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This is one of my favorite categories because its much like fantasy football; you just never really know how a player will perform.  Remember what the term comeback means.  More often than not a QB will take the Comeback Player of the Year Award mostly because of they can exceed expectations from a previous year.  Such as Phillip Rivers; he had a very bad season in 2012 mostly due to a bad team effort.  But in 2013 the talent got better around him and he was able to better his play.  Its is much harder for a RB to win the award because more often than not they need to comeback from a terrible injury or explode with a new team.  Its much of the same with WR as well; they need to produce outrageous stats to be considered for this award.

With that in mind; I feel there are a lot of players who could be in the running for the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year.  Some of my possibilities are QB; but there are a bunch of other positions that very well could win it as well.  There were a lot of injuries in 2013; and during free agency this year we saw a lot of players go to new teams.  So it should be very interesting to see who emerges out of the pack to win this award.  Below are my top selections in no particular order.

Robert Griffin III Redskins – Obvious first choice going into the season.  The Redskins have surrounded him with talented players and an upgraded offensive line.  One of the big stories was the Skins picking up DeSean Jackson in free agency which adds a lot of speed to the offense.  Pierre Garcon is healthy and Alfred Morris will be a big part of the pass game now as well.  RGIII should be healthy and ready to go when the season starts and I think the bar will be set pretty high for him in 2014.

Percy Harvin Seahawks – Harvin is another top candidate because after his showing in the Super Bowl; we all got to see his potential when he is healthy.  Now with Golden Tate gone there should be a lot of action in store for Harvin.  Now that is taking into account that he will stay healthy for a full season; we all know he has had some issues with that.  He has all the tools he needs to have a killer 2014 season; lets see if he uses all of them.

Julio Jones Falcons – Julio Jones is amazing anyway and he was on track to have a career year in 2013 until he got a foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.  Jones is going to be healthy by the time the season starts and the Falcons brought in Hester from the Bears to hopefully take some of the pressure off Jones.  Roddy White will be playing the opposite side so there is no reason why Julio should not just explode.  

Rob Gronkowski Patriots – Two years ago it was impossible to stop Gronk, now for the last season he has had injury after injury that has slowed his progress.  No TE has ever won the Comeback Award; but if there is a TE to do it; it would be Gronk.  Tom Brady is still delivering the passes; so as long as Gronk can stay on the field he actually has a chance to get this award.

Aaron Rodgers Packers – He is a former league MVP so we all know his capabilities; now he is healthy he should return to form.  He still has weapons around him like Cobb and Nelson, and now the Packers have a strong run game with Lacy so it makes sense that Rodgers should be able to pass often and make a good run to winning this award.

Michael Crabtree 49ers – After being sidelined for most of the 2013 season with an injury; Crabtree came back with a vengeance and was a big impact on the 49ers.  Now being healthy and with other WR options for Kap; it should free up Crabtree to show his full potential.  He wont be putting up Julio Jones numbers; but he still can show how much he has recovered from a serious injury.

There are some others that might have a chance at this award too like Larry Fitzgerald, Randall Cobb, Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and Jake Locker; but they have some stiff competition to get there.  I know I didnt put any defensive players on here and thats because there have only been 3 defensive players to ever win this award and I dont see it happening in 2014.  I may be wrong though; you never know.

 

Yet another edition of the 2013 Fantasy Football Busts.  I know that all of my “Busts” are totally subjective; but based off the information I have either read or heard on TV I have concluded these players to not do as well as most people think.  If you have not read my first volume of Busts you can find that on my home page.  There will be one more edition of this coming out in about a week, but in the mean time here is another crop of players who I will be staying away from in my fantasy drafts.

Ryan Mathews RB Chargers – The Chargers used to have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL; but now they are one of the worst and Mathews is not helping.  He has been plagued with injuries and has not lived up to expectations.  Not to mention that the Chargers also have Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead in the back field.  I am not planning on Mathews making a huge splash this year.

Mark Ingram RB Saints – Ingram is a solid, strong, and tough runner; but the problem is that he is on a pass first team and there is a grip of running backs fighting for the starting spot.  Ingram has had some injury issues, but I think if he was on a team that ran the ball then he could be a good fantasy option.  Sproles is the main running back since he has speed; and Ingram and Thomas will be battling for the starting job. 

Any St. Louis RB – It is an absolute mess over in St. Louis and I don’t see a situation where one of the three RBs will emerge as a good fantasy option.  There is Pead, Richardson, and Stacy.  All of them are young; and none of them have too much experience and that makes them all a very shaky fantasy option.  I do not see a situation where I would have any of those guys on my fantasy team. 

Danario Alexander WR Chargers – This is another player who is yet to play a full NFL season due to injuries.  Philip Rivers used to be one of the most dependable passers in the NFL, but over the last few seasons he has been turning the ball over a lot.  If Danario can stay healthy then maybe I will change my mind, but it is hard to put a lot of faith into a WR that cannot stay healthy. 

Sidney Rice WR Seahawks – Back when Rice was with the Vikings I remember having him on my team and he would always put up strong numbers.  Since going over to Seattle he has not had the same fire he once had.  He has had numerous injuries and spotty fantasy numbers.  Now with Seattle bringing in Percy Harvin that drops his stock even lower.  If Rice is available for your very last pick he may be nice to have; but do not plan on using him that much.

Jermichael Finley TE Packers – I know it seems strange to put a Green Bay receiver on this list, but Finley is kind of the odd man out in Green Bay.  A few seasons ago, Finley was one of the elite tight ends and was putting up great fantasy numbers, but now he has a reputation for dropping passes and his touchdowns have gone down quite a bit.  I am not saying you should not draft Finley, but I would use him as a back up player.

Robert Griffin III QB Redskins – Now I am sure people think I am crazy for putting RGIII on this bust list but I have very valid concerns.  Redskins are a run first team, he is coming off a terrible knee injury, and his receivers are kind of unreliable.  I know that RGIII is going to be a great QB, but the 2013 season makes me kind of concerned and even though I had him on my team last year; I do not think I would take a chance on him this year.  He may prove me wrong but for now I feel he will be a bust.