It is time to hit the pause button on breaking down the incoming rookie class. We need to take a look at second-year dynasty players poised to break out and provide that much-needed value for your dynasty team(s) this year and for years to come. Here are five players that you should acquire as either late round dynasty picks or via a trade.
Second-Year Dynasty Players to Target
Carlos Henderson – WR -Denver Broncos
Drafted 82nd overall last year by the Broncos, but didn’t play a single snap in the regular season due to a thumb injury in week 2 of the preseason. Why you should be watching him, he put up monster numbers in college, Denver now has a competent quarterback in Case Keenum and will more than likely be drafting their QB of the future in April. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are a little long in the tooth turning 30 and 31 respectively. The monster college numbers and the current aging wide receiver in Denver add up to Henderson having an immediate impact for the Broncos and more importantly, your dynasty team for years to come.
Taywan Taylor – WR – Tennessee Titans
Taken 10 spots ahead of Henderson at 72nd overall. Taylor appeared in all 16 games for the Titans in 2017, starting 4 of them. He caught 16 balls for 231 yards and 1 touchdown, adding 8 rushes for 43 yards. Why you should be watching him, new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur who is fresh off leading a Rams offense that led the NFL in scoring last year. LaFleur has plenty of young weapons at his disposal now that 31-year-old Eric Decker is a free agent and more than likely leaving Tennessee. That opens up the slot receiver position for Taylor, who put up huge numbers at Western Kentucky. Taylor will be a sneaky WR 3 this year and of all the players on this list, he is the guy that will have the biggest fantasy impact in 2018. Draft him or trade for him, he is the guy to own in Tennessee now and for the foreseeable future.
Chad Williams – WR – Arizona Cardinals
John Brown and Jaron Brown left via free agency which means that the race for the 2nd wide receiver spot in Arizona is wide open. Enter Chad Williams, the 98th overall selection in the 2017 draft. He only appeared in 6 games last year, totaling 3 receptions for 31 yards on 7 targets. The talent is there for Williams to take this opportunity and become the heir apparent to Larry Fitz. While at Grambling State he caught 210 balls for 3,062 yards and 28 touchdowns, it’s tough to ignore that type of production, especially when you look at his final year Grambling State, 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns. That type of talent/skill is undeniable. Now that the path is clear for Williams, he should be on your watch list.
Chris Carson – RB – Seattle
Arguably the biggest name on this list based on his production last year and the gruesome leg injury he suffered in October. Carson ran for 208 yards on 49 carries, adding 7 catches for another 59 yards and a touchdown. Before the injury, there was no doubt who the best running back in Seattle was and Carson looked like a breakout candidate in a loaded RB class last year. The good news for 2018 is that Carson is 100% healthy and will be ready for OTA’s. Look for Chris Carson to pick up where he left off in 2017 as the lead back in Seattle and the breakout candidate you thought you were getting last year, that guy will be back in full force in 2018.
Josh Reynolds – WR – Los Angeles Rams
The new deep threat now that Sammy Watkins is gone, Josh Reynolds will see an increased role the Rams offense this year, an offense that led the NFL in scoring in 2017. In Reynolds you are getting a guy that was a touchdown machine at Texas A&M, racking up 30 touchdowns in his college career, with 12 of them coming his last year there. The departure of Sammy Watkins and his 70 targets last year means more opportunities for guys like Reynolds to do what he does best, find the end zone. Goff, McVay, Gurley, Kupp, Woods, and Reynolds, that is one talented offense to have to go up against every Sunday and I think the biggest benefactor is Josh Reynolds, look for Reynold to improve on his 11 catches for 104 and 1 touchdown on 24 targets from last year and be the breakout star of the loaded Rams offense.