It’s always a bit of a let-down to realize just how quickly the NFL season passes. Months and months of buildup are followed by a short-lived whirlwind of actual football.
The calendar has turned to a New Year, your favorite team’s playoff dreams are being dashed left and right, and the fantasy playoffs are a fading memory. This year, we thought we’d go ahead and take a hard look at our annual predictions series. We’ll see who was very right, who was very wrong, and try to pick a true winner for each category. Here are the categories we tackled:
- Fantasy MVP
- Fantasy Rookie of the Year
- Sleeper Rookie of the Year (outside our top 24)
- Bust of the Year
- Fantasy Sleeper
- Best Dynasty Buy
- Best Dynasty Sell
- Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
We’ll start our retrospective by taking a look at our picks for Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year.
Mike Evans, WR TB
Not long ago, Mike Evans versus Odell Beckham Jr as the top overall dynasty asset was a heated debate. Flash forward one year and neither had the season many were expecting. Beckham suffered a season-ending injury and Evans disappointed. Choosing Beckham would be too easy here, so I am going to go with Evans. As disappointing as his season felt last year, he still caught 71 passes for 1,001 yards and scored five touchdowns. Although his quarterback is suspended for the first three games, Evans had some decent stat lines with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick last year. Once Winston returns, I expect Evans’ production to take off. He only scored five touchdowns last year, but touchdowns are fickle and I project Evans to have around eight to ten this year. – Kyle Holden
Kyle made a strong pick here with Mike Evans. It’s hard to remember that Evans was in fact considered a disappointment in 2017. After all, he ‘only’ managed 1,000 yards and five touchdowns. But when you remember the price you might have had to pay to acquire Evans, it does ring true as a disappointing ROI. Well, he added another 500 yards and three touchdowns for 2018, averaging over 95 yards a game. It was a career year for Evans in yardage – if he had converted a few more TDs it would have looked even better.