Fantasy Football Breakdown: 2009 Bounce-Back Players

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IApril 19, 2009

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 28: Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefscarries the ball as he breaks a tackle during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Bruno Boys have already touched on the Sweet and the Sour. Now it is time for us to dive into the Marshmallowy.

In other words, the main bounce back players that I feel just had an off year last year and should offer plenty of value and stats to any fantasy football roster for the 2009 season.

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The Marshmallowy: Described as a spongy treat, this will be the Easter treat that describes the players that I feel will be bouncing back from a mediocre or forgettable 2008.

The quarterback that I feel will do pretty well after a sub-par 2008 is the Houston Texans Matt Schaub. Last year he threw for just 15 touchdowns, got picked off 10 times and accumulated just 3,043 passing yards on the season.

A lot of it can be attributed to injuries, as this marked the second year in a row in which he started only 11 of the 16 games for the Texans' after coming in a trade from the Falcons.

He does have one of the best targets in Andre Johnson and has another pretty solid target in tight end Owen Daniels. Entering his late 20's, this should be the year Schaub graduates into a lower-end QB1 in deeper leagues.

And for the award of stating the absolutely obvious, Tom Brady, if healthy, will bounce back and be a top-5 quarterback as well.

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At the running back position one player that I feel should bounce back after virtually two lackluster seasons is Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs. They are expected to be run-heavy and with their tougher schedule and lack of veteran players on the offensive side of the ball he really could turn into a true bargain as owners will shy away from his this year.

Bouncing back to a level of mid-tier RB2 shouldn't be a problem. It was just two years ago that he was being grabbed as the No. 1 overall player on some draft boards. Just ask Bruno Boys staff writer Larry Joseph. Sorry bro, but I will never forget that day!


Another running back that I think will come at a bargain but should look more like his old self is the Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber. They still have a very potent offense even without Terrell Owens so the red-zone opportunities should be abundant.

The Cowboys will have to make up for Owens touchdowns and Barber could be the main beneficiary. With Felix Jones also coming out of the backfield, Barber most likely will never contend for the league leader in rushing yards, but a return to double-digit touchdowns is expected.


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At the wide receiver/ tight end positions there are a few players that were banged up with injuries in which they should be able to come back and be a force at their positions once again.

Jason Witten, Marques Colston, and Antonio Gates are all players that will most likely make their fantasy football owners happy this year due to regained health.

As far as players that I feel just had down years and should bounce back include T.J. Houshmandadeh, Santonio Holmes, Torry Holt and due to Marvin Harrison leaving town, Anthony Gonzalez.

You can expect the Colts to target a wide receiver in next weekend's draft, but Gonzalez is entering veteran status and quarterback Peyton Manning has shown signs of connecting with him.

He will be the second option behind Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis but should act as a WR3 for your fantasy football squad.

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