2019 Fantasy Football bounce-back candidates (PFN Film Room)

They may have burned you last year, but this year's going to be different. I promise. These are my top 2019 fantasy football candidates set to bounce back.

Every year there are players you’ll draft who fail to live up to expectations. Whether it’s due to staff changes, roster adjustments or injuries, nothing derails a fantasy football season like a wasted pick. But the players who suffer these setbacks usually return the following season looking to rebound. While I know you may be hesitant to take the risk, here are a few guys you can count on to bounce-back this 2019 fantasy football season.

Tight End

No position in all of fantasy football was more frustrating in 2018 than tight ends. We’re talking feast or famine. Even the dependable guys were erratic.

Looking at ESPN’s Consistency Ratings, only four tight ends were worthy of starting every week. Even then, those four players combined for ten weeks where they’d score in the bottom of the league for the position. You never knew what you were going to get.

An apparent cause for the lack in production was injuries. While there were a handful of guys who missed most of the season, some players were banged up throughout the year. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ O.J. Howard comes to mind.

The consistency ratings state Howard produced worthy starter totals for seven weeks. But he only played in ten. The other six games? He was hurt.

Because of this (in addition to the Bruce Arians hire), fantasy football analysts love Howard for 2019. But I’m not taking the risk. Some guys seem to carry hype one year to the next while continuing to underwhelm. For example, Cincinnati Bengals’ Tyler Eifert is another one I hope finally puts a year together. But I’m not ready to roster him just yet. Both Howard and Eifert are off the table for me. I’ve got my eyes on a couple of other guys.

Delanie Walker (TEN)

Before a season-ending ankle injury in week one, Delanie Walker looked like the same guy who posted five straight seasons of 60 plus catches and 800 or more yards. In that game, Walker showed off that same versatility that made him famous in San Francisco several years ago.

Here are Walker’s four receptions from last year’s opening week. You’ll notice he didn’t line up in the same position more than once for any of them. His ability to play all over the field gives him added opportunities for touches, which in turn benefits fantasy owners.

Currently, Walker is just outside ESPN’s Matthew Berry’s top ten rankings for tight ends in PPR leagues. While respectable, I believe Walker becomes the most consistent player at his position returning from a season-ending injury. For that reason, he is my top bounce-back candidate for the position.

Hunter Henry (LAC)

Finishing a close second place goes to Los Angeles Chargers tight end, Hunter Henry. In his fourth season, I expect Henry to breakout. The Chargers have many weapons to spread the ball around which will lead to mismatch opportunities for the talented big man. But that also means fewer targets. Fortunately, Henry makes his money in the red zone.

With New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retiring from the NFL, fantasy owners are down one less elite player at the position. Luckily, the many tight ends who missed extended time in 2018 due to injury will be getting a fresh start in 2019. Let’s hope they remain healthy.


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