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The wide receiver position in fantasy football is top heavy each and every year. While the top-5 fantasy wide receivers often end up being the same names, there are seemingly always a few receivers who have breakout seasons and return WR1 value.
With that in mind, here are three wide receivers, currently ranked outside of the top-20 in ESPN's latest PPR rankings, who could have breakout seasons in 2019.
3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR No. 23
Chris Godwin was effective in limited snaps last season and he has a chance to break out now that DeSean Jackson is back in Philadelphia. Godwin had three games with at least 100 yards receiving last season and also established himself as a red-zone weapon, tallying seven touchdowns. While Jameis Winston's inconsistency as a passer is potentially troubling, Godwin could be in for a career year as the No. 2 WR in Bruce Arians' high-octane offense in Tampa.
2. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs – WR No. 25
Sammy Watkins has been one of the most tantalizing talents in football for quite some time now. With Tyreek Hill's future in the NFL in question, Watkins is well positioned to explode in fantasy, as long as he can stay healthy. While staying on the field has been a problem for Watkins, he ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and has the natural ability to replicate some of Hill's down-field production. If Watkins manages to click with NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, he could end up being a WR1 this coming season.
1. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars – WR No. 37
Dede Westbrook is one of the most athletic receivers in football, and he has a chance to take a huge leap forward with Nick Foles at the helm in Jacksonville. Westbrook projects as the No. 1 WR on the Jaguars and has already proven to be a splash-play threat with 15 receptions of 20 yards or more last season. As Foles' likely top target in the 2019 NFL season, Westbrook has WR1 upside despite being ranked as a WR4. With a likely 100-target season and a far more efficient passer throwing balls his way, Westbrook could be in for a breakout season in 2019.
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