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On To The Next One — Week 12

Here’s a look at a duo of players that did well in Week 11, as well as a duo that didn’t. What happens in Week 12 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

Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
6.5 points (PPR) / 3.5 points (Non-PPR) per ESPN
It feels nice to be back to a normal edition of On To The Next One. Let’s get right into it, no funny business. Last week, Johnson saw a limited role because Deshaun Watson was on absolute fire against the New England Patriots defense, as he torched them for 344 yards and two passing touchdowns while running for 40 yards and a score. New England did a great job against the running backs though as they allowed only 19 rushing yards through 13 attempts. Next week, the Texans face the Detroit Lions, AKA the worst defense against running backs as they give up 27.80 fantasy points to the position per game. This ranking is a big difference compared to their performance against wide receivers, as they’re ranked the 15th best. This means Houston will probably look to establish/abuse a run game early.

DJ Chark, Jr. WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
8.1 points (PPR) / 4.1 points (Non-PPR)
Playing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is a nightmare, especially if you have a rookie quarterback that was taken in the sixth round under center. Unfortunately for Jake Luton, he’s not Tom Brady, so no miracles will be pulled. After throwing for 151 yards and four interceptions, all hope is seemingly lost for Jacksonville receivers. However, usual starting quarterback Gardner Minshew has been upgraded to questionable after being out a few weeks due to a thumb injury. IF he plays, Chark, Jr. will have an explosive game, especially against a Cleveland Browns defense that’s ranked 20th overall versus wide receivers.

The Fumblers

Damiere Byrd, WR, New England Patriots
26.3 points (PPR) / 20.3 points (Non-PPR)
Here’s a fun fact that you probably don’t know unless you’re a Patriots fan: The 42-yard touchdown pass between Cam Newton and Byrd last week was the first touchdown Newton has thrown to a wide receiver while in a Patriots uniform. He actually threw one to a fullback back in Week 2. Unfortunately for Byrd, Julian Edelman is eligible to return from IR this week and according to head coach Bill Belichick, Edelman is “moving in the right direction.” Combine this with Jakobi Meyers seeing a league-leading 41.2 percent of his team’s passing targets since Week 9, excluding last game, it’s likely Byrd will return to mediocrity or being big-play dependent. Also, as a New England faithful myself, I don’t trust Cam as a passer.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
34.5 points (PPR) / 18.5 points (Non-PPR)
Allen chewed the New York Jets defense like a piece of gum and spit them out on the sidewalk after registering 16 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown. That was the most receptions in a single game recorded by any offensive player this season and tied for the fifth most in NFL history. While Allen lined up against… umm… (insert the Jets #1 cornerback here) and the 28th-ranked defense against receivers last week, he’ll face the Buffalo Bills duo of Tre’Davious White and Josh Norman next week. They are the cornerbacks of the 10th ranked defense against receivers.

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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