All fantasy point return stats given are based on a 1 point per 10 yard standard.Potential Huge Impact Players ......Randall Cobb -
To say that Cobb pruduced like a WR1 last year is an understatement. Cobb finished the year with 286 fantasy points and in comparison Megatron finished with 220 points. The big question is will he still hold onto his return duties from last year. Green Bay's coaching staff seems to favor minimizing Cobbs role on special teams. I believe that while he won't return quite as much he will still have added value to make him a safe #1 WR this year. Love him! David Wilson -
Wilson was the league's leading kick returner in 2012 but I doubt he will come close to repeating that feat in 2013. He finished with 226 fantasy points which put him just above CJ Spiller and Trent Richardson. Coach Tom Quinn has hinted that Wilson's role on special teams could be minimized in an effort to keep his work load down. Still the potential for some returns throughout the season must bump his draft value up and there is always the upside that he may play a similar role in 2013 if things don't go as planned for him in the running game. I'm a fan! Darren Sproles -
Sproles had a down year in 2012 when compared to his prior years. His returns were limited, much like the NYG look to do with WIlson this year. With that said Sproles still finished the year with 207 fantasy points which puts him right above Trent Richardon. With Sean Payton back I'm sure Sproles is looking forward to returning to his 2011 form. Look for an even bigger year and the Sproles of old to return. All signs point to RB1 upside again! Jacoby Jones -
Jones finish last year with 216 fantasy points compared to AJ Green's 202. I look for much of the same as last year barring an increased role in the OF that would potentially take away from his return duties. You can grab Jones reasonably late considering his value. Take him! Guys With Nice Upside To Highlight ......T.Y. Hilton -
I wouldn't go crazy about Hilton's potential this year but he certainly is an intrigueing player to watch during training camp. Hilton had a modest 418 return yards last year mostly coming from punt returns. This year if he does get any returns they will be of the same variety. With his position now locked at WR2 for the Colts and potential for an impact in the return game would be huge. Just beware of rookie Kerwynn Williams taking over both roles at some point this season. Chris Givens -
Givens is going into his 2nd year with a head of steam. Last year he compiled 144 fantasy points putting him in strong WR 3 range. The presence of Tavon Austin could be both a good and bad thing. While it should create more opportunity for Givens on OF, he may also take some of the return duties away. Interest player. Danny Amendolla -
One thing that everyone who plays fantasy football knows is that Danny Amendolla has had his fair share of injuries. One thing that all return league owners know is that Amendola when healthy can be an absolute beast! Unfortunately the Patriots are a smart organization and signed Leon Washington to fill the role of return man. There still could be a tiny bit of upside here for Amendolla though, Belichik has shown a willingness in the past to use guys like Welker and Edelman as occasional return options. Move him up a little. Antonio Brown -
- It is unlikely that Brown will contribute as much on PR this year as he did in 2012. With that said, the fact that he is their #1 receiver and could possibly have some punt return opportunities as well makes him a very strong candidate for a big year. I am certainly a fan. Jeremy Kerley -
Kerley finished last year with 117 fantasy points making him a WR3 for me. With 827 receiving yards and 208 return yards fantasy owners had to take notice especially when you weigh in the fact that he only started 7 games. I believe that there is room for improvement going into the 2013 season with the adition of Chris Ivory as well. I expect Kerley to have more opportunities with teams having to pay more attention to the Jets run game. Will he out perform last years return totals as well? If he does he could be a steal this year! Rueben Randle -
Randle is just an injury away from playing a large role in the NYG OF and with Hakeem Nicks as one of the players ahead of him I like the odds. This year look to find Randle relieving Wilson on PRs as well. I love this low risk, high reward pick! Dwayne Harris -
With a seemingful increase in his role in the OF last year and his contributions in the return game on both PR and KR, Harris produced a solid 92 fantasy points last year making him a decent flex play. The total appears low due to most of them coming later in the year. Look to see if his role can increase in Dallas's OF this year. Interesting late grab. Jacquizz Rodgers -
Rodgers contributed on KR duties last year in addition to his involvement in the OF as the RB2 for Atlanta. There are differing opinions on what the aquisition of SJax will mean for this OF and how often he will be used. If you are on the side that feels that Rodgers will see plenty of looks, he is a nice player to have due to the potential upside and the relative late position where he will be drafted. He is a backup with more upside. Isaiah Pead -
Pead will be in competition with Richardson and Stacy for carries in STL. He will also be in competition for return man duties and should receive some throughout the year. Much of his value rides on his role in the OF but if he does suceed in that regard, look for a strong flex play option from the second year back. Cordarrelle Patterson -
The rookie is joining a team that just lost one of the best return men in the league in Percy Harvin. Frazier said that Patterson is bigger than Harvin, and should have the durability to return kicks and still be a full-time player on offense. Sherels, the other option, does not have the high upside that Patterson does and when the rookie does emerge as a WR and the PR/KR you want to be the first in your league to notice. Josh Cribbs -
Cribbs takes his return specialist talents to Oakland where the only thing standing in his way are his concussion issues. He could likely hold down both PR and KR duties and even contribute on OF for the dismal Raiders. There is a ton of potential here but you must way that with the equaly imposing risk when drafting Cribbs. I want him on my team but will not be reaching. Leon Washington -
One of the best return men in the game takes his skills to New England to fill the void for the Patriots. One can only hope that he may get a little work as a RB with the departure of Danny Woodhead. While unlikely, the possiblility is there. Brandon Tate -
Tate was a solid source of consistent fantasy points last year. He will catch some balls for you and if he wins the return man job again he will be a consistent performer throughout the year. Solid play if he wins the job. Kevin Ogletree -
With the departure of Benn, Lewis, and Parrish from TB, someone has to fill the void of return man. Ogletree has experience returning kicks in the past and will be fighting for the #3 WR position for the Bucs. There is some upside here IF things fall into place. Denard Robinson -
Robinson is a little intrigueing due to the fact that he is one of the RBs behind MJD. He also could be in line to be the primary KR specialist in JAX. The Guys That Will Return But Don't Expect Much More ......Devin Hester -
Hester is no longer an offensive experiment for the Bears. While this means that he is not the dual threat that many had hoped going into last year, he is poised to return to his old return man dominance. He will be focusing solely on his specialist role and I believe that is good for anyone owning him. Temper your hopes but expect a solid year from Hester. Marcus Thigpen -
With 147 total fantasy points last year I feel that I may be undervalueing Thigpen a bit. Local Miami media raves about his potential. I would expect WR3 numbers from him this year and that is great from where he will be drafted. Trindon Holliday -
Dir. of Player Personnel Matt Russell called Trindon Holliday the fastest player in the NFL, and the returner is looking to build on a big 2012. He is a solid grab late that will probably have a spot on most of my teams. To me, he is Hester value this year without the name recognition. Ted Ginn Jr. -
Ginn was picked up by the Carolina Panthers in the offseason and is likely to hold down the KR duties this year. He has proven in the past that he is a more than capable fantasy performer regardless of his down year last year. I would not expect much from him on OF if anything at all but he is once again worth a pick late. Keshawn Martin -
Houston's primary return man after the departure of Trindon Holliday. Martin finished with 120 fantasy points in 2012 all primarily coming from PR/KRs. He has the potential to contibute sparingly on OF at times as well. LaRod Stephens-Howling -
Howling's looks to win the KR job in PIT. Beyond that there is not much upside but he has always been a feared return man. Names That You May Want to Remember ......
Kerwynn Williams -
Marquise Goodwin - Rookie WR speedster in BUF with nice return man experience could come up big with an opportunity.
Robert Woods - Some are calling Woods a sleeper in deep standard leagues with the potential to fill the WR2 role in BUF. If he is used as a return man, take notice.
Giovani Bernard - He has participated in some KR drills with the team. If he is in the mix he will be a nice commodity going into the season.
Niles Paul - It's not very often that you see a TE listed as a KR/PR but it appears that it is possible this year for WASH. Interesting.
Ace Sanders - A rookie specialist in JAX that could make an impact on PRs.Current Return Men Battles To Watch ......Darius Reynaud vs. Marc Mariani
- The Titans seem to like putting all of their eggs in one baskett so to speak when it comes to return men. Reynaud had a big year last year as the primary return man in Mariani's abcense. Mariani on the other hand had a huge return year in 2011 that should not be forgotten. Watching this battle could pay huge dividends for your fantasy team due to the fact that both players presumably could be had for a very late draft pick while offering a solid contributor. LaMichael James vs. Kyle WIlliams
- This battle is intersting because if James could win both PR and KR duties he would be a very strong player of interest going into the draft for me. There are also a few other players in the mix but James and WIlliams are the front runners.
This list will be a work in progress and will change regularly. If you have any news pertaining to return men battles or injuries please post them here. Thanks for being patient.