Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 Injury Bounce Back Candidates - Wide Receiver

A great way to find value in fantasy football is to use 2013 injuries to your advantage. Many owners will skip some excellent players due to a injuries in the past. In many cases, savvy owners can select previously injured players at a discount. We've identified a group of wide receivers who've had injury concerns, but also have a chance to bounce back and have strong fantasy value in 2014.

Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis - Reggie Wayne was having an excellent season through six games, averaging 5.6 catches for 76 yards per game, before a torn ACL ended his campaign. For 2014, expect him to start a bit slow, but work his way up to another excellent season. 80 Catches for 1100 yards and 6-8 TDs is what we predict.  That kind of production anywhere after the 6th round is excellent.

Roddy White - WR - Atlanta - Matt Ryan had it rough in 2013, with both Julio Jones and Roddy White battling injuries all season. White dealt with a high ankle sprain all season, then Jones, injured his foot and left for the season. Now, in 2014, Julio Jones is still ranked as a top WR, but White has dropped slightly. White's ADP is down 40 spots from 2013, so if you can get his  85-1100-9 TDs any later than round 6, look to scoop him up.

Danario Alexander - WR - FA* - Danario Alexander is a tough case. He has had so many injuries over his 4 year career, but has shown the ability to get it done when between the lines.  If he shows he's healthy, and gets picked up to play in a solid offense, he could easily have a 50 catch, 800 yard, 6 TD season. Keep an eye on his progress, and use a late round flyer on him if he's in the right spot.

Malcom Floyd - WR - San Diego - Keenan Allen has taken over as the Chargers #1 WR due to an excellent rookie campaign, but that still leaves room for Malcom Floyd to come back as a starter. Over his previous three seasons, Floyd has averaged over 795 yards and 5.33 TDs. If you can get that production at the end of your draft, its valuable. Pick Floyd late and use him as a bye week sub and spot start type of player.

Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia - Chip Kelly has turned the Philadelphia offense into a fantasy football hotspot in 2014. His high paced offense and Nick Foles have proven that the Eagles can score points. Maclin, coming off of an ACL in training camp last summer, is expected to take over the #1 spot from the departed DeSean Jackson. We expect 80 for 1100 and 10 TDs out of a healthy Maclin, which would be excellent output for a guy selected after the 5th round.

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