Josh Allen. David Montgomery. Jonathan Taylor. Justin Jefferson. DK Metcalf.
That is proper; the 2020 NFL marketing campaign had its share of gamers who broke out within the stat sheets. These statistical monsters grew to become league winners for numerous fantasy managers. Discovering gamers who’re in an excellent place to interrupt out could be the distinction between a superb season and one which results in a fantasy championship.
With that in thoughts, listed here are 10 gamers who I prefer to change into subsequent season’s fantasy heroes.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
It took slightly longer than we hoped, however the Rams did showcase Akers within the second half of his rookie season. He averaged 21.7 touches and 16.3 fantasy factors over his last seven video games (together with the playoffs), proving he has the instruments to be a fantasy star. The Rams added Matthew Stafford, who will hold defenses sincere, and Malcolm Brown is now not on the roster. All this could equate to a breakout season for Akers in 2021.
Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Harris is in an excellent place to change into the perfect rookie in fantasy soccer this season. A 3-down again at Alabama who rushed for practically 1,500 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2020, Harris ought to earn a featured function in Pittsburgh proper out of the gate. Coach Mike Tomlin has most well-liked to make use of one predominant runner for many of his time within the Metal Metropolis, so a season with 250-plus touches is definitely within the playing cards for Harris in his rookie season.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
Edwards-Helaire was thought of a disappointment on this rookie marketing campaign, as accidents and the addition of Le’Veon Bell value him an opportunity at stardom. To his credit score, CEH did common 21.3 touches and 15.9 fantasy factors in his first six video games earlier than the Chiefs added Bell to the roster. Coach Andy Reid’s offenses have typically produced star operating backs, and I do not see Darrel Williams or Jerick McKinnon as main threats.
J.Ok. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Dobbins is a flexible stats machine who led all operating backs with a 6.0 yards per rush common as a rookie. The offseason launch of Mark Ingram creates a projected beginning function for Ohio State, and he’s in a great spot to guide the Ravens run-primarily based offense in carries. It won’t be a real featured function with Gus Edwards on the roster, however Dobbins will get greater than sufficient touches to emerge into a possible high-15 fantasy runner.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Soccer Group
McLaurin posted 87 catches for 1,118 yards final season, which some would counsel is a breakout marketing campaign. He scored simply 4 touchdowns, although, and his 14.5 factors-per-recreation common ranked simply twentieth amongst wideouts. I feel he’ll make a transfer to a extra elite stage of receivers with Ryan Fitzpatrick below heart and Curtis Samuel to assist draw defenses. I feel McLaurin may push for low-finish No. 1 fantasy totals in 2021.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys:
Lamb completed his rookie yr ranked twenty second amongst wideouts primarily based on fantasy factors, but it surely may have been a a lot increased end. In 5 video games with Dak Prescott below heart, he averaged 17.1 fantasy factors and was on tempo to almost equal the manufacturing of Justin Jefferson. Do not be shocked if it is Lamb and never Amari Cooper, who leads Cowboys wideouts in 2021. He’ll be price each little bit of a high-40 total choice in all redrafts.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Chase enters a dream state of affairs to change into this season’s model of Jefferson. He shall be reunited together with his former school quarterback, Joe Burrow, so there’s an already constructed-in rapport. The Bengals additionally had 104 targets open when A.J. Inexperienced left for the Cardinals, and Burrow was on tempo to throw the ball virtually 650 instances as a rookie. The sport script can be in Chase’s favor, so I would not be shocked if he had a high-25 fantasy marketing campaign.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Aiyuk completed a ho-hum thirty fifth in fantasy factors amongst wideouts as a rookie, however he additionally averaged 20.8 factors throughout a six-recreation stretch that opened the eyes of fantasy followers. A playmaker ranked tied for ninth amongst wideouts in damaged tackles, Aiyuk is an efficient wager to complete within the high two in targets for the Niners. No matter whether or not it’s Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance below heart, he has the upside to be a strong No. 2 wideout.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts this offseason, which opens the door for Hurts to take excessive spot in Philadelphia. He began and completed three video games as a rookie, averaging 79.3 speeding yards and over 25 fantasy factors. His abilities as a runner make him a harmful twin-menace, and cellular quarterbacks could be priceless belongings in fantasy land. Hurts wants to enhance as a passer, however he nonetheless has top-10 fantasy upside.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings
Smith Jr. did not put up huge numbers total final season, however he ranked fourth in fantasy factors amongst tight ends over the ultimate 4 weeks. Usually, such a late-season run can point out a possible breakout the next yr. The previous Alabama standout is now the unquestioned tight finish in Minnesota too, because the Vikings parted methods with Kyle Rudolph within the offseason. Smith Jr. may push for top-10 numbers on the place.
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