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2nd-year players poised for a breakout

The fantasy football drafting season is getting underway, and everybody is looking for that next breakout player. While the focus is usually on rookie players this time of year, we shouldn’t overlook last year’s rookies. Whether they had promising starts or got new coaches over the offseason, a year of NFL experience goes a long way in projecting a player’s fantasy value going forward.

We take a look at 12 players who could have breakout fantasy campaigns in their second season.


Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

Bridgewater’s rookie year had a bit of a rough start — he was thrown into the starting job midseason, and his inexperience led to some shaky performances in those first few games. However, he quickly learned the ropes and guided the Vikings to a respectable finish to the season.

Bridgewater was knocked for his arm strength in the lead-up to the 2014 NFL Draft, and it showed even in his better games. But he also showed the same strengths scouts were raving about — pocket poise, pinpoint accuracy and a sense of leadership that teammates could rally behind. Entering his second year in Norv Turner’s offense — and getting new weapons in Mike Wallace and a returning Adrian Peterson — Bridgewater has a ceiling in the low-end QB1 level.

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