It’s easy to remember household names as they will be the early picks in your fantasy draft. However, in case of bad draft picks in the early rounds, the middle to late-round picks are just as valuable. Incoming sophomores are often the key to your flex or superflex positions. Let’s discuss the sophomores who will make the leap in fantasy next season.
BREECE HALL RB NEW YORK JETS
Breece Hall was poised to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year. That came to a halt in Week 7 against the Broncos when he tore his ACL. In just seven games, he ran for 463 yards and four TDs. His production and potential were seen by many. With the addition of Aaron Rodgers on the team, the Jets are a feared team in the AFC. Breece Hall will make them a legitimate contender and be one of the biggest winners with the new QB in town.
KENNY PICKETT QB PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Kenny Pickett had a slow start to his rookie season especially since he missed the first three games of the season. As the season progressed, his growth was noticeable even if the stats weren’t as supportive. He led the Steelers to game-winning drives and look poised in big moments. He finished the season with 2404 yards, seven TDs, and nine interceptions. With another year in training camp, he is poised to have a better sophomore season. He is most likely a late-round QB or in the waivers. He is worth keeping tabs on.
KENNETH WALKER RB SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Kenneth Walker ran away with the RB 1 position in Seattle once Rashaad Penny got hurt last season. Now, Penny is in the Eagles which opens Walker with many more reps. The Seahawks added pieces on offense and are looking to build upon their surprise season last year. Kenneth Walker ran for 1050 yards and nine TDs in his rookie season. The numbers are expected to go up in year two, even if they drafted Zach Charbonnet in round two.
CHRIS OLAVE WR NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
For me, the biggest winner of the sophomores is Chris Olave. In his first season, he had Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton throwing him the ball. Olave somehow was able to gather 72 receptions and 1042 yards with four TDs. In his second year, he’ll have a stabilized QB in Derek Carr. Carr loves to pass the ball and Olave will be a recipient of those. Add in that Michael Thomas is never healthy anymore and Chris can do his best Davante Adams impersonation.