Uncovering breakout fantasy football players before they actually "break out" can be a daunting, yet extremely rewarding task.
Every year, guys who drew little-to-no fanfare leading up to draft day surprise us with stat-filled performances as the NFL season kicks off.
This year has been no different.
If you managed to land one of this year's breakout performers, continued production from said player could provide your core of stars with the supporting cast they need to take you all the way.
If you missed out, you could find yourself lamenting bad draft choices well into next summer.
Such is life in the world of fantasy football.
Here are six players who have enjoyed breakout campaigns through Week 5 of the 2012 season.
Note: All fantasy point totals are according to Yahoo! Sports standard scoring system, which gives quarterbacks one point for every 10 yards and six points for every TD. NFL.com's Average Draft Position and Yahoo! Sports fantasy football preseason projected player rankings have been used to give you an estimate as to where these players were being drafted in most leagues.