Nease’s Insights—Week 15: Comeback Players

I see the end of my 34th season of fantasy football approaching rapidly and it brings me a bittersweet emotional potion, a blend of both sadness and joy. On one hand, I will soon feel a void in my life. This has been my favorite season in so many ways. My usually lackluster, favorite NFL team, looks like a playoff team once again. The new NFL experience of wide-open scoring, mixed with just enough rock-solid defense has been spectacular to watch from a fan’s point of view. I will certainly miss that. What I will miss the most though is interaction with you, fantasy football fans and my readership family.

On the other hand, I am proud and happy with this season, more so than any other thus far since I started playing fantasy football. I am in six weekly leagues, all of which are very challenging. Three of these leagues are experts’ showcase leagues, with teams representing top experts in the fantasy football industry. I have made the playoffs in five of the six leagues and am still alive in four of them headed into the Week 15 games. All of my playoff teams have substantial depth and as far as power ratings go, I have two ranked #1, one #2 and one #3. These are genuine great teams.

This week we are going to review players, one at each position, that have faded performance wise in recent seasons, due to injuries, age or other personal issues. These players all had quality comeback years in 2918, much to the surprise of most of us playing the game.

  1. QB Andrew Luck, IND—In the months preceding this season, there was a lot of chatter about whether he could and would play. Now, in retrospect, that question has been answered with a resounding YES! After missing the entire 2017 season, Luck has had an incredible return. At the moment he in in the #5 slot in QB scoring. Enough about fantasy, he is throwing for about 290 yards per game and has a stellar 34/13 TD.INT ratio.
  2. RB Adrian Peterson, WAS—At 33, Adrian Peterson looked like a longshot when he was signed by the Redskins. Despite being less than 100% due t, WAo nagging injuries, he has not missed a game. So far, he has 1,052 combined yards and three TDs. He is only 128 yards short of a 1,000-yard rushing season with three games remaining. Not bad for a RB who has had three wasted seasons out of his last four, due to a suspension, injuries and quite simply, not being wanted.
  3. WR Amari Cooper, DAL—Following a woeful collapse in Oakland in 2017, with only a 48-680-7 stat line to show for his efforts, Cooper started out this season with the same lackadaisical results he had last year. Oakland then traded him to Dallas for a 1st round draft choice in 2019. What seemed like a Raider robbery a few weeks ago, has turned into a treasure trove for the Cowboys. Suddenly they have turned their season around and have a fair shot at going far into the playoffs. All of this is thanks to Cooper, who now has a tremendous 2018 stat line with three games remaining—62-932-7.
  4. TE Eric Ebron, IND—After years of frustrating fantasy players, Ebron went from the Lions to Colts this year, a move that drew only a collective shrug at draft time. As things worked out, the long considered worthless TE has had a remarkable season. As luck happened Andrew Luck picked him out as a favorite target and he has suddenly become a highly ranked, sought after player. His 15+ points per game and his 58-654-12 stat line has been one of the most surprising performances in the fantasy football universe this season.

From a purely statistical point of view, as well as from a fantasy player angle. Andrew Luck has to be the consensus fantasy football Comeback Player of the Year. But one would be remiss to overlook Amari Cooper. He has taken a broken-down team, breathed new life into them and has made them a surprise Super Bowl Contender, as well as a huge fantasy impact-player in crunch time.

Good luck in your championship battles. All of us at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

Good luck! Have fun!

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