While it's always important to nail your top picks in a fantasy football draft, that's not enough to build yourself a championship roster. You also need to be able to grab some players outside the top few rounds that have the potential to become top scorers at their position.
With that in mind, here are three wide receiver breakout candidates for 2020 fantasy football drafts.
3. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Sterling Shepard only finished 48th in PPR fantasy scoring among wideouts last year, but his 14.2 fantasy points per game were actually good for 25th. When healthy, he is very clearly the No. 1 WR in the New York Giants' offense. Just looking at the 10 games he played, Shepard racked up 83 targets while no other Giant saw more than 50. Averaging over 8 targets a game would position him very well to turn in some big fantasy production, especially if Daniel Jones can continue making strides as an NFL passer.
2. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Washington was a popular breakout pick last offseason, but it was rookie Diontae Johnson who stepped up in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense instead. Johnson saw 92 targets, though he only managed 59 receptions for 680 yards and 5 touchdowns. That per-target inefficiency is easy to forgive when most of those targets were coming from Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges. Johnson averaged 7.8 targets per game across his last four contests as a rookie, and with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm, that kind of volume should translate to significantly more production in 2020.
1. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
DK Metcalf finished with an average of 11.7 fantasy points per game in 2020, but he showed flashes of big upside down the stretch, posting his three highest single-game fantasy scores (27.0, 20.1 and 16.3 points) during the second half of the season. He also seemed to improve his rapport with Russell Wilson as the year went on. Including the playoffs, Metcalf saw at least as many targets as Seahawks WR1 Tyler Lockett in six of the last nine games of the season. Metcalf was highly efficient, averaging 9.0 yards per target (top-30 in the NFL at any position), so the increasing workload should be especially valuable. Considered a raw prospect heading into his rookie year, it looks like the sky is the limit for Metcalf as he enters his second pro season.
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