34=Sweetness wrote:Isn't Sproles returning both KR and PR this year? And will get some carries to spell Tomlinson?
The only guys that I should bump slightly should be Royal, Hester, Sproles, and Washington, right?
I see Sproles, Washington and Norwood as the potential RB2 returners this offseason. All of these guys are complimentary RBs moreso than RBBC RBs. But with their return yardage, all they need is one big run or reception or about 10 carries worth of work a game to provide solid points.
Hester I would not upgrade all that much in this format. HE will no longer be returning kickoffs (even last year he didn't) and there are statements out there that make me think he won't even be a regular guy on punt returns (he had a poor average last year because he was focused on his WR work). Royal should be the punt returner again, but I think he is more of a target due to this improved presence as a WR with Brandon Marshall hurting from the hip surgery and other ailments in training camp. Maybe bump Royal up a few slots in your WR rankings, but not all that much.
Think of 25 yd return scoring as rushing yardage for QBs. Punt returns can add some decent points (maybe 200 yards rushing versus the pocket QB who has 30) and kickoff returns are like the old Daunte Culppepper/McNabb like rushing (500+ rushing yards). Players that are stud kickoff/punt guys and also put up good traditional points are extremely rare: think Michael Vick. Thees guys are usually specialist type players for the most part. Back to the rushing QB comparison, in those systems Passing QBs can still be more valuable than rushing QBs, but you give all the rushing QBs just a slight boost over the non-mobile peers. Same thing going on in 25yd return leagues. Another comparison is fractional PPR for RBs. Just a slight boost in your rankings, not major changes. Only those complimentary RBs I mentioned in the beginning of my post are the guys that get significant boost due to the combined kickoff and punt return yardage.
One other guy that is somewhat of a wildcard this year for me is PERcy Harvin. I think the guy has 2000+ return yardage potential as the #1 returner this year, he will return almost every kickoff and punt this year for the Vikings IMO. And those 2000 return yards equal 800 receiving yards in your system, but then the guy may only go for 25 receptions for 400 yards and a couple TDs. The equivalent may be a 1200/3 receiving year, which is good but not great. So the mid-round draft position the guy is carrying is good but not amazing. The return yardage could be closer to 1500 and his total traditional yardage could be closer to 800, so you never know. Draft the high potential kick returners late as sleepers and hopefully their rushing/receiving yardage will pick up enough to make them startable. Another guy similar to Harvin is Steve Breaston.