Aug 31, 2012
With each year’s new crop of rookies, NFL fans and fantasy football owners end up paying close attention to what kind of impact those first-year players can make immediately. This year is no different with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson among the rookies fantasy owners will hold in highest regard. But it would be a big mistake for owners to forget about players in last year’s rookie class that may not have put up big numbers and could be ready to breakout in their second season.
In fact, there are a handful of guys entering their second NFL season that fantasy football owners should keep on their radar during the 2012 season.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions
All things considered Young had a nice rookie campaign with 48 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns. However, he did have some bad games with two or fewer catches seven times and less than 50 receiving yards in 10 contests. That said, the Lions have one of the league’s best passing offenses and it’s hard to imagine Young can’t earn an expanded role and potentially pass-up Nate Burleson on the depth chart this season. One key will be showing better discipline on the field, which resurfaced again during fight at OTAs with safety Louis Delmas, but if he can get that under control Young could be on the verge of a breakout season.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Cobb’s rookie season got off to a fast start with a kickoff return touchdown in Week 1, but his overall production as a wide receiver (25 receptions, 375 yards, one touchdown) was not impressive as he was largely buried on the Packers’ depth chart. That could change in 2012, despite the fact the team brought back Donald Driver, as Cobb may be the third-most talented wide receiver on the team and as such could earn as significant role as a slot receiver. Any receiver who has the potential to be one of the apples of Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ eye automatically should be on the radar for fantasy owners, as evidenced by Jordy Nelson’s 2011 production (68 receptions, 1,263 yards, 15 touchdowns). No one should expect that kind of production from Cobb this season, but numbers worthy of being a WR4 are not out of the question. Owners in leagues that reward return yardage should hold him in slightly higher regard.
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