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2017 Breakout Fantasy Wide Receivers

The 2017 NFL and fantasy football season is nearly upon us. We’ve all taken a look at the rankings and have done our due diligence with the mocks. Now it’s time to dig slightly below the surface and find some of those value players that could be primed to breakout in 2017. Today I’ll be looking at wide receiver breakout candidates.

Pierre Garçon (WR, San Francisco 49ers)

Garçon finds himself in a new home for the 2017 season and it’s one with plenty of upside for him. He will be the top receiver in San Francisco and should flourish under Kyle Shanahan. He’s been a good PPR play over the last few years, and going into the 2017 season he should get plenty of targets on a team devoid of much receiver competition. I like Garçon for 1,200+ yards and 8+ TDs this season.

Davante Adams (WR, Green Bay Packers)

Adams has been on the verge of emerging for the last few seasons, and in 2017 he should arrive as the true number 2 in Green Bay behind Jordy Nelson. In 2016 he put up 75 receptions for 997 yards, but the most notable stat were is 12 touchdown catches. He has established himself as a reliable redzone target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and at 24, Adams has plenty of time to further develop. I expect him to have a great season with 1,100+ yards and 10+ TDs.

Terrelle Pryor, Sr. (WR, Washington Redskins)

Pryor exploded onto the scene in 2016 showing that he really can be a viable NFL receiver. Sure, he didn’t remain consistent all season, but he had stretches of brilliance. Going into 2017 he finds himself with new opportunities in Washington and the word on the street is that he’s been putting in the work to raise his game. He is on a pass happy Redskins team which should afford him the luxury of big numbers. Look for Pryor to eclipse 100 receptions in 2017 and should be good for 1,200+ yards and 6+ TDs.

DeVante Parker (WR, Miami Dolphins)

Parker has been on the verge of stepping, and circumstance could really be on his side in 2017. The loss of Ryan Tannehill and the acquisition of Jay Cutler spells great potential benefit for Parker. He is the kind of receiver Cutler loves to take chances with. There should be plenty of big passes and 50/50 balls for him to go out there and get. It will be up to Parker to land them. Look for him to have 70+ receptions, 800+ yards, and 5+ TDs. 2017 could be a big jump for DeVante.

Kevin White (WR, Chicago Bears)

It’s time to quickly move beyond the seasons lost to injury for White. He was a huge prospect coming out of college, but he’s yet to spend much time on the playing field. Now is the time as he has the best opportunity to rise up as Chicago’s star receiver after the season-ending injury to Cameron Meridith. It’s hard to put much faith in a guy who has only played 4 games and made 19 receptions at the NFL level, but he really is worth the flyer. If he can stay healthy, he will get the opportunities to succeed.


K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...