Fantasy Sports Fix: Returning players ready to make an impact
August 4, 2015
Last week I hit you with a few players who in their second years are poised for a breakout season. This week I’m coming at you with more players I believe could have breakout seasons. Now, they might not be just second-year players, just players who could have tremendous seasons on hand due to their big opportunities.
Joseph Randle, running back, Dallas Cowboys — Dallas had the second best run blocking offense in the league last year. Randle will have ample room to run wild with this offensive line they're packing this season. Darren McFadden is always an injury away from the disabled list, so Randle also has that going for him. It’s an ideal situation for Randle, who was behind Demarco Murray last year and now with Murray gone to Philadelphia, it has opened up room for Randle who just has to beat out the oft-injured Darren McFadden.
Deandre Hopkins, wide receiver, Houston Texans — The departure of Andre Johnson only helps Hopkins case to break out. Hopkins will take over in Johnson’s place, which means plenty of targets and likely a high amount of receptions. He could be on target for finishing in the top 10 of his position this year. He is being picked No. 16 overall at wide receiver so far this drafting season.
Latavius Murray, running back, Oakland Raiders — Murray is still a somewhat unproven commodity except for the two-touchdown game last year against Kansas City. The Raiders added Roy Helu, Jr. and Trent Richardson in the off-season, but it’s Murray who has his foothold in the top spot on the depth chart. Murray’s speed and size are perfect for a three down running back, so look for him to have some more opportunity to showcase that talent this season. He is currently being drafted 41st overall among all players being drafted.
Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles — He was not consistent as a rookie, although he did put up 872 yards and eight touchdowns in a Chip Kelly offense. Jeremy Maclin is now gone which opens up a door for Matthews to improve on last year’s numbers. Look for him to become a solid No. 2 wide receiver this year.