Week 6 Bounce Back Candidates — by Tyler Belawske

We all have bad days. But, it’s how we handle it the next day that displays the bigger picture. Just like our everyday lives, football players can have a day to forget on the field too. How do they bounce back? Practice, practice, practice. Here are four fantasy relevant players (you probably started) with less than 10 fantasy points last week that will bounce back to above their projected point totals. 

Note: I’m not including players who were injured last week that put up zeros on the scoresheet (i.e. Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison). I’m also not including any players on their bye weeks or players who were injured during the game (i.e. Brandin Cooks) that also contributed a goose egg. 

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans — Last week, Fuller put up 3.50 fantasy points against the Dallas Cowboys. The three previous weeks he put up 14.90, 21.10 and 25.30. He’s been dealing with hamstring issues and that could have slowed him down coming off the line against the Cowboys. Fuller is a great second receiver on his team playing alongside DeAndre Hopkins, who usually gets double if not tripled teamed. Fuller is a PPR machine who will also break off a 70+ yard touchdown every so often. This week he seeks to bounce back at home against the Buffalo Bills. Look for him to get back on track with a 14+ point performance. 

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Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns9.70 fantasy points against the Baltimore Ravens isn’t that bad, considering they went to overtime last week. But, it isn’t what you were hoping for from Hyde as he put up 14.20, 24.30, 12.00 and 13.50 so far this year. Keep him in your lineups this week as the Browns play host to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Browns have been much more resilient this season and have two wins to show for it and Hyde is the RB1 until further notice. Plug him in and get your 12+ points this week as they will need to lean on the ground game and slow down the pace against Philip Rivers and that offense. 

Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders — Other than the top three tight ends in the league, no one likes to play one in their fantasy lineups. But, because it’s usually a guaranteed 10 points for you (mostly because the tight end is the check down for the quarterback), you roster one. However, this past week Cook threw up a big fat 6.00 fantasy points against the Chargers. Something you weren’t hoping for as he had previously put up 31.00 points against the Browns. Cook has never been one of those sexy Top 10 tight ends every year, but he is a great streaming or bye week option. And, that is what you are hoping for this week against the Seattle Seahawks. Cook should easily go over 15 points this week and you can feel confident putting him in your lineup on Sunday.

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Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons — Freeman was in the lineup last week after a three-game absence due to a knee injury. However, Freeman is known for his big point games regardless of anything that hampers him. Last week against the tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense his knee injury caught up to him as he only had 6.10 points on just 10 touches. That will all change this week as he plays the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that Swiss cheese defense. Bring on a 15+ point game from Freeman as he will be lighting up your roster carrying you to victory this week. 

Honorable Mentions

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: 8.90 fantasy points in Week 5 @ Buffalo

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: 2.00 fantasy points in Week 5 @ LAC

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: 5.16 fantasy points in Week 5 @ Buffalo


By Tyler Belawske@TylerBelawske

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