Space Camp: Don't Call It a Comeback



Comeback Players


CarbonFox_FF: Matthew Stafford was on his way to having one of his best seasons before going down to injury. He was averaging over 300 yards a game and was on pace for almost 5,000 yards. He is healthy, has all of his offensive weapons back, and is going to throw a ton. He is a quaterback that I am targeting late in every draft I'm in. His current ADP is QB13, but he will easily finish as a top 10 quarterback.


Matt Thornton: JuJu Smith-Schuster - The 2019 season was a mess for JuJu following on form his quarterback, Big Ben, missing most of the season through injury and having to deal with injuries of his own, resulting in him finishing as the WR65. With Big Ben back and JuJu back to full health, I fully expect Juju to bounce back in 2020.


Shane Barrett: Odell Beckham Jr. - With the thought that this is someone coming back from injury I'm going to cheat, a little. Odell Beckham Jr. had a sports hernia last season and despite that, played all year. I think he has a healthy season this year and is able to link up with Baker even more to recreate his spectacular years from NYG OBJ.


FF_Spotlight: Tom Brady is my comeback player. His supporting cast and new coaching staff are goin to revitalize his stats. He will be a value at the end of drafts for redraft and outperform this year for dynasty.


Nick Sarnelli: Preston Williams - Prior to the ACL tear he was leading the Dolphins in catches, yards and touchdowns. He is looking like a steal going in the 11th round at his current ADP.


Zach Zander: Cam Newton is my comeback player in Fantasy and real life for 2020. If he is healthy, which is what seems to be the case, working with Belicheck will do wonders for him. He has the rushing floor that is great for fantasy and has been a perennial top quarterback in fantasy, aside from his injury ridden season last year. I expect nothing different this season and I am excited to see his comeback.


Wardy: Adam Thielen is my comeback player for 2020. He missed 6 games last season and was quite disappointing in the games he did play, finishing WR64. He's back and so is Gary Kubiak. In 2016 (Kubiak's last OC job) Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both finished in as top 20 WRs. Kirk Cousins may not be glamorous, nor elite, but he consistently completes a high number of passes, which should lead to a lot of targets for Thielen to feed off. Add to the equation that the Vikings are Diggs-less and I think there is every chance Thielen could be a top 10 WR.


Nick Muzzillo: Brandin Cooks - This is probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but I am going with Brandin Cooks as my comeback player in 2020. Rumors spread early in the offseason that Cooks could be moved out of LA to shed salary, but no one expected him to land in the situation he did with a better quarterback. Cooks has the chance to step in as the Texans WR1 and catapult himself back into fantasy relevance. Keep in mind, prior to last year, Cooks finished between WR10-WR15 from 2015-2018. His ADP has plummeted to a WR4 in startups due to his injury-plagued season in 2019. That price is strictly injury inflated, in my opinion. With a healthy 2020, I believe Cooks has the chance to shine in Houston and finish as a top 20 receiver.


Cody Snow: AJ Green - My candidate for comeback player of the year is A.J. Green. A healthy Green in 2020, will have the best quarterback of his professional career throwing him the ball. Burrow should rely heavily on the true veteran in his rookie year, as long as Green stays healthy in 2020, he's locked and loaded to be a comeback player of the year. 150+ targets and 1200 yards is doable for Green this season.


Untradeables


CarbonFox_FF: Joe Mixon - Besides Kenny Golladay, Joe Mixon is my absolute "hands off" guy. I will not trade him for all the first round picks in the world. He's coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, and per Pro Football Focus, Mixon is the only running back to have 500+ carries and zero fumbles since 2018. He's a stud who's able to produce behind one of the worst offensive lines (31) in the NFL. He is the one back I own the most shares of across all my leagues and I believe he is going to have a monster year.


Matt Thornton: Dak Prescott - 4 years in the NFL and 4 years as a Top 11 QB, with a QB2 finish in 2019. Another young stud wide receiver added this young, high powered offense, should keep Dak as an elite fantasy quarterback for years to come.


Shane Barrett: Preston Williams - My untradeable person is completely irrational to most people except maybe @NickSarnelli. I will not trade Preston Williams for anything. He is a humongous man that can move like a deer and I want him in every league. He has the potential to be the WR1 in Miami.


FF_Spotlight: DK Metcalf is my untradeable player and my guy this year. His performance in the playoffs and expanding route tree point towards and excellent second season in 2020. I have high hopes he becomes Russell Wilson's favorite target.


Nick Sarnelli: Patrick Mahomes - After two years in the NFL he already has a Super Bowl win and MVP under his belt. He is thriving under Andy Reid's pass-heavy offense and has elite weapons around him. Mahomes is a stat machine, and if it wasn't for an injury last season he would have challenged Lamar Jackson for the MVP award. There are no signs of Mahomes slowing down anytime soon. Offer me the king's ransom for Mahomes and I'm not taking it. He's a league winner and I like him best on my teams.


Zach Zander: AJ Brown - Aside from the obvious players like McCaffrey and Saquon, a player I will not trade because his value is likely to skyrocket this season is AJ Brown. His hype has been loud this offseason but has quieted down the further we have gotten away from the end of the season. He was hyper-efficient last season and I expect that level to come down but to have an increase in targets. Yes, the Titans are a run first team but I am choosing to bet on the elite level talent of Brown.


Wardy: George Kittle - My untradeable may be a little weird, but I'm going George Kittle. Kittle has a legitimate shot at being TE1 and projections (from the FF Astronauts) have him scoring 242.80 PPR points this year. That would be enough to make him a top 10 RB and WR this year. Coupled with the fact that he's only 26 and coached by one of the leagues best offensive minds, I would say Kittle is a safe bet to rack up some monster points.


Nick Muzzillo: DJ Moore is my untradeable player. Whenever there is an offer, I immediately turn it down. That's how highly I think of him. I believe he has top 3 upside and we could potentially see a top 10 finish this year with room to grow the subsequent years. The Panthers are in complete rebuild mode. Their defense is looking like a juicy matchup on paper for elite offenses, which means the Panthers offense will be on the field... a lot; which means DJ Moore will see a healthy dose of targets with Carolina playing from behind more often then not. Not to mention, Moore had one of the best prospect profiles coming out of Maryland in 2018. Wide Receivers drafted in the first round with his metrics are usually good bets to succeed. Moore has the look of an elite dynasty asset for the next 5-10 years.


Cody Snow: Patrick Mahomes is my untradable player (assuming everyone plays superflex). Patrick Mahomes is truly above and beyond everyone else in the league. When people say Mahomes isn't like any other quarterback we have ever seen in the league, its entirely true. Especially after Mahomes signed his 10 year extension, if i own Mahomes im not trading him. I'm a huge believer that you can get great value at quarterback later on in drafts, but Mahomes is a difference maker.



Old Reliables


Matt Thornton: Travis Kelce - 30 years old but showing no signs of slowing down yet! One of Patrick Mahomes top targets and 2020 could be his 5th straight finish as the TE1!


Shane Barrett: Drew Brees is Ol' Reliable to me. It feels like he should drop off simply because of age and yet he still is producing at high QB2 levels, even though he missed six games last year.


FF_Spotlight: DeAndre Hopkins - Count on DeAndre Hopkins to keep up being old reliable, even after changing teams. He will probably come at a discount too! I don't expect a top five year, but definitely a WR1.


Zach Zander: Le'Veon Bell is someone that I have seen myself avoiding this season. This is likely due to his age, head coach Adam Gase, and the fact that he did not return to his elite level with the Steelers. But last season in PPR, he had above 10 points in all games but one. He lacks the flash of some more poular names, but 28 year old Bell is reliable.


Wardy: Matt Ryan - During weeks 1-6 last year Matt Ryan threw 15 touchdowns and scored 23.1 fantasy points per game, only to be derailed by an ankle injury in week 7. If he would have kept his early season form up, he would have finished as the QB2 behind Lamar Jackson. His current projections have him scoring 305.3 fantasy points, which makes him QB8. If Ryan can stay injury free, I'm 100% sure he will be a top 10 QB.


Nick Muzzillo: Russell Wilson has never finished worse than the QB11 since he entered the NFL in 2012. Three QB3 overall finishes, along with the QB1 overall finish in 2017, Russ is the epitome of old reliable. And, even better, in 1QB leagues, he can probably come at a discount due to the run first mentality in Seattle. However, that hopefully changes in 2020 and Carroll & Co. let Russ shine in a pass first offense to allow him to make plays and get the ball downfield to Lockett and Metcalf. If that happens, Russ will be in store for another top 3 finish. Even if that doesn't happen, you should feel secure with him as your QB1.


Cody Snow: Julio Jones - If you know football, I don't need to say anything else.



Deep Sleepers


CarbonFox_FF: Parris Campbell was one of my favorite rookie wide receivers coming into last season. He was plagued by injuries and we never got to see what he was fully capable of. He's 100 percent healthy and gets an upgrade at quarterback with Philip Rivers. He has the ability to play inside and outside on what should be a high powered, pass heavy offense. He is currently being drafted as the WR65, behind Micheal Pittman. If TY Hilton's hamstring keeps him out, Campbell could be a huge value.


Matt Thornton: Albert Wilson - (ADP of WR108 in redraft) Wilson has flashed his yards after the catch prowess occasionally during his career in the NFL. Although the Dolphins defense is improving, they are a pass heavy offense and Wilson is potentially Miami's WR3, he has a chance to be a target on short routes and use his YAC ability.


Shane Barrett: Eno Benjamin is not a deep sleeper for anyone that followed the Astronauts YouTube page last year. His draft capital and the team he got selected by was not ideal. I loved his speed and physicality for his size and think if Drake or Edmonds (or both) get hurt he could fill in and be more than serviceable.


FF_Spotlight: Matt Breida is a deep sleeper. People seem to forget about him and his production during his time on the field. I've heard more hype for Jordan Howard, but it could easily see it being a 50/50 timeshare.


Nick Sarnelli: Hunter Renfrow - Currently is going as the WR67 in redrafts and is the primary slot reciever in Vegas. He started to build some great chemistry with Derek Carr at the end of last season finishing the year with back-to-back 100 yard games. Renfrow is a dynamic player who can be moved all over the field and is very shifty. He is someone I am targeting in the late rounds of all my drafts.


Zach Zander: Russell Gage is the WR3 for the Falcons this year, but with the loss of Austin Hooper, Mohammed Sanu and the addition of only Hayden Hurst, he is in line to start and pick up targets with no further competition. He had 12 red zone targets last season and if there is an injury to Julio or Ridley, which has happened multiple times, he will be in line for a large workload in a potentially high powered offense.


Wardy: Joshua Kelley is a rookie, but his landing spot should lead to a decent opportunity for Kelley. Ekeler is the lead back for the Chargers, but head coach Anthony Lynn keeps banging the drum about not overusing Ekeler. There's 162 vacated carries and 55 vacated targets to be filled within the Chargers backfield. Last year Ekeler didn't handle too many goal line carries and there's every chance Joshua Kelley could fill the Melvin Gordon-goal line carries role and be a league winner in fantasy.


Nick Muzzillo: Chris Herdon - My deep sleeper for 2020 is Chris Herndon. Recently, there was a report that the Jets are ready to "unleash" Herndon this year as a weapon in the Jets offense. Going as the TE24 right now, I think Herndon has a legitimate opportunity to crush that price tag. Unfortunately, he is tied to an Adam Gase offense, but I believe in Herndon's and Sam Darnold's talent. It helps that Herndon had already established a good rapport with Darnold in 2018 as a rookie. Herndon came along strong, flashing his talent and upside. An injury-derailed 2019 is the only reason he has dropped this far. If he's healthy in 2020, I believe there's a chance Herndon can shine and outplay his price.


Cody Snow: Kirk Merrit - My deep sleeper is UDFA Kirk Merrit for the Dolphins. Without preseason and a very minimal offseason, Kirk could potentially be a cut candidate, but I'm confident he will make the active roster. As someone who isn't confident in 5th year breakout DeVante Parker, I think Merrit could end up being Tua's go to in the future and would pair well with Preston Williams. Kirk Merrit is 6'-0" 208 pounds, and tested in the 93rd percentile and higher in every workout metric except for agillity score. He also was fairly productive in college, with 83 receptions for 1005 yards and 70 receptions for 806 yards in his last two seasons. In a deep dynasty league, he's a great stash.

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