Players to Bounce Back in 2020

Players Who Could Bounce Back in 2020

By Steven Wasco

Did you draft that one player who you banked on to whether give you consistent fantasy production and/or have a breakout season only to be wildly disappointed. Trust me, we’ve all been there, but let’s look at some of the players who might actually be able to bounce back from a bust season to the possibility of fantasy relevance. 

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams- 

2018: 4688 Yards Passing 32 TDs 12 Ints, 8.4 YPA, 293 YPG, 64.9% Completion, 101.1 QBR

2019: 4638 Yards Passing 22 TDs 16 Ints, 7.4 YPA, 289.9 YPG, 62.9% Completion, 86.5 QBR

Bob was right at the beginning of last season about Todd Gurley, but with weapons like Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Cooper Kupp as receivers, you would of expected Goff to have a tremendous season. But he didn’t and I believe it was the NFL getting wise to McVay’s offense. But the Rams are tied at the hip to Goff now so I believe that McVay and the Rams offense will create a new game plan that will help make Goff and the whole Rams offense the most feared offense in the NFL once again. 

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns-

2018- 3725 Yards Passing 27 TDs 14 Ints, 7.7 YPA, 266.1 YPG, 63.8% Completion, 93.7 QBR

2019- 3827 Yards Passing 22 TDs 21 Ints, 7.2 YPA, 239.2 YPG, 59.4% Completion, 78.8 QBR

A Stud Running Back, check. Two great receivers, check. So what went wrong with Baker Mayfield? To be honest I think it was a sophomore slump and I also there was not a clear message on offense. There were off-season reports of Kitchens and his OC not being on the same page. I think with a strong Head Coach like Kevin Stefanski, who has a history of elevating offenses, is reason enough to give Baker Mayfield the benefit of one more season to show what he is really made of.

Running Backs

Saquon Barkley

2018: 1307 Yards Rushing 11 TDs 5 YPA, 91 Rec 721 Yards Receiving 4 TDs

2019: 1003 Yards Rushing 6 TDs 4.6 YPA, 52 Rec 438 Yards Receiving 2 TDs

Saquon Barkley did the thing most athletes should not do. Comeback from injury before they’re ready, what’s worse is that it was a high Ankle Sprain. Yes he still managed to salvage his season late, but he was noticeably less explosive and not able to break tackles like his rookie season. 

Alvin Kamara

2018: 883 Yards Rushing 14 TDs 4.6 YPA 81 Rec 709 Yards Receiving 4 TDs

2019: 797 Yards Rushing 5 TDs 4.7 YPA 81 Rec 533 Yards Receiving 1 TD

After a strong Sophomore campaign it was expected that Kamara would have a breakout season. Instead injuries hampered him and affected his production. For the rest of the season. So why is there optimism? It’s simple, before his injury he was still very explosive. After his injury he was playing cautious, an offseason of recovery will go a long way in returning Kamara to his peak level!

Joe Mixon

2018: 1168 Yards Rushing 8 TDs 4.9 YPA 43 Rec 296 Yards Receiving 1 TD

2019: 1137 Yards Rushing 5 TDs 4.1 YPA 35 Rec 287 Yards Receiving 3 TDs

I remember early 2019 one of the most popular questions being, should you trade Joe Mixon. The question was being asked if he should be dropped?! But Mixon heated up week 9 and wound up winning people fantasy championships. With another year in a new offensive system, Mixon is primed to have a stronger showing in 2020.

Wide Receivers

Brandin Cooks

2018: 80 Receptions 1204 Yards Receiving 5 TDs

2019: 42 Receptions 583 Yards Receiving 2 TDs

There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about this pick because of his concussion history. However, there are two factors that make him a contender to bounce back in 2020. 1) He is only going to be 27 years in September. 2) from 2015 to 2018 he has had over 60 receptions and over 1000 yards. Brandin Cooks is a highly talented Wide Receiver and the Rams need him back at 100% in order for the Rams to complete a bounceback season on offense. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster

2018: 111 Receptions 1426 Yards Receiving 7 TDs

2019: 42 Receptions 552 Yards Receiving 3 TDs

We all know that Juju struggled this year. A mix of Quarterback play and injuries hampered a potential breakout year after flourishing in 2018. But in 2020 there will be no excuses, Juju will be healthy as well as Big Ben. This will be the year that Juju will prove to the NFL if he is a true top 10 receiver or just another guy on the field. 

TY Hilton

2018: 76 Receptions 1270 Yards Receiving 6 TDs

2019: 45 Receptions 501 Yards Receiving 5 TDs

TY Hilton has always been a top tier Wide Receiver. However this was the first time since his rookie year that TY had less than 100 targets. This was also the first time in career he only played in 10 games and some of the games he played he did not finish. However, TY reminds me a lot of DeSean Jackson in that he has elite deep threat speed and shows no signs of decline despite him turning 31 in November. So I think that TY is primed to make a comeback. 

Adam Thielen

2018: 113 Receptions 1373 Yards Receiving 9 TDs

2019: 30 Receptions 418 Yards Receiving 6 TDs

Adam Theilen in 2017 and 2018 has always been a top level receiver. However, last season was the first time in three years that Thielen didn’t play a full season. By the start of the season Thielen will be 30 years old but he primarily plays from the slot, so I am only concerned about his injury. Since it happened before his age 30 season I think he will be fine and be able to continue on and make a spectacular comeback in 2020. 

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