As you prepare for your fantasy football draft, we felt it only fitting to present our official cheat sheet! Here’s our list of the top five fantasy football break out candidates for the 2014-15 season!
5 – Russell Wilson QB, Seahawks
Wilson became a bona fide star last year leading his team to a Super Bowl win. What do all NFL stars get in return for a good season? They get the ball more! Look for Wilson to re-establish his ground game once again. A spike in rushing touchdowns is almost certain to happen and with his confidence sky-high, look for the passing numbers to match. If Seattle’s receivers keep improving, that’ll be huge for those willing to put Wilson high on their draft boards.
4 – Bishop Sankey RB, Tennessee Titans
Sankey falls into a situation all fantasy gurus dream of: a player with a great supporting cast and no competition! Sankey will be running behind an experience offensive line that’ll undoubtedly produce the holes needed for consistent yardage and, best of all, he’ll be guaranteed the touches he needs to produce what all fantasy owners demand – long gains and several scores!
3 – Toby Gerhart RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
He’s not all brawn. This Stanford grad has brains too, and it certainly helped his development learning as Adrian Peterson’s understudy. Not that he’s a Jaguar, expect to see big things! The Jags have re-tooled their offensive line and their schemes will be a perfect fit for Gerhart’s skillset: he’s got a motor, great vision and underrated elusiveness.
2 – Le’Veon Bell RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
He’s shed 10 pounds in the offseason and now weighs in at 230 – leaner and meaner! Why is he being touted as a running back who could have a break out season? Though he missed the first three games of his rookie season with a foot injury, he jumped into the starting role and posted a respectable 18.8 carries per game and scored eight rushing TDs.
1 – Ryan Tannehill QB, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill will have a great mentor in new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor (the coach responsible for molding the Eagles’ Nick Foles). Expect Lazor to employ features off Chip Kelly’s system and watch Tannehill flourish! He should have better passprotection this season from a beefed-up offensive line. Tannehill’s been improving in accuracy each season, and now as a third year signal caller, you can expect him to rise up the charts!