Punt & Kickoff Return Depth Charts and Players to Target

Jul 26, 2020
Punt & Kickoff Return Depth Charts and Players to Target

With a well-timed touchdown, a kickoff or punt returner can provide the key points that push your fantasy team over the top. Some returners are better than others, so it’s important for fantasy owners to keep an eye on depth charts to see which players will return kicks and punts for each team. Below you will find kickoff and punt return depth charts. They will be updated at least weekly, through the seemingly endless amounts of drops, pickups, and training camp battles. Keep in mind, return specialists are often some of the most vulnerable personnel to final cut-downs and roster moves, so things will change heavily between now and the start of the season, then will further change as the season progresses.

2020 Punt and Kick Returner Depth Chart
Team Punt Returner Position Kick Returner Position
Arizona Cardinals Christian Kirk WR Andy Isabella WR
Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson CB D.J. Foster RB
Atlanta Falcons Olamide Zaccheaus WR Brian Hill RB
Atlanta Falcons Brandon Powell WR Olamide Zaccheaus WR
Atlanta Falcons Chris Rowland WR Kendall Sheffield CB
Baltimore Ravens Willie Snead WR Justice Hill RB
Baltimore Ravens Marquise Brown WR Chris Moore WR
Baltimore Ravens Chris Moore WR Devin Duvernay WR
Buffalo Bills Andre Roberts WR Andre Roberts WR
Buffalo Bills Micah Hyde DB Taiwan Jones WR
Buffalo Bills Isaiah McKenzie WR Isaiah McKenzie WR
Carolina Panthers Pharoh Cooper WR Pharoh Cooper WR
Carolina Panthers Brandon Zylstra WR DeAndrew White WR
Carolina Panthers Trenton Cannon RB Reggie Bonnafon RB
Chicago Bears Tarik Cohen RB Cordarrelle Patterson WR
Chicago Bears Eddie Jackson DB Tarik Cohen RB
Chicago Bears Cordarrelle Patterson WR Anthony Miller WR
Cincinnati Bengals Alex Erickson WR Brandon Wilson WR
Cincinnati Bengals Tyler Boyd WR Darius Phillips CB
Cincinnati Bengals Mike Thomas WR Alex Erickson WR
Cleveland Browns Dontrell Hilliard RB Tavierre Thomas CB
Cleveland Browns D'Ernest Johnson RB Dontrell Hilliard RB
Cleveland Browns JoJo Natson/Jarvis Landry WR D'Ernest Johnson/Taywan Taylor RB/WR
Dallas Cowboys Cedrick Wilson WR Tony Pollard RB
Dallas Cowboys Jourdan Lewis CB Jourdan Lewis CB
Dallas Cowboys CeeDee Lamb WR Darius Anderson RB
Denver Broncos Diontae Spencer WR Diontae Spencer WR
Denver Broncos DaeSean Hamilton WR K.J. Hamler WR
Denver Broncos K.J. Hamler WR DaeSean Hamilton WR
Detroit Lions Jamal Agnew CB Jamal Agnew CB
Detroit Lions Danny Amendola RB Ty Johnson RB
Detroit Lions Marvin Hall WR Marvin Hall WR
Green Bay Packers Tyler Ervin RB Tyler Ervin RB
Green Bay Packers Darrius Shepherd WR Darrius Shepherd WR
Houston Texans DeAndre Carter WR DeAndre Carter WR
Indianapolis Colts Chester Rogers WR Zach Pascal WR
Indianapolis Colts Nyheim Hines RB Parris Campbell WR
Indianapolis Colts Zach Pascal WR Nyheim Hines RB
Jacksonville Jaguars Dede Westbrook WR Michael Walker WR
Jacksonville Jaguars Michael Walker WR Keelan Cole WR
Jacksonville Jaguars Keelan Cole WR Dede Westbrook WR
Kansas City Chiefs Mecole Hardman WR Mecole Hardman WR
Kansas City Chiefs Tyreek Hill WR Tyreek Hill WR
Kansas City Chiefs Justice Shelton-Mosley WR Justice Shelton-Mosley WR
Las Vegas Raiders Jalen Richard RB Jalen Richard RB
Las Vegas Raiders Lynn Bowden WR Lynn Bowden WR
Las Vegas Raiders Hunter Renfrow WR Keisean Nixon CB
Los Angeles Chargers Desmond King CB Desmond King CB
Los Angeles Chargers Troymaine Pope RB Troymaine Pope RB
Los Angeles Chargers Joe Reed WR Joe Reed WR
Los Angeles Rams Nsimba Webster WR Darrell Henderson RB
Los Angeles Rams Josh Reynolds WR Brandon Polk WR
Los Angeles Rams Dayan Lake CB Dayan Lake CB
Miami Dolphins Jakeem Grant WR Jakeem Grant WR
Miami Dolphins Preston Williams WR Kalen Ballage RB
Miami Dolphins Malcolm Perry RB Malcolm Perry RB
Minnesota Vikings Ameer Abdullah RB Ameer Abdullah RB
Minnesota Vikings K.J. Osborn WR K.J. Osborn WR
Minnesota Vikings Chad Beebe WR Chad Beebe WR
New England Patriots Gunner Olszewski WR Damiere Byrd WR
New England Patriots Mohamed Sanu WR Matthew Slater WR
New England Patriots Damiere Byrd WR Gunner Olszewski WR
New Orleans Saints Deonte Harris WR Deonte Harris WR
New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara RB Taysom Hill QB
New Orleans Saints Ty Montgomery RB Dwayne Washington RB
New York Giants Golden Tate WR Corey Ballentine DB
New York Giants Jabrill Peppers DB Corey Coleman WR
New York Giants Darnay Holmes CB Javon Leake RB
New York Jets Braxton Berrios WR Vyncint Smith WR
New York Jets Jamison Crowder WR Ashtyn Davis DB
New York Jets Ashtyn Davis DB George Campbell WR
Philadelphia Eagles Greg Ward WR Boston Scott RB
Philadelphia Eagles Boston Scott RB Miles Sanders RB
Philadelphia Eagles Manasseh Bailey WR Quez Watkins WR
Pittsburgh Steelers Diontae Johnson WR Kerrith Whyte Jr. WR
Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Switzer CB Ryan Switzer WR
Pittsburgh Steelers Cam Sutton WR Johnny Holton CB
San Francisco 49ers Richie James WR Richie James WR
San Francisco 49ers Dante Pettis WR Trent Taylor WR
San Francisco 49ers Brandon Aiyuk WR Brandon Aiyuk WR
Seattle Seahawks Tyler Lockett WR Tyler Lockett WR
Seattle Seahawks David Moore WR Travis Homer RB
Seattle Seahawks D.J. Reed DB Freddie Swain WR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers T.J. Logan RB T.J. Logan RB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond Calais RB Dare Ogunbowale RB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Justin Watson WR Raymond Calais RB
Tennessee Titans Adam Humphries WR Kalif Raymond WR
Tennessee Titans Kalif Raymond WR Darrynton Evans RB
Tennessee Titans Adoree Jackson CB Adoree Jackson CB
Washington Football Team Trey Quinn WR Steven Sims WR
Washington Football Team Steven Sims WR Greg Stroman CB
Washington Football Team Darvin Kidsy WR J.D. McKissic RB

Last Update: August 6, 2020

Trends

With the clear attempt by the league to reduce the number of kickoffs, it’s worth checking in on whether or not the steep decline since 2013 has continued.

League-Wide Returns Since 2013
Year Total Punt Returns Total Kick Returns PR Change from Previous Year KR Change from Previous Year
2019 876 938 -3.52% -3.30%
2018 908 970 -15.06% -6.37%
2017 1069 1036 +5.63% 0.00%
2016 1012 1036 -11.07% -4.16%
2015 1138 1081 +9.85% -11.83%
2014 1036 1226 -5.30% -4.89%
2013 1094 1289 -3.53% -7.60%

Last year, the league made permanent the rule changes from the previous year, but did not introduce any new rules to further limit returns. So there was less decrease than the previous season, but still a decrease of 3.3% in kick returns. I added the punt return numbers to the table as well, but clearly, the changes are not consistent enough to make a predictive trend. However, the kick return numbers have seen a steady decline.

This year, the only rule change affecting return specialists was the defenseless receiver rule extended to cover returners. This applies to players who have possession of the ball but haven’t had time to protect themselves from opponent contact. I suppose this has the chance to increase punt returns and potentially reduce fumbles but is likely not going to have a big fantasy impact overall.

Still, with a small decline last season, I would expect similar numbers to 2018 and 2019, given no additional rule changes. Interestingly, last year we didn’t have a player gain more than 1,000 kick return yards. Despite the rule changes, the league-leader didn’t change tremendously until last year. The best returners have typically found a way to produce. Devin Hester led the league with 1,128 kick return yards in 2014, and Andre Roberts led in 2018 with 1,174 yards. Last season, however, Cordarrelle Patterson led the league with just 825 yards. This could be an anomaly, but it’s worth noting for the future.

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