Every year, there are a few players who struggle for long stretches of time before bouncing back and returning to their previous form. Already, we've seen Cam Newton struggle to live up to high expectations early in the season before exploding over the past four weeks to re-emerge as a top-five QB. Here's who could follow in his footsteps.
Tom Brady (QB, Patriots)
Brady struggled to develop a rhythm with new, young receiving targets early in the season. However, top targets Rob Gronkowski (TE) and Danny Amendola (WR) are finally healthy, and the dynamic Shane Vereen (RB) is also almost back from injury. All of these talented receiving threats will force defenses to make tough choices, allowing Brady to slice and dice defenses again while taking advantage of mismatches. Once the Pats return from their bye, you can also expect Brady to return to form.
C.J. Spiller (RB, Bills)
Spiller's fantasy stock has been plummeting while he has struggled with an underreported high ankle sprain and Fred Jackson has taken carries away from him. However, Spiller finally looked like his old, explosive self against the mighty Chiefs defense last week. As long as he's healthy, the Bills will run their offense through Spiller, and he'll be a top fantasy RB.
After failing to record a TD through eight weeks, Johnson announced himself with authority Sunday night with one of the best performances of his esteemed career. He has the trust of new QB Case Keenum, and he'll have the opportunity to continue making big plays while producing great fantasy performances.
Relative to the new breed of TE, Witten doesn't look as attractive as a fantasy option, especially as he's struggled to produce TDs with other receiving options emerging in Dallas. However, Witten is still QB Tony Romo's safety valve, and he can be relied upon to produce his usual, consistent numbers down the stretch.
Alex Case is amNY's fantasy football columnist.