There's an old fantasy football adage which stipulates the following:
Heading into a draft, every fantasy owner has a list of players that he feels will have bounce-back seasons. Some of the players on the list are coming off an injury (see
We want to look at four-year veterans, because anything less than that is not enough to establish a reputation for being productive; "draft-worthy" would mean players likely to be on a fantasy roster; increasing fantasy production would indicate a positive fantasy reputation; a drop-off in production last year would indicate a devaluing in fantasy owners' eyes; and finally, we want to make sure that they have not hit the infamous "wall" for their position.
Max chugged through the data and came up with the following:
Max zeroed in on five offensive players:
• The two true value propositions for bounce-back players in 2009 are
Note: many readers will object to the absence of
For IDP participants, take heed of the following:
• I'd discount
• Andre Carter is a curious case. Last season was not kind to the veteran he saw declines in both tackles and sacks. Big declines. And at 31, he may be starting to slide. I can almost guarantee that Carter will be undrafted in your IDP leagues but he may be someone to keep an eye on. With man-beast Albert Haynesworth in the middle of the Redskins' defensive line and pass-rushing rookie Brian Orakpo listed at LB, Carter may find some opportunities to pad his stats. And since Carter will likely be on the waiver wire, a good Week 1 performance should alert you to his potential bounce-back season, and then you can pounce on him.
There you have it ... just a little extra ammunition for your Draft. Use this information in context and you should be able to nab a bounce-back player in 2009!