Breakout Candidates

We examine this year's potential breakout and comeback players that can lead your fantasy team to a championship. They offer great upside and may be undervalued in your leagues for a variety of reasons. Whether due to past injuries, scheme problems, poor supporting casts, or usage, these players have underperformed but we expect them to put up big numbers in 2017.

1. Kareem Hunt, RB

, Bye:
Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 242 1,047 8 62 545 1 275.20

2. Amari Cooper, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 80 1,013 6 222.90

3. Jamison Crowder, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 70 742 4 168.20

4. Isaiah Crowell, RB

New York Jets, Bye: 11
Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 196 759 5 27 175 0 150.40

5. Marcus Mariota, QB

Com Yds TD Int Rsh Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 315 3,644 23 12 72 368 2 274.56

After a fantastic second season, many expected another step forward for Mariota in 2017. But instead the Tennessee quarterback failed to account for 20 or more touchdowns for the first time in his career. Even worse, he threw 15 interceptions to just 13 passing scores on the season. But as bad as his season was, it was hardly all his fault, as the Titans lacked at the skill positions for most of the season. Rookie first rounder Corey Davis couldn't stay healthy, Delanie Walker started to show his age, and both DeMarco Murray and Eric Decker proved to have nothing left in the tank. That said, Derrick Henry finally got his shot in the backfield and looked like a potential bellcow back. The receivers group still has some question marks, but Mariota should bounce back under first year head coach Mike Vrabel and new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. By all accounts the offense should be more uptempo under the new regime, but it's also worth keeping in mind that Mariota is now on his third coaching regime since coming into the league in 2015.

6. Jack Doyle, TE

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 62 526 6 150.60

7. Derek Carr, QB

Com Yds TD Int Rsh Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 345 3,892 24 13 33 102 1 254.88

Prior to a late season injury in 2016, Carr was tearing the league apart and had the Raiders offense clicking on all cylinders. So by all accounts it made sense to believe he'd pick up where he left off last season, but it simply wasn't to be. In Week 4 Carr suffered a transverse fracture to his lower back, and was expected to miss a month or more. Instead, he missed just one game and tried to play through the injury, a situation that didn't seem to benefit anyone, as Oakland struggled on both sides of the ball and Carr brought down the fantasy fortunes of teammates Amari Cooper, and the now departed Michael Crabtree. In short, it was a season to forget. But no one really knows what to expect out of the new look Raiders either. Jordy Nelson will assume the Crabtree role in the offense, and Oakland also brought in top lifter Martavis Bryant and veteran running back Doug Martin behind Marshawn Lynch. What remains to be seen is how much Nelson and Martin have left, and whether Bryant can stay out of trouble off the field. And that doesn't even touch on the fact that Jon Gruden, 10 years removed from his last NFL coaching gig, is now calling the shots in Oakland. If you're a Carr owner, buckle up.

8. Jameis Winston, QB

Com Yds TD Int Rsh Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 315 3,694 23 11 37 132 1 247.96

Still just 24 years old, the first overall pick in the NFL draft once again ran into off-the-field issues this offseason, as a 2016 incident with an Uber driver will cost him the first three games of the regular season as he serves a suspension handed down by the league. And it's not the first time. Winston faced a series of personal issues while at Florida State and it's hard not to start looking at the sum of these events and wondering if the Bucs signal caller has the maturity to be counted on to be the face of the franchise. Even the league in its statement on the suspension noted, "a future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL." That's the kind of language that will give Tampa Bay's management pause, and should do the same for dynasty owners. That said, there's plenty of bounceback potential here after a down 2017 season. And there's no question that Winston can be a productive NFL starter if he can get his head right.

9. Tyrell Williams, WR

Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 29 504 2 91.40

10. Paul Perkins, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

11. Jonathan Williams, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

12. Ameer Abdullah, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

13. Mike Gillislee, RB

Rsh Yds TD Rec Yds TD Pts
2018-19 (proj) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

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