Here is your weekly dose of return specialist rankings for the week ahead. I have included the Week 2 return yardage totals for each player so you can see if they are currently being used on special teams.
If you play in a league that uses IDP players that return kicks/punts, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article as those rankings are separate.
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Week 3 Kick Return/ Punt Return Rankings – 2013 fantasy football
|1||DeSean Jackson||PHI||WR||DeSean didn’t gain any return yardage in week 2. No matter, as he has 42.7 standard fantasy points, and currently outranks all other potential return men||0||0||0||41.7||42.7|
|3||Julian Edelman||NE||WR||Edelman’s stock continues to rise. 72 return yards in week 2, to go along with his 13 catch/ 78 yard performance||0||72||0||28.1||38.5|
|5||Darren Sproles||NO||RB||Had him ranked #1 last week, but few return yards and middling fantasy production drops Sproles a little in the rankings. Still an obvious must start||23||-2||0||17.2||22.3|
|6||TY Hilton||IND||WR||Finally looks like he will be gaining the WR2 role. Hilton is now a must start in return yardage leagues||0||7||0||14.4||17.4|
|8||Eddie Royal||SD||WR||5 TD’s through his first 2 games, and Malcom Floyd is hurt. Royal will barely see any work on punts, but he is still a top option thanks to his newfound importance in the Charger offense.||0||5||0||41.4||42.4|
|9||Antonio Brown||PIT||WR||Still the WR1 of the Steelers. Don’t give up on him just yet||0||0||0||13.2||14.9|
|11||Trindon Holliday||DEN||WR||Most electric return man in football. Holliday took another punt in for a TD in week 2. No work on offense limits his upside||34||121||1||0||25.1|
|12||Devin Hester||CHI||WR||Hester continues to return kicks at a high rate. The Bears won’t be using him on offense this year, so owners will have to hope the ball doesn’t go out the back of the endzone on kickoffs||249||0||0||0||28.1|
|13||Cordarelle Patterson||MIN||WR||Patterson is doing his best Percy Harvin impression. Little to no yardage on the offensive side of the ball||149||0||1||2.4||28.7|
|15||Ted Ginn Jr.||CAR||WR||One of the fastest rising names on the list. Ginn suddenly got involved on the offensive side of the ball catching a TD pass in week 2. (3 passes total)||80||20||0||13.2||24.2|
|16||Jacquizz Rodgers||ATL||RB||Rodgers hasn’t done much this year, but with the S-Jax injury it looks like he could see an increased workload in week 3||17||0||0||4.7||6.4|
|23||Felix Jones||PIT||RB||Handled 10 carries in week 2. Still a very average NFL player, you could probably do better with a RB that doesn’t return kicks||54||0||0||3.7||9.1|
Now for the IDP players. Obviously, these rankings are more tricky and specialized as there are even fewer leagues that use individual defensive players who return kicks. So far in the young season, there are just 9 names that qualify for this list
Patrick Peterson is the clear cut #1, as he is used on offense, defense and special teams, and as near as I can tell, is the only player expected to serve on all 3 fronts in the NFL