Drafting rookies is always a gamble and for the most part, they fail to produce in their rookie years. Dynasty teams are dependent on rookie development and contributions to be competitive on a yearly basis. Filling your lineup with top-tier starters is a surefire way to dominate your opponents on a weekly basis. There is usually a significant bump in production in a player’s second year in the NFL. Here are five second-year guys that I believe will go from riding your fantasy bench to putting up premium fantasy points.
Filling your lineup with top-tier starters is a surefire way to dominate your opponents on a weekly basis.
- Montee Ball, DEN, RB– Ball entered the 2013 season as a huge sleeper candidate but failed to grab the starting job away from Knowshon Moreno. Ball started the season slow failing to hold on to the ball and pick up blocking assignments but finished the season strong. Finishing the season with a very respectable 4.66 YPC (Moreno 4.31), Ball will be given every opportunity to enter the 2014 season as Denver’s lead back. Running behind Peyton Manning will always lead the way to stellar fantasy numbers.
- DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR– Houston will most likely have a new QB behind center next season and — depending on who it is — it will have impact on Hopkins’ numbers. Coming of an impressive rookie year, Hopkins showed he has excellent hands and the ability to go get the ball. If Houston can get a competitive quarterback, I see Hopkins putting together a stat line of 80-1100-6, which would’ve been good for the 17th best fantasy receiver last year.
- Terrance Williams, DAL, WR– Along with Ball, you will see Williams’ name all over redraft sleeper list. Williams is coming off a solid rookie season and has shown that he is ready to be the No. 2 receiver in Dallas. Miles Austin and his $5.5 million salary are a sure to be released this offseason leaving Williams to grab the reigns. With new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan implanting his pass-happy attack, Williams should be ready to contribute in a big way to your roster.
- Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN, WR– The first thing Norv Turner did when getting the Vikings OC job was put in 10 plays for Patterson. Seeing that Norv helped Josh Gordon lead the NFL in receiving yards last year, this is great news for Patterson owners. A freakishly athletic receiver Patterson is a threat to get in the end zone every time he touches the ball. With Minnesota lacking a true number one for some time, look for Patterson to establish himself this year as that guy.
- Jordan Reed, WAS, TE– Reed showed us all that he can be a high TE 1 before ending the year on the IR due to a concussion. I’m a big fan of Reed going forward and the new Washington coaching staff as well. Reed managed 499 yards in nine games last year with shaky QB play from RG3. I see Reed cementing himself as an elite TE this year coming close to doubling last year’s numbers.
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