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Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 11

Week 11 news for fantasy leagues that utilize returners.

Individual returner projections for each week are included in your MyFBG projections and rankings automatically. My returner projections are included in the default projection set with David Dodds' offensive predictions. Choose David as the source, and then choose a scoring system in which you have included points for return yards.

The base return projections for a week can be seen on this page. You can also go to the content for the week and use the Returner Projections link to get there.

UPDATES

Baltimore waived Jeremy Ross over ball security issues. The Ravens were already using Raheem Mostert on kick returns when Mostert is active, but punt returner is now open. One likely candidate could be Kaelin Clay who was just added to the roster. Clay was drafted by Tampa Bay in part as a return specialist, but failed to make the roster. Lardarius Webb has also been used as a punt returner in the past.

Bryan Walters of the Jaguars is going through the concussion protocol, which is more difficult to make it through with a Thursday game . With Rashad Greene a question mark as to whether he'll return from injured reserve this week, Nick Marshall could be used as a returner if needed.

Week 10 Recap

Top Performers

Danny Amendola of the Patriots led NFL punt returners in Week 10 with 2 returns for 84 yards. Counting his 71 kick return yards Amendola led all returners with 155 total return yards. Taiwan Jones was second overall and had the most kickoff return yards as the Raider handled 6 kickoffs for 145 yards.

After having two kickoff return touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, Cordarrelle Patterson had not found the end zone again on a return until his 93-yard touchdown this week for Minnesota. Patterson currently stands fifth for the year in total return yards, but with only 2 receptions on the season he has not lived up to being a first round selection in the NFL draft.

Ameer Abdullah is another returner struggling to produce on offense for the Lions, but did manage to move into the lead for the year in total return yards. Tyler Lockett's two touchdowns for Seattle are the most by a returner this season, and he managed to hang on to second place in total yards with 5 returns for 104 yards this week.

All Week 10 Returners

Below are all returners for Week 10.

RKPLAYERTEAMKick RetKR YdsKR TDPunt RetPR YdsPR TDTotal YdsTotal TDs
1 Danny Amendola NWE 4 71 0 2 84 0 155 0
2 Taiwan Jones OAK 6 145 0       145 0
3 Ameer Abdullah DET 2 134 0       134 0
4 Tyler Lockett SEA 5 104 0 1 0 0 104 0
5 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 1 93 1       93 1
6 Dexter McCluster TEN 5 86 0       86 0
7 Micah Hyde GNB 3 78 0 2 7 0 85 0
8 David Johnson ARI 4 79 0       79 0
9 Dwayne Harris NYG 2 38 0 4 41 0 79 0
10 Darren Sproles PHI 1 20 0 7 57 0 77 0
11 Keith Mumphery HOU 3 64 0 1 10 0 74 0
12 Ted Ginn CAR       4 61 0 61 0
13 C.J. Spiller NOR 3 59 0       59 0
14 Jeremy Ross BAL       4 54 0 54 0
15 Duke Johnson CLE 2 52 0       52 0
16 Patrick Peterson ARI 1 22 0 3 29 0 51 0
17 Raheem Mostert BAL 1 50 0       50 0
18 Brandon Tate CIN 1 22 0 3 27 0 49 0
19 Marlon Moore CLE 2 48 0       48 0
20 Adam Jones CIN 2 29 0 2 16 0 45 0
21 Damien Williams MIA 2 42 0       42 0
22 Marc Mariani CHI 2 31 0 3 9 0 40 0
23 Golden Tate DET       4 39 0 39 0
24 Josh Huff PHI 1 31 0       31 0
25 Rashad Ross WAS 2 29 0       29 0
26 Benny Cunningham STL 1 27 0       27 0
27 Rod Smith DAL 1 26 0       26 0
28 Cole Beasley DAL       2 23 0 23 0
29 Dan Herron BUF 1 22 0       22 0
30 Fozzy Whittaker CAR 1 22 0       22 0
31 Devin Smith NYJ 1 21 0       21 0
32 Kenbrell Thompkins NYJ 1 17 0       17 0
33 Tavon Austin STL       3 16 0 16 0
34 Marcus Sherels MIN       2 15 0 15 0
35 Jamison Crowder WAS       4 14 0 14 0
36 Jeremy Kerley NYJ       4 14 0 14 0
37 Leodis McKelvin BUF       3 13 0 13 0
38 MyCole Pruitt MIN 1 12 0       12 0
39 Omar Bolden DEN       1 11 0 11 0
40 Marcus Murphy NOR       1 10 0 10 0
41 Anthony Sherman KAN 1 9 0       9 0
42 Jarvis Landry MIA       3 9 0 9 0
43 Terrance Williams DAL 1 9 0       9 0
44 Zac Stacy NYJ 1 9 0       9 0
45 DeAnthony Thomas KAN       3 6 0 6 0
46 Bobby Rainey TAM       1 3 0 3 0
47 Bryan Walters JAX       2 2 0 2 0
48 Travis Carrie OAK       2 2 0 2 0
49 Jacoby Jones PIT       1 0 0 0 0
50 Lucky Whitehead DAL       1 0 0 0 0
51 Odell Beckham NYG 1 0 0       0 0

Returners Year to Date

Here are the top 40 returners for the year by total return yards.

RKPLAYERTEAMKick RetKR YdsKR TDPunt RetPR YdsPR TDTotal YdsTotal TDs
1 Ameer Abdullah DET 21 670 0 0 0 0 670 0
2 Tyler Lockett SEA 19 460 1 25 195 1 655 2
3 Dwayne Harris NYG 15 467 1 21 173 0 640 1
4 Bobby Rainey TAM 13 341 0 20 221 0 562 0
5 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 19 539 1 0 0 0 539 1
6 Marcus Murphy NOR 12 300 0 24 236 1 536 1
7 Eric Weems ATL 13 333 0 16 203 0 536 0
8 Marc Mariani CHI 15 371 0 18 129 0 500 0
9 Dexter McCluster TEN 12 263 0 22 209 0 472 0
10 Taiwan Jones OAK 19 471 0 0 0 0 471 0
11 David Johnson ARI 17 470 1 0 0 0 470 1
12 Jarvis Landry MIA 9 222 0 24 237 1 459 1
13 Keith Mumphery HOU 11 265 0 20 167 0 432 0
14 Rashad Ross WAS 17 429 1 0 0 0 429 1
15 Adam Jones CIN 10 235 0 15 175 0 410 0
16 Danny Amendola NWE 8 172 0 15 205 0 377 0
17 DeAnthony Thomas KAN 6 138 0 29 227 0 365 0
18 Dri Archer PIT 14 354 0 0 0 0 354 0
19 Knile Davis KAN 13 347 0 0 0 0 347 0
20 Brandon Tate CIN 11 212 0 15 129 0 341 0
21 Griff Whalen IND 9 244 0 12 85 0 329 0
22 Jeremy Ross BAL 7 205 0 10 109 0 314 0
23 Omar Bolden DEN 9 218 0 2 94 1 312 1
24 Marcus Sherels MIN 2 33 0 24 262 1 295 1
25 Benny Cunningham STL 12 289 0 0 0 0 289 0
26 Bruce Ellington SFO 9 229 0 6 55 0 284 0
27 Darren Sproles PHI 1 20 0 21 263 1 283 1
28 Micah Hyde GNB 7 172 0 18 105 0 277 0
29 Jacoby Jones 2TM 13 276 0 8 -2 0 274 0
30 Travis Benjamin CLE 0 0 0 22 273 1 273 1
31 Justin Gilbert CLE 10 261 0 0 0 0 261 0
32 Damien Williams MIA 12 251 0 0 0 0 251 0
33 Ted Ginn CAR 1 8 0 23 232 0 240 0
34 Jeremy Kerley NYJ 0 0 0 27 220 0 220 0
35 Corey Grant JAX 8 220 0 0 0 0 220 0
36 Patrick Peterson ARI 2 46 0 21 173 0 219 0
37 Ty Montgomery GNB 7 218 0 0 0 0 218 0
38 Zac Stacy NYJ 10 204 0 0 0 0 204 0
39 Branden Oliver SDG 8 197 0 0 0 0 197 0
40 Bishop Sankey TEN 9 192 0 0 0 0 192 0

Week 11 Outlook

Job Changes

Knile Davis was a healthy inactive for the Chief's Week 10 game. With all of Denver's kickoffs in the game being onside kicks, Davis would not have seen any return work even if he had been active.

Rashad Greene is eligible to return from injured reserve as of this Wednesday. Though coach Gus Bradley said while Greene looked good in practice, that conditioning could be a problem. The Jaguars play on Thursday night.

This week it was Andre Roberts that was left inactive by Washington as DeSean Jackson regains his spot amongst the active receivers. Roberts had been limited in practice with an ankle injury. Rashad Ross resumed his role as kick returner after having been the odd receiver out last week.

The Bills went away from Denarius Moore as their returner, going back to Daniel Herron for kickoff returns and to recently healthy veteran Leodis McKelvin to handle punts.

Marcus Thigpen was released by Oakland to make way for a player coming back from injured reserve. This should put punts squarely back in the hands of Travis Carrie and, should the coaches look for a spark, Amari Cooper.

Saints running back C.J. Spiller handled kickoff returns this week, while Marcus Murphy continued handling punts. 

INJURIES OF NOTE

Julian Edelman suffered a broken bone in his foot and may miss most of the regular season. The Patriots have rarely seemed to worry about risking key starters as returners, having used Edelman on punts when he and Amendola were their only healthy, capable receivers in 2013. It is still possible they could take some returns from Danny Amendola as a result of the injury, particularly on kick returns.

Ty Montgomery's ankle injury caused him to miss another game for the Packers. As with last week, his status will need to be watched closer to game time.

Antonio Cromartie was held out last week with a thigh injury. The Jets started with Kenbrell Thompkins on the opening kickoff before turning to Zac Stacy. Stacy suffered a season-ending injury on his return, after which the Jets gave Devin Smith a chance at a return.