2023 Fantasy Football Bounce-Back Candidates

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Fantasy Football Bounce-Back Candidates

Tad: J.K Dobbins, RB – Baltimore Ravens

  • Definition of a boom or bust prospect.
  • Finished as the 48th-best running back last season mostly because he only played in seven games. 
  • In three of those seven games, he had over 10 fantasy football points but that’s also forgivable considering that offense felt…off…all year.
  • This is a big gamble considering this would be his first full season in two years but in his rookie year, he did have nine touchdowns and 800 yards so he could be a sneaky good late pick that turns out to be a solid FLEX option.
  • Worth noting that John Harbaugh expressed concerns about him not playing yet coming off his injury but I think it’s worth monitoring over the next month; no need to be in panic mode yet.
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Amar: Aaron Rodgers, QB – New York Jets

  • It took a long time for it to happen, but Rodgers eventually became a Jet this offseason.
  • His last season with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers put up the following numbers
    • 3,695 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and one rushing touchdown which totaled 239.2 fantasy points and ranked him 13th at the position.
  • Even with his so-called “bad year” in Green Bay, he still almost made the top 12 in fantasy football leagues
  • Now he joins a Jets offense that features his old offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, who helped him win back-to-back MVP awards
  • Rodgers also upgrades at skill positions getting Garrett Wilson and Mecole Hardman to throw too and hand the ball off to Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook.
    • Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb come over from Green Bay to give him some familiarity as well.
  • While some people may be wary about the change to New York and the possibility of the Jets being overhyped, Rodgers is a proven quarterback in this league and should be a valuable fantasy football asset that you might regret passing up
    • Currently being drafted as the 12th quarterback off the board

Tad: Keenan Allen, WR – Los Angeles Chargers

  • He finished as the 40th fantasy football wide receiver last year, which isn’t that surprising considering he only played in 10 games 
  • He’s picked up this injury-prone tag because he’s now 31 but he’s played a full season in four of the last six years 
  • He’s in one of the most loaded offenses in the game today 
  • Mike Williams and rookie Quentin Johnston are both reportedly looking really good in camp and while they will eat into his production, they will actually take attention away from Allen more. 
  • Before last season, Allen only finished with less than 1,000 yards once since 2017. 
  • He may not be a top-10 wide receiver, but he is a definite lock for the top 20. 
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Amar: Brandin Cooks, WR – Dallas Cowboys

  • Cooks is staying in the state of Texas but he’s moving from Houston to Dallas
  • Last season in Houston, Cooks totaled the following numbers
    • 57 receptions, 699 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns which totaled 145.6 fantasy football points and ranked him 49th among receivers
      • Some of his worst career numbers
  • Now he has landed in Dallas he has a better shot of competing compared to with the Texans
  • He becomes the second option in this passing offense, behind CeeDee Lamb, and should benefit because of that reason alone.
    • Dalton Schultz is no longer in this offense, so that means more targets to the wide receivers in this offense
  • While this offense may not be the same as it was with Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator, it’s still good enough to make Cooks a relevant fantasy option again
  • Currently ranked around the 90s for his overall ADP and that seems about right.