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NFL Draft Kit: 2014 Breakout Players

Vlad Sedler

Vlad Sedler

Vlad Sedler has been a contributor to various sites covering daily fantasy and salary cap games since 2010. Vlad is a veteran Diamond Challenge and NFBC player and is a member of the CDM Hall of Fame winning the Football Super Challenge in 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @RotoGut or email him with questions or thoughts at vsedler@gmail.com.

Every year certain players break out and vastly out-earn their draft slots. Last season it was Eddie Lacy, Josh Gordon and Julius Thomas, among others. Who might those players be in 2014? Of course, players with new-found opportunities will top the list, but opportunity on its own is not enough to ensure success just ask 2013 owners of Lamar Miller, Vincent Brown and Kenbrell Thompkins. Moreover, opportunity is the easiest part of the equation - and it's usually comprised of public information, i.e., every serious owner in your league is aware of who's rising on each team's depth chart. The more pertinent questions then are which players with current opportunities will make the most of them, and which without opportunities at present are most likely to do so should they get the chance.

To answer those questions we need to define what "making the most of them" means. In our view, there are two kinds of breakouts.

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