A little over a week ago, I covered the 2020 potential bounce-back candidates. Now, I will be covering the 2020 breakout candidates for fantasy football.
Sometimes, it takes players a few years to hit their true potential. The key to dominating fantasy football is picking out when these players will breakout and grabbing them before they do, especially in keeper leagues or dynasty leagues. Some of these players can be drafted in the later rounds but can produce you elite numbers. Here are some of the players that have a good shot to break out next season.
Drew Lock, Quarterback, Denver Broncos (QB39)
Drew Lock became the starter for the Broncos in week 13 once he was healthy and the other quarterbacks were kicked out. Lock did solid in place for the Broncos including an 80% completion, 300 yards, and three-touchdown game against the Houston Texans. The Broncos should rebuild that offensive line and add more receiving threats to help the young quarterback and open-up rising stars Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. It also doesn’t hurt that his new offensive coordinator is Pat Shurmur who helped make Case Keenum a stud in Minnesota.
Other Quarterback Breakout Candidates:
David Montgomery, Running Back, Chicago Bears (RB25)
I will continue to beat the drum entering the 2020 season: David Montgomery is a very good running back. For some odd reason, people disagree with this statement when Montgomery literally got hit as soon as he got the ball in the backfield. Even with this, Montgomery still broke the eighth-most tackles among running backs in the NFL. Sure, he isn’t flashy and super fast, but he breaks a whole lot of tackles and is very hard to take down. The Bears have also come out and said that he will take on a bigger load in the 2020 season. If the offensive line improves and the run game improves like it looks like it should, Montgomery has the opportunity to be a top 15 fantasy running back.
Other Running Back Breakout Candidates:
Preston Williams, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins (WR73)
Before Preston Williams got hurt, he was a stud in Miami. Although being an undrafted rookie, Williams earned a lot of playing time playing for the Miami Dolphins. During the first half of the season, Williams received 60 targets in eight games, and in those eight games, he was targeted at least five times every game. Williams did all of this while having two different quarterbacks at the helm in Miami. If they get a good rookie quarterback or Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the starter, they will throw the ball a lot and that will bode well for the young wide receiver.
Other Wide Receiver Breakout Candidates:
David Njoku, Tight End, Cleveland Browns (TE77)
David Njoku was one of the top tight end targets entering the 2019 season. Njoku was drafted in 2017 and hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of a first-round tight end. The injury bug bit him way too early in the season and he never came back. New head coach Kevin Stefanski showed that he likes to involve his tight ends in the offense after Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph combined for over 70 receptions. The young, athletic tight end should see an increase of targets, catches, and red zone looks in 2020. Doesn’t hurt either that Stefanski said the Browns “have big plans for” for the 23-year-old tight end.
Other Tight End Breakout Candidates:
- Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (TE15)
- T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (TE31)
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