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FFL: Breakthrough Players

Originally Published: June 21, 2006
By Scott Engel | ESPN Fantasy Games
Every season, some players are capable of taking a step forward to reward their owners with statistical seasons that clearly signal their arrivals as fantasy standouts. Larry Fitzgerald and LaMont Jordan stamped themselves as elite fantasy players last year. Here's a list of the players who are most likely to step into fantasy stardom or raise their performances to new levels in 2006.

RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis: He is the "chic" pick as a breakthrough performer, because he is expected to become a focal point of the Rams' offense this season. Jackson needs regular carries to truly develop a rhythm, and he's likely going to get the amount of touches he wants this year. Scott Linehan is regarded as a run-first coach and Jackson should get in the neighborhood of 20 carries per game on a regular basis. In his career, Jackson has rushed for over 100 yards in four of the five games in which he carried 20 or more times. A big back with surprising quickness, Jackson can be unstoppable near the goal line and is very tough to being down once he gets to the second level of defenders. You should expect at least 1,300 rushing yards, and he should break into double digits in TDs.

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