Another fantasy football summer, another year wondering if the unicorn athlete that is Martavis Bryant will flourish or disappoint. The 6’4 freak wide receiver with turf-burning speed will look to put another suspension-ridden year in the past and scale the fantasy football rankings as a legitimate WR1. After two efficient seasons in 2014 and 2015 in which Bryant played just 11 and 13 games respectively, the Steelers’ wideout opposite Antonio Brown was being forecast by many experts to skyrocket up the fantasy football rankings before he received yet another suspension, this time spanning the entire 2016-17 season. To enjoy a breakout season and spring into the ranks of a top 15 wide receiver, Bryant must see an increased target share while maintaining his touchdown rate and more importantly stay on the field.
While many early fantasy football rankings are out, and you may recognize more than a few names (i.e. Julio, Rodgers, Gronk), half the battle lies in projecting the top newcomers to the rankings. Don’t get it twisted. It’s always nice to pluck a highly ranked mainstay in the mold of Bryant’s teammates Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, but keep an eye on some breakout candidates like Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Howard, Jay Ajayi, Marcus Mariota, and Carson Wentz. If Bryant or any of the aforementioned men shooting up this year’s fantasy football rankings happen to be skidding in your draft, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger on them and reap the benefits.