2014 Fantasy Football Breakouts
Identifying a breakout candidate, I’m looking for a player who can far exceed his ADP and one you’re willing to reach for on Draft Day. I believe to win consistently in fantasy you must make your own opinions, and take the risk on players that can excel in their current situations.
When I am trying to identify a breakout player I’m looking at three things. I want someone who has a proven track record on the verge of doing something great, a stud who is likely to have a career year, or a rookie who can have a immediate impact . Extra motivation such as a player’s contract year (show me the money), is always something to consider too. Those are the kind of players I have identified as my Breakouts!
Kendall Wright, WR, Titans:
Wright posted solid numbers last year with 94 receptions, 1,079 yards and two scores. He finished 20th at the position with 213 fantasy points. Enter Ken Whisenhunt and his up tempo offense. Whisenhunt has done wonders for previous receivers such as Keenan Allen from last season, who could have won Offensive Rookie of the Year, if not for Eddie Lacy and his beastness. The only thing that could hold Kendall back this year is his QB Jake Locker. If Locker can step up and stay healthy, the sky is the limit for Wright this season.
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers:
Crabtree is healthy this season coming off of a Achilles injury, and is in a contract year. The extra motivation for him is a bonus since he’s Kaepernicks favorite target. He proved that in 2012 when Kaepernick took over the starting gig and targeted Crabtree with a heavy dose. Over the course of those seven games Michael had 41 receptions, 595 yards and five touchdowns. With them already having a great rapport, I see San Francisco opening up the offense more this season. This can only improve Crabtree’s stat line and makes him a great Breakout candidate.
Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans:
Rookie running backs can often be over looked, and thus become great values. Look at Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard’s ADP from last season. I was high on both of them, and ultimately they were both draft day steals! I see this being the case for the Huskie prospect this season. He is behind one of the best offensive lines in the league and has a great strength of schedule. There is no competition for touches at his position, just another reason to like this kid. Looking at Chris Johnson’s consistent top 12 finishes over the years, I only see high potential for Sankey this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings:
Let’s start of by saying this kid can ball! After getting use to the offense last season, he started to show what he’s capable of, and that is star quality. He not only has another year in the league but gets offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner has done wonders for past wide receivers, and helped produce my favorite breakout from last year, Josh Gordon. With a great offensive line and improved quarterback play, I see Patterson as a shoe in No. 2 fantasy receiver with No. 1 upside!