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Three WRs Who Have a Shot at Breaking Out as Fantasy WR1s in 2022



Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (WR - Arizona Cardinals):


Since entering the league in 2019 Hollywood Brown has served as the WR1 for the Baltimore Ravens but has failed to put up true WR1 numbers from both a fantasy and practical NFL standpoint. Now moving on from Baltimore and reuniting with his collegiate Quarterback Kyler Murray, Brown aims to prove his lack of production was a result of a lack of targets and poor scheming.


Baltimore has been the most run frequent team in 2 of the 3 years that Brown has spent in the NFL, still ranking in the top 11 within the outlier year, yet Hollywood has managed to significantly improve his statistical output each year he has been in the league. Last season he started hot, scoring 6 touchdowns in the first 7 games and averaging 70 YPG on 5.2 catches before Baltimore’s injuries and offensive woes became too much to overcome.


Reuniting with Kyler Murray, who he had one of the most electric connections in Collegiate Football with, in an Arizona offense that at its best last season was an air raid led by Kyler could be the perfect stepping stone for Brown to take his game to the next level. The talent has always been there, the opportunity is now going to match it.

 

Darnell Mooney (WR - Chicago Bears):


Everyone focused on Allen Robinson’s subpar performance last season, yet no one seemed to recognize the receiver who Robinson became second fiddle to. Mooney owners realized. He was a receiver that was gaining a lot of attention in OTAs and minicamps prior to last season but what could have never been expected is the connection that he and Justin Fields seem to have so early in their career together.


In week 4, following Justin Fields' official first start where he struggled and failed to score a touchdown, Fields and Mooney flashed their connection for the first time as Mooney put up 125 yards on 5 receptions. After that week the duo never looked back, it was clear Robinson was no longer being schemed as the WR1 as he was only able to match or surpass Mooney’s target total twice for the remainder of the season. Mooney showcased his ability as the year went on, going over 120 yards three more times after his week 4 performance and amassing 5 total touchdowns.


This offseason, Fields and Mooney acknowledged the importance of their connection both on and off the field and have taken the time to work on that. This could mean even further improvement for Mooney, and perhaps a version of Justin Fields that better resembles the coveted Ohio State prospect we anticipated.

 

Gabriel Davis (WR - Buffalo Bills):


Gabriel Davis’ performance in the AFC championship is not one that will be forgotten anytime soon, but he could still be a player that we look at as undervalued when reviewing pre-season fantasy rankings at the end of the season. In the wake of letting Emmanuel Sanders go, there will be a decent target share left vacant for an outside receiver to complement Stefon Diggs, it seems evident that the Bills' plan to allow Gabriel Davis to soak up those vacant targets.


Following the AFC Championship game eruption and an overall decent showing in his second season, Bills coaches have echoed the sentiments of their fans: get #13 the ball more. This offseason many members of the Bills organization from Josh Allen to the GM Brandon Beane have praised Davis for his dedication to improvement and the results that it has yielded. The rumblings from within Bills' minicamps and OTAs point toward analysts' assumptions being correct, Davis being utilized within the WR2 role in the prolific Bills offense.

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