Bounce Back Players

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Carson Wentz– It was a pretty wild season for Carson Wentz last year. But in all fairness, it was a wild season for everyone due to Covid-19. Carson Wentz finished as the QB12 (depending on your scoring format) in 2019. So coming into 2020, most felt like Wentz was a safe option with upside. As we all know things didn’t turn out that way. Wentz ended the season playing in 12 games and had just over 2,600 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions! That is not the safe TD to interception ratio most had in mind for Wentz last year. He did add the 2nd highest rushing total of his career with 276 yards and added five touchdowns on the ground. But only playing in 12 games with those stats landed him at QB22 on the year. Fast forward to 2021, the Eagles traded Carson Wentz and he is now with the Indianapolis Colts. With his current ADP being in the 13th round, you could see a solid return on your investment. He will have a solid offensive line and one of the best running backs in football, in my opinion, in Jonathan Taylor. He won’t have the greatest receivers around him but he should be used to that with his years in Philly. I’m all about late round QB’s in redraft leagues and Wentz is definitely a guy I like to target late in drafts this year. Carson Wentz needed a mental reset to gain his confidence back and I think reuniting with head coach Frank Reich, is just what Wentz needed.

Ezekiel Elliot– I know, Zeke finished as a top ten RB last year. So why is he on my bounce back list, you ask? Well for starters, Zeke had some inconsistencies when Dak Prescott went down with his injury. In the five games that Dak started, Zeke averaged 22.34 points per game. In the eleven games that the Cowboys played without Dak, Elliot averaged only 11.2 points per game based on PPR scoring. That’s literally half of what he was averaging with a healthy Dak Prescott! Elliot also had his lowest amount of carries since 2017 where he only played ten games due to his suspension. On top of that, he had his lowest rushing yards total and tied his lowest rushing touchdown total in his career. I fully expect Zeke to be a top five RB this year, if he can remain healthy. The icing on the cake is that he will likely catch at least fifty passes this season as well. Ezekiel Elliot should be going in the top five picks of all redraft leagues this season and according to his ADP it seems like everyone else has caught on as well. If they haven’t they probably will once HBO’s Hard Knocks airs in a couple weeks.

Cooper Kupp– Not all bounce backs are alike. Cooper Kupp didn’t have a serious injury last year and he had a fine season. But I’m expecting him to bounce back into a top ten WR for fantasy this season. We all know the inconsistency that the Rams had with Goff at QB last season. They decided to go all in this off-season and trade for Matthew Stafford. Cooper Kupp didn’t have an awful 2020 by any means but he was inconsistent at times and had major TD regression. With Matthew Stafford behind center this year I expect things to change for Kupp. In 2019, he had over 1,100 yards and double digit touchdowns. I’m expecting a similar resurgence from Cooper Kupp. He is my dark horse to finish as the WR1 this season, mostly because of his normal TD volume. Now that may sound like a bold take but I think he will bounce back into the realm of ten plus touchdowns. Kupp is one of my favorite WRs to grab if I go RB heavy in drafts. I’m 100 percent okay with him as my number one WR on my fantasy rosters this season.

Tyler Higbee– I think we all remember Tyler Higbee’s fantasy heroics to finish the 2019 fantasy season. Or at least the people who rostered him do. He went on an absolute tear from weeks 13-17 and helped win fantasy managers a championship. He had four straight games of at least 100 yards receiving, no less than seven catches per game and had double digit targets in four out of five of those games. The shocking thing was he only found the end zone in twice during that stretch of games and only three times for the whole year. As I mentioned with Cooper Kupp, the Rams making the QB change from Goff to Stafford should pay dividends for all pass catchers in Los Angeles. Higbee has also had to split time with Gerald Everett over the last few year and with Everett gone to Seattle, Higbee is now cemented as the starting TE with little to no competition behind him. If I miss out on one of the premier TEs in my drafts, I will be targeting Higbee in drafts with a current ADP of 11.09.

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