Many Happy Returns: Ranking The Top 20 2010 KR/PR Specialists

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2010

More and more fantasy football leagues are extending their scoring to include return yardage. Guys like Joshua Cribbs, Darren Sproles and Percy Harvin make kick returns exciting things to watch. This added element lends another point of fantasy strategy.

Depending on how many points your leagues gives per return yards there are some names you should know who could potentially bring fantasy riches to your team. The standard in most leagues is to allot 1 point per 25 return yards, but some leagues give a point for every 10 yards, and that’s significant.

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The key to kick returners is finding guys who are also involved in other aspects of the game and not merely return specialists. Below are the offensive players  who should see valuable time in the return game for their teams.


  1. Joshua Cribbs, WR, CLE ~ Cribbs is THE current king of returns. Last season he racked up 4 return touchdowns. But he’s also used in the Browns passing game, and in wildcat packages. If he’s on the field he can score in any capacity from anywhere on the field, and he comes with the added bonus of lots of return yardage.
  2. Percy Harvin, WR, MIN ~ Harvin is as prolific and as exciting as Cribbs above, and he’s far more involved in the team’s overall offense. However, with Sidney Rice out for half the season, and Harvin with his string of medical and emotional maladies, I worry the team may curb some of his return duties in favor of RB Darius Reynaud.
  3. Darren Sproles, RB, SD ~ Sproles is more than an obvious handcuff to rookie Ryan Mathews. He will play a large role in the Chargers running game, especially as the team’s pass catching back. More important for the purposes of these rankings, he is the teams primary return man, and one of the league’s most explosive.
  4. Kareem Huggins, RB, TB ~ Huggins has moved ahead of Derrick Ward for the primary RB2 role behind Cadillac Williams, and he’s usurped second year man, Clifton Smith as the team’s primary return man. As I wrote last week, Huggins is one of this season’s biggest break out candidates.
  5. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, SF ~ Ginn was a bust in Miami and the 49ers grabbed him with the hope that he could solve their return woes. He’s looked solid enough this summer that the team has also slated them as their WR3 on the team’s depth chart. This could be a second chance for the former Dolphin, to resurrect his career.
  6. Danny Amendola, WR, STL ~ Many experts are pegging rookie Mardy Gilyard as the team’s return man, but so far health issues and Amendola’s performance have kept him from gaining any ground. Amendola is also the team’s WR3 with Donnie Avery out for the season with a torn ACL.
  7. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT ~ Stephen Logan has handled the Steelers’ return duties for some time, but the emergence of rookie Antonio Brown may have ended his days in Pittsburgh. Brown’s been the better return man this summer, and he can help the team in the receiving game as well.
  8. CJ Spiller, RB, BUF ~ Spiller is expected to handle return duties for the Bills, but due to injuries to Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch the team has been very careful with their remaining healthy back. This preseason he’s returned only one punt, but when the season begins he should see more time in the return game as an added bonus.
  9. Leon Washington, RB, SEA ~ Washington would be near the top of this list if we knew for sure just how much they’d use him on returns this season, but he’s a beast if he gets the nod. He’s like Cribbs and Sproles above in his ability to score from seemingly anywhere on the field if he gets the ball.
  10. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT ~ Stephen Logan has handled the Steelers’ return duties for some time, but the emergence of rookie Antonio Brown may have ended his days in Pittsburgh. Brown’s been the better return man this summer, and he can help the team in the receiving game as well.
  11. Aaron Brown, RB, DET ~ Brown had a nice rookie season with nearly a thousand return yards to go along with some small rushing yardage. I expect a bigger season from him this year.
  12. Andre Brown, RB, NYG ~ The Giant’s were expected to use Danny Ware as their return man this season, and they could still, but injuries have kept him sidelined and our third “A. Brown” on the list has stepped in and stepped up. With the injury big that infects the Giants’ running game, he’s a good name to know.
  13. Jalen Parmele, RB, BAL ~ Rookie Parmele enters 2010 as the Ravens primary return man, and he’s been very effective in the run game this preseason as well. If Willis McGahee were to be traded, he could be even more valuable.
  14. Courtney Roby, WR, NO ~ Roby was a return stud last season for the New Orleans Saints and is expected to continue that role this season. He put up 1154 return yards in 2009 including a return for a TD.
  15. Bernard Scott, RB, CIN ~ Scott is going to push Cedric Benson for playing time in the running game this season, but he will also split time with rookie WR Jordan Shipley in the return game. Another one of those added bonus picks.
  16. Damien Williams, WR, TEN ~ Williams has been battling with Marc Mariani this preseason but Williams has been pegged as the teams return man on punts and kick-offs. Keep an eye as the last preseason games are played, but he could be a quiet gem.
  17. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, ARI ~ LSH will split return duties with Justin Miller, but he will also be more involved this season in the teams special packages and running game. He someone to keep an eye on.
  18. Harry Douglas, WR, ATL ~ This job could just as easily go to Eric Weems, so keep an eye on what Atlanta does, but right now Douglas is the man, and he looks to be the Falcons’ WR3 as well.
  19. Deji Karem, RB, JAX ~ The rookie was hoping to overtake Rashad Jennings for the back-up spot to Maurice Jones-Drew, but for now he’ll play third string and be the Jaguars primary return man. He’s explosive so keep him on your radar.
  20. Yamon Figurs, WR, OAK ~ This preseason, Figurs has been the primary return man on punts and kick-offs. He doesn’t have much value outside of return duties.