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Fantasy Football: Early-season breakout fantasy stars

Joique Bell

Joique Bell Credit: Detroit Lions' Joique Bell (MCT)

Every year, there are a few players who exceed expectations at the start of the NFL season. This week we’ll break down the biggest breakout performers at each of the core fantasy positions:

Michael Vick (QB, Eagles)
Chip Kelly’s offense has unleashed a version of Vick capable of outscoring every other fantasy player in the league. While he brings as much risk as anyone else, Vick’s upside makes him an elite fantasy QB who should be in your lineup every week that he plays.

Joique Bell (RB, Lions)
The Michigan-born Bell bounced around the league before finally getting a chance to display his legitimate NFL talent with his hometown Lions. While Bell’s opportunity is likely to decrease as Reggie Bush returns to health, he should remain a decent flex play even with Bush, while serving as a clearcut RB1 whenever Bush is inactive.

Eddie Royal (WR, Chargers)
San Diego was forced to rely upon Royal when half of their WRs suffered major injuries, and he responded by producing more touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season than he scored in the four previous seasons combined. While the Chargers should continue to target Royal, he isn’t a special enough talent to continue scoring at this rate as defenses (like the Titans in Week 3) begin focusing more attention on him. Consider Royal a flex/bench player.

Jordan Cameron (TE, Browns)
The Browns and their TE whisperer, head coach Rod Chudzinski, have demonstrated that they want to feature Cameron early and often. With Trent Richardson off to the Colts, expect the Browns to rely even more heavily on the passing game and Cameron to continue producing like a top five fantasy TE.

Alex Case is amNY’s fantasy football columnist.


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