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Fantasy Football 2018: 10 Breakout Candidates

John McKechnie

John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since early 2014.

Breakout players are the lifeblood of winning fantasy teams, with the likes of Alvin Kamara, Will Fuller and Juju Smith-Schuster serving as recent reminders that late-round picks can make the difference between competing for a league title or bowing out after 13 weeks. There’s no foolproof way to identify breakout players, but there are some helpful indicators. Is a player stepping into a bigger role? How does the talent level compare to that of older, more established players who have a similar average draft position? Has bad injury luck been the only thing holding this player back? Does he play in an innovative system? Answering yes to a combination of these questions can help shape a strong and aggressive draft strategy with an eye on nailing your mid-to-late-round draft picks and bringing home your league title.

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