Monday, August 26, 2013

Kick/Punt Returner Rankings - 2013

***Updated August 26, 2013***
***This list is going to be changing throughout the offseason with clarity throughout preseason***


Here is my updated rankings for Kick/Punt Return duties for 2013.  This list is going to be changing throughout the Free Agency and NFL Draft period, as well as training camps.  Playing in any league that offers points for Punt and Kickoff Return Yards and TD's is always an added bonus and when you are trying to get an advantage over your competition in Fantasy Football, every single point matters.

I included my top 35 return guys to keep an eye on in 2013, along with an updated depth chart of who is holding down the punt and kick return duties.  I will continue to update this list throughout the 2013 NFL offseason and into the season.  It is a nice little bonus as this information is hard to find on the Internet.


01. Randall Cobb GB, WR/PR/KR
02. Patrick Peterson ARI, CB/PR
03. Devin Hester CHI, WR/PR/KR
04. Darren Sproles NO, RB/PR/KR
05. Leon Washington NE, RB/PR/KR
06. Josh Cribbs OAK, WR/PR/KR
07. Dexter McCluster KC, WR/KR
08. Tedd Ginn Jr. CAR, WR/PR/KR
09. Jacoby Jones BAL, WR/KR
10. David Wilson NYG, RB/KR
11. Jacquizz Rodgers ATL, RB/KR
12. Jeremy Kerley NYJ, WR/PR
13. Damaris Johnson PHI, WR/KR/PR
14. Brandon Banks WAS, WR/PR/KR
15. Darius Reynaud TEN WR/KR/PR
16. Keshawn Martin HOU, WR/PR
17. LaVon Brazill IND, WR/KR/PR
18. Mike Thomas DET, WR/PR
19. LaRod Stephens-Howling PIT, RB/KR
20. Eric Weems CHI, WR/PR/KR
21. Eddie Royal SD, WR/PR
22. Rueben Randle NYG, WR/PR
23. Lance Ball DEN, RB/KR
24. Marcus Thigpen RB/KR/PR
25. Tavon Austin WR/KR/PR
26. Isaiah Pead STL, RB/KR
27. DeSean Jackson PHI, WR/PR
28. Denard Robinson RB/KR
29. Golden Tate WR/KR/PR
30. Cordarrelle Patterson WR/KR/PR
31. Trindon Holliday DEN KR/PR
32. LaMichael James SF RB/KR/PR
33. T.Y. Hilton IND WR/PR/KR
34. Dwayne Harris WR/PR/KR
35. Emmanuel Sanders PIT, WR/KR

Other Notables (What IF?):
Dez Bryant DAL, WR/PR
Percy Harvin SEA, WR/KR
C.J. Spiller BUF, RB/PR
Antonio Brown PIT, WR/PR
Danny Amendola NE, WR/PR
Harry Douglas ATL, WR/KR/PR
Eric Decker DEN, WR/PR
Denarius Moore OAK, WR/PR
Kealoha Pilares CAR, WR/KR/PR
Richard Goodman SD, WR/KR
Davone Bess CLE, WR/PR
Dwayne Harris DAL, WR/KR
Joe McKnight NYJ, RB/KR
Stefan Logan DET, WR/PR/KR
Deonte Thompson BAL, WR/KR
Leodis McKelvin BUF, CB/KR/PR
Brandon Tate CIN, WR/KR/PR
Julian Edelman NE, WR/PR/KR
Jalen Parmele JAC, RB/KR
Phillip Adams OAK, DB/PR
Brandon Boykin PHI, CB/PR/KR
Joe Adams CAR, WR/PR/KR
Javier Arenas KC, CB/PR/KR
Lardarius Webb BAL, CB/PR
Brad Smith BUF, WR/KR
Andrew Hawkins WR/PR/KR
Marcus Sherels MIN, CB/KR/PR
Michael Smith TB, RB/PR/KR


Kick Returners - Depth Chart:
Baltimore Ravens:  Deonte Thompson WR
Buffalo Bills:  Brad Smith WR
Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Tate WR, Andrew Hawkins WR
Cleveland Browns:  Dion Lewis RB, Travis Benjamin WR
Denver Broncos:  Lance Ball RB, Trindon Holliday WR, Omar Bolden CB
Houston Texans:  Keshawn Martin WR, Danieal Manning S
Indianapolis Colts:  LaVon Brazill WR, T.Y. Hilton WR, Kerwynn Williams RB, David Reed WR
Jacksonville Jaguars: Denard Robinson RB, Jordan Todman RB
Kansas City Chiefs:  Dexter McCluster WR, Devon Wylie WR
Miami Dolphins:  Marcus Thigpen RB, Lamar Miller RB
New England Patriots:  Leon Washington RB, Devin McCourty CB
New York Jets:  Clyde Gates WR, Antonio Cromartie CB
Oakland Raiders:  Taiwan Jones CB, Jacoby Ford WR
Pittsburgh Steelers:  LaRod Stephens-Howling RB, Emmanual Sanders WR
San Diego Chargers:  Richard Goodman, Eddie Royal WR
Tennessee Titans:  Darius Reynaud RB, Marc Mariani WR, Damian Williams WR

Arizona Cardinals: Javier Arenas CB, Stepfan Taylor RB
Atlanta Falcons:  Jacquizz Rodgers RB, Robert Alford
Carolina Panthers:  Ted Ginn WR, Kenjon Barner RB
Chicago Bears:  Devin Hester WR, Eric Weems WR
Dallas Cowboys:  Lance Dunbar RB, Dwayne Harris WR
Detriot Lions:  Patrick Edwards, Michael Spurlock, Mike Thomas WR
Green Bay Packers:  Randall Cobb WR, Johnathan Franklin RB, Jeremy Ross
Minnesota Vikings:  Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Marcus Sherels CB
New Orleans Saints:  Darren Sproles RB, Travaris Cadet RB
New York Giants:  David Wilson RB, Jerrel Jernigan WR
Philadelphia Eagles:  Damaris Johnson WR, Bryce Brown RB, Brandon Boykin CB
St. Louis Rams:  Tavon Austin WR, Chris Givens WR, Isaiah Pead RB
San Francisco 49ers:  LaMichael James RB, Kyle Williams WR
Seattle Seahawks:  Golden Tate WR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Michael Smith RB, Mike James RB, Tiquan Underwood WR
Washington Redskins:  Brandon Banks WR, Aldrick Robinson WR

Punt Returners - Depth Chart:
Baltimore Ravens:  Jacoby Jones WR
Buffalo Bills:  Leodis McKelvin CB
Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Hawkins WR
Cleveland Browns:  Davone Bess WR, Travis Benjamin WR
Denver Broncos:  Trindon Holliday WR, Eric Decker WR
Houston Texans:  Keshawn Martin WR
Indianapolis Colts:  LaVon Brazill WR, T.Y. Hilton WR
Jacksonville Jaguars:  Ace Sanders WR
Kansas City Chiefs:  Dexter McCluster WR
Miami Dolphins: Marcus Thigpen RB
New England Patriots:  Leon Washington RB, Julian Edelman WR
New York Jets:  Jeremy Kerley WR
Oakland Raiders:  Phillip Adams CB
Pittsburgh Steelers:  Antonio Brown WR
San Diego Chargers:  Eddie Royal WR
Tennessee Titans:  Darius Reynaud RB, Marc Mariani WR, Damian Williams WR

Arizona Cardinals:  Patrick Peterson CB, Javier Arenas CB, Tyrann Mathieu S
Atlanta Falcons:  Harry Douglas WR, Dominique Franks CB
Carolina Panthers:  Ted Ginn WR, Joe Adams WR
Chicago Bears: Devin Hester WR
Dallas Cowboys:  Dwayne Harris WR
Detriot Lions:  Patrick Edwards, Michael Spurlock, Mike Thomas WR
Green Bay Packers: Randall Cobb WR, Johnathan Franklin RB, Jeremy Ross
Minnesota Vikings:  Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Marcus Sherels CB
New Orleans Saints: Darren Sproles RB, Travaris Cadet RB
New York Giants:  Rueben Randle WR, Jayron Hosley CB
Philadelphia Eagles:  Damaris Johnson WR, DeSean Jackson WR
St. Louis Rams:  Austin Pettis WR, Tavon Austin WR
San Francisco 49ers:  LaMichael James RB, Kyle Williams WR
Seattle Seahawks:  Golden Tate WR, Bryan Walters
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Michael Smith RB
Washington Redskins: Brandon Banks WR

17 comments:

  1. This is really great. Thanks for posting. Based on the number of page views you already have, I hope you keep up the good work.

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  2. Excellent List! In my 2 leagues, we start 2 IDP (DL/LB/DB - doesnt matter the combo) and getting a solid CB/S who ALSO can provide good return potential would be IDEAL! "The player" would need to provide solid IDP stats (tackles/PassDef/Int/F-Fum/F-Rec) PLUS return stats. Other than Peterson-Arenas-Webb, any recommendations??? Any chance for a (short) list of ranking best IDP/Return candidates? Thanks bro, and again GREAT list!

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  3. Nice list. I think Danny Amendola is the KR for the Rams as well.

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  4. Thanks for the support guys. I will try to get this updated going into week 2. Any insights feel free to drop a note here.

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    1. Hey great job James.Quick question I'm in a idp league with individuals Kr(25yds/1pt) pr(10yds/1pt) I have PP from Arizona and L.Washington. as my 4th rb.I was looking WR to double receiving/Kr looking at T.Ginn Jr.and B.Tate are either worth. Other top returnmen are gone.

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  5. Changes to update... Brandon Banks is a free agent (no longer a Redskin), Joshua Cribbs signed with the Raiders, Travis Benjamin is expected to kick return for Cleveland (not official yet), add LaMichael James to KR duties for SF (and possibly PR as well), Add KRs William Powell and Javier Arenas to the list. Probably split work there.Trindon Holliday will be the primary KR for Denver most likely. Richard GOodman will most likely retain KR duties in SD.

    check out http://subscribers.footballguys.com/2013/13teamreport-cle.php for roster updates, and this seems to be most accurate with updates.

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  6. Guessing that Goodwin will be the Bills KR (PR???)?

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  7. Update:Danny Amendola is with NE probally won't do returns, Leon Wasington and Edelman will do returns.

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  8. Is Darren Sproles definitely going to keep return duties? What about Tavaris Cadet? http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/6678979-148/travaris-cadet-taking-nothing-for

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  9. Any updates going to be coming anytime soon? I really doubt this list still holds true today.

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  10. I will try to get an update by the end of the week. Lots of player cuts and roster moves the past couple of days. Thanks for reading guys!

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  11. Question about your process... why is the leagues leader in returns from last year(Reynaud) who will be his teams KR and PR without any other real responsibilities dropped to 15??? Especially while Cribbs, who got cut... by the Raiders... is #6. What formula did you use to determine these ranks? Did you take into account that kickoffs are usually more valuable than punts, so teams with better defenses are not going to produce as much value in the return game???

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  12. With Cobb's bicep injury, and his acceleration up the WR depth chart, will he see limited to no time returning kicks this season? His KR/PR status will depend on if I keep him in my keeper league or not.

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  13. Wow, props for doing this. On T Holliday (Denver) his only role on the team is PR/KR. So any depth on that chart is only for injury purposes. Lance Ball did some in the preseason, but he's been cut so they may not even have a plan b.

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  14. Every season I try to be updated with fantasy football rankings. It is so important for me.

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