2021 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: D.J. Moore, T.J. Hockenson and seven more not-quite-breakout candidates


It’s not hard to talk yourself into players who are going to have their best Fantasy seasons ever. Draft prep season is inevitably a time of optimism, and it’s a lot more fun to be optimistic than it is to argue against players. Call it motivated reasoning, call it whatever you want, it’s true: There are always a lot more breakout candidates being touted in July and August than end up on Fantasy rosters in September and October. 

This is a column about the players I want to call breakout candidates, but can’t quite get there with. I like these players. Some of them I like quite a bit. A few of them are must-start players, even. But, for one reason or another, I just can’t quite go all the way with them. I’ll explain what I like about them and why I just don’t like them quite enough. 

So which sleepers, breakouts and busts should you target and fade? And which QB shocks the NFL with a top-five performance? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that called Josh Allen’s huge season, and find out.

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