Each year there are countless players who pick up injuries or struggle to play through them. Often in the fantasy world, we focus on what players have done recently and forgotten their talents pre-injury. This article aims to remind readers of players that may be due to bounce back to a higher level of production in 2018.
As they are still widely considered studs, I’ll avoid discussing the likes of David Johnson, Allen Robinson, Dalvin Cook and Odell Beckham.
Kelvin didn’t necessarily miss too much time in 2017, however, he played through injuries the entire year. Since entering the league Kelvin has frequently produced WR2 numbers. After being ridiculed for weight issues, Kelvin’s 2018 took quite a dip in production. However, that is bound to happen when you’re playing through a torn meniscus, a ligament strain, and a rib injury. It’s hard to demonstrate any agility or explosiveness with injuries like that. Nevertheless, Kelvin should return to full health through OTAs after undergoing surgery. Furthermore, he is not facing much competition for snaps at WR in Buffalo and could be paired with a promising rookie QB. His stock has severely depleted after the 2017 season, so now could be a great time to buy.
It would appear that so many owners are worried about Andrew Luck and how/when/if he will return from his shoulder injury. I’ve seen owners “panic sell” as they fear that he may not return at all or may forever be injury prone. I don’t buy that. He’s coming back, and I have no reason to believe he won’t be back to his best. And at his best, the guy is phenomenal. The guy can easily be the QB1 any given season and still has his best years ahead of him. Luck was top 40 in Dynasty ADP before the injury issues and now he can be had at a fraction of the price. I expect Luck to be in the top 5 QBs for 2018.
Julian Edelman missed the entire season after suffering a torn ACL in the 2017 preseason and knowing his mentality, he’ll be itching to be back. We know Edelman has WR2 production in his locker, but there’s another reason for my intrigue here. The Patriots let Brandin Cooks head to the Rams, while there are rumors that they’ve been shopping Gronk. At which point, the departed targets that will reign in from Tom Brady will correlate perfectly with Edelman’s return. At his age, it’s highly likely that Edelman owners may be willing to part with him for a decent price and he could be a great piece for a contending team.
We are yet to see what the 2017 3rd round pick is capable of after missing the season with a torn thumb ligament. However, entering the 2017 draft, Henderson was one of my favorite dark horse prospects. He had such a well-rounded game for a WR and his production and athletic profile compared perfectly to Corey Coleman but at a fraction of the price. Now Henderson comes into a team that is begging for youth. There will likely be a new QB under center in Denver, while Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders continue to age. Many players have probably completely forgotten that Henderson exists, so he’s bound to carry a low price. If he can show some potential in 2018, I fully believe his stock will skyrocket heading into 2019.
I absolutely do not believe in Tyler Eifert’s health. However, after being ruled out since Week 2 of 2017, the Bengals don’t seem to have any challengers as the 2nd target behind AJ Green. After a seemingly failed high pick on John Ross and no free agent pick-ups so far, Eifert could remain as Dalton’s 2nd favorite target after signing a new deal in Cinci. If he can have any semblance of his production in 2015, he’s worth a shot. At this point, so many owners are probably sick of his health that they’d be thrilled to trade him. Why not throw out a low-ball offer in hopes of a bounce back 2018.
After injuring his neck in week 8 of 2017, the 49ers went out an acquired Jimmy G. We all know how Jimmy G looked down the stretch and Garcon may return to be his favorite target. The 49ers didn’t really add any major threats on the outside and if Garoppolo can truly become an upper echelon QB, then Garcon will eat in 2018. I expect San Fran to draft a WR but for the next year, Garcon figures to have mid-level WR2 numbers at least.
I was truly gutted when Chris Carson went down injured after week 4 in 2017. He was truly looking like the best Seahawks RB since Marshawn was in his prime. He looked sharp, powerful, and previewed home run ability. The 23-year-old broke his leg, but I certainly don’t value any other Seahawks RB higher than him. Lacy is out the door and no one really stepped up after his injury. Despite rushing behind one of the worst O-lines in the NFL, he was able to average 4.2 YPC and I see no reason why he won’t be right back there in 2018.
Kenneth Dixon has certainly not lived up to his billing since entering the league. A torn meniscus and failed drug tests have dropped him off the map in the last year. Pair that with the emergence of Alex Collins in 2017 and I have my doubts that Kenneth Dixon will have another shot. However, a part of me just wonders “what if”, still. The Ravens seem to be a rotating door at the offensive skills positions, so who’s to say….