Below, are three wide receivers to target later in your draft that are primed for a comeback season.
Jeremy Maclin (WR–PHI)
Maclin is returning after missing the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL. This will be his first season playing in coach Chip Kelly’s offense, catching passes from Nick Foles and no longer playing aside DeSean Jackson. As far as fantasy value goes I believe the three aforementioned points bode well for Mr. Maclin. Maclin should be the number one receiver in an up tempo, timing offense which suits his skill set as he is a great route running, possession receiver. He may lose some red zone targets to the taller Riley Cooper but I believe that Maclin could catch 80 passes with 1,000 yards, seven-plus touchdowns and be an incredible WR3/Flex option for your team. I would let someone else reach for Cooper ahead of Maclin and target Maclin as the Birds receiver to grab on draft day.
Kenny Britt (WR-STL)
Britt, still only 25 has been reunited with his former coach Jeff Fisher who drafted him back in 2009 out of Rutgers, signing a one-year deal with the Rams. This could be Britt’s final chance to prove himself as a premier pass catcher worthy of a big contract and there is no greater motivator than money. In the first depth chart released by the Rams Britt is listed as the starting wide receiver and is truly looking the part. Britt has always been the perennial break out player as he has the size and talent to make the leap to superstar. He is said to have changed his ways and now has the opportunity in St. Louis to prove it. If he stays healthy Britt could catch 80 passes with 1,000 yards, seven-plus touchdowns and be a later round steal of a WR3/Flex for your roster who performs like a high-end WR2.
Hakeem Nicks (WR-IND)
Nicks similar to Britt signed a one-year deal with the Colts, in an attempt to revive his career and reestablish himself as an elite wide-out. Nicks was awful in 2013 with just 56 catches for 896 yards and no touchdowns but you could argue that was a result of how terrible his quarterback dear old Eli Manning played. Nicks will be playing in the lowly AFC South, catching passes from Andrew Luck and is slated to be the starter. If he can stay healthy and get enough targets there is a very good chance he will rebound in a big way. I would not say to reach for Nicks on draft day but if you are able to get him with a late round pick, you could get yourself a starting fantasy WR at a WR 4-5 draft position.