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Breakout Candidates Due to Increased Snap Count (Fantasy Football)

Jul 14, 2018

Every year there are players breaking out around the NFL and fantasy football as they receive a larger opportunity. Opportunity in football is measured in many ways, one of the primary being snap count. The more snaps a player plays the more opportunities they have to contribute.

That being said, here are three players that are primed to break out in 2018 due to their expected increase in snap counts.

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Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI)
Tarik Cohen played 360 snaps last year and flashed his game-breaking speed and proved that he can be a game changer. Even with that limited number of snaps, he was still able to have a few very good fantasy games. He did this with very little QB play and in a stagnant John Fox offense. Now that Matt Nagy is in town he has said that he wants to get Tarik Cohen many more opportunities to use that game-changing ability. He is currently set with his role as the third-down back for a much-improved offense and could easily turn into Mitch Trubisky‘s favorite safety blanket. He is currently going as RB32 in PPR formats according to FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings and I believe that with a higher snap count that could reach around 500 snaps I could see him finishing in the RB2 conversation.

Geronimo Allison (WR – GB)
Being the second WR for one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game should warrant some attention. GB did spend later round picks on WRs, but those late-round picks are dice rolls. GB trusts Allison as the outside WR opposite of Davante Adams. We have seen Aaron Rodgers support multiple WRs at once and at just 343 snaps for Allison last year, I believe he has an extremely high ceiling. Yes, they have Jimmy Graham but Allison figure to get his share of targets in between the 20s. For a player that is currently being taken as WR77, he is a top WR lottery ticket that could be had at an extreme discount. If he can get his snap count up around the 550 mark I could see him giving you not only the return on his draft capital but even more as a WR3/Flex play. At that point in the draft, it is vital to find high-upside picks. Allison should be at the top of your list for late-round sleepers.

Mike Williams (WR – LAC)
People have seemed to already write off Mike Williams. Being the seventh-overall pick in the draft two years ago, you could say his rookie year was a dud but that was due to an injury. When he got back his snaps were limited and totaled only 234 snaps in 10 games. I expect that number to rise drastically as he inserts himself opposite of Keenan Allen. He may be the Chargers number one red zone threat as Hunter Henry has gone down with a preseason injury. Keenan Allen will be the number one and will get his share of targets, but Williams has the ability to carve out a very nice role in what should be one of the better offenses in the NFL. Phillip Rivers loves to sling the rock averaging 586 passing attempts a season. I expect Williams could jump up to even 650 total snaps if he can lock up the number two role next to Keenan Allen. We could see him show what made him worthy of being the seventh overall pick and easily outperform his WR65 ranking.

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