5 Breakout Fantasy WRs in 2015
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins may have already had his breakout last year ending up as WR19 in PPR leagues, but he is poised to have an even bigger year this season. With Andre Johnson moving on, Hopkins is the WR1 for the Texans and should have the most targets in the passing game and the red zone. Many are gun shy due to the glaring hole at QB for the Texans (with Brian Hoyer likely to win the job,) but DeAndre Hopkins has the talent to overcome the QB deficiency plus he has shown how good of a fit he is in Bill O’Brien’s offense.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins offense is poised for a huge season. Ryan Tannehill has improved every season and they have finally added the weapons to support him and the offense. The additions of DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills should open up the offense, but the main possession receiver is 2nd year player Jarvis Landry. Landry showed a rapport with Tannehill last season and is very surehanded. He should be the underneath receiver who could rack up a ton of catches in PPR leagues and even score a handful of touchdowns.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay passing game is a fantasy gold mine as investors in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb learned last season. A starting receiver with Aaron Rodgers is instantly startable in fantasy leagues and becomes at least a top 20 WR. Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have had injuries in the past with Nelson going through hip surgery this offseason. If one of these two are out for some time, Davante Adams, the Packers #3 WR, will get the start and instantly be a great play. He is worth stashing on your bench and holding just in case he gets the opportunity to explode.
Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings
Charles Johnson was an athletic marvel coming into the NFL from Grand Valley State but struggled with injuries with the Packers and did not perform up to expectations with the Browns in 2013. Last season, Johnson finally got his chance with the Vikings and flashed some great talent. He will compete with new WR Mike Wallace to be the #1 for the Vikings and Johnson has already shown his potential in camp. With 4.38 speed at 6’2 and 215 pounds, Johnson is very tough to cover and showed that he can gel with sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater. The sheer potential of Johnson makes him a breakout player on an offense with a very good QB and RB that will make defenses struggle.
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals WR duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd get a lot of the press clippings, but second year WR John Brown could be the most beneficial fantasy pick this year. In Bruce Arians down field offense, the 4.3 slot WR can make big plays and should continue to develop in an offense tailor-made for Brown’s skillset. Even though he may not have a ton of catches at season’s end, those big games could make him a very viable flex play when the match-ups allow.
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