Updated fantasy soccer draft sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2020

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Updated fantasy football draft sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2020

As we enter into the guts of fantasy soccer draft season, we circled again with our ESPN Fantasy Football consultants to carry you their newest sleepers, busts and breakout gamers for the 2020 marketing campaign, as outlined right here:

  • Sleeper: A participant who will far surpass his common draft place (ADP) in customary ESPN leagues for the 2020 season.

  • Bust: A participant who is predicted to be a stable starter in customary ESPN leagues however will fail to dwell as much as these expectations this season.

  • Breakout: A participant who will leap into or near the higher echelon of gamers at his place for the primary time due to a dramatic enhance in manufacturing in contrast along with his earlier seasons (or a rookie who will burst onto the scene).

Our panel consists of the next ESPN Fantasy writers and editors: Stephania Bell, Matthew Berry, Matt Bowen, Tom Carpenter, Mike Clay, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Daniel Dopp, Eric Karabell, Keith Lipscomb, Jim McCormick and Field Yates.

Each analyst named a sleeper and a bust for every of the foremost offensive positions, in addition to one breakout candidate. You can discover their picks beneath, after which evaluation and perception on a number of gamers they felt most enthusiastic about in every class.

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Quarterback sleepers

Stephania Bell: Cam Newton, New England Patriots
Matthew Berry: Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars
Matt Bowen: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Tom Carpenter: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Mike Clay: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Daniel Dopp: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Karabell: Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars
Keith Lipscomb: Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Jim McCormick: Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars
Field Yates: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Quarterback busts

Stephania Bell: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Matthew Berry: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Matt Bowen: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Tom Carpenter: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Mike Clay: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Daniel Dopp: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eric Karabell: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Keith Lipscomb: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Jim McCormick: Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Field Yates: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running again sleepers

Stephania Bell: Antonio Gibson, Washington
Matthew Berry: Antonio Gibson, Washington
Matt Bowen: J.Ok. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
Tom Carpenter: Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
Mike Clay: Darrell Henderson Jr., Los Angeles Rams
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Daniel Dopp: Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Eric Karabell: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Keith Lipscomb: Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
Jim McCormick: Matt Breida, Miami Dolphins
Field Yates: James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers

Running again busts

Stephania Bell: Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets
Matthew Berry: Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets
Matt Bowen: Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons
Tom Carpenter: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Mike Clay: J.Ok. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons
Daniel Dopp: Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons
Eric Karabell: David Johnson, Houston Texans
Keith Lipscomb: Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons
Jim McCormick: Todd Gurley II, Atlanta Falcons
Field Yates: Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets

Wide receiver sleepers

Stephania Bell: Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Matthew Berry: Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
Matt Bowen: Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tom Carpenter: DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
Mike Clay: Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins
Tristan H. Cockcroft: CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Daniel Dopp: DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
Eric Karabell: Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders
Keith Lipscomb: Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Jim McCormick: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Field Yates: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Wide receiver busts

Stephania Bell: Keenan Allen, Las Angeles Chargers
Matthew Berry: Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Matt Bowen: Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
Tom Carpenter: Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Mike Clay: Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
Daniel Dopp: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Karabell: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Keith Lipscomb: Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Jim McCormick: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Field Yates: Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Tight finish sleepers

Stephania Bell: Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys
Matthew Berry: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Matt Bowen: Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans
Tom Carpenter: O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Clay: Noah Fant, Denver Broncos
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
Daniel Dopp: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Eric Karabell: Adam Trautman, New Orleans Saints
Keith Lipscomb: Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
Jim McCormick: T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Field Yates: Chris Herndon, New York Jets

Tight finish busts

Stephania Bell: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Matthew Berry: Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Matt Bowen: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Carpenter: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Clay: Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Daniel Dopp: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Eric Karabell: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Keith Lipscomb: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jim McCormick: Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Field Yates: Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

2020 breakout participant

Stephania Bell: Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Matthew Berry: Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Matt Bowen: Noah Fant, Denver Broncos
Tom Carpenter: Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Mike Clay: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
Tristan H. Cockcroft: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
Daniel Dopp: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Eric Karabell: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Keith Lipscomb: Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jim McCormick: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Field Yates: Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

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These are gamers our panel believes will exceed their 2020 common draft place and supply worth for many who take an opportunity on them.

Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Minshew is greater than only a positive moustache. A stunning QB2 when energetic as a rookie, Minshew not solely has loads of instruments to succeed and overcome pre-draft issues as a passer, he emerged as an underrated thrower of the deep move, and solely 4 quarterbacks rushed for extra yards final season. The Jaguars appeared a bit detached to constructing a contending staff for 2020, and the quarterback competitors is over with Nick Foles gone, so count on Minshew to throw and run to his coronary heart’s content material — and pile on sufficient fantasy factors to matter. — Eric Karabell

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford performed in solely eight video games final season, lacking motion for the primary time for the reason that 2010 season. However, via Week 9, Stafford ranked second in landing passes with 19 and fourth in passing yards at 2,499. Plus, he averaged 10.7 air yards per try final season, a 40.7% increase from his profession common. Remember, Stafford has all of the high-end traits of a quantity thrower — arm expertise, motion expertise, second-reaction capability. And taking part in in a Detroit with a leaky protection, Stafford might as soon as once more be pressured to play “hero ball.” Drop again and take your pictures. If you draft quarterbacks late — which I do — then Stafford must be considered one of your high targets. He has QB1 upside at a present ADP of QB13. — Matt Bowen

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: It took awhile for the Raiders to depend on him, however Renfrow began breaking out halfway via his rookie marketing campaign, and closed strongly with a pair of 100-yard receiving video games, every that includes a landing catch. Those taking part in in PPR codecs want to concentrate on an rising slot possibility that will get the job carried out with quickness and route-running over blinding pace. A 75-catch, 1,000-yard season is hardly out of the query, and hardly matches up along with his draft-day worth. — Eric Karabell

Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos: He wasn’t practically as uncooked a prospect in a five-game, season-ending stint as you may suppose. His 64.1% completion and 19.1% off-target passing charges, in addition to his 2.Three TD-to-interception ratio, had been all inside vary of the league’s averages. The Broncos then loaded up at extensive receiver within the draft, including Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler to a bunch that already included Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Lock now has probably the most intriguing up-and-coming teams of receivers within the league with which to work, so he at the very least must be a viable matchups play in 2020. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington: Before you name me a homer, hear me out. Washington lacks any dependable playmakers exterior of Terry McLaurin, and Gibson is a flexible offensive weapon (final season he was the one FBS participant to have greater than 700 receiving yards and greater than 300 speeding yards). Yes, it was a restricted pattern, however Gibson averaged greater than 14 yards per offensive contact. Coach Ron Rivera just lately mentioned Gibson has “a skill set like Christian McCaffrey.” Not saying he will probably be CMC and even used as a lot as him, however OC Scott Turner is aware of he should be artistic on offense, and Gibson’s versatility will enable him to create mismatches everywhere in the discipline. — Matthew Berry

Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins: The pitch for Breida is not that he’ll abruptly grow to be a 20-touch characteristic again in Miami, as Jordan Howard appears more likely to eat a large early-down function. Rather, I belief that Breida will command a precious change-of-pace function with the Fins. He is a superior speedster who had the fifth-fastest common pace amongst NFL tailbacks whereas crossing the road of scrimmage with the ball final season, and who completed fifth amongst backs with 5.07 YPC. In Chan Gailey’s final three seasons on the helm of an NFL offense, his backfields earned at the very least a 21% share of the staff’s complete targets. With Howard a nonfactor as a receiver and Breida’s big-play capability superb for such utilization, I feel a high-end flex efficiency in PPR codecs is solely inside the vary of outcomes. — Jim McCormick

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: There’s an inclination to undercut the deserves of slot receivers at occasions; heck, simply take a look at how they’re paid relative to perimeter receivers! But let’s not overthink this: Edelman is an ankle-breaking, yards-after-catch machine. We do not know a ton of what life with out Tom Brady appears to be like love for Edelman, however I’m betting on him to stay a star. When Jimmy Garoppolo stepped right into a beginning function for 2 full video games to start out 2016, Edelman posted seven catches in every sport. Cam Newton-to-Julian Edelman has deadly efficiency. — Field Yates

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans: With Delanie Walker now out of the combination in Tennessee, Smith is considered one of my favourite late-round targets. In the 10 video games with quarterback Ryan Tannehill because the starter in Tennessee, Smith caught 29 of 35 targets for 342 yards, together with all three of his landing grabs. And whereas Tennessee’s run-heavy sport script does decrease the ground a bit for Smith, the traits soar right here. Smith has matchup capability and motion expertise to supply within the open discipline. Look for the Titans to scheme alternatives for Smith right here off play-action or when flexed from the formation. Don’t be shocked if Smith posts lower-tier TE1 numbers this season. — Matt Bowen

Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins: Despite going undrafted, Williams averaged a wholesome 7.Four targets (21% share) throughout a 2019 rookie season that was shortened by a Week 9 ACL tear. DeVante Parker ended up with the breakout marketing campaign, however Parker truly trailed Williams in targets (50 to 59) and air yards (692 to 843) previous to the damage. Williams’ restoration will have to be monitored, however the 23-year-old seems to be a steal and is positioned as an every-down participant in Gailey’s WR-friendly scheme. — Mike Clay

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The case for Conner is fairly easy: I consider he’ll be the man within the Steelers’ backfield, regardless of a number of proficient different backs, together with Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland Jr. This is not about coach-speak or offseason soundbites — I simply consider sufficient within the expertise of Conner to suppose he’ll show to be the workhorse that we noticed in 2018. And when Conner will get probabilities, he dominates. To wit: Conner has a complete of 10 video games in his profession with at the very least 18 touches, scoring an unimaginable 28.Three fantasy factors per sport in these 10 contests. — Field Yates

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions: Given the mix of advanced blocking and receiving duties on the place, there is not a robust historical past of rookie NFL tight ends acting at a excessive statistical degree. Hockenson regarded to buck this pattern in producing 131 yards in his skilled debut in Week 1 final fall, however he gained simply 367 yards over 12 video games earlier than hitting injured reserve. An traditionally good prospect coming into the league final 12 months with the potential to demand a robust goal share from a succesful veteran quarterback in 2020, Hockenson’s potential to breakout as a sophomore is sort of viable. — Jim McCormick

Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons: After two seasons largely caught behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle on the Ravens’ depth chart, Hurst was thrust right into a golden alternative in Atlanta this offseason. There, he’ll take up lots of the targets that went in Austin Hooper’s path. Hooper had an 18.6% goal share in his 13 wholesome video games in 2019 and was sixth greatest amongst tight ends within the class for the season when together with his missed time. Hurst brings extra pace to the desk with comparable dimension, so a top-eight positional season is feasible. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

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Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I get the connection right here with quarterback Tom Brady, together with the expectation that the Bucs will use extra two-tight-end personnel. Throw seams and crossers. That matches the profile for Gronk, who caught 71.1% of his targets from Brady on passes thrown lower than 15 yards with the Patriots from 2014 to 2018. However, Gronk’s present ADP of 67.0 — TE6 — is just too wealthy for me. He hasn’t performed a full season since 2011, and anticipating Gronk to return as a constant, high-end fantasy possibility is a little bit of stretch right here. Gronk must be focused as a lower-tier TE1 in 2019. — Matt Bowen

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: Don’t mistake his speeding success for an all-around breakthrough. Allen scored 35% (101.Zero of 288.6) of his fantasy factors speeding, however his passing left lots to be desired, as he completed final amongst certified quarterbacks with 58.8% completion and 23.0% off-target passing charges. Yes, Stefon Diggs’ addition bolsters Allen’s receiving corps, however a so-so passer is a so-so passer. Prepare for regression: Of the earlier 10 quarterbacks to attain at the very least 9 speeding touchdowns in a season, the group noticed a 66% decline within the class for a mean lack of 7.1 scores. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

J.Ok. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens: I see three fairly important roadblocks to fantasy success for Dobbins throughout his rookie season: historical past, scheme and competitors. History: Over the previous decade, solely six of 23 backs drafted within the second spherical completed higher than RB28 as a rookie. Scheme: Greg Roman’s RB models normally rank excessive in rushes however have a mean end of 28.2 in targets and 17.Three in fantasy PPG throughout his six seasons as a playcaller. Competition: Dobbins could have a tough time discovering sufficient snaps with starter Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards (NFL YPC chief over the previous two seasons) within the fold. That’s too many roadblocks for a participant going within the sixth spherical. — Mike Clay

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos: Sutton is a proficient participant who has managed to supply regardless of shaky QB play in every of the previous two seasons, however contemplate this: In 2019, Sutton led all gamers in air-yard goal share and was sixth amongst WRs in finish zone targets per sport. Yet even with all that chance, he was WR27 on a PPG foundation and had simply three video games all season with greater than 5 catches. Sure, the hope is a full season of Drew Lock will assist that effectivity, however the Broncos spent their first two draft picks on Jeudy and Hamler, signed a succesful pass-catching again in Melvin Gordon, and can presumably give sophomore TE Fant a bigger function. It’s going to be exhausting to show a revenue on Sutton at his present ESPN ADP of WR15. — Matthew Berry

Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I’m in awe of Brady. I would like that to be clear. He’s the best QB of my era. That’s why that is so exhausting for me. Brady’s turning 43 this August, and whereas he is nonetheless taking part in at a excessive degree, he is nonetheless human. So contemplate me involved in regards to the oldest QB within the NFL, who’s studying a brand new offense, with new teammates, throughout a pandemic, whereas his physique works time beyond regulation to be a full-time skilled athlete. This is about minimizing threat, and I’d relatively be a 12 months too early than be a 12 months too late. Brady is my QB12. — Daniel Dopp

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: While Rodgers continues to be a terrific real-life QB, for fantasy functions, he not has the identical upside or consistency as in years previous. Last season, Rodgers produced fewer than 15 fantasy factors in 10 of his 16 begins, and from Week 9 on, he averaged simply 1.Three passing TDs and 209.Eight passing yards per sport. And this run-heavy method labored, as Green Bay went to the NFC Championship Game final 12 months. Given the staff used a second-round choose on 250-pound RB AJ Dillon and did small in the best way of including further pass-catching, assist it appears possible this offense is much more run-heavy this season. I’ve Rodgers comfortably exterior my top-12 QBs for 2020. — Matthew Berry

Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills: Diggs pressured his approach out of a low-volume, extremely environment friendly Minnesota offense however is arguably in worse circumstances in a Buffalo move offense that has been low-volume, low-scoring and inefficient through the Josh Allen period. Diggs completed 2019 because the No. 24 scoring fantasy receiver, regardless of ending second amongst receivers in YPT and with Adam Thielen lacking half the season. Durability can be a priority, as Diggs has by no means performed a full 16-game season. Consider Diggs as midrange WR3, at greatest. — Mike Clay

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Who will be part of the ranks of the elite and make it easier to win your league this season? Here are our consultants’ picks for 2020’s breakout stars and the way they think about it’ll happen.

Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos: We caught solely a glimpse of Lock in 2019 (an early thumb damage ensured he wouldn’t see the sector earlier than December), however throughout his brief time below heart, he led his staff to a 4-1 report. He impressed the Broncos to encompass him this offseason with offensive playmakers and protectors to enhance veterans love Courtland Sutton and Phillip Lindsay already in place. Add to the combination a brand new offensive coordinator in Pat Shurmur, who’s more likely to advance Lock’s downfield playmaking, and he has all of the substances at his fingertips for a breakout season. — Stephania Bell

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants: The fifth-best QB in fantasy over the second half of final season, Jones flashed huge upside as a rookie, delivering 4 video games with 28-plus fantasy factors. And he was in a position to try this with Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram taking part in zero snaps collectively. With a deep group of offensive playmakers, plus mobility (Jones averaged greater than 21 speeding yards per sport in 2019), and a protection that can drive him to throw lots, Danny Dimes is in good place for a breakout season in 2020. — Matthew Berry

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos: With the flexibility to stretch the seams and run after the catch, Fant is a primary breakout candidate in an upgraded Broncos move sport. As a rookie final season, Fant caught 40 of 63 targets for 562 yards. And the explosive play juice is there too, as Fant produced 10 receptions of 20 yards or extra. Plus, with Denver including extra pace and playmaking expertise to the extensive receiver place, Fant could have some room to work beneath, the place the previous Iowa Hawkeye averaged 7.5 air yards per goal from Lock final season. There’s good worth right here, with Fant carrying a present ADP of 119.8 (TE11). — Matt Bowen

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: The first working again ever chosen within the first spherical by an Andy Reid staff, Edwards-Helaire will instantly be positioned for a big function in arguably the league’s greatest offense. The LSU product is a terrific prospect, overcoming underwhelming dimension and pace with elite tackle-breaking, elusiveness, and receiving capability. Reid’s offenses do not provide a lot quantity for RBs however make up for it with effectivity and a ton of touchdowns. Edwards-Helaire’s second-round ADP could possibly be a crimson flag since he is a rookie, however there is not any doubt he has upside. — Mike Clay

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills: Things had been wanting up for Singletary through the second half of an in any other case forgettable 2019, as he averaged 16.Four carries per sport and 4.6 yards per carry with 30 complete targets in his ultimate eight regular-season contests, then managed 134 yards from scrimmage within the wild-card spherical. With Frank Gore gone, Singletary ought to see simply at the very least that a lot utilization and arguably extra; and with Allen unlikely to repeat his 2019 speeding success, the Bills ought to actually shift extra of their speeding focus to the second-year again. Zack Moss does loom as a possible goal-line vulture, however Singletary ought to put forth high-end RB2 worth for an RB3’s worth. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Do you keep in mind Mayfield’s rookie season, when he threw for 3,725 passing yards, 27 TDs and 14 INTs? Compare that to final season’s 3,827 passing yards, 22 TDs and 21 INTs, and it is apparent he took a step backward. Luckily for Mayfield, the Browns addressed their poor offensive line, signed Austin Hooper and can carry again Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and (for now) David Njoku. That’s quite a bit of playmakers for a quarterback who ought to proper the ship in 2020. Baker is my QB11. — Daniel Dopp

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie quarterbacks are typically far too dangerous to rely on, particularly with a lot depth on the place, however Burrow is hardly a traditional rookie. His Heisman Trophy-winning numbers at LSU had been historic and ridiculous, and the Bengals have surrounded him with ample expertise at working again and extensive receiver, and maybe — masturbates crossed — a reliable offensive line. Burrow is so proficient, he would make it work anyway. Stop losing time on Kirk Cousins or Jared Goff varieties as your No. 2 QB; Burrow’s fantasy upside is way extra immense. — Eric Karabell

Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: With 20.7 yards per catch as knowledgeable freshman for the champs final season — a fee that may have led the league, had he certified, with 4 extra receptions — Hardman’s field-stretching pace and vertical potential with Patrick Mahomes create a rousing mix of upside. The flooring is undoubtedly low for a big-play weapon unlikely to thrive on quantity in a longtime offense, however his distinctive profile jogs my memory of a barely legal DeSean Jackson, who occurred to show in roughly 1,300 scrimmage yards and 10 complete touchdowns again in his second 12 months in Andy Reid’s offense with Philadelphia. — Jim McCormick

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: There was a 10-week stretch final season when one Atlanta Falcon receiver averaged 16.5 fantasy factors per sport on 13.2 air yards per goal, whereas his counterpart averaged 14.Four fantasy factors per sport on 13.1 air yards per goal. The former is Calvin Ridley, the latter Julio Jones. But that is greater than only a connecting of dots primarily based on earlier manufacturing, this can be a calculated wager on Ridley’s route-running capability, his nostril for the tip zone and taking part in in a division the place maintaining goes to contain throwing it a ton. Ridley checks the packing containers of a participant able to explode. — Field Yates

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