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On To The Next One — Week 6

Here’s a look at a duo of players that did well in Week 5, as well as a duo that didn’t. What happens in Week 6 of fantasy football?

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Welcome to On To The Next One! There will be two categories here: “The Rebounders” and “The Fumblers.” The Rebounders highlights two players that had a disappointing fantasy performance last week, but will rebound this upcoming week to produce better numbers. The Fumblers will feature two players that had fantastic performances last week, but they will not put up nearly the same amount of points on the board this upcoming week, and will fumble away the fantasy football glory they fleetingly had.

If you have any of these players – PAY ATTENTION.

The Rebounders

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
8.2 points (PPR) / 4.2 points (Non-PPR) per ESPN
With former perennial Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green sidelined with a hamstring injury, Boyd will see more targets come his way. This differs from his actual performance against the Baltimore Ravens, seeing only six targets, but this number was due to the game situation.

The game was never close, as the only points scored by Cincinnati came off of Randy Bullock’s foot at the end of the fourth quarter. The Ravens defense has been lethal to wide receivers, as they’ve allowed only two touchdowns to them all season. Both of those touchdowns came at the hands of Patrick Mahomes, so, there’s no shame in that.

With the Bengals likely running the ball frequently to protect rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, the pass opportunities were extremely limited, and when they came, the Ravens defense simply outplayed the Cincinnati wideouts. Thankfully for the fans, with all the running, the game was over as soon as possible.

Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
7.3 points (PPR) / 2.3 points (Non-PPR)
Ebron has seen a major drop-off in production since his Pro Bowl year in 2018. Regardless, this week will see him serve as a formidable option for your tight end position.

With wide receiver Diontae Johnson exiting last week’s game with a back injury, there will be more opportunities for Ebron. In addition to this, Ebron’s match-up against the Cleveland Browns is extremely favorable. They have given up 17.56 points a game to tight ends; the sixth most in the league. Tight ends have got a whopping 13 red zone targets against them, and Ebron will certainly pose as a red zone threat no matter the team he’s facing; it just so happens the team he’s facing is a terrible defense against tight ends.

Ebron could m-ERIC a wavier wire add if you need a tight end! I’m sorry… that was possibly the worst pun I’ve ever written. On to the next one I guess… DAMN! I did it again…

The Fumblers

Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
31.2 points (PPR) / 21.2 points (Non-PPR)
When I was enjoying some Sunday NFL Football, and I saw the numbers Fulgham produced (to paraphrase) I exclaimed, “Who?! He did what?!” I rubbed my eyes to make sure they weren’t deceiving me. As it turns out, they weren’t, but don’t let yourself get deceived by this fantasy football-wise.

Sure, Fulgham is the number one option to a subpar Carson Wentz, but don’t expect that to last for too long. Remember, this is the Philadelphia Eagles, so the wide receiver corps is either a “walking” hospital or a garbage disposal center going up in flames. This season it’s more of the first, as wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor and tight end Dallas Goedert are all sidelined with injuries.

The Eagles will be hosting the Ravens this week, also known as the team coming off a game that saw them hold a starting quarterback to below five fantasy points. And if the QB isn’t scoring points, neither will the WRs.

Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers
29.9 points (PPR) / 20.9 points (Non-PPR)
This one comes with a heavy asterisk.

Due to the new rule implemented by the NFL, players placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) list can return after three weeks, five weeks less than the traditional protocol. Because of this, superstar and near-consensus number one overall fantasy football pick, Christian McCaffrey, is eligible to return this week. The key word there is eligible.

When he first went down in Week 2, the timetable for his return medically was four-to-six weeks. Just because he can legally return to play doesn’t mean he physically can. “Once the doctors say he’s clear and he feels like he’s clear, then we’ll activate him,” Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said, “But I’m not sure exactly when that’ll be.”

After finishing as the the number one running back and fifth overall player in Week 5, Davis’ value is at an all-time high. He has posted games of 23.1, 22.1, and now 29.9, making him a legitimate RB1 in fantasy. Davis will continue this stellar play, but, with McCaffrey’s inevitable return looming, I would explore trading Davis now while his value is at its peak.

Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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