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Comeback Candidates

Which disappointing players from last year will bounce back? Profiled players include Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Grant, Shonn Greene, and Austin Collie.


A lock as a top 5 WR in previous seasons (with Kurt Warner under center), the 2010 season saw Fitz dropped to 15th as he was catching wounded ducks from Derek Anderson and John Skelton. Arizona failed to upgrade the QB position via the draft, but are rumored to be considering trades for Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton once a CBA is finalized. Provided they don't have John Skelton under center in round 1, Fitzgerald's upside makes him worth considering in rounds 2-3. Labeled as one of the best route runners in the league with glue for hands (only dropped three passes in 2010), Fitzgerald enters his 8th year in the league in search of his sixth 1,000 yard season. He remains a PPR monster -- having topped 90 catches in each of the past 4 seasons -- and is well worth considering as a WR1 despite the uncertainty at QB.


Rice's 2010 season mirrored that of the entire Vikings team as they fell flat on their face amid Super Bowl aspirations. Rice's decision to delay offseason hip surgery (amid a contract dispute) resulted in his recovery lasting well into the regular season (sidelined the first 10 games of the season). Although Minnesota will likely have rookie Christian Ponder under center, don't forget that Rice is one season removed from a 1,300 yard, 8 TD campaign in 2009. The outcome of the CBA will determine Rice's free agent status, but early indications are that he'll be restricted as a 4-year vet (meaning a team would have to give a 1st round pick to Minnesota) and a lucrative contract to a player coming off extensive hip surgery - not likely. He'll likely return to Minnesota and if healthy could be a bargain as he remains an elite red zone talent, making him a high end WR2 (despite the likelihood that he'll be catching passes from a first year quarterback).


The 28 year old Wisconsin alum admitted that he came back from offseason ACL surgery too soon, which resulted in his 2nd consecutive disappointing season. OD has now missed 13 games over the past two seasons, but has the skill set and surrounding cast which should put him in an ideal spot to bounce back to TE1 status in 2011. Houston's passing offense finished last season 4th in the league, yet they lack a true #2 receiver opposite Andre Johnson (Jacoby Jones is the closest to a #2 but he is a free agent). Daniels averaged over 800 yards per season in 2007/2008 and if healthy should bounce back to those yardage totals, making him a solid bargain. He has yet to top 5 TDs in one season and amid the injury concerns pairing Daniels with another TE with upside (ex Pats Aaron Hernandez or Titans Jared Cook) is advisable if you decide to wait until late in the draft to fill your TE position.

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