It’s a known fact that knee injuries are a tough one for any NFL player to return from, let alone runningbacks. These guys literally pay the bills with their knees, and the ability they give the players to get low, make explosive cuts, and accelerate out quickly. Yet year upon year you see guys in fantasy leagues who are seemingly unshaken by the fact that these guys, more often than not, haven’t played football in close to a year, and are most likely out of shape. Similarly, the question has to be raised whether or not they will be their, so called, “old selves”, again.
Here is a table detailing how many of the top RB’s from the past 15 years have performed upon returning after a knee injury.
Granted, there are many external variables that could have contributed to the stark decline of these players, but the knee injury is always a consistent factor. One thing is for sure; I will be certainly be shying away from picking backs returning from knee surgery.