The 2017 NFL season was one of the craziest, most injury-riddled seasons in NFL history, specifically because of the toll it took on some of the league’s biggest stars. That had an impact on their teams, obviously, but also in the world of fantasy football. Let’s take a look at some of the big names who are eyeing a 2018 comeback, and what that could mean for your fantasy team.
The number one overall pick in most fantasy leagues, Johnson hurt his wrist in the third quarter of the Cardinals’ Week One matchup against the Detroit Lions. He is expected to carry a full workload this season, even though he’s currently holding out for a new contract. Johnson has set lofty goals for himself once again this year, as he wants to go for 1,000 yards on the ground and receiving this season. Don’t be afraid to pick him early once again in your fantasy league.
Watson lit the league on fire in 2017, throwing for 1700 yards and 19 touchdowns in just seven games before tearing his ACL in practice. The whole league felt the repercussions of the injury, as did fantasy owners. Just a week before the injury, Watson roasted the Legion of Boom for 402 yards, in a game Houston ultimately lost but put the league on notice. He showed his franchise quarterback potential, as well as his fantasy potential. He is on track to practice during training camp and should be the Week One starter for the Texans.
Odell Beckham Jr.
We all remember Odell Beckham Jr. getting carted off the field, crying in immense pain as his season ended on a fractured ankle. He seems to be fully healthy, as he shows off his dance moves, baseball swing and fast feet on Instagram every chance he gets. (See video above.) He showed up to voluntary OTA’s to show off the fact that he’s healthy. He didn’t have to show up, as he has repeatedly stated he wants a new contract, but he did. That should be a good sign for his Giants teammates, fans, and fantasy owners. Now with a real running game in the picture, led by Saquon Barkley, some pressure should be taken off Eli Manning and Beckham. Don’t hesitate to use a first-round pick on Beckham.
Arguably the league’s MVP before tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams, the Eagles might be cautious with Wentz as he returns from injury. The Super Bowl champs don’t need Wentz right away, but he still insists that he’ll be ready for Week One, and he very well could be. If you need a quarterback for your fantasy team, don’t be afraid to go in on Wentz. When on the field, we should see him pick up right where he left off last season, with ultimately the same supporting cast that would’ve helped propel him to the MVP award if he would’ve stayed healthy.