Scouting Room: Fantasy Football Breakout Performers – Week 6

8 Fantasy Players we’re watching

Every season new fantasy football heroes arrive on the scene from out of nowhere and the 2018 season will be no different. Pro Football Talk-Line has compiled a list of potential breakout players. Some we have watched breakout and some were watching and waiting on for the breakout. Not all of these players will make the pro bowl or be fantasy MVP candidates, but at some point, they might be a top waiver wire add or a simple addition to your team. Let’s take a look at the list that we have compiled below

4 Players we watched πŸ‘

1. Chris Carson RB, Seattle Seahawks

Drafted by Seahawks in 2017

Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 6’ Weight: 218 lbs
Hand Size: 9 ⅝”
40-yard Dash: 4.58 seconds Vertical Jump: 37”

Positives

  • Surprising agility
  • Solid hands
  • Extremely powerful
  • Good balance

Negatives

  • Runs with tight hips
  • Runs upright
  • Lacks explosiveness
  • Injury prone

Outlook

Carson is a physical specimen chiseled from granite with muscles coming out of his ears. During his time at Oklahoma, he carried the ball 212 times without a single fumble. The former 7th round pick is a power back that lowers his shoulder and plows defenders over. This season Carson has single-handedly made the Seahawks backfield relevant again. He has posted back to back 100-yard rushing games and averaged 27 touches in his last two contests. With Seattle lacking offensive weapons, Carson should continue to see a heavy workload moving forward.

2. Taylor Gabriel WR, Chicago Bears πŸ‘

Undrafted signed by the Browns in 2014
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 5’7β€³ Weight: 167 lbs
Hand Size: N/A
40-yard Dash: 4.40 seconds Vertical Jump: 40”

Positives

  • Sure-Handed
  • Very fast
  • Good route running
  • Extremely shifty
  • Very Versatile

Negative

  • Small frame
  • Short
  • Struggles against physical corners

Outlook

Gabriel is an undersized WR that possesses outstanding lateral agility. The fifth-year pro can quickly create separation lighting up defenders with his speed. He can stop on a dime and shake cornerbacks out of their shoes. So far this season Gabriel has been the Bears second best WR. In his last two games, Gabriel has caught a combined 13 of 17 targets for 138 yards and two scores. He’s a small shifty slot receiver, a perfect compliment to Allen Robinson. The underrated speedster could see time as the Bears starting WR for quite a while because Anthony Miller just recently separated his shoulder. Gabriel should see a ton of targets on a weekly basis in this quick strike offense.

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3. Jared Goff QB, Las Angeles Rams πŸ‘

Drafted by the Rams in 2016
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 6’4β€³ Weight: 215 lbs
Hand Size: 9”
40-yard Dash: 4.87 seconds Vertical Jump: 27”

Positives

  • Consistent throwing mechanics
  • Strong Arm
  • Full-field reader
  • Ideal height and size
  • Steps up in the pocket
  • Keeps head upfield
  • Very Versatile
  • Extremely athletic

Negative

  • Timing and accuracy
  • Make predetermined reads
  • Makes to many turnovers

Outlook

Jared Goff got his cannon arm from his dad who was an MLB catcher in the 90’s. The third-year signal caller can snap throws off with a flick of the wrist and pick a defense apart with his rocket arm. He can be gun shy at times and gets into his own head, but when he’s in the zone Goff can sling it with the best of them resembling Matt Ryan at times. The former Golden Bear product took a huge step forward in his development last year and seems to have taken another step in his progressing this year in Sean McVay’s system. The Rams QB appears to have mastered the up-tempo offense, Goff is currently on pace to throw for 5,477 yards and 38 TD this season. If the Rams receiving core can stay healthy and Todd Gurley remains unstoppable, then I expect his success to continue

4. Isaiah Crowell RB, New York Jets πŸ‘

Drafted by the Browns in 2014
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 5’11β€³ Weight: 224 lbs
Hand Size: 9 ½”
40-yard Dash: 4.57 seconds Vertical Jump: 38”

Positives

  • Good vision
  • Strong runner
  • Nice short area burst
  • Breaks arm tackles
  • Ideal size

Negative

  • Average balance
  • Minimal receiving skills
  • Lacks top speed

Outlook

The Crow is an extremely competitive and tough running back who fights for extra yards and uses his quick burst to extend plays. After spending 3 seasons in Cleveland, Crowell signed with the Jets this past off-season. The fourth-year pro is the Jets primary ball carrier mainly used in short yardage and goal-line work. He’s been competing for touches with Powell through the first 5 weeks of the season. Crowell should have separated himself from the pack by exploding for 219 yards in this past weeks performance. If Darnold can keep the Jets competitive, then Crowell should get higher percentage scoring opportunities boosting fantasy value.

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4 Players we’re watching πŸ‘€

1. Tyler Lockett WR, Seattle Seahawks πŸ‘€

Drafted by the Seahawks in 2015
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 5’10β€³ Weight: 182 lbs
Hand Size: 8 β…œβ€
40-yard Dash: 4.40 seconds Vertical Jump: 35.5″

Positives

  • Good speed
  • Great route runner
  • Explosive playmaker
  • Very Versatile
  • Extremely athletic

Negative

  • Slight of build
  • Drops balls

Outlook

Lockett is a professional route runner that gets open regularly. His father also played in the NFL and you can tell he passed on his knowledge to his son. Lockett often sells defenders on the little head fakes and movements. Seattle lost key weapons Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham in the off-season leaving a ton of targets up for grabs. Doug Baldwin might not be 100% for the rest of 2018. Lockett should continue to be heavily targeted and worst case the number two option in the passing game.

2. D’Onta Foreman RB, Houston Texans πŸ‘€

Drafted by the Texans in 2017
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 6’ Weight: 233 lbs
Hand Size: 10 ⅛”
40-yard Dash: 4.45 seconds Vertical Jump: 33”

Positives

  • Outstanding athleticism
  • Good speed
  • Smooth lateral quickness
  • Solid pass catching skills
  • Quick feet
  • Sharpe cuts
  • Big hands
  • Good Size

Negative

  • Runs into contact
  • Stops his feet at the line
  • Ball security issues

Outlook

Foreman plays with a chip on his shoulder, he’s determined to prove himself and you can see it when he runs. The former Longhorn uses his size and balance to bounce off linebackers and safeties. When he gets into the open field Foremen can hurdle over defenders or shift gears and run past them. Last year in his rookie season Foreman was starting to emerge as a viable running threat until he tore his Achilles on a TD run ending his season. Now he’s finally healed and due back in week 7. Given the potential, he showed in 2017 and considering how bad struggling starting RB Lamar Miller has played, Foreman could take over as the main ball carrier at some point this season.

3. Austin Hooper TE, Atlanta Falcons πŸ‘€

Drafted by the Falcons in 2016
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 6’4β€³ Weight: 254 lbs
Hand Size: 10 ⅝”
40-yard Dash: 4.72 seconds Vertical Jump: 33”

Positives

  • Huge hands
  • Decent speed
  • Knows where to sit on routes
  • Good route running
  • Three down tight end
  • Very Versatile
  • Solid blocker

Negative

  • Average Height
  • Drops balls
  • Bad footwork technique

Outlook

Hooper has excellent eye-hand coordination and will lay his body out to make a play. He’s a tough no-nonsense payer that will carry defenders with him down the field. Hooper has been inconsistent in his entire career, but he’s coming off a breakout game catching 9 balls for 77 yards. For the past two off-seasons, Matt Ryan and Hooper have spent time working privately to become more synchronized with one another. With the Falcons loaded offensive arsenal he will draw easy match-ups week after week. Plus in year two under Sarkisian, he should be more comfortable in the offense. I could see Hooper developing into a big red-zone threat.

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4. Christian Kirk WR, Arizona Cardinals πŸ‘€

Drafted by the Cardinals in 2018
Measurables/Combine Results
Height: 5’11β€³ Weight: 201 lbs
Hand Size: 9 β…žβ€
40-yard Dash: 4.47 seconds Vertical Jump: 35.5”

Positives

  • Smart player
  • Good speed
  • Very muscular
  • Good route running
  • Great body control
  • Mismatch for defenders
  • Very Versatile
  • Extremely athletic

Negative

  • Short
  • Struggles with jump balls
  • Struggles against physical corners

Outlook

Kirk was a decorated college athlete serving as the offensive team captain in 2017 for Texas A&M. In 2017 Kirk was also named First Team All-SEC all-purpose specialist and Second Team All-SEC Wide receiver. Kirk is dangerous in the open field a natural-born play-maker and he can take the top off the defense. The Arizona Cardinals drafted Kirk as a future replacement for Fitzgerald. The Cardinals offense lost 200 targets in the off-season and Fitzgerald can’t be targeted on every throw. Kirk has shown a good rapport with Rosen this season. In week 5 they hooked up for a 75 yard TD and the former Texas A&M receiver finished with 3 catches for 85 yards and a score. As these two rookies become more accustomed to one another the targets and stats will increase for Kirk. With Rosen’s pinpoint accuracy and Kirks play-making abilities, the future is bright.

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Matthew Lotshaw
I was born and raised in St.Louis Missouri, I have been playing fantasy sports since high schoolΒ I write weekly previews and strategy articles to help the fantasy community