Fantasy Football 2014 Breakout Player: No. 8 Kendall Wright
When you think of the young and talented wide receivers in the NFL today, many people will first think of Cincinnati Bengals superstar A.J. Green, and rightfully so. However, there is one receiver that is not getting the buzz like Green does from week to week, but will still be making a major impact on fantasy football lineups: Kendall Wright.
Wright was drafted 20th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft. This was a draft that also saw players like Alshon Jeffery and Justin Blackmon, who have already make their marks on fantasy football. Wright will be the next one of these receivers to do so, I promise. Just take a look at his stats.
First off, Wright has gotten better and better in his first two seasons in the league. He went from having 626 yards in 2012 to having 1,079 yards in 2013. Yes, his touchdown production fell off this season, but the team really does not focus on throwing the ball when they get close to the end zone because they have running backs Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene. Wright has shown chemistry with starting quarterback Jake Locker, and I expect them to build upon that in 2014.
Secondly, the Titans hired a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt, who is no stranger to having quality wide receivers to work with in his career. He has worked with players like Hines Ward, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and he most recently developed Keenan Allen. Look for this trend to continue and when it does, Wright is going to be a monster that will need to be dealt with by opposing teams’ defensive units.
How quickly will Wright be a starting receiver for your fantasy team? I feel that by the beginning of the season, he will be a “start ‘em” guy for you, but then will quickly become a “must start” as a no. 2 receiver in any fantasy league.