Tuesday, 05 July 2016 00:00

Players coming off injury that you should be drafting in 2016

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Arian Foster could be one of the prime candidates for a bounce-back season if and when a team signs him. Arian Foster could be one of the prime candidates for a bounce-back season if and when a team signs him. Karen/Flickr

Every year we see someone’s season cut short by injury. There were several in 2015, but the players below have a chance to come back and have a real impact in their post-injury season.

 

Jordy Nelson | WR | Green Bay Packers

Jordy Nelson has been one the best wide receivers in fantasy football for the last half decade. He’s had almost a full year to recover from a clean ACL tear and finds himself returning to a Green Bay Packers team that was a woeful underperformer in 2015. Aaron Rodgers may be the best quarterback in the NFL right now and he loves peppering Nelson with targets when the two are on the field. Combine that with a rejuvenated running game, and Nelson is set for a monster season that paints a Top-10 WR finish as the floor for me.

 

Jamaal Charles | RB | Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles suffered his second ACL tear last season. Kansas City went on to utilize a RB rotation that led them to a playoff win (it was actually a drubbing). Those two tidbits are the only ammunition that Charles detractors have when trying to dump on the superstar. The good news for fantasy owners is that Charles has been incredibly productive with 16ish touches in his career and his career yards per carry is among the best in NFL history. I expect Andy Reid to continue to ride Charles as a feature back, and I struggle to find six running backs currently in the NFL that I have more faith in when it comes to consistent fantasy production. Besides, the NFL as a whole has moved more towards the dreaded running back by committee-RBBC.

 

Kevin White | WR | Chicago Bears

Last year, for me, the question was who would be the third best rookie wide receiver of the 2015 draft class, because the spot behind Amari Cooper was firmly occupied by athletic juggernaut Kevin White. After missing the entire 2015 campaign with a foot fracture, a fully healthy White is returning to a lineup that sees him partnered with superstar wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the perpetually underrated Jay Cutler. Without a bell cow running back (the jury is still very much out on Jeremy Langford as Matt Forte is now a New York Jet) and positioned opposite a middling defense, White is poised to see a healthy amount of targets in what will really be his first NFL season. Don’t forget, Chicago lost one of its most effective pass catching options as they sent Zach Miller to injured reserve in mid-June.

 

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Last modified on Sunday, 03 July 2016 16:39
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at FFChamps.com before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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