Top Candidates for Rest of Season Break out Players:
Josh Doctson WR – Doctson, missed his rookie year in 2016 due to injury. And was again injured to start 2017. But in the last two games, Doctson has flashed the potential to be an elite wide receiver. Against Oakland, Doctson had an OBJesque, 52 yard touchdown reception. This last week, when the game was on the line, Kirk Cousins trusted Docston to make the potential game winning catch in the endzone. Not Jordan Reed or Terrelle Pryor. To illustrate even more the trust that Cousins has in this young receiver, the touchdown attempt, was on 3rd and 2. Cousins could have easily tried to dump it off and just go for the 1st down instead of the touchdown. Docston, made the catch, he just couldn’t control it through the impact on the ground. If he controls that catch all the way to the ground and the Redskins go on and win that game….Doctson, is one of the top waiver wire adds as a result. Stash him now, because he will have a big game and it may be too late.
Elijah Mcguire RB – Flashing his speed and power, on a 69 yard touchdown run this week. Mcguire plays in a backfield that does not have a clear cut number one. Yes, Bilal Powell had a career day as well, but Powell hasn’t been crowned the “guy” over the last two seasons and there is room for the rookie to increase his role. It’s early, but in Mcguire’s last three games, he has increased his carries from 6 to 7 to 10, and his yards from 29,34 and 93. The Jets have surprised many people, and if they continue to stay in games, look for Mcguire to carve out a role for himself.
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR- I believe JuJu is really beginning to come into his own with Big Ben. His last three games he has increased his receiving yards at 16, 39, and 47. He has added 2 touchdowns in those games as well. As Antonio Brown, continues to see double teams, and Martavis Bryant focusing on the deep ball, JuJu adds relativity to the middle of the field. JuJu plays in a crowded offense with many weapons and that will ultimately impact his max upside, however, the potential is there.
Deonte Thompson WR- The Bears have made a quarterback change, and will be starting Trubisky this week. Rookie quarterbacks are notorious for locking in on a single receiver that they have the most comfort with. Deonte Thompson has flashed his ability in the open field, as a kick returner. And this year, he has already seen his targets increased as a receiver. There isn’t many options for Trubisky in the passing game. Wright, Bellamy, and Thompson are all right there this year according to the stats. One of these players will break out and be the go to guy and I believe Thompson has the most talent to do so.