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Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 13

Week 13 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.

Week 12 Recap

Kaelin Clay was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in large part due to his return abilities, but failed to make it through final roster cuts. Clay ended up in Baltimore, where he notched Week 12's only return touchdown when he took a punt 82 yards for the score on Monday Night Football. Clay was second in total yards behind Marcus Thigpen who regained the return job in Buffalo at least for a week, and long enough to notch 7 kickoff returns which were the bulk of his 169 total yards. Tyler Lockett was third in total return yards this week, which was enough to regain the overall lead for the season after a stretch of midseason games where he was kept mostly bottled up.

Overall, the number of kick returns are down in the NFL by nearly 20% compared to the past two seasons totals. The glut of return touchdowns early in the season has evened out, and 2015 is on pace for 21 return touchdowns, in the same ballpark as the 19 and 20 return touchdowns from the previous two seasons. Kick return prospects for the remainder of the year tend to look upwards though, as the changing weather nearer to the end of the season tends to increase the number of kick returns. This glut of returns at the end of the year is likely part of why 2015 is trailing previous seasons by so much. At this point of the season the last two years, 69% of regular season games had been played but only 64% of the kick returns for each season had taken place.

All Week 12 Returners

Below are all returners for Week 12.

RKPLAYERTEAMKick RetKR YdsKR TDPunt RetPR YdsPR TDTotal YdsTotal TDs
1 Marcus Thigpen BUF 7 164 0 1 5 0 169 0
2 Kaelin Clay BAL 2 39 0 4 112 1 151 1
3 Tyler Lockett SEA 5 148 0       148 0
4 Jeremy Ross OAK 4 91 0 4 49 0 140 0
5 Jacoby Jones PIT 4 118 0 2 17 0 135 0
6 Knile Davis KAN 4 106 0       106 0
7 Quan Bray IND 4 84 0 1 20 0 104 0
8 Jeremy Kerley NYJ       6 96 0 96 0
9 Damien Williams MIA 4 92 0       92 0
10 Keith Mumphery HOU 2 52 0 4 31 0 83 0
11 Jeff Janis GNB 2 82 0       82 0
12 Justin Gilbert CLE 2 78 0       78 0
13 Bruce Ellington SFO 3 67 0 1 0 0 67 0
14 Eric Weems ATL 1 44 0 2 17 0 61 0
15 Omar Bolden DEN 2 46 0 2 8 0 54 0
16 David Johnson ARI 2 47 0       47 0
17 Benny Cunningham STL 2 46 0       46 0
18 Javontee Herndon SDG 1 13 0 2 33 0 46 0
19 Brent Grimes MIA       3 44 0 44 0
20 C.J. Spiller NOR 2 40 0       40 0
21 Deonte Thompson CHI 1 37 0       37 0
22 Dwayne Harris NYG 1 19 0 4 14 0 33 0
23 Tre McBride TEN 1 31 0       31 0
24 Rashad Greene JAX       3 28 0 28 0
25 Ameer Abdullah DET 1 25 0       25 0
26 Rashad Ross WAS 1 25 0       25 0
27 Andre Roberts WAS 1 24 0       24 0
28 Jamison Crowder WAS       2 24 0 24 0
29 Quinton Patton SFO 1 18 0       18 0
30 Chris Harper NWE       3 17 0 17 0
31 Brandon Tate CIN       2 16 0 16 0
32 Emmanuel Sanders DEN       2 16 0 16 0
33 Patrick Peterson ARI       1 15 0 15 0
34 Wes Welker STL       1 13 0 13 0
35 Marcus Murphy NOR       1 12 0 12 0
36 Travis Benjamin CLE       1 12 0 12 0
37 Kellen Davis NYJ 1 11 0       11 0
38 Chris Thompson WAS 1 9 0       9 0
39 Golden Tate DET       2 9 0 9 0
40 Tavon Austin STL       2 9 0 9 0
41 Lucky Whitehead DAL       1 8 0 8 0
42 Bobby Rainey TAM       1 7 0 7 0
43 Marc Mariani CHI       2 7 0 7 0
44 Maxx Williams BAL 1 6 0       6 0
45 Harry Douglas TEN       1 5 0 5 0
52 Patrick Chung NWE       1 4 0 4 0
47 Darren Sproles PHI       2 3 0 3 0
48 Jarvis Landry MIA       1 3 0 3 0
49 Marcus Sherels MIN       2 3 0 3 0
50 Thomas Davis CAR 1 3 0       3 0
51 DeSean Jackson WAS       1 2 0 2 0
52 Lance Moore DET       2 1 0 1 0
53 Randall Cobb GNB       2 1 0 1 0
54 Dean Marlowe CAR       1 0 0 0 0
55 John Kuhn GNB 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 Tyler Lockett SEA 24 608 1 29 196 1 804 2
2 Ameer Abdullah DET 24 749 0 0 0 0 749 0
3 Dwayne Harris NYG 16 486 1 25 187 0 673 1
4 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 22 642 1 0 0 0 642 1
5 Eric Weems ATL 15 403 0 19 221 0 624 0
6 Bobby Rainey TAM 14 361 0 24 247 0 608 0
7 David Johnson ARI 22 599 1 0 0 0 599 1
8 Marcus Murphy NOR 12 300 0 25 248 1 548 1
9 Keith Mumphery HOU 13 317 0 29 222 0 539 0
10 Marc Mariani CHI 15 371 0 21 140 0 511 0
11 Jarvis Landry MIA 11 255 0 26 252 1 507 1
12 Dexter McCluster TEN 13 285 0 23 215 0 500 0
13 Taiwan Jones OAK 19 471 0 0 0 0 471 0
14 Jeremy Ross 2TM 11 296 0 14 158 0 454 0
15 Rashad Ross WAS 18 454 1 0 0 0 454 1
16 Knile Davis KAN 17 453 0 0 0 0 453 0
17 Bruce Ellington SFO 16 392 0 8 61 0 453 0
18 Brandon Tate CIN 12 270 0 19 150 0 420 0
19 Danny Amendola NWE 8 172 0 18 239 0 411 0
20 Omar Bolden DEN 14 309 0 4 102 1 411 1
21 Adam Jones CIN 10 235 0 15 175 0 410 0
22 Jacoby Jones 2TM 17 394 0 10 15 0 409 0
23 DeAnthony Thomas KAN 6 138 0 29 227 0 365 0
24 Jeremy Kerley NYJ 0 0 0 38 355 0 355 0
25 Dri Archer PIT 14 354 0 0 0 0 354 0
26 Damien Williams MIA 16 343 0 0 0 0 343 0
27 Quan Bray IND 11 304 0 8 39 0 343 0
28 Justin Gilbert CLE 12 339 0 0 0 0 339 0
29 Benny Cunningham STL 14 335 0 0 0 0 335 0
30 Griff Whalen IND 9 244 0 12 85 0 329 0
31 Marcus Sherels MIN 2 33 0 27 265 1 298 1
32 Darren Sproles PHI 1 20 0 25 272 1 292 1
33 Travis Benjamin CLE 0 0 0 23 285 1 285 1
34 Micah Hyde GNB 7 172 0 18 105 0 277 0
35 Patrick Peterson ARI 2 46 0 25 211 0 257 0
36 Marcus Thigpen 2TM 11 195 0 11 53 0 248 0
37 Ted Ginn CAR 1 8 0 24 233 0 241 0
38 Andre Roberts WAS 7 231 1 0 0 0 231 1
39 Corey Grant JAX 8 220 0 0 0 0 220 0
40 Ty Montgomery GNB 7 218 0 0 0 0 218 0

Week 13 Outlook

Job Changes

With Taiwan Jones missing time for Oakland, newly-signed Jeremy Ross is filling in on kickoff returns. Ross also handled punts, which had previously gone to Travis Carrie or Amari Cooper

Baltimore was previously using Kaelin Clay on punts and Raheem Mostert on kickoffs. Clay took over on kickoffs this week as well, though only managed returns of 22 and 16 yards. Clay did, however, add a punt return touchdown to the conversation for keeping him as the primary returner.

The Dolphins split punt returns between Jarvis Landry and cornerback Brent Grimes. Grimes picked up 44 yards on his 3 returns, which may be enough to continue to get a share of the pie.

The Rams are giving Wes Welker some opportunities on punt returns, though Tavon Austin is still their primary returner.

Justin Gilbert was back to handling kickoff returns for the Browns before suffering a concussion. He has just over half of the team's kick returns this season, but Marlon Moore and Duke Johnson will continue to be options that Cleveland may turn to.

Buffalo turned back to Marcus Thigpen to handle return duties. The Bills have changed up returners almost weekly of late, making it risky to depend on them for anything other than a fantasy Team Return unit.

INJURIES OF NOTE

There are reports that Patriots punt returner Danny Amendola should be able to play Week 13. Amendola had been dealing with a knee injury.

Chief's returner DeAnthony Thomas missed Week 13 due to a concussion. His status should be watched for Week 13.

There is speculation that Ty Montgomery could miss the rest of the season with his ankle injury, as Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Montgomery is not making much progress.

Dexter McCluster missed Tennessee's game against Oakland. He is week to week and his status will need watching. As one of the returners who had taken over both punts and kickoffs, McCluster had a brief spike in fantasy value before his injury.