The third-year breakout is usually a term designated for wide receivers in the NFL and fantasy football, but we're equal-opportunity prognosticators.
Given that, here is a potential third-year breakout for every standard offensive position in fantasy football, as these four players (QB, RB, WR, TE) could have career years during the upcoming 2019 NFL season.
1. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
After Mitchell Trubisky went off in the first half of last season, posting 1,949 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 302 rushing yards and another two scores on the ground in his first eight games of 2018, there were some "Tru-believers" in fantasy circles. His numbers severely dipped in the second half, but Trubisky has plenty of fantasy potential in 2019. He's a dual-threat QB, as his 421 rushing yards was fifth best in the league at the position last season. If he can maintain his first-half passing totals throughout the 2019 season, Trubisky has a chance to be a top-10 fantasy QB by season's end.
2. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones entered 2018 with a lot of hype, after the Green Bay running back posted 5.5 yards per carry during his rookie season. He went on to match that mark during his sophomore campaign, while upping his carry total from 81 to 133. Still, Jones has potential for so much more as the featured back in the Packers' offense. He's expected for a true breakout in year three under new head coach Matt LeFleur, as the slimmed-down RB is expected to become more involved in the team's passing game. Jones is one of the most high-upside picks in 2019 fantasy drafts.
3. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin was also a buzzy fantasy name a year ago, and while he did improve upon his rookie season – putting up 59 catches for 842 yards and seven TD in 2018 – he was an inconsistent option on a week-to-week basis. There are a few factors in Godwin's favor as a potential breakout as we head into the 2019 season. Those are the departures of fellow wideouts Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson from Tampa, and the addition of new head coach Bruce Arians. Godwin will be the team's bonafide No. 2 WR for the Bucs behind Mike Evans, while playing for a coach that loves to air it out. In fact, Arians has said that he sees Godwin as a "close to 100-catch guy," in the mold of Larry Fitzgerald who he coached in Arizona.
4. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
The New York Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr., the team's top receiving option over the past five seasons. With the two capable wide receivers on the roster in Golden Tate (suspension) and Sterling Shepard (injury) now out for the early part of the season, tight end Evan Engram has the chance to be the the most impactful pass catcher for the G-Men this upcoming season. As a versatile route runner, Engram is more of a slot receiver than a TE, and the one place veteran QB Eli Manning continues to throw well is to pass catchers in the slot. Engram could end up being one of the top TEs in 2019 as the biggest beneficiary of Beckham's departure.
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