5 Wide Receiver Breakout Candidates (2022 Fantasy Football)

Outbreaks Predicting and projecting them correctly before the season starts can be the difference between winning your fantasy football league and getting a tattoo for finishing last. They come in different shapes and sizes each year, but there are often signs that they are coming. Sometimes it’s a rookie at a good landing spot. Other times he’s a veteran who has the potential to see a bigger role or is one injury away from becoming a high-volume starter.

Let’s take a look at some standout candidates for the 2022 fantasy football season.

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5 wide receiver breakout candidates

Kadarius Toney (New York)

It remains to be seen how the new Giants coaching staff is seeing Kadarius Toney heading into Year 2. It was rumored that they would trade the polarizing wide receiver before the NFL Draft, and the selection of Wan’Dale Robinson early in Round 2 is not a vote of confidence that he will see an ultra-expanded role in Year 2.

However, what is clear with Toney is the talent. He showed future target-magnet potential after commanding a 25% target rate per road race in 2021, tied for seventh-best in the NFL in 2021.

Rashod Bateman (BAL)

The Baltimore Ravens traded marquise brown to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, opening up the WR1 role on offense. Bateman has a chance to step in and be the true No. 1 wide receiver for lamar jackson (QB – BAL) in 2022 and beyond.

With Brown leaving 23% of his target stake, Bateman can step into a major role for the fantasy as a high-end WR2. 2022 is the breakup of Shoddy B SZN.

Elijah Moore (NYJ)

Elijah Moore ranked as the fantasy WR2 in his last stretch of six games played.

His 16.1 fantasy points per game would have ranked fifth if he had continued production the rest of the season. Unfortunately, his season was cut short due to injuries and COVID-19 implications. The sum of Garrett Wilson makes Moore’s ascension in year two less certain as he didn’t have much target competition during his searing finish off the veteran jamison crowder.

Gabriel Davis (BUF)

gabriel davis he averaged 19.8 fantasy points per game (PPR) and 16.0 expected fantasy points per game over his last six games while running a route on 88% dropbacks as the Bills finally emphasized their playing time on offense.

As a strong bet to win the No. 2 wide receiver job on Opening Day, Davis has a legitimate chance to be a reliable fantasy option in a joseph allen-led the offense in 2022.

Courtland Sutton (DEN)

Going into year 3, it looked like Courtland Sutton was on the cusp of truly elite fantasy WR1 production, but his 2020 season was lost due to a torn ACL in Week 2. It was unclear how productive Sutton would be returning from the devastating injury in the knee.

But to start the 2021 season, the Broncos’ wide receiver looked the same as ever. He averaged 13.8 fantasy points per game (17th) and had a 27% target share in Weeks 2-7 during the regular season.

It was not until jerry jedySutton’s return from injury, and the rest of the Broncos’ pass catchers, was rendered obsolete in a run-packed offense led by a Lock/teddy bridgewater. However, Sutton finished the season as the fantasy WR46.

Even on the anemic offense, however, Sutton finished seventh in passing yards (1,756), cemented between Tyler Lockett Y D. K. Metcalfin 2021.

Sutton has a real chance to regain his elite form another year after his ACL injury. It also helps substantially that he received an ultra upgrade at quarterback with Denver’s trade for Russell Wilson.

Wilson has always been an elite passer on the field — he had the sixth-highest passer rating on throws over 20 passing yards last season, which plays a lot into Sutton’s strengths as a vertical threat.


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