Return-yardage leagues are a still-underserved sector of the fantasy football community. That’s good news for you, though. It means you can gain an advantage over your competition by leveraging your league’s scoring rules.
Here are 20 guys to boost up your rankings in return-yardage leagues:
Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
Pittsburgh has used Brown judiciously on punt returns. His 15 tries last year marked a career low — and continued a steady decline from 32 back in 2013. Last season also broke a streak of 3 straight years with a punt-return TD. Brown has scored on special teams in 5 of 7 seasons.
Don’t expect big return contributions from him in 2017, but whatever he adds only enhances the profile of a guy who’s already the safest pick in Round 1 of fantasy drafts.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
In addition to finishing 2nd on the Chiefs in receiving yards (593) and 3rd in rushing yards (267) last year, Hill was a dynamo in the return game. His 592 punt-return yards led the league and were a whopping 228 more than anyone else. Hill also ranked 19th with 384 kick-return yards and scored 3 times on special teams.
Hill’s offensive playing time is set to grow in 2017, but he should also remain Kansas City’s primary return man. He’s worth considering as early as the 3rd round in return-yardage leagues.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
This one’s pure projection. We haven’t heard whether the Panthers plan to use McCaffrey on special teams. But it’d certainly make sense to.
Stanford did. McCaffrey averaged 26.4 yards per kick return, 11.2 yards per punt return and scored twice on special teams across 3 college seasons. He’s an absolute terror in the open field and would juice up a Panthers return game that lost Ted Ginn this offseason.