You’ve heard the age-old tales from fantasy football wizards claiming that a third year wide receiver is when the player finally ‘gets it.’ and if you haven’t broken out by your third year – you’re probably done – at least with being projected inside the top 24 in your position. Dez Bryant broke out in his third year in 2012, when he said everything finally started to ‘click’ for him, so here are three more third year wide receivers that are poised for a break out, and you can nab them late and for cheap in your draft.
He was boom or bust last year, with many infuriating weeks where he would be targeted at most three times, then he would come back the next week and satisfy our deep threat urges. Now the Ravens are void of Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith is the centerpiece of the offense next to Ray Rice and the recipient of the most expensive contract ever. What’s that guy’s name again? Ah yes, Joe Flacco. Last year Smith had 16 40+ yard targets, and with Dennis Pitta out, perhaps he can be reigned in for some higher percentage targets.
Combine these stats with the fact that the 24-year-old is in his third year, when supposedly most good or great WRs finally ‘get it’ and we may be seeing something special from Mr. Smith in 2013. He has had almost identical stats his first two years in the league, but I think it’s safe to say Torrey will have more than 50 receptions this year.
70 receptions, 1100 yards and 8 touchdowns. The best part? You can get Torrey as your third receiver, easily.
Greg may be a little better for deep PPR leagues, and you can get him well into the draft, but he’s still poised for a breakout. Last year, Little caught less balls than his rookie season, 53 to 61, but he doubled his touchdowns, saw increased redzone work and his YPC went up by 2. Now, with Josh Gordon out the first two games Little will be starting and looking to get paid, as his contract is up soon as well.
So yes, I’m banking on Little due to his contract and since he’s in your 3rd year as a WR. Fantasy Football is more religion than science. you gotta have faith.
I’m thinking 65 receptions for about 975 yards and 6 TDs. Not bad for a guy whose ADP is #151 overall.
He broke his ankle in the preseason last year, but the speedy receiver still buried his head in the playbook last season. Philip Rivers loves him, and with Danario Alexander out for the season and Malcolm Floyd just not looking great, Vincent Brown is everyone’s favorite flyer as long as he can stay healthy. He’s not so much of a secret anymore, and his ADP is climbing really, really fast (he’s gone up thirty spots since Danario got injured a few weeks ago) so he won’t be a secret soon, and everything is pointing to a breakout for the San Diego receiver.
All signs point to a season that could go over a thousand yards and half a dozen touchdowns if he can stay on the field (which is a big if).
I’m thinking 70-80 receptions, 1200 yards and 6 touchdowns if he can play 16 games.
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