10 Fantasy Football Disappointments Who Will Bounce Back In 2014
10 Disappointing Players Who Will Bounce Back In 2014
Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos is just one week away. Once that game is complete, NFL fans will be in a big depression, seeing as they’ll have seven months to wait for the next season to begin. It’s okay though, because it’s never too early to start thinking of the next season and all that goes along with it, including fantasy football.
If you had success in your 2013 leagues, then you probably can’t wait to build on that success. If you’re like me though, you’ll say for months that you’re finally quitting fantasy football. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel like crap when I lose and then I get even more mad that I get so mad about it. I mean, I have no control over what these players do; I put out the best lineup I believe possible and hope for the best. As much as I’m posturing now, I know I’ll be back for next year, and the year after, and so on and so forth. Maybe 2014 will be the year that I end my now three-year long drought without a league title. Of course, that can’t happen without some preparation. That, and some bounce back performances from players that disappointed in 2013.
There were a lot of players to choose from, but I’m happy with the list of 10 I came up with. Without further ado, these are the 10 players that should have nice bounce back seasons in 2014. Good luck next year and try to not be sad about football ending. At least The Walking Dead comes back right afterwards.
10. Arian Foster
Arian Foster brought 542 yards rushing with just one touchdown last year. In fairness, Foster essentially played in only six games last year due to injuries. Just one of the many things that contributed to the Houston Texans awful 2013 season. He is still only 27 years old and probably won't have Ben Tate around to take carries away. Foster will be just fine in 2014.
9. Ray Rice
Ray Rice might have been the biggest disappointment in 2013, with just 660 yards rushing and four touchdowns. A nagging hip injury and a bad offensive line led to his worst season yet. Rice should be back healthy next year with an improved line to run behind, so I'll expect him to go more than 1,000 yards and get somewhere around eight to ten touchdowns in 2014.
8. C.J. Spiller
For a first rounder like C.J. Spiller, 927 yards rushing and two touchdowns isn't great. I'll expect a little boost of those numbers in 2014, but consider Spiller more of a second or third round guy.
7. Hakeem Nicks
No touchdowns in 2013. Really? No touchdowns in 2013.
If you drafted Hakeem Nicks in the fourth round last year like me, then you probably weren't too happy for most of the year. Nicks seemed to be playing cautious all year in fear of getting injured and not getting the big contract in 2014. With a new team and a new contract, Nicks will definitely be better in 2014.
6. Joe Flacco
I don't think anyone thought Joe Flacco would break records in 2013, but 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions? Very disappointing, to say the least. In 2014, Flacco will hopefully start out the season with a healthy Dennis Pitta and maybe a few more weapons added in the offseason, in addition to some offensive line help.
Flacco was sacked 48 times in 2013. Don't expect huge numbers in 2014; he will be a solid No. 2 QB.
5. Percy Harvin
If Percy Harvin was healthy in 2013, he probably would have put up some good numbers. That's the problem with Harvin though, he's injured often. I'm going to take a leap of faith with Harvin for 2014 and say that he'll be that big play guy that the Seattle Seahawks spent a lot of money for.
4. Tom Brady
More than 4,000 yards passing and 25 touchdowns would typically be great numbers for a quarterback. Not for Tom Brady though; that's a down year for him. You would imagine in the offseason that the New England Patriots will give Brady a few more weapons besides Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobkins. Julian Edelman could be gone though.
3. Doug Martin
Doug Martin, just like Foster, only played in six full games before being injured for the season. Martin had 456 yards with just one touchdown and only topped 100 yards one time in 2013. Martin is only 25 though, so he'll be fine in 2014 with new coach Lovie Smith at the helm.
2. Roddy White
Roddy White fought nagging injuries all year and it showed with only 711 yards receiving and just three touchdowns. The previous six seasons, White topped 1,000 receiving with no less than six touchdowns. There's no reason to think he can't go back to his old ways in 2014.
1. Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off back-to-back disappointing fantasy seasons. It might beg the question if Jones-Drew is done at this point in his career. He's still only 28 and will likely not be back with the Jacksonville Jaguars next season. I think some new scenery will rejuvenate Jones-Drew for a big bounce back season in 2014.