With the heartbreak that follows a failed season in fantasy football, there can be many reasons why your team did not perform as well as it should have in 2015. In most cases, it is a high-end draft pick, either in the first or second rounds (or both) that failed to live up to their pre-season draft hype, losing your league and leaving your team to limp away into hiding eagerly awaiting 2016 for a shot at redemption. Fantasy owners are human, and what comes with being human is the feeling of anger and resentment to those who have wronged us in the past and with the emotional rollercoaster ride that is fantasy football, it’s easy to be resentful towards the players. However, I am here to tell you it is ok to trust a few players from last season that you may be looking to avoid in your draft for what they did, or didn’t do, last year. Lets get to it!
Demaryious Thomas – ADP 31
Thomas had a bad year last year and struggled mightily with drops through out the 2015 campaign in which he massively under-achieved in his top 15 draft position. However, there were a number of issues that explain why he had such a poor outing. One being the fact that his mom had her drug charges pardoned by president Obama and was released from prison. If that was not emotional enough, he held out most of training camp due to a contract stalemate with the Broncos front office and showed up out of shape and unprepared for the start of the season. Lucky for him, 2016 is his redemption year and with Denver naming Trevor Seimian their starting quarterback, Thomas has to absolutely be on cloud nine with that news because his new young QB seemingly looks Thomas’ way early and often which was evident Saturday night with catching 4 balls for 64 yards and making a sweet one-handed grab through tight coverage while playing the entire first half. He is clearly on a mission this season and seems as focused and motivated as ever so give him a second chance this year and enjoy a first round talent at a third round discount.
Jeremy Hill- ADP 45
Hill started out 2015 with as much hype at running back as anyone, and almost immediately ran into a wall to start the season struggling mightily out of the gate to get anything going. One of his biggest issues was holding onto the football which is a quick way to find your ass riding the pine real quick in the NFL. However, with former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson now the head coach in Cleveland, Zen Zampese is in charge of the Bengals offense this year. A guy, as evident by Hill’s use in the pre-season, is clearly wanting to feature him early and often especially after the mass exodus at WR and Tyler Eifert out for the foreseeable future, the game plan appears to feature a one two punch of AJ Green and Jeremy Hill. He is a volume runner, meaning, he needs lots of carries to be relevant in fantasy land and it appears his new OC is going to give him just that. With an ADP of 45, he can be a huge value pick in standard leagues this year with plenty of touchdown opportunities on the horizon.
Melvin Gordon- ADP 62
Highly sought after as a rookie, Gordon was the unfortunate beneficiary of landing on Chargers team that had a terrible run blocking o-line (decimated by injuries) and It showed big time with Gordon failing to even score ONE touchdown in 2015, crazy. He was perhaps overvalued by fantasy experts last season but when it is all said and done he just was not a good fit for that particular offensive scheme. Ken Wisenhunt has returned to be in charge of the offense and is on a mission to ignite a sleeping giant that will be the Chargers offense in 2016 and desperately needs to establish a solid run game that will open up passing lanes. Which can only mean one thing, he wants to turn Melvin Gordon loose and with his ADP at 62 Gordon could be a huge steal in fantasy drafts this year if everything rolls into form. Take Gordon with a, “glass half full” mentality and see what happens because he could up being the difference maker this year on a championship fantasy roster.