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Fantasy Football Draft Breakouts: Chase Brown, Bijan Robinson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Drake London

Fantasy Football Draft Breakouts: Chase Brown, Bijan Robinson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Drake London

Get ahead of the fantasy football curve by exploring potential breakout stars who could transform your team’s fortunes in 2024. We asked our FeaturedPros contributors to give us their best promising running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and tight ends primed for breakout performances. Whether you’re seeking a dynamic RB, a game-changing WR, or a breakout star at QB or TE, we’ve got you covered. Here are all of our early fantasy football draft breakout candidates. Below we dive into a few notable names.

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2024 Fantasy Football Early Breakout Candidates

Bijan Robinson (RB – ATL)

Bijan Robinson did okay last year, but his fantasy impact was capped by poor QB play and a coaching staff unwilling to fully utilize one of the most talented weapons in the league. A change in the coaching staff, led by head coach Raheem Morris and newly signed QB Kirk Cousins, injects life into an offense seemingly on the verge of taking off. Captain Kirk should supercharge the entire Falcons’ offense into greater fantasy heights- including Bijan. Bijan is one of the few RBs with the talent and potential to dethrone Christian McCaffrey as the top-ranked RB if things break right (aka if he gets a bell cow role). Ringo’s honorable mentions for a breakout year (RBs)- if you’re looking for sleeper RBs/longshots- rookies Trey Benson and Jase McClellan have the talent and receiving chops to be bell cow RBs if given the opportunity, imo. ”
Mark Ringo (Sleepers and Busts)

Chase Brown (RB – CIN)

“Joe Mixon is no longer in Cincinnati, and free-agent acquisition Zack Moss now has the highest ECR among the Bengals’ running backs. I’ll let others pursue Moss; Chase Brown is the Bengal running back I’m (ahem) chasing. Brown looked terrific when called upon last season, with 44-179-0 rushing and 14-156-1 receiving. Brown has 4.43 speed, and he showed his pass-catching prowess last year by averaging 10.4 yards per target. He was a workhorse in college, averaging 27.3 carries a game in his final season at Illinois, suggesting that he’s capable of handling a much bigger workload if he outplays Moss. And in an offense with Joe Burrow at QB and Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins at wide receiver, the Bengals’ RBs are going to be running against some light defensive fronts because respect must be paid to the Cincinnati passing game. A Brown breakout could be at hand.”
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

Drake London (WR – ATL)

“I don’t understand those who are doubting Drake London in 2024. With a massive upgrade at the QB position, the Falcons’ undisputed No. 1 target is set to blow his previous high in targets (117) and touchdowns (4) out of the water. Kirk Cousins is coming off of an Achilles injury and learning a new offensive system, and I’m still not concerned. Give me all the London if he stays at his current PPR WR23 ADP, and even if he doesn’t. A WR1 season is incoming.”
Jeremy Shulman (Fantasy Football Universe)

“Calling Drake London a breakout candidate is a chalk pick, but it’s almost a guarantee to happen. He has averaged only 8.6 career half-point PPR fantasy points per game because of poor quarterback play. Kirk Cousins isn’t an elite quarterback but has been outstanding for fantasy players, producing multiple WR1s in the same season. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were top 12 wide receivers in 2018, while Justin Jefferson and Thielen were top eight in 2020. After catching passes from Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, and Taylor Heinicke, London will finally become a fantasy star.”
Mike Fanelli (FantasyPros)

Drake London has the best shot at having a breakout season among wide receivers. London has had 850 to 900 yards in back-to-back seasons with mediocre quarterback play. The addition of Kirk Cousins is going to help London excel to the next level of his game. London should see a growth in targets from his 115 average to well over 140 targets in 2024. London should have a shot as a WR1 by the end of his season. ”
Steven Pintado (The Fantasy Coaches)

Drake London, with the upgrade from Desmond Ridder to Kirk Cousins, cannot be understated. London is currently drafted as the WR26 in Best Ball. In the last six seasons, Cousins has never had his top pass catcher finish below the WR24 in fantasy points. Here are the yearly finishes: 2023: WR23, 2022: WR1, 2021: WR4, 2020: WR24, and 2018: WR7. Drake London is set for a massive 2024 season.”
Jesse Moeller (Fantasy Football Universe)

Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR – SEA)

“It’s JSN SZN, everybody. In the last games last year, we saw an increase in Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s role. In Year 2, with Tyler Lockett on his way out, it’s time to unleash JSN.”
Alejandro Orellana (Estadio Fantasy)

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