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Fantasy Football Draft Breakouts: George Pickens, Demario Douglas, Jayden Reed, Marvin Harrison Jr

Fantasy Football Draft Breakouts: George Pickens, Demario Douglas, Jayden Reed, Marvin Harrison Jr

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.

2024 Dynasty Fantasy Football Guide

2024 Fantasy Football Early Breakout Candidates

George Pickens (WR – PIT)

George Pickens will be the true alpha in 2024, with Diontae Johnson traded to the Panthers. During the first five weeks of the 2023 season with DJ sidelined, Pickens was the WR13 in fantasy, averaging 12.8 points per game (19th) with a 43% air yards share and 24% target share. Averaged nearly 80 receiving yards per game. In four games with Mason Rudolph, George Pickens averaged a 24% target share, 44% air yards share, 14.6 fantasy points (backend fantasy WR1 numbers), and nearly 100 receiving yards per game. The guy has flashed WR1 upside with horrible QB play his first two seasons. And both Russell Wilson/Justin Fields offer more upside than Kenny Pickett, given they are viable threats attacking downfield (8th in deep ball rate in 2023) and into the end zone. ”
Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR – FA)

“Not all rookies, or even draft classes, are cut from the same cloth. Marvin Harrison Jr. is special. He’s big (6’4″), he’s fast (estimated 40 time- 4.39), he runs good routes, and gosh darn it, fantasy football analysts named Mark Ringo like him ha ha! Marvin will be an impact player on day one, imo. And if he gets paired with a talented QB throwing him the ball- lookout! Ringo’s current ranking- WR 4! Ringo’s comp- Harrison Jr. is bigger and faster than his dad, who was an all-pro for the Colts. He reminds me of Julio Jones in his prime. Honorable mentions for a breakout year (WRs)- Garrett Wilson, George Pickens, and (longshot pick) Jameson Williams.”
Mark Ringo (Sleepers and Busts)

Jayden Reed (WR – GB)

Jayden Reed becomes the man in Green Bay! Down the stretch in his final four games, Reed averaged 7.5 targets per game while catching 80% of those targets! He became Jordan Love‘s favorite target and will continue to be so going into 2024. 80 receptions with over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns type of season incoming!”
Miguel ‘SC’ Romero (Fantasy Football Universe)

Demario Douglas (WR – NE)

“New England Patriots sophomore receiver Demario Douglas may be the last receiver standing. The Patriots appear destined to use their first-round pick to bring in a new quarterback, which leaves Douglas as the likely WR1 in this offense. Douglas showed flashes of his potential last season in a terrible offense, and with little to no competition for targets, he could quickly become a PPR machine for fantasy football.”
Aaron St Denis (Fantasy Football Universe)

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