Week 12 Bounce Back Candidates – by Josh Deisinger

Here it is fantasy fans- If you’ve done well, it’s the stretch run into the postseason, and we wish you luck and the best playoff seeding you can get. Maybe you aren’t sure just yet and need some things to go your way to see yourself into the playoffs. Good luck.

Here is a list of some bounce back candidates that you shouldn’t be afraid to start this week after disappointing outings last week.

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans.  Last Game: @WAS – Next Game: TEN

The Texans are riding high on a 7-game win streak, and Watson has been as steady of a play caller that Houston could have hoped for. Early on during their 3-game losing streak, it was evident that Deshaun was trying to get his legs back under him, after last seasons’ ACL tear.

Since Week 4 however, Watson has completed 138 of his 203 passes (68%) for 1,726 yards and a respectable 13 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. Houston took on a very talented Redskins’ defense this past Sunday, and Watson was held in check – yet the Texans still managed to walk away with a win.

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Photo Credit: Steven Senne/AP

Houston heads home to face a division opponent in Tennessee, who just received an absolute demolishing from Andrew Luck and the improving Colts offense. Interesting note, Marcus Mariota’s status for Week 12 is up in the air, after suffering what was initially listed as an arm injury (later classified as a stinger) in Week 11.

This should be a bit of a revenge game for the Texans after they were beaten by Tennessee in Week 2, and this should also be a solid reminder of why Deshaun Watson is on your fantasy team.

 

RB – James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers. Last Game: @JAX – Next Game: @DEN

Even the ‘really good’ football players can have a bad play or even poor overall game. James Conner had the chance to completely redeem himself and salvage his whole fantasy day against Jacksonville late in the 4th but dropped a perfect dime from Roethlisberger that would have been a sure touchdown.

Not that it mattered for the Steelers as they would come from behind and eke out a victory against the underperforming Jaguars in the end anyway. Conner was locked up for most of Sunday, and outside of PPR leagues – he delivered little in the way of return on investment. Conner contributed just 49 total yards on 9 carries and 6 receptions.

This coming weekend the Steelers travel to Denver to take on the Broncos. The Broncos Rush defense has been mired in mediocrity this season, and they currently rank 27th against the Run in yardage allowed (1279 yards) to go along with their 8 Rushing Touchdowns allowed. Conner has been a major part of the Steelers offense this year and look for that to continue against Denver. Conner should have a big day.

 

WR – Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles. Last Game: @NO – Next Game: NYG

In most cases, when a fantasy football owner sees that one of his wide receivers is facing the New Orleans Saints defense, it occurs to that owner that said player is close to an autostart. Surely when factoring in the Jaguars defense and all pro-Jalen Ramsey, and a matchup with Pro Football Focus’ number 1 rated cornerback in Byron Jones – there would be no way that Jeffery would be minimized for a 3rd straight game, would there?

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That’s just what happened this weekend in New Orleans. The Saints disrupted the entire Eagles offense and dished out one of the most devastating defeats that a defending Super Bowl Champion team had ever suffered. Alshon has now pulled in just 4 receptions in each of his last 3 games and sorely needs a ‘get-right’ game.

The Giants may just be what he needs, as the last time the Eagles faced the Giants, Alshon saw 8 receptions on his way to 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. New York has figured out how to score points, but their defense isn’t stopping anyone and just allowed a cool 35 points to Buccaneers’ Quarterback combination of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. It’s looking like a good matchup for Jeffery owners.

 

TE – Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts. Last Game: TEN – Next Game: MIA

Well, it was going to happen sooner or later. Ebron just couldn’t keep up his touchdown rate on such low volume for the whole season. Yet even though regression was due, we didn’t see his only touch being a failed fake pass attempt – right back to Andrew Luck.

Although Ebron wasn’t a factor, the Colts offense didn’t miss a beat when they crushed Tennessee in Week 11. Miami, however, presents a whole new opportunity. The Dolphins have been hemorrhaging yardage and receptions to the tight end position and are currently 13th in Fantasy Points allowed to tight ends in 2018.

Xavien Howard, CB#1 for Miami, will more than likely chain himself to T.Y. Hilton for the day – leaving Kiko Alonso, Reshad Jones, and Minkah Fitzpatrick to try and stop – what is quickly developing into, the most lethal tight end Combination in the league. With Captain Andrew Luck undoubtedly back, Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron should feast for the rest of the year. Ebron won’t go another week with a Goose Egg, Head Coach Frank Reich did what Detroit couldn’t do – Unlock Ebron, and he will use him as such.

by Josh Deisinger – @SconnieJosh

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