Predicting Role Players Ready to Break out in 2012
In my latest video, I present a short list of players poised for breakout seasons in 2012.
The economy-sized running back was used sparingly in his rookie season with the Falcons (57 carries, 21 receptions). But Atlanta has plans for using the Oregon State product more frequently this season as a complement to incumbent Michael Turner.
That's bad news for fantasy owners, but good news for an organization looking to preserve the life of their 30-year-old starter, and get their 5'6" firecracker into heavier rotation.
The Cleveland Browns wide receiver had an impressive rookie season (61 balls caught for 709 yards). He'll have the chance to see his role in the offense grow with new additions in the offensive backfield. It's unclear whether Brandon Weeden represents a certain upgrade over Colt McCoy, but rookie running back Trent Richardson will undeniably take pressure off the Browns' passing game.
Robert Griffin III
So I cheated a bit here. Griffin wasn't a role player in 2011 (or in the NFL, for that matter), but I expect him to have a tremendous rookie season. Baylor football didn't enter the national consciousness last fall without good reason; it was Griffin's agility and deep passing skills that put his college program on the map.
With a new receiving corps and an offensive-minded head coach in Mike Shanahan, expect Griffin to do the same for the Washington Redskins in 2012.
This isn't a debate; I'm flying solo here, so feel free to scream at your monitor over my breakout picks as the video plays. Or, just leave your thoughts in the comments. Whatever works for you.
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