We are to the last division for the comeback players series and it is a good one. The NFC West the last few years has been without a doubt the best and most competitive division in the NFL.
What is interesting about that fact is it has not translated to a lot of great Fantasy Football players. Yes, there are some ownable players, but besides Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, not a single player that played in this division last season finished as a top 15 fantasy scorer for their position.
The reason for the success by this division has been more about defense than anything. Now of course that doesn’t mean the offenses are not trying to score. I just don’t think they are as aggressive overall, knowing they have the defense they do. In fact you should not be surprised to learn with the exception being the Seahawks, who have the better fantasy players, every team in the division finished No. 21 or worse for points scored per game last season.
San Francisco as recent as 2013 was a good offensive team, but their offense has sputtered following the bad play of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Their whole offense might be ready for a comeback, but I’m not buying in on Kaepernick progressing this season. That is going to keep the rest of their offensive players value down as well once again in 2015, although you will see below that I believe there is at least one player that can have a comeback season.
Let’s not delay any longer and get to it.
NFC West Comeback Players
The NFC Super Bowl representative have a big decision to make right now. That decision is what to do with Russell Wilson. His agent is saying he wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL. Does he deserve it? I’m torn on this one.
The answer is yes because he has clearly made that team better. He is a very efficient quarterback and a playmaker both passing a running. Wilson has been a big reason why they have gone to two straight super bowls and won one of them.
The answer is no because usually the highest paid players are quarterbacks and while he is one, he is not your typical drop back type that gets the high dollar. There are some that believe, and I do lean this way a little, that he is just a part of a great overall team with a great running game and one of the best defenses in the league. Without those we would not be talking about Wilson the way we are today.
Both of those are true, which is why this is such a hard decision. If I were to put on my general manager hat, I would probably not give him the money he is asking for. I don’t think Russell Wilson has anywhere close to the success without the supporting cast around him. When he can throw the ball 600+ times and lead the offense himself, then we start talking.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington was having a really nice season through the first eight games. Then quarterback woes kicked into high gear for the Cardinals and that coincided with his decline. He then found himself injured just a few weeks later and missed the final four and a half games.
He could have easily been a top 10 running back if it weren’t for the injury, especially in PPR leagues. Even with the injury, he finished in the top 20.
I know it is weird to say he is a comeback player given how well he played last year. The reason I’m including him is because his ADP is pretty low this year at the 23rd running back taken. That seems really low given how good he was last season when healthy.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
This is the 49er I was speaking about above. Davis last year was one of the worst tight ends in football catching just 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Just one season prior to that he caught 52 passes for 850 yards and a career high 13 touchdowns. This made him quite the bust in 2014.
Now I’m not sure he is as good as he was in 2013, but I can tell you he is not nearly as bad as he was in 2014, even if Kaepernick does not improve. It is pretty clear to me, just judging by the number of targets for Davis, that he was not a part of the game plan as much. Call it a gut feeling, but I think the 49ers go back to him in 2015.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Yet another Cardinal who was affected by the rotating door at quarterback last season. Fitz by far had his best games when Carson Palmer was under center from weeks six through ten. He was actually returning starting WR value during those weeks. The rest of the season, he was better left on your bench or even on the waiver wire.
Fizgerald’s value is completely tied to Palmer’s health and from what it sounds like Palmer is healthy. You just have to hope for Fitz and the rest of the Cardinals skill players that he stays healthy the entire season. If he does I’m expecting another good season for Fitz. Maybe not as good as he was back in 2009 even 2011, but over 1000 yards and nearing double digit touchdowns is not out of the question.
If you missed any of the other divisions, be sure to go back and check them out as we break out who we think looks ready to be a comeback players for 2015 Fantasy Football.
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