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Breakout Breakdown: Week 1

Breakout Candidates

Week one is in the books and for a lot of managers, it was a bit of a headache. With a number of starting players getting injured, and even more drastically underperforming, it’s time for owners with roster woes to look towards the free agent pool. Below I’ve ranked four breakout players from week one based on their likelihood to continue the success they had in week one.

Week 1 Breakout Candidates

Tarik Cohen

Cohen is the breakout player that I am far and away the most sold on. He got just five touches on the ground but managed to turn them in 66 yards at 13.2 ypc. However, the thing that really gets me excited for Cohen is the fact that he was targeted 12 times through the air, catching eight receptions for 47 yards and a TD. Some will worry that Jordan Howard will stifle Cohen’s touches going forward, but I personally believe that both backs can be fantasy viable without hurting the other. As a result of Kevin White’s injury, Cohen should continue to see high target counts and take over completely as the pass catching back, especially considering that Howard dropped a game winning TD pass. Hopefully, you picked Cohen up off waivers already, but if not I would personally recommend trading for him.

Chance to continue success: 70%

Cooper Kupp

Despite being nowhere near the top of the Rams depth chart, Kupp saw the second most snaps week one after Robert Woods. That translated into four receptions on six targets for 76 yards and a TD. Not the biggest sample size but it’s hard to not be impressed with Kupp after watching the highlights. If he can do that much on just six targets imagine what he could do if he got a larger share. That’s a big if though considering that he still has a number of guys ahead of him.

Chance to continue success: 40%

Kenny Golladay

For me, Golladay is right on the same level as Kupp. Each had very similar stat lines week one, the exception being that Golladay had two TDs instead of one. In addition, both players are in a similar situation on their respective teams with neither being too high up on the depth chart. One thing that really intrigued me about Golladay though was that Stafford seems more than willing to throw the deep ball to him. That paid off in week one with his second TD being thrown from the 50-yard line, and you can be sure that coaches will take note of that.

Chance to continue success: 40%

Alvin Kamara

No one expected going into week one that it would be Alvin Kamara with the most snaps for the Saints. Despite being third on the Saints depth chart it was Kamara who saw the most action week one, in what ended up being a disappointing outing for both Ingram and Peterson. While I love to follow snap counts I’m still wary of Kamara having continued success considering that he didn’t do too much with what he was given. During his 31 snaps, Kamara received seven touches which he turned into 18 yards, as well as four catches on six targets for 20 yards. While the stat line may not be eye-catching I really like the fact that Brees looked his way six times. That plus how much he was on the field makes him worth at least a speculative add, especially in PPR leagues.

Chance to continue success: 30%

I'm a sportswriter from Upstate New York living in San Francisco. I love all sports but I'm especially passionate about football and basketball and an absolute fanatic for the Giants and Knicks. When I'm not watching sports I can be found spending way too much time playing the fantasy versions of them. Follow me on twitter: @holtoncaulfield

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