32 Potential Breakouts 2020

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Now that we have identified the player from each team we feel will disappoint in 2020, we now shift gears and highlight which player from each team we feel offers the best potential breakout. Now some of these picks will be obvious, but some you may widen your eyes a bit because it's a name that's surprising. So let's get into these players starting in Arizona.

Christian Kirk (Arizona): This is an obvious choice for us as the first potential breakout in 2020. Many will look to the D-Hop addition as a negative on Kirk's fantasy potential in 2020, but that thinking couldn't be more wrong. All we have to do as owners is look to what the D-Hop presence did for Will Fuller in Houston. Now Kirk isn't the same style of player as Fuller, but he has already shown his high upside potential last season in week 10's three touchdown explosion against Tampa Bay. We feel Kirk could be in line for big weeks in 2020 with Hopkins taking that attention off him.

Hayden Hurst (Atlanta): Another player we at The Elite Fantasy are very high on is tight end Hayden Hurst. Hurst moves into that Hooper role in the offense that saw massive weekly volume. Hurst is more athletic then Hooper as well so could be even more dangerous in this heavy passing attack. Hurst offers his owners huge upside in 2020, and we are all in on this breakout for 2020.

Miles Boykin (Baltimore): Many have forgotten about this next potential breakout who is part of that Ravens passing attack. Miles Boykin is a big bodied receiver who has great speed to go along with it. Boykin is that perfect match for a deep passing attack, and the Ravens are set up for just that type of attack in 2020. Now we aren't saying go out and draft him this summer, but what we are saying is keep tabs on him because we feel he has a real chance to make some noise in this offense in 2020.

Zack Moss (Buffalo): For the same reasons backfield mate Devin Singletary finds himself on our players to disappoint list, we have Moss on our potential breakout list. Moss will assume that Frank Gore role, which includes not only the short yardage work, but most the goal line work as well. So with this role in an offense that should have no trouble moving the ball in 2020, we feel Moss offers huge touchdown upside. Also if Singletary goes down for some reason we feel Moss could find himself near the top ten at the position because he's tailor made for this offense.

Curtis Samuel (Carolina): Samuel was misused by the former coaching staff last season which hurt his then supposed breakout. Now with offensive coordinator Joe Brady calling plays, Samuel has a real shot to breakout. Brady knows how to utilize his players strengths and will do so with Samuel. We project Samuel to be that moveable chess piece in this attack who will assume that joker role. This role suits Samuel well and will lead to a great shot at him breaking out in 2020.

Anthony Miller (Chicago): Miller is a very exciting upside player who flashed down the stretch in 2019. Miller will be the Bears number two passing option behind Allen Robinson in 2020. The thing that has us high on Miller is that production down the stretch was all done while Robinson, the teams number one, was on the field. Miller just has the makings of that third year receiver ready to break out, and we want a piece of it.

Joe Burrow (Cincinnati): Another obvious choice for a breakout candidate is the 2019 Heisman winner Joe Burrow. Burrow comes from arguably the best offense ever seen in the NCCA, to a team that, by no means is the best in the league, but one that we project to be exciting in 2020. Burrow has all the traits necessary to succeed from day one as a pro level quarterback. Burrow also has the coaching and talent around him to be a year one breakout candidate in this offense.

Baker Mayfield (Cleveland): This one is a bit of a post hype breakout, as we already saw Baker have mini breakout in 2018 when he was unseating Tyrod Taylor as the starter. In 2019 Baker and the whole Brown offense was over hyped, which left a lot of fantasy owners burnt. This season is a different story as Kevin Stefanski brings his structured offensive scheme to Cleveland, which will help baker significantly in 2020. With that said we feel Baker is primed for that long awaited full season breakout in 2020.

CeeDee Lamb (Dallas): We think out of any player in Dallas rookie wide out CeeDee Lamb offers the best chance to breakout in 2020. Lamb is a elite talent coming to a team that is very pass heavy and explosive. Lamb likely will slide into that WR3 role on the depth chart, but unlike a lot of teams WR3's Lamb will demand looks and targets on his way to a solid rookie campaign.

Jerry Jeudy (Denver): For the same reasons Courtland Sutton found himself on the disappointed list, Jeudy finds himself on the breakout list. We feel Jeudy possesses Elite talent that will see him be a force for years to come in the league. Jeudy is one of the best route runners we have ever seen enter the league. We feel he will take that WR1 status from Sutton rather quickly, and in doing so will enjoy a breakout rookie season in the process.

D'Andre Swift (Detroit): Was pegged as one of the best running back prospects coming into the league in 2020. He finds himself on a team that has been known to kill running back value in Detroit. However, Swift is a complete back who will supplant Kerryon Johnson rather quickly as this teams starter. We are not optimistic on a full blown breakout, but he offers the best chance out of anyone in this backfield to do so in 2020.

Jace Sternberger (Green Bay): Sternberger finds himself in an excellent situation entering 2020. Sternberger enters the season as the teams tight end one, as he is no longer behind Jimmy Graham who is now a Bear. Sternberger also finds himself on an offense that isn't deep at wide receiver so should see some nice volume in this passing attack. So when you add all these factors up it leads to opportunity, which leads to upside, which leads to a breakout. Oh and we forgot to mention you could grab Sternberger very late in drafts, likely as a last pick, sounds like a steal don't it?

Jordan Akins (Houston): Don't go over board on this one. Houston was the toughest team to try and pin point a breakout star. Akins was the only one that we feel presents that chance of a breakout on a roster that features several players that have already broken out. Yes, Darren Fells is there and will likely see work, but Akins just looks more athletic, which shouldn't be surprising as Akins is significantly younger.

Michael Pittman Jr. (Indianapolis): Many will peg fellow wide out Paris Campbell as a breakout candidate here, but we feel Pittman is the wide receiver to breakout in 2020. Yes many will argue that he only had one good season,2019, for USC so there is no way he can breakout in his rookie season. Well, these people are wrong. Pittman finds himself on a team where he will slide into that X role right away, oh and by the way the teams WR1 is always hurt, in fact TY Hilton is already hurt entering 2020. Pittman and Phil Rivers will develop a nice connection early, ala the days of Rivers to Jackson. We are all aboard this Pittman breakout train for 2020, so please jump on.

Ryquell Armstead (Jacksonville): We at The Elite Fantasy love Armstead. Do you know who else loves Armstead? The Jacksonville staff, yes even more then Leonard Fournette. Armstead is a good handcuff to hold in 2020 because if the team decides to deal Fournette, like they have tried numerous times, or he would happen to go down, Armstead is the man up next in this offense. Armstead showed last season he has upside and with upside comes potential breakout.

Mecole Hardman (Kansas City): This was another no brainer for us to pinpoint. All one has to do is look at his numbers from last season. When you do you see a wide receiver who was averaging 20.7 yards per catch, a touchdown on every 4 catches, and multiple 40+ yard plays. Not to mention he did a lot of his damage after the catch as his average depth of target was only around 13 yards. Hardman has the same skillset that Tyreek Hill offers, and in 2020 will likely see double the volume, which means double the production, which means BREAKOUT CITY BABY!!!

Cam Akers (LAR): Yes he lands on a team with one of, if not, the worst offensive lines in the league, but Akers can handle that deficiency. Akers played behind a bad offensive line at Florida State and still was able to look great. Cam Akers will find himself leading this backfield of Henderson and Brown very quickly. All signs point to an early career breakout, especially with a great offensive minded head coach like Sean McVay calling plays for the elusive back.

Joshua Kelley (LAC): Kelley will be in an offseason battle with Justin Jackson to decide who will be that compliment to Austin Ekeler this season. We feel Kelley is just a better all around talent and will not only emerge as this compliment, but also emerge as that early down back. With that said we wouldn't be shocked if Kelley surprised everyone in the fantasy world and had a rookie season breakout.

Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas): Many have Ruggs labeled as that speedy deep threat guy. This is a misconception because Ruggs is a player that does his damage in the short to intermediate field. Yes he is fast and can blaze downfield, but he uses that elite speed after the catch. This is why the Raiders drafted him as the first wide receiver of the board this past spring. Ruggs' skillset meshes perfectly with not only Derek Carr, but with the west coast scheme Jon Gruden likes to run. With all that said Ruggs should most definitely breakout in 2020.

Preston Williams (Miami): Williams was the wide receiver to own in Miami early last season before he went down with that season ending knee injury. Yes, we should worry about players coming off an injury such as this because there is always the risk of reinjury. However, Williams showed why many were looking at him as a first round talent in 2019, which had it not been for off field issues, likely would have been drafted as such. Williams led the team in targets, receptions, and yards when healthy. Yes, that means the DeVante Parker 2019 breakout wouldn't have happened if Williams played the full season. So Parker broke out last season and we feel Williams will be up next in 2020.

Alexander Mattison (Minnesota): The top handcuff in all of fantasy is Alexander Mattison. With the oft-injured Dalvin Cook threatening to hold out this becomes easy for us. Now we ultimately see Cook being in the fold right out of the gate, but down the stretch he will likely wear down which means it's time for Mattison to shine. Not to mention this is an offense that will look to run the ball a lot in 2020, and Mattison will get some run along side Cook.

N'Keal Harry (New England): With Cam Newton now under center we feel Harry has a better chance to succeed in this offense. Now we aren't saying Cam is better then Brady, but for Harry he may be. Cam Newton likes to target those big body receivers, and Harry definitely fits that mold.

Tre' Quan Smith (New Orleans): This pick here is similar to the Houston one, in the fact that many of the players on this team have already broken out. With that said Smith is really the only other player likely to breakout in 2020. Now we wouldn't suggest going out and drafting him, but he does offer that deep ball juice, and with Ted Ginn now in Chi Town leaves all those opportunities for Smith to scarf up.

Daniel Jones (NYG): This was an easy one to select here. We saw flashes of elite upside in his rookie season, where he finished top two in weekly scoring on a few occasions. Now with a proven offensive coordinator and former quarterback himself Jason Garrett calling plays we think Danny Dimes is primed to fully breakout in year two.

Denzel Mims (NYJ): The rookie steps into a situation that will see immediate opportunity. Mims will assume that outside role opposite Breshad Perriman. Mims will likely be that deep threat guy for this Jets passing attack. Mims has all the ability and talent to breakout in year one. If you want convincing proof of that statement go watch highlights from the Senior Bowl where Mims looked like a man amongst boys. However, unlike the other rookie wide outs mentioned in this article such as, Jeudy and Pittman, Mims brings a very low floor because he isn't as polished.

Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia): We find yet another rookie wide receiver we like to breakout in 2020. Reagor will quickly assume this teams WR1 title, as fellow wide outs Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson can't stay on the field. Reagor is a fast receiver who is shifty and sudden. We love the Wentz and Reagor combo, as their strengths pair wonderful together. Jalen's speed paired with Wentz's arm strength should lead to several big plays throughout the season which will add up quickly to a rookie breakout for Reagor.

Diontae Johnson (Pittsburgh): The cat is out of the bag with our next breakout which is unfortunate. Johnson showed us everything we want to see in a rookie last season. Johnson showed us his explosive speed, good route running, and ability to play inside and outside. All these factors has us all in on Diontae in 2020.

John Ursua (Seattle): This next player doubles not only as a breakout candidate but as a sleeper as well. The former Hawaii product is loved by Pete Carroll and his staff. The team wants to start utilizing him from the slot this season, this is of course if the team doesn't sign Antonio Brown. Ursua possesses great hands and speed which he can use to eat in the middle of the field when defenders are focused on Lockett and Metcalf on the outside.

Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco): Aiyuk will be a day one starter in an offense that loves to utilize players with run after the catch ability. Aiyuk fits this mold beautifully and will need to make an immediate impact with fellow wide out Deebo Samuel iffy to start the season. Aiyuk has that similar build and skillset to Deebo, who we seen breakout last year, so why can't Aiyuk breakout in 2020?

Ke'Shawn Vaughn (Tampa Bay): The addition of LeSean McCoy doesn't scare us at all for the breakout potential of our next guy. The team didn't use a third round pick on Vaughn for just the hell of it, they have a plan in mind for him.

Jonnu Smith (Tennessee): Jonnu finds the position basically all to himself in 2020. With Walker now gone Smith offers huge upside with a very affordable draft day price tag. Jonnu is a very good late round pick who offers great breakout potential on a team that doesn't have many appealing assets in terms of pass catchers.

Antonio Gibson (Washington): Antonio Gibson is a very appealing rookie entering 2020. Gibson is a versatile player who can play running back or wide receiver. With Guice now out of Washington the team may thrust him into a prominent role as a runner. He is big and built to withstand the punishment that comes along with the position. We actually think he profiles better as a slot receiver, which the team would be wise to feature him as since the position is thin. Regardless of where he plays Gibson will get opportunities every week in this offesnsive attack, which brings breakout potential.

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