2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Candidates
A toe injury limited Garcon to just 10 games (and was very limited in two games) during his first season in DC. He opted against surgery this offseason as it wasn't guaranteed to fix the problem. The waiter finished the 2012 season with 44 catches for 633 yards and four touchdowns (double digit fantasy points in 4 games). The "X" receiver in Shanahan's offense has a solid history of major production (Andre Johnson under Kyle in Houston and Brandon Marshall, Rod Smith, and Javon Walker on head coach Mike's Bronco teams), so Garcon should have WR2 upside provided he and RGIII can stay healthy. If you target a WR in round 1, I'd feel safe selecting Garcon in rounds 6/7 as my #2, but ideally he makes for a high end WR3 based on the injury concerns.
The 29th overall pick of the 2009 draft is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be looking to prove his health in hopes of securing a fat new contract after the season. Nicks battled lower leg injuries in 2012 that cost him three games and he's yet to play a full season during his first 4 years in the NFL (missed a total of 9 games). When healthy, the UNC alum has produced borderline WR1 numbers as evidenced by his 2010/2011 numbers (averaged 77 catches for 1,100 yards while scoring 18 TDs). Despite skipping OTAs, Nicks has reportedly been working with Eli as the two look to carry the Giants back to the playoffs in 2013. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's vertical passing attack relies heavily on Nicks' downfield abilities, making him a solid target in rounds 4/5.
VD should see a major uptick in targets following the likely season ending ACL injury to WR1 Michael Crabtree. Davis finished the 2012 season with just 41 catches for 548 yards and five touchdowns (worst production since 2008). The enigmatic TE and first year QB Kaepernick struggled to get on the same page, but seemed to finally click during the 49ers' Super Bowl run as Davis had 11 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown in the final 2 playoff games against the Falcons and Ravens. From 2009-2011, the former 6th overall pick averaged 67 catches for 890 yards, while reaching pay dirt 26 times. Davis has been practicing with the wide outs during training camp - a true sign that he'll be a major focus in the passing game (especially when you consider the lack of talent that they have opposite Anquan Boldin -- 2012 first rounder AJ Jenkins, Kyle Williams and rookie Quintin Patton likely to compete for a starting spot). Davis has the talent to stretch defenses and should be targeted as a TE1, as a major bounce back is expected in 2013. His current ADP suggests Davis should hear his name called in round 6/7 of 2013 fantasy drafts.Injury Status: Out - Knee