Every once in awhile we all have bad days or weeks in fantasy football. That is mostly a result of the players on our teams failing to “show up” and produce to help us win. Last week wasn’t any different. Here are four players who should bounce back from horrible Week 9 performances.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
Last week he had a great matchup up against the Buffalo Bills, but didn’t do anything. Cohen’s Week 9 stat line read: six carries for five yards and one reception for eight yards. Pathetic. He didn’t even register three fantasy points for the week. It should be a different story this week as the Bears host the rival Detroit Lions. He will be going up against a Lions defense that is giving up 5.1 YPC. If this doesn’t scream bounce back week I don’t know what does. Get him in your lineups.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
The Lions’ rookie struggled mightily against the Minnesota Vikings last week. He finished with 12 carries for 37 yards and added three catches for just seven yards. Granted, the Vikings do have a great defense and the Lions were playing catch-up all game, lending to a negative game script for Johnson in the passing game. This week, Johnson has the Bears and their third-ranked run defense. But, don’t let that scare you because the Lions won’t have to play catch-up too much this week. Meaning they will have more chances to hand it off to Johnson. A bonus for Johnson too, the Lions cut Ameer Abdullah early this week, so he won’t be looming on the depth chart. Don’t worry about the Bears defense, fire up Johnson this week.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One catch for 16 yards, yeah, that’s not going to win you any games. Evans put those numbers up against the Carolina Panthers. This week, Evans will be going up against a great secondary from the Washington Redskins. But, that shouldn’t affect Evans too much. Unless he doesn’t catch a single ball his stats and fantasy numbers can only go up this week. He’s still a WR1, so start him with confidence.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Playing an easy team (Miami Dolphins) this week, check. Back to being the third option (Geronimo Allison is now on the IR) in the passing game, check. Last week against the New England Patriots, Cobb put up four catches for 40 yards. That’s not too bad for him, but he can do better. The defensive line was all over Aaron Rodgers last week, resulting in no passing game. I think playing a weaker defense and having their backs against the wall in need of a win, the Packers and Cobb will bounce back. Cobb will be a great flex player this week as we are still in bye weeks. Stick him in and win.
By Tyler Belawske – @TylerBelawske