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Wide receiver production is going to come and go throughout the year. We will see breakouts at most points throughout the season. We have already with names like Terry McLaurin and John Ross. But who can be those types of players in the second half? That is the goal to find here. Injuries will ultimately create opportunity for players, but there are some names currently that are working their way into more snaps and targets. 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.
Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals
Auden Tate has 22 targets in the past three games, and will continue to get work with John Ross out for some time, and there is also a threat of AJ Green returning, but only to be traded. We will have to monitor that. Either way, Tate is a strong rookie who has a big frame. Cincinnati’s offense is geared to throw the ball, as the defense will put them behind most games.
Parris Campbell – Indianapolis Colts
Many were excited when Parris Campbell went to the Colts. That excitement died down quite a bit when Andrew Luck retired. This is a team that has a lot of fantasy options, but Devin Funchess’ injury clears one out of the way for a while. This Colts team isn’t going to be putting up 26+ points a game, but this is a far better team compared to the year Jacoby Brissett took over back in 2017. Campbell is a second half name to keep an eye on, because at the moment he is still working his way with minimal snaps and targets.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles drafted JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and it was somewhat of a surprise given their depth at the position, and a need on the defensive side. However, he is a talented wideout who needs injuries to occur to get more run. That is beginning to happen already. DeSean Jackson is already set to miss some time, and Alshon Jeffery is dealing with a calf injury. This leaves Nelson Agholor and JJ Arcega Whiteside to pick up a lot of snaps. He is the reason why Agholor was a potential trade candidate, because he was going to replace him.
David Moore – Seattle Seahawks
David Moore was one of my favorite under the radar plays before he got injured in the offseason. He is making a slow return, and the Seahawks don’t really have a third option in the passing game. He was a WR3 in the offense last season, and has a lot of upside with the deep ball. Moore had a 26-445-5 line last season on 53 targets. He also posted 17.1 yards per reception. Even though Seattle’s volume is not the most ideal, Russell Wilson’s efficiency makes up for it. Keep an eye out for Moore, he should get back involved in the offense.
Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
In deeper leagues, Deebo Samuel isn’t going to be a sleeper to many. However in your more shallower home league, he will be. Deebo Samuel is an athletic wideout out of South Carolina, who was thrown into a wild depth chart battle with a few other names. Samuel is the guy I expect to emerge and produce bigger fantasy outcomes than most expect. Early in the season the snaps and targets have been volatile, but Samuel looks to just be the far better wide receiver. He is still going to battle with Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, but Pettis hasn’t given much to offer.
Paul Richardson – Washington Redskins
If you missed out on the Terry McLaurin wave, you are going to have to settle for Paul Richardson. That may not be the worst thing in the world. His career has been ravaged by injuries, but in 2017 he put up a 44-703-6 line in 13 games. He had 80 targets in that span as well. Richardson is the WR2 in this offense, and not many will turn to the Redskins given the state of the offense. I am still waiting for Dwayne Haskins to get starts, but you could do much worse than Case Keenum. Richardson is on pace for 80+ targets, and has caught 70% of the balls thrown his way already. This is another team that should be trailing most weeks putting the offense in a heavier pass mode.
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