Fantasy Football 2014: Five Breakout Candidates

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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Patterson had such an incredible combination of size and speed coming out of Tennessee that I predicted he’d be the top rookie wide receiver in fantasy circles in 2013. I was wrong about that — as Keenan Allen took the crown with ease — but Patterson still made quite an impact in his first year of action.

The Vikings really struggled to find ways to get him the ball, both because his route-running skills aren’t refined and because of shaky quarterback play. Being a run-first offense to begin with, C-Patt’s overall fantasy value wasn’t amazing to start off the 2013 season. Still, he managed to haul in 45 receptions for four touchdowns, while also finding his way into the end-zone five times as a rusher and return man.

Versatility is the key with C-Patt, who will be much more active now that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has installed a vertical system. He was on the fantasy radar as a rookie last year… now he’s about to become a household name.

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