Fantasy Football 2014: 3rd-year WR’s that could break out

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Jermaine Kearse (Seattle Seahawks)

Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice are rarely healthy and Golden Tate left in free agency, so Kearse suddenly has a shot at becoming a big part of the Seattle passing game. They don’t pass a ton as it is, but achieving WR3 value in 2014 certainly isn’t out of the question.

Jarius Wright (Minnesota Vikings)

Wright has displayed solid down field ability in the passing game, but really hasn’t been able to show if he can consistently get the job done – in large part due to Minnesota’s system and shaky quarterback play. They’re implementing a vertical offense in 2014, so he actually has a chance at breaking out. He could have WR3 value potentially, but right now is nothing more than a WR4.

Ryan Broyles (Detroit Lions)

Broyles was once a high upside PPR guy, but has since plummeted due to his inability to stay healthy. Detroit added Golden Tate in free agency and will likely add more talent, potentially curbing Broyles’ 2014 potential. He’s merely a WR4 right now, at best.

Stephen Hill (New York Jets)

Hill burst onto the scene in week one of 2012 and has done pretty much nothing ever since. While a very physically gifted athlete, Hill’s size and speed have never really translated to the NFL due to a lack of fundamentals. He could benefit from the team adding Eric Decker in the offseason, but he’s barely worth a late-round flier until he shows some life heading into the new season.

Brian Quick (St. Louis Rams)

The Rams signed the brittle Kenny Britt and still appear to want more help at wide receiver, which should probably tell us all we need to know about how the Rams feel about Quick. He might be falling out of favor, but there is actually still upside here. Quick is a big target that showed he could make plays back in college at Appalachian State. Unfortunately, it simply hasn’t translated to NFL success yet. He’s a guy worth monitoring this summer, but as of now cannot be drafted.