Now that the season has started, we need to continue to examine potential breakouts for the second half of the season. We have already seen Mark Andrews and Terry McLaurin establish themselves. But who can be those types of players in the second half? That is the goal to find here. We will take a look at the top names to breakout down the line. Follow the fantasy football section for our weekly rankings and waiver wire grabs throughout the season.
QB – Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen was a preseason sleeper to begin with, and his ownership hasn’t jumped up much for the year. Quarterbacks have been dropping off the map with injuries so far this season Josh Allen is around the 50% mark around the industry at the moment. Allen’s rushing numbers are going to give him a pretty strong fantasy floor moving forward. Allen is already on the rise in a lot of rest of the season rankings. His week to week upside is also going to be overlooked as the passing volume is actually higher than expected.
QB – Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts offense has had a slow start, and are looking to run the ball a bit more to rely on the defense. That will hold on some lesser teams, but this offense is going to be okay for the rest of the season. As I am writing this, Jacoby Brissett is sitting at QB15, higher than Baker Mayfield, Aaron Rodgers, and Philip Rivers. Even with some injuries on the offensive side, and a more run heavy approach, Brissett is paying off nicely. Over the next few weeks, the Colts will take on Houston, Denver, Pittsburgh, Miami, Jacksonville, and Houston again. Not a bad schedule.
RB – Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Around the 55% owned mark, Ronald Jones hasn’t quite made it to an easy start yet, but that time should be coming. His touches have been fairly stable outside of two weeks where we can easily point towards why. Against the Saints they were down early, and were forced to throw. Week 2 was when he had an in-game ankle injury. Otherwise he has been around 15 touches per week, and very effective. He is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season.
RB – Ito Smith – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons offensive line has struggled, and overall this is going to be a team that throws the ball at a high rate. This is a downgrade for the overall offense, but Ito Smith is starting to get more work with a struggling Devonta Freeman. He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and getting goal line work. At the most we could see a somewhat split workload or about 60/40. Keep an eye on smith moving forward.
WR – Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins
I am going to keep pounding the drum on Preston Williams, who is up to over 40 fantasy points so far this season in PPR formats. This team has no run game and will be throwing from behind, which is a positive game script. He has 30 targets already on the season, and is averaging 13.4 yards per reception. I love Williams as a deep grab for the rest of the season.
WR – Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals
The John Ross injury freed up a spot for Auden Tate, and even with AJ Green’s return looming, he might be on his way out of Cincinnati. This is where Auden Tate can step in, he is a big bodied wideout who could easily be a WR2 in this offense. This group is also on the pass heavy side, throwing over 65% of the time. Tate has plenty of upside moving forward, and has 22 targets over the last three weeks.
TE – Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
Noah Fant is getting the workload, as he has seen over 100 snaps through the first two weeks. This is always the first step for solid production. While the Denver offense isn’t a high octane one, Fant is getting looks. His draft stock was high for a tight end, and Denver has voiced they will be getting him involved in the offense. Fant is another slow burn type of fantasy player where his week-to-week value should grow as we get into the season. Having the targets and snaps be there already is a great start.
DEF – Green Bay Packers
This Green Bay defense already looks good this season, but nobody has bought in yet in the fantasy world. The Packers secondary looks terrific, and they added to it in the draft. Their pass defense is ranked top five already, and the rush defense is in the top half as well. After struggling last season, I like what they have to offer this season.
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