2017 Breakout Fantasy Players
Training camps will begin this week for veterans with most of the rookies having started this weekend. What this means for the fantasy world is that you need to start scouting players. Unless your hardcore and have been scouting players since the completion of last year’s regular season. Every year players emerge and have a breakout year like Terrelle Pryor and Ezekiel Elliott did in 2016. So, who could be a breakout Fantasy star this year in the NFL? Here are my choices.
The New York Giants have the capability of being one of the top offenses of all times with all their weapons. Beckham and Marshall on the outsides and Shepard in the slot. Rookie Evan Engram and Larry Donnell will be the tight ends. With all this catching power and Eli Manning throwing to them surely it will open up the running game for 2nd year running back Paul Perkins. Perkins finished his rookie season with 112 rushing attempts for 456 yards. The Giants upped Perkins rushing attempts per game the last 4 games of the season. The difference from last year to this year is Rashad Jennings is gone and Shane Vereen isn’t an every down back. This gives Paul Perkins a chance to step into the starting role. I think he has a chance to breakout because teams will play the Giants in Dime and Nickel packages because of all the passing threats on the field. In these packages Perkins, will have a chance to go against smaller defensive backs who can’t tackle. This offense is perfect for Paul to come in and have a 1100+ yards and 10–15 touchdown type of season.
Jamison Crowder out of Duke had a great rookie season playing in the slot finished the 2015 season with 59 receptions and 604-yards. Crowder followed his rookie season up with a 67 reception and 847-yard season. It’s safe to say that Jamison is one of Kirk Cousins favorite targets. This season is different though. Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are long gone. Enter Terrelle Pryor who balled out in Cleveland last year and Josh Doctson who spent the year on IR for his rookie season. Cousins will be most comfortable with Crowder and his tight ends to start the season because they’re familiar players. Even as the season goes on Pryor will draw an extra defender making teams vulnerable to Crowder in the slot. If Jamison Crowder can stay healthy with his extra reps, he will eclipse 1000 yards for the first time of his NFL career this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an interesting team because they started first game of 2016 with a win over the Atlanta Falcons and then lost five of the next seven. This team revolves around Jameis Winston and it’s his team to lead. The targets that Winston has proposes a problem. Mike Evans will require multiple bodies to keep him from catching the ball. The addition of Desean Jackson is huge because like he did in Washington and Philadelphia take the top off the defense with his speed and fly routes. This is quite a young core so Desean would be a good mentor on the field and in the huddle. Cameron Brate came on strong last year at the tight end position. The Buccaneers grabbed tight end OJ Howard out of Alabama in the draft this year. Jameis Winston has grown another year and now has more options to throw to. With the addition of his new toys even if the Buccaneers don’t win Winston will average 300+ yards a game.
Darren McFadden is a bit of a reach but with a possible Ezekiel Elliott suspension he is the next man up. Most people forget because the Dallas Cowboys were 4–12 in 2015 but Darren McFadden had 1400 yards from scrimmage that season. McFadden spent most of the 2016 season on the sideline from an off the field elbow injury. When healthy McFadden is one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL. Behind the Dallas Cowboys mega offensive line lookout for Darren McFadden if given the chance to have the same success as 2015. He will likely fall deep into drafts may be a good player to stash.
Originally posted by Marcus Hemingway @ JanusViews.com