In classical journalism, we are always taught to “know your audience.”
That said, we are in a rapidly moving and changing world these days, right? Everything is quick. Everything is instant. Thus, I try to be economical in my articles while keepin’ things moving for you. Unfortunately, when that happens, some fantasy football options get lost in the shuffle. With my breakout quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends already published, this is my last chance to tie up loose ends in this series. Without further ado, here are the “rest” of my 2023 fantasy football breakout players.
Already covered: Trey Lance, Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral.
Jordan Love, Packers: I wanted to squeeze Love into my initial article, but my hesitation is his lack of weapons within Green Bay’s passing attack. As we know, Davante Adams is long gone, and Allen Lazard is expected to bolt in free agency. That leaves promising youngsters Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson – but “promising” doesn’t equal “ready to dominate with Jordan Love.” To me, Love is more of a Dynasty play than Redraft Superflex in the immediate future.
Rookies Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson and C.J. Stroud: Depends on where they land in the NFL Draft, right? There’s only one thing I know for sure right now: Richardson absolutely dominated The Combine in terms of athleticism and purely physical talents. Clearly, the Colts are the preferred landing spot for these youngsters because it’s nice to have immediate offensive assistance from studs Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr.
Already covered: James Cook, Tyler Allgeier, Kenneth Gainwell and Isiah Pacheco.
Breece Hall, Jets: He already broke out (temporarily) as an electric rookie, but this is his opportunity to show he can make it through an entire season. When Hall was healthy, his overall dominance of the game – to me – resembled the one-man wrecking ball, Derrick Henry.
Rachaad White, Bucs: I like him a lot in a vacuum – just in terms of his pure, individual skills – but Tampa is a sinking ship right now. This is a scenario where I like the player better than his fantasy football situation.
Khalil Herbert, Bears: If you gave them equal touches, I would always take Herbert over David Montgomery for fantasy purposes. Herbert is simply bouncier and more electric. Now Monty is a free agent – we’ll have to wait and see what happens there – but Herbert could potentially be a fantasy stud if granted RB1 duties.
Zamir White, Raiders: Josh Jacobs is a free agent, and the Raiders just feel like an overall disaster right now. Why not give the quick youngster some more touches and responsibility?
Already covered: George Pickens, Drake London, Allen Lazard and Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Jahan Dotson, Commanders: This one is borderline for me because I feel like he already broke out quite a bit as a rookie. Now you add offensive mastermind Eric Bieniemy to the mix, and Dotson becomes a “sexy” pick in a lot of different fantasy formats.
Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, Packers: Obviously, I already mentioned these two rising wide receivers, and you can sort of see where I land on these Packers – is this trio (including Jordan Love) really ready to produce in a major way, right out the gate in 2023?
Treylon Burks, Titans: This is a super light team at the wide receiver position. The door is wide open for Treylon for a surging sophomore season.
K.J. Osborn, Vikings: Adam Thielen has to get old eventually, right? Osborn was already one of the top WR3s in the game for Minnesota.
Skyy Moore, Chiefs: It’s not that hard to succeed with Andy Reid, Pat Mahomes, and Travis Kelce guiding and assisting you on a daily basis.
Already covered: David Njoku, Dawson Knox, Cole Kmet and Daniel Bellinger.
Trey McBride, Cardinals: See what I wrote about Rachaad White earlier. I really like McBride on his own, but I don’t like the Cardinals’ overall fantasy situation at all right now.
Chigoziem Okonkwo, Titans: This is like the obligatory selection here. Many of the fantasy football “experts” out there are all over Okonkwo at 6’3″, 238 pounds and hyper-athletic at the tight end position, but Tennessee’s quarterback situation is a mess, and I personally think Treylon Burks is more likely to break out than Okonkwo in 2023.
I’ll see ya right back here next week!
John Frascella is a published sports author who has been covering the NFL for 19 years. Follow him on Twitter @LegendSports7 for all things fantasy football, basketball and baseball.