5 Bounce Back Candidates

Every season we see players drop in ranking because of bad seasons the year before or injury. We are such a reactionary society and sometimes don’t take into account the situation around the player. What factors were contributing to the down year. It could be a number of things, but in this article I will look at 5 players that should have a bounce back season.

  1. Matthew Stafford – 8 games missed due to injury – Stafford coming back healthy this season is huge for a lot of reasons. Stafford hadn’t missed a game since 2010. His last full season Stafford threw for 3,777 yards and 21 TDs, in half a season last year he had 2,499 yards and 19 TDs. The Lions addressed Oline issues in the draft plus added young stud D’Andre Swift. Stafford will have a full compliment of weapons with Swift and Kerryon Johnson in the backfield, plus Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola. I expect a return to form for Stafford.
  2. Juju Smith-Schuster – Missed games due to injury and Pittsburgh was without Ben Roethlisberger for much of last season. Without Big Ben last season Juju did not have a good year getting only 70 targets in 12 games. In 2018 Juju had 166 targets and 111 catches. I think we will see a similar type season in 2020 as we did in 2018 if Big Ben can stay healthy. Juju is a game changer and has potential to be a top 5 WR this season.
  3. TY Hilton – 6 games missed due to injury – Last season ended a streak of 6 straight seasons with 100+ targets for Hilton. TY finished last season with just 500 yards receiving and his lowest yards per reception percentage of his career. Now enter gunslinger Phillip Rivers to chuck the ball to Hilton and we should have a recipe for success in Indy. Also GM Chris Ballard made two great moves in drafting Michael Pittman Jr., and Jonathan Taylor to take some of the offensive pressure off Hilton. I will be bold on Hilton here and proclaim him to be a WR1 this upcoming season with a top 10 finish.
  4. David Johnson – Johnson was benched in favor of Kenyan Drake last season while in Arizona. After being traded for the 2nd best WR in football this off-season Johnson finds himself in a new home with Houston. Johnson finished the season as the 34th scoring RB behind guys like Duke Johnson and Latavius Murray. Let’s be honest I don’t think this trade worked in Houston’s favor at all but if they want to remotely look good in this they will need a monster season from DJ. Johnson will need to be a top 10 to 15 RB this season and I can see Bill O’Brien forcing 200 carries and 75 targets into Johnson.
  5. Ben Roethlisberger – 14 games missed due to injury – We are entering the twilight of Big Bens career but he is still capable of big time numbers. He ended the 2018 season as the league leader in passing yards throwing the ball 675 times. As I wrote above with JuJu Smith-Schuster this offense will be back to all systems go in 2020. On top of Juju, Diontae Johnson, and James Washington the Steelers added two playmakers in Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron. There will be no shortage of weapons for the aging QB. I think a return to fantasy relevance is in the cards for Big Ben.

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