Not everything goes the way it is predicted in fantasy football. Sometimes this can be a bad thing, when players who seemed destined for a top fantasy season fall by the wayside. However, there are some great cases of players going from fantasy mediocrity to fantasy stardom. In 2017, it came from the likes of Adam Thielen, Alvin Kamara and Carson Wentz. Who could be destined for a breakout fantasy year in 2018?
*2018 draft class is omitted*
Quarterback: Mitch Trubisky– While his rookie stats of 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns to seven interceptions, and two rushing touchdowns in 12 games seem underwhelming, there is plenty of optimism that Trubisky can take a big leap in 2018. With the Bears hiring former Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy, as their head coach, Trubisky will work with a coach who led Alex Smith to the highest quarterback rating of 2017, and a very good fantasy year. If the Bears can add weapons to a measly receiving core, Trubisky has all the tools to have a big 2018. His athleticism was on display much of this past season, so with the development under a new head coach and offense, Trubisky could be a breakout fantasy player next season.
Running back: Derrick Henry– This is not the boldest prediction as many believe Henry had breakout potential this year. However, with this years’ lead back, Demarco Murray, likely set to take a back seat, the ever-talented Henry, behind an elite offensive line, should turn into a fantasy stud. We saw it in the Wild Card game versus the Chiefs, where Henry ran for over 120 yards. As long as the Titans make the right decision and hand the keys to the Titans’ backfield to Henry, he should have a breakout season.
Wide receiver: Marquise Goodwin– When picking breakout performers, it usually helps to see who was trending upward on the ladder end of the previous season. For a wide receiver who did just that, look no further than Goodwin. His connection with Jimmy Garoppolo was evident as Goodwin finished the year with over 50 catches and nearly 1,000 yards receiving. Even if Goodwin does not remain the number one receiver in San Francisco, his deep play ability coupled with what seems like could be a prolific passing attack make him a good 2018 breakout candidate.
Tight end: OJ Howard– In splitting time with Cameron Brate, Howard still finished the year with over 400 yards and six touchdowns. While Brate put together another solid year, Howard’s superior talent should land him a more prominent role in the Bucs passing attack in year two. This along with a growing chemistry between him and Jameis, Howard could be a late round tight end who pays big dividends for your 2018 fantasy team.