2018 Fantasy Football Players Returning From Injury

by Michael Trivisonno
2018 Fantasy Football Players Returning From Injury

Injuries are the most unpredictable and most unfortunate outcome in football. The 2018 fantasy football players returning from injury contain a wide variety of players. From second-year players to proven studs to anywhere in-between.

The challenge to fantasy owners out there is how they manage to work around injuries throughout the season. Running back handcuffs and depth at each position is crucial to grab in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.

2018 Fantasy Football Players Returning From Injury

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As the 2018 season is almost here, it's a good time to remind fantasy owners of some key players coming back from injuries last season.

Are some of them ready to go for week one of the season? Which players seem destined for an imperative role with their respected teams?

It's time to take a look at some of the players coming back from injuries a year ago.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

A bit of a slower start in 2017 for Odell, but his season officially ended Week 4 when he broke his ankle against the Chargers. He was attempting to become just the second player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 yards receiving and 10 or more touchdown catches in each of his first four seasons. Randy Moss is the only player to accomplish this feat.

Beckham is as elite as they come at the wide receiver position and just one of three receivers currently taken in the first round. Holding an overall ADP of 12.0 in a league quickly becoming dominated by the running back position, Beckham is one of the best values at his current price in fantasy drafts.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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Arguably the No. 1 overall pick in many fantasy leagues a year ago, David Johnson wouldn't even play a full game for fantasy owners who drafted him. He suffered a wrist injury, causing him to miss the next 15 games of the season.

He caught the NFL by surprise in 2016 by rushing for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson tried becoming the third running back in NFL history to have at least 1,000 yards receiving and rushing in a single season.

The 26-year-old is entering an offense that is dependent on himself and 34-year-old Larry Fitzgerald. In PPR leagues, he has a strong case for selection as the No. 1 overall pick again this season.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

All signs point toward Andrew Luck starting week one. It's been a very long and stressful wait but there are seemingly no setbacks for the 28-year-old. Luck played in the Colts first preseason game on Aug. 9 against the Seahawks. It was his first in-game action since week 17 of the 2016 season - an encouraging sign for fantasy owners.

In four of the last six years, Luck has played in at least 15 games of a season. Of those four seasons, he finished no worse than QB8 - including two top-5 finishes. Luck played just seven games in 2015 while missing all of last season with lingering injuries.

Expect a highly rejuvenated offense in Indianapolis this year with Luck returning. Andrew Luck is back, folks!

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears

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One catch was all it took to end the 2017 season for Allen Robinson. He tore his ACL during week one of the season, ultimately ending his 2017 season and Jaguars career as we know it. Back in March, Robinson signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears.

First-year head coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky believe Robinson looks ahead of schedule and more his old self again. They brought in the 24-year-old to serve as Trubisky's No. 1 receiver. With the Bears adding Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel this offseason, they look to become a more pass-oriented team.

Robinson provides a ton of upside for fantasy owners this season in Chicago. One thing is certain. He'll be the leading receiver and Trubisky's go-to target this year. He should end up producing WR2 numbers in 2018.

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Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson started week one as the backup quarterback. It took just one half to realize the Texans should try out the rookie and that turned out to be one of the best decisions for the Texans last season. His season would end halfway through the year after he tore his ACL in practice leading up to week eight.

In the six games he started last season, Watson put up five QB1 weeks and even finished as a top-3 quarterback in four of those weeks. Throughout the seven games played, he averaged just over 24 fantasy points per week. Russell Wilson was the only quarterback to average more than 20 FPPG throughout the entire season.

His progress has been nothing but positive throughout the offseason. He even got to play a series during the first two preseason games earlier this month. That alone is a good sign with the season starting in less than three weeks. Watson is a quarterback who possesses one of the highest ceilings out of all quarterbacks entering the 2018 season.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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What looked like a breakout rookie campaign in 2017 fell short after Dalvin Cook tore his ACL in Week 4. He progressed well this offseason and looks in shape to start Week 1 of the regular season. Head coach Mike Zimmer is being very cautious with the second-year pro as he sat him out of the two preseason games the Vikings have played thus far.

Although he only played in three full games before sustaining the season-ending injury, Cook was on pace to become a top-5 running back. During the three full games played, the 23-year-old paved the way with three top-10 performances.

Coach Zimmer won't rush back Cook to play some snaps in the preseason. Besides, Cook has been a full-go during training camp and shows all the signs of readiness for Week 1. Cook remains as an RB1 heading into the new season despite the limited opportunity in an injury-filled rookie year.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill's season was over before it started last year. During a practice in early August, he partially tore his ACL, resulting in season-ending surgery. Since May, the Dolphins cleared Tannehill for resuming football activities. He's a full-go in team training camp and preseason thus far.

There's no question he will be the week one starter for the Dolphins in a couple of weeks. Heading into the 2018 season, Tannehill will have to find a new No. 1 with Jarvis Landry out the door. The Dolphins went out and signed players like Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson during the offseason to help restore the loss of Landry.

The last season Tannehill played all 16 games was back in 2015. He has consistently struggled put up starter-worthy fantasy numbers throughout his career. Heading into another prove-it year with Miami, view Tannehill at best as a QB2 in deeper fantasy leagues.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

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Julian Edelman missed all of last season with a torn ACL. The progress has been great as he went through all of training camp and even played in some preseason games thus far. Although seen on the field, the 32-year-old struggled to stay in shape earlier this month.

He'll even have to sit out the first four games of the season due to testing positive to a banned substance back in June. The suspension will certainly push him back in fantasy drafts, but on a team with not too much depth behind him, Edelman is looking like a solid WR2 when he returns week five.

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