How We Did in 2008: Fantasy Football Breakout Players
By Derek Lofland
One thing we aren’t afraid to do at the Maniaxs is go back, look at our predictions, and determine whether we are Nostradamus or a False Prophet.
Here was our list of 10 players to watch breakout in 2008, published back in March of 2008 and updated before the start of the NFL season, after the NFL draft had taken place and training camp battles had been won and lost.
Please note the most statistics in this article only go through Week 16, because most fantasy leagues are done by that time. Fantasy owners don’t care how their players do in Week 17 if there are no games being played.
RB Michael Turner – Falcons: Jackpot! Michael Turner not only met our expectations, but also exceeded them. We pegged him as a 1,200-yard back in the neighborhood of 10 touchdowns. He got up into the 1,500-yard and 15-touchdown range before exploding for 208 more yards and one TD in the season finale. He is going to be a high pick for the next couple of seasons...
QB Jay Cutler – Broncos: He was a little hot and cold this season but still made his first Pro Bowl. He got over 4,200 yards and 25 touchdown throws. He has clearly established himself as the elite quarterback in the 2006 draft class and should be a high fantasy draft pick for years to come.
WR Santonio Holmes – Steelers: Probably one of the five most disappointing fantasy players of the season. After having 942 yards and eight touchdowns in his second year, he looked poised for a big year...
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