Every season there are NFL players who burst onto the fantasy scene after being relatively obscure players the prior season.
Players sometimes struggle because of youth, injury, holdouts or suspension, but with another year of development or different circumstances, the stars align and an unexpected quality season is produced.
Each season, the Maniaxs identify a list of 10 players that are going to do much better a year after finishing low in the rankings.
1) RB Felix Jones (Dallas Cowboys)
Jones had 685 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns despite only playing in 14 games and having only one start. He averages 6.5 yards per carry for his career and is just explosive when he touches the ball. He also was 39th among fantasy running backs last year, and he will be a major disappointment if he does not finish in the top 15 this year. All indications are that he will be the starter, and I think he is poised for a huge season and could be the breakout star of the 2010 season.
2) RB Justin Forsett (Seattle Seahawks)
Forsett has had a strange offseason. It is never a good sign when a new coach comes in and trades for not one, but two running backs, as was the case when new head coach Pete Carroll traded for both LenDale White and Leon Washington in April. That left a lot of doubt in people’s minds about Forsett’s future as a starting running back. However, the team released White, and it now appears that Forsett will be the starter. Carroll has had nothing but good things to say about his back.
Forsett only had 114 carries but managed to gain 619 yards, a 5.4 yard per carry average, and scored four touchdowns. He also had 41 receptions for 350 yards and one touchdown. He should be a good bet for 1,000 to 1,200 yards rushing and receiving and could score five to eight touchdowns. He is going to be a good third running back in fantasy leagues and is a player that should no longer fly under the radar.
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