High Upside Player That Can Make or Break Your Fantasy Season
There are plenty of players in the NFL that have easily-defined capacities and skillsets. We can all assume with a good degree of confidence that guys like Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers will have great seasons and earn their squads plenty of touchdowns. We can see with ease that certain players will contribute to their teams in certain ways, while other players have proved that they aren’t really the best options for fantasy owners.
At the same time, there are some players who are simply unpredictable; guys who could easily have an incredible season but could equally have a bad one. These players can be the difference between success and failure in a fantasy league and if you can pick the right ones, you’ll be well on your way to success.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
Everyone is talking about this kid. Cooper is one of the most exciting rookies to watch out for in 2015 after some amazing performances at college level. Rookie WRs rarely live up to the hype, but guys like Odell Beckham Jr. make that statement sound ridiculous by having ridiculously impressive seasons and finishing in the top ten positional rankings. Cooper could go one way or the other. Sure, he has the talent and potential to be another success story like OBJ, but he could very easily disappoint fantasy owners, especially with a lot of competition on the Raiders’ roster. Cooper is one of the most popular rookie picks right now, but fantasy owners need to be aware of the risk he represents.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
Bell was one of the best fantasy RBs last season but there’s a lot of things going against him as we head into 2015. He’s been forced to undergo surgery and will also be competing with one of the most exciting rookies of the season in Ameer Abdullah and the always reliable Theo Riddick. Bell is also 29 years old now and will need to improve on his 3.9 yards per carry in order to save his place in this squad. People are already calling Abdullah to fill Bell’s shoes, but the veteran shouldn’t be underestimated. He should still see a lot of touches and could be a valuable fantasy player.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Another Detroit player, Stafford is an efficient but unpredictable signal caller. He’s clearly got the talent required to have a good season. However, he also holds the current league record for red-zone interceptions over the last three seasons with eight in total. He also has the unique title of being one of the only quarterbacks in history to pass for over 4,200 yards for 22 or fewer touchdowns. With a bit of consistency, Stafford could dominate but he’s always prone to a bizarre play, making him a risky choice for fantasy leagues.
Josh Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham has gone and Hill will be hoping to fill that spot. If he can, fantasy owners will be very, very grateful for the points they receive. The problem is that Hill is unproven and has only 20 receptions in his career. We know that the potential is there but can he fill Graham’s shoes so easily? Some fans and critics have their doubts, making Hill a pretty risk selection. He could reward fantasy owners and prove himself as one of the best value picks of the season, but there’s also a chance you’ll be left disappointed.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens
You might be wondering why Forsett is on this list. After all, he had an incredible season in 2014 and was the 8th best RB in the league, putting together a great run of nine games with 80+ scrimmage yards. Well, yes he did do all of those things but it was also the only time in his career when we have seen such impressive performances. Forsett will be 30 this year and had truly struggled to impress anyone before 2014. The pressure will be on him as we head into the new season and perhaps he’ll be able to replicate his form. If so, he’ll be a solid fantasy selection but if not then he could really let you down.
Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Every WR should appreciate working with Andrew Luck and if Johnson can maintain a consistent level of good form in 2015, he’ll be able to enjoy plenty of fantasy points through his relationship with the star quarterback. However, the 34-year old has lost some of his pace and there are young players such as Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief waiting in the wings to take his place. With one final effort, Johnson can have a great season but it’s going to take a lot of good performances for him to earn a spot on your fantasy roster.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Landry was a very impressive rookie last year, finishing second in receptions. Mike Wallace has departed and Landry looks primed and ready to fill that spot as one of the top wideouts on the Dolphins’ roster. However, with guys like Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings on the squad, along with the rookie DeVante Parker, Landry has a long way to go before really establishing himself as the leading man for Miami.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Hyde had a solid rookie campaign and, even with Reggie Bush on the roster, could be ready for another decent season in 2015. However, the problem here is that the 49ers just aren’t playing the way they used to. Jim Harbaugh has moved on, so too have some great players like Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis. The squad’s defensive play was pretty rough around the edges in 2014 and Hyde’s fantasy performances could suffer as a result of this poor form. The player himself is very talented but if his teammates don’t step up then he won’t be able to fulfil his potential.