4 Breakout Players From the NFC South for the 2019 NFL Season

Zach Brunner
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The NFC South is a division known for its offensive firepower for some time now, resulting in some very happy fantasy football owners. We know of the proven commodities, such has Drew Brees, Christian McCaffrey and Julio Jones, but there will be others that emerge, seemingly from nowhere, this season.

With that in mind, let's take a look at possible fantasy football breakouts – one from each NFC South team – to keep an eye on ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

1. Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints

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Tre'Quan Smith had a relatively quiet rookie season, totaling 28 catches for 427 yards and five touchdowns. He was drafted to be the New Orleans Saints' slot receiver, but his role was forced to change when Ted Ginn was lost for much of 2018. Heading into this season, Smith should have a more defined role, which should look similar to Willie Snead in the 2015-16 seasons. Snead had more than 100 targets and was just short of 1,000 yards in each of those two seasons. Using him as a baseline, those are numbers we can project for Smith in his second season.

2. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The offensive-minded Bruce Arians took over coaching duties in Tampa Bay, and he is known for running a pass-first offense. With DeSean Jackson no longer on the Buccaneers, Godwin should be the team's clear-cut No. 2 option and Arians has gone so far as to refer to the third-year receiver as "close to a 100-catch guy." Godwin didn't even have 100 targets last season. Needless to say, Godwin will have a much larger role this season, giving him big-time breakout potential.

3. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

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In D.J. Moore's rookie season, we saw glimpses of the playmaker he can in the NFL. Moore finished the season with 55 catches for 788 yards, along with 172 rushing yards. With a presumably healthier Cam Newton and a full offseason to work on his route running, Moore could be the breakout wide receiver the Panthers have been missing since Steve Smith Sr. left town.

4. Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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Ito Smith is another second-year player that will likely see a big bump in production in 2019. Tevin Colemen joined the San Fransisco 49ers in free agency, which means Smith gets promoted to the No. 2 running back in Atlanta, behind Devonta Freeman. In his rookie season, Smith turned 90 rushes into 315 yards and four touchdowns. We have seen how two running backs can thrive in the Falcons' offense, and we have also seen how Freeman can be injury-prone. Atlanta likely won't lean on Freeman as a workhorse, meaning Smith should get enough touches for a breakout season in 2019.

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