Draft Strategy

8 Targets in Return-Yardage Leagues

By Kevin English 10:06am EDT 6/25/20


Return-yardage leagues remain rare in fantasy. Yet they add another strategy element, boosting the outlook of some established studs and elevating those who might otherwise lack relevance.

The next 2+ months will ultimately determine roles. But heading into training camp, here are the impact guys when it comes to special teams.


Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals

The Cardinals let returner Pharoh Cooper depart in free agency. Most relevant to Kirk, his loss removes 17 punt returns from 2019.

After seeing his opportunities drop from 21 as a rookie to 7 last year, Kirk will have a chance to recapture the primary PR role.

"I'm willing to do it," Kirk said via SI.com. "I'm always willing to do punt return. It's been a part of my game my whole entire life. So, if (special teams) Coach (Jeff) Rodgers asked me to go back there, I wouldn't even think twice about it. But that decision isn't necessarily on me, it's on Coach Rodgers. So, like I said, if he gives me the opportunity and he wants me to go back there, I'll be more than happy."

Kirk tallied 6 punt returns for TDs in college, so we know the talent’s here. It simply takes on increased meaning following the addition of DeAndre Hopkins. With a WR47 ADP, Kirk’s at least a low-risk mid-rounder -- with added upside in return-yardage leagues.


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