There are many reasons an NFL player has a poor season, but the most rampant reasons are injuries. This is a league where players get into multiple car crashes each game. Some players are able to play through difficult injuries that still slow them down and others are sidelined for a whole season. Below, we will look at fantasy football relevant players who should be healthy to start the 2020 season and hopefully contribute more than they could in 2019.
Sometimes post-injury players can be had at a discount in fantasy drafts, but not always. The allure of 16-game upside for a player is sometimes too much, so we’ll take a look at what players are worth targeting this season.
Evan Engram, Giants
Engram has been a fantasy stud when healthy but he missed eight games last season with a sprained foot and five games the previous year due to a sprained knee and hamstring pull. Engram is still young, so these injuries are worrisome, but also could just be bad luck instead of a pattern. I’m a little wary of another injury, but his ADP is a bit more reasonable this season and a healthy year almost assures him a Top-5 finish.
Chris Herndon, Jets
Herndon could not get healthy last season after starting it with a four-game suspension. First, he had a hamstring injury and then a broken rib. Herndon had a successful rookie year and the team has stuck with him as their starter this season. Those are both big plusses for his possibilities in 2020. I’m not overly worried about injuries, and his ADP is great at around 190 overall.
Eric Ebron, Steelers
Ebron had a down year in Indianapolis after being a touchdown machine the previous season. He also suffered an ankle injury that ended his season after Week 12. He now joins the Steelers and will compete with Vance McDonald for snaps and targets. Both Steelers tight ends have had trouble with drops in their career, but Ebron has shown more upside and consistency.
Will Dissly, Seahawks
The Seahawks and Russell Wilson like using their tight ends, but injuries were a big problem for the position in 2019. Dissly ended up starting early in the season and put up a strong four straight games before tearing his Achilles in Week six, ending his season. He reportedly will be ready to go by Week 1, but the Seahawks did add veteran Greg Olsen to the team. Olsen isn’t the player he once was, but will get enough work to hurt Dissly’s chances of returning to fantasy prominence.