Which player from each team will have a breakout fantasy season?

NFL Nation reporters break down who they expect to be this year's breakout fantasy player for each team.


Dallas Cowboys

Cole Beasley. On a team with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, it is difficult to get many passes thrown elsewhere. But in training camp, Cole Beasley has been a go-to guy for Tony Romo. A dependable third-down receiver the past two years with 76 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns, Beasley’s role in the offense could increase this year, considering how much Romo has looked for him. Beasley will play a major role in the offense and could top out at 60-plus catches. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants

Eli Manning. He isn’t exactly a sleeper, but you may not have known that he was the No. 10 scoring quarterback in fantasy last year. I think there’s reason to believe he could finish higher than that this year. Last year, Manning was learning a new offense, coming off ankle surgery and his receiving group was in turmoil. This year, Odell Beckham Jr. will be there from the jump, Rueben Randle’s head appears to be on straight and Victor Cruz could return from his knee injury. Manning looks great throwing the ball, and Ben McAdoo’s offense is set up for him to reach statistical levels that weren’t always attainable for him because of volume. Consider Manning a better fantasy option in 2015 than he’s ever been before. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles

Darren Sproles. Rookie wide receiver Nelson Agholor and second-year pros Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff should put up very good numbers, as will DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. But the Eagles’ coaches seem determined to use Sproles better than they did last year, when he produced 70 percent of his offensive yardage in the first eight games. Sproles gets first-team reps with the running backs and spends part of practice working with the receivers, all in an effort to maximize his value. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins

Jamison Crowder. A lot of players are known, from receiver DeSean Jackson to running back Alfred Morris. But the one new player worth watching is rookie receiver Jamison Crowder. He’s small, but his quickness compensates and he’s a legitimate threat to unseat Andre Roberts as the slot receiver. He might not produce big-time numbers, but he’s worth a look late as someone who can capitalize on the focus paid to Jackson and others. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears

Eddie Royal. He is historically a productive second or third fantasy receiver, but he could exceed that in Adam Gase’s offense. With fellow wideout Alshon Jeffery a sure bet to garner increased on-field attention, Royal is expected to be one of Jay Cutler main targets. Royal caught 91 balls from Cutler in 2008. The Bears rave about Royal’s versatility, but he seems best suited to play in the slot. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Ameer Abdullah. The rookie is likely to share the rushing load with Joique Bell and should be more of an asset than Bell in the passing game because of his speed and his one-cut breakaway ability. He is a much wiser play in PPR league and leagues where return yardage could count as he is in the mix for that spot as well. He is a more risky play in a non-PPR league, but could be the best running back to take in Detroit’s backfield. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers

Richard Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers might have found a new favorite target in the red zone. So far in training camp, the second-year tight end has become a frequent target for Rodgers inside the 20. Combine that with the fact that Andrew Quarless could be suspended to start the season, and Richard Rodgers should get a lot of action. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings

Charles Johnson. He caught 25 passes in the Vikings’ final seven games and became a favorite target of Teddy Bridgewater late in the year. He appears set to start at split end, and after an offseason spent drilling his footwork, Johnson has looked sharp in Vikings camp. Expect him to post bigger numbers with a full season of playing time and a strong rapport with Bridgewater. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman. He should have a breakout year for the Falcons despite the arrival of rookie Tevin Coleman as a competitor in the backfield. Freeman will get his share of carries as the starter, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Freeman also has a chance to thrive as a pass-catcher. Freeman could develop into a red zone target with his receiving skills, creating mismatches against linebackers. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers

Jonathan Stewart. Stewart no longer will be playing a supporting role to all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, who is now wearing a Pittsburgh uniform. For the first time since the Panthers made him the 13th pick of the 2008 draft, Stewart is the lead back. He was second in the NFL over the final five games last season with 486 yards rushing. If he can stay healthy, he’d be on pace for more than 1,500 yards. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints

Brandin Cooks. The Saints’ second-year speedster should emerge as their top playmaker. He was leading all NFL rookies with 53 catches last year when he suffered a season-ending thumb injury in Week 11 -- mostly short stuff designed to get him in open space. But the Saints also expect to tap into his deep-ball potential even more. Ninety-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards are realistic numbers. For a deeper sleeper, keep an eye on second-year big man Brandon Coleman, who’s making a run at New Orleans’ No. 3 receiver job. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Doug Martin. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012 but has been quiet the past two seasons. Look for that to change. Martin is healthier than he’s been the past two years and has looked very good in camp. He also should benefit from an improved offensive line. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals

John Brown. He had five touchdown catches in his first nine games last year but then hit the rookie wall. To prevent that from happening again in 2015, Brown put on 10 pounds and stopped eating fast food. With Michael Floyd’s status uncertain because of a hand injury, Brown is primed to become a larger part of the Cardinals’ offense and with his speed, more touchdowns are expected out of him. -- Josh Weinfuss

San Francisco 49ers

Carlos Hyde. With Frank Gore now toiling for the Indianapolis Colts, Hyde becomes the bell cow for the Niners. He averaged 4.0 yards per carry as a rookie and his four rushing touchdowns were tied for the team lead with Gore. Those numbers figure to go up this season in the 49ers’ new zone-blocking scheme, which is a better for Hyde’s skill set than the power-blocking system that sprung Gore. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson. Yeah, I know, you might have heard of this guy already. But you might not realize he finished third among all players in ESPN’s fantasy scoring last year, and he’s still on the rise after adding a new go-to guy in Jimmy Graham. Wilson might throw a little more and run a little less this season, but he has definitely broken into that top tier of fantasy QBs. For a much deeper sleeper, dynamic rookie receiver Tyler Lockett is drawing praise for his poise and polish in camp. It’ll be hard for him to post big numbers in this run-first offense, though. -- Mike Triplett

St. Louis Rams

The defense. This is a team built on the strength of its defense. A group that is second in the league in sacks over the past three years finally has the same coordinator, Gregg Williams, for consecutive years. The Rams’ defense is sixth in fantasy points in ESPN standard leagues in that time, but with all 11 starters and most of the key depth returning, don't be surprised if the Rams move closer to the top spot in 2015. -- Nick Wagoner


Buffalo Bills

Karlos Williams. The Bills have established fantasy performers in WR Sammy Watkins and RB LeSean McCoy, so they aren’t breakout candidates. Neither are TE Charles Clay and WR Percy Harvin, who could be limited by the Bills’ dismal quarterback situation. I'll give the nod instead to Williams, the fifth-round rookie who is ascending in training camp and could get carries this season behind McCoy. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins

Jordan Cameron. He had just 24 receptions last year because of multiple concussions. But Cameron is a proven talent when healthy and is performing well in the red zone during training camp. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill targeted tight ends 124 times last season. So there will be plenty of opportunities for Cameron to add fantasy points. -- James Walker

New England Patriots

Scott Chandler. Reluctant to touch any of the Patriots’ running backs based on how often they rotate, and with the receiver situation looking similar to last year, the obvious choice in New England is tight end Scott Chandler. The former Bill signed a two-year deal with the Patriots this offseason and has spent notable practice time working alongside Rob Gronkowski in the red zone. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Chandler and 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski are a potential solid 1-2 punch, with the attention Gronkowski draws possibly opening things up more for Chandler. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets

Chris Ivory. He set a career high with six rushing touchdowns last season and figures to increase his total in 2015. He looks terrific in camp and will be the Jets' No. 1 running back. He also projects as their goal-line back, and don't be surprised if he's more involved in the passing game than in previous years. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco. He's known as a better real-life quarterback than a fantasy one. That could change in 2015 with Marc Trestman calling the plays. In Trestman's two seasons in Chicago, the Bears threw 62 touchdown passes (seventh most) and ran it into the end zone only 21 times (ninth fewest in the NFL). Flacco is coming off a season in which he threw a career-high 27 touchdown passes. With more chances to throw into the end zone (especially in the red zone), he should establish a new mark this season. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Eifert. Be sure to keep an eye on Eifert. After appearing in just eight plays because of a couple of injuries last season (he had three catches for 37 yards), a healthy Eifert is poised to play a large role in the Bengals’ offense this season. The tight end was targeted 59 times as a rookie in 2013. Useful in red zone, two-minute and goal-line situations, don’t be surprised if Eifert has a 60-catch season in 2015. He’s definitely a Bengal on the rise in fantasy. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson. Somebody has to score touchdowns for the Browns this season, and even though he's injured, the guy most likely to break out would be a rookie. The Browns were thrilled with what they saw of Johnson in regards to quickness and pass catching in the offseason. Even though he's missed significant time with a hamstring, they still believe he can be an impact player -- perhaps even to the point of being the starting running back. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers

Martavis Bryant. If Steelers training camp is any indication, Bryant will build off his 21-yard-per-catch, eight-touchdown rookie season. Bryant is making difficult downfield catches look like a routine screen play, either beating a corner off the line or making contested catches over and around one. Third-year receiver Markus Wheaton is a serious candidate here but Bryant’s potential is outrageous once he masters the entire offense. Last year, he knew go routes and a few other plays -- a small portion of the playbook -- and still caught a touchdown nearly every third play. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans

Garrett Graham. The Texans will use a group of running backs to replace Arian Foster's production, and at receiver DeAndre Hopkins has already broken out. The Texans are expecting a big jump from their tight ends, which means Graham could make for a nice fantasy pickup. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts

Coby Fleener. T.Y. Hilton, Andrew Luck and Frank Gore are the headliners on offense for the Colts. But Fleener will be the one who benefits the most. You can expect the tight end, who had a career-high eight touchdown receptions last season, to be defended by the opposing team’s weakest linebacker or defensive back because so much attention will be paid to Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief and fellow tight end Dwayne Allen in what will be a loaded offense for Indianapolis. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars

Allen Robinson. He’s been unstoppable at times during training camp, especially in the red zone. His size and leaping ability make him tough to handle, especially on back-shoulder throws. In fact, the Jaguars are encouraging quarterback Blake Bortles to just throw the ball up and let Robinson make a play, which he has done regularly. With defenses focusing on tight end Julius Thomas, the second-year player from Penn State should be able to make a lot of plays. It wouldn’t be a surprise to those inside the organization if he ends up with more TD catches than Thomas. -- Michael DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

The defense. The Titans’ defense could make a move from among the worst in the league to middle of the pack. If you’re willing to shuffle your defense based on matchups, Tennessee could be a good play early, with games at Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the first two weeks. When Indianapolis comes to Nashville in Week 3, however, you might want to make a change. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos

C.J. Anderson. In his previous two seasons in Denver, Anderson has been the guy behind the guy, and as a rookie in 2013, that meant several spots behind the guy. But this year, the running back will be The Guy in a proven system that has churned out 1,000-yard rushers annually through the years. Only injury or an unexpected dip in effort will keep Anderson from career-bests across the board and reliable production in the Broncos’ offense. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Albert Wilson. The wide receiver won’t often be featured in a Kansas City offense that also offers Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles as options. But Wilson flashed some potential when he broke into the lineup late last season by averaging more than 16 yards per catch. Wilson has big-play ability and could be a bargain as a later-round pick. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders

Latavius Murray. The Raiders are expecting big things from the tailback. Team insiders believe the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Murray will rush for 1,000 yards. Oakland general manger Reggie McKenzie recently told me Murray “can do it all.” Murray has only 82 career carries, but expect that number to drastically increase in 2015. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers

Keenan Allen. He totaled 77 receptions for 783 yards last season but finished with just four touchdowns. However, with Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games and slot receiver Eddie Royal joining the Bears in free agency, Allen should get more red zone targets from Philip Rivers. Gates and Royal combined for 19 touchdown catches last season. -- Eric D. Williams