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Fantasy Football: Breakout wide receivers for 2023

2MAE2M5 Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Drake London started breaking out with Desmond Ridder: London was among the best fantasy wide receivers at the end of last season, and now gets a full year with the former Cincinnati quarterback.
  • The 2022 wide receiver class is full of breakouts: Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave already have top-25 fantasy seasons under their belt. Multiple other receivers from the class could join them this year.
  • Jahan Dotson keeps scoring touchdowns: Dotson averages a touchdown a game as long as he’s playing at least 78% of offensive snaps and even scored in the first preseason game.
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Drake London, Atlanta Falcons (ADP: 89.9, From ESPN)

London was a constant target for Atlanta, and he could build on a strong end to his 2022 season.

  • London was the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. 
  • He was the clear top wide receiver on the Falcons' depth chart by the team’s first preseason game in 2022. 
  • He made an immediate impact with 16 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns over his first three games.
  • Atlanta then stopped throwing the ball as much, leading to nine straight games with 40 receiving yards or less.
  • Desmond Ridder started the last four games of the 2022 season, leading to the Falcons passing more. London was WR18 during that time despite not scoring a touchdown.
  • Atlanta also had a noticeable uptick in passing plays after the switch to Riddler.
  • That is very promising for this season with Ridder still at quarterback, but those big games to end the season also came at a time when Kyle Pitts was injured, and Bijan Robinson wasn’t on the roster yet.
  • On the bright side, Atlanta’s other starting wide receivers are slated to be Mack Hollins and KhaDarel Hodge, who shouldn’t be taking many targets away from London.
  • London achieved an 83.2 PFF offensive grade, which was the best among the rookie class with at least 800 offensive snaps but also the second-best for a rookie over the past five seasons, just behind Justin Jefferson and just ahead of Ja’Marr Chase.
  • The only thing that will hold London back is passing volume, but if he takes a step forward, Atlanta will have no choice but to get him the ball more often.


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