the fantasy playoffs (that's a weird thing to type) and Jones is probably the first that belongs on the waiver wire.</p> 2

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    James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

    If you haven't jumped off the James Jones roller coaster, what are you waiting for? Since Week 5, he's had more zero-point performances (2) than double-digit ones (1). There are no Packers receivers who are reliable enough to start during the fantasy playoffs (that's a weird thing to type) and Jones is probably the first that belongs on the waiver wire.

  • <p>It took the better part of all season, but it looks like Austin Seferian-Jenkins is healthy and ready to contribute to the Tampa Bay offense. Jameis Winston is not afraid to get his tight ends involved as evidenced by Cameron Brate becoming a deep sleeper for a couple of weeks. Now that Seferian-Jenkins is back, he'll be the tight end of choice going forward and could be a nice matchup-based option going forward.</p> 1

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    Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    It took the better part of all season, but it looks like Austin Seferian-Jenkins is healthy and ready to contribute to the Tampa Bay offense. Jameis Winston is not afraid to get his tight ends involved as evidenced by Cameron Brate becoming a deep sleeper for a couple of weeks. Now that Seferian-Jenkins is back, he'll be the tight end of choice going forward and could be a nice matchup-based option going forward.