2021 Fantasy Football IDP Breakouts

by Bob Van Duser
2021 Fantasy Football IDP Breakouts

Welcome back for a look at my 2021 Fantasy Football IDP Breakouts! What a high it is, combing the waivers or the later rounds of your drafts looking for THAT next guy who's bound to be a big name next year. Well, it's not always so easy to detect a breakout. But that's what I'm here for today!

If you haven't already be sure to dive into my 2021 IDP Rankings, as well as my IDP Rookies where I cover the prospects of Defensive Backs, Linebackers, and Defensive Lineman.

I have nine players for y'all that I strongly feel are going to break out this season. A lot of it comes down to players with a new opportunity, which is sometimes all a player needs to break out. All while mixing in some talent, of course.

Without further ado, let's dive right into my 2021 Fantasy Football IDP Breakouts!

2021 Fantasy Football IDP Breakouts

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Defensive Backs

Jordan Fuller, Los Angeles Rams

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Jordan Fuller finds himself with a bevy of opportunities heading into 2021. With the departure of John Johnson, he and Taylor Rapp are the only two safeties expected to see meaningful reps.

In a limited capacity last year Fuller showed that he was a reliable playmaker, and with an expanded role I don't see any reason that can't continue.

Amani Hooker, Tennessee Titans

Much like Jordan Fuller, Hooker is expected to see significantly more work in 2021 with the departure of Kenny Vaccaro. He's another player who showed well in a small workload last season.

Over three starts he averaged just over 6 tackles per game and had 4 interceptions on the year while playing in his minimal role. As an added note, he's been praised consistently throughout training camp and the offseason program.

Kamren Curl, Washington Football Team

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This might be low-hanging fruit, but personally, I don't think we've seen the best that's to come from Kamren Curl. He drew meaningful reps after Landon Collins went down with an Achilles injury midway through the 2020 season.

He obviously showed more than enough to keep his spot, because they could've easily filled his spot via the draft or free agency and chose to leave it untouched.

It seems to me that he's set to play alongside a now healthy Landon Collins. Curl is set to play Free Safety while Collins slots in at Strong Safety. Both of these players should be viable in Fantasy in 2021.

Kyle Dugger,  New England Patriots

A lot of people were clamoring for a rookie breakout from Kyle Dugger, but that was not meant to be. However, he's set to have more opportunities in 2021. With Patrick Chung retiring (did not play in 2020), and Devin McCourty at the ripe old age of 33, I think there's a good shot Dugger gets his chance alongside Adrian Phillips this year.

I don't typically like New England defenders. Simply because they're such a good defense and rarely see more than 60 snaps a game. Along with that, they have such a "Do Your Job" mindset that no one player ever seems to shine out from the rest in Fantasy Football. But I think Dugger can be someone that breaks that mold.

Linebackers

Willie Gay, Kansas City Chiefs

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This is another one that might be low-hanging fruit, but Willie Gay can't go without mentioning. Gay was someone I was pining for to break out in his rookie season, but it just never came to be.

The Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was insistent that Gay had a lot to learn about the complicated system, so they brought him along slowly. And to me, it makes sense. He wasn't coming from an elite college program, so it should be expected that he take time to pick up a complicated NFL Defensive Scheme.

I expect them to bring along Nick Bolton in a similar fashion, so you can expect to see him in this article next year.

Jordyn Brooks, Seattle Seahawks

Seen as one of the biggest reaches of the 2020 NFL Draft, Jordyn Brooks was taken in the 1st Round. While largely regarded as a Day Two or Three pick, the Seahawks elected to take their shot early.

Opportunity knocks as K.J. Wright has not resigned with the team. This leaves Jordyn Brooks wide open to start at strong-side linebacker. With Bobby Wagner aging, one has to assume that Jordyn Brooks could be the heir apparent to lead that defense into the next generation.

Bobby Okereke, Indianapolis Colts

With Anthony Walker now a Cleveland Brown, the door is open for Okereke to start alongside Darius Leonard in Indy. Okereke was already starting to steal work from Anthony Walker last season and was efficient in his role.

Leonard has had issues with staying healthy, and while you can't project injuries, if Okereke fills in for Leonard at any time you should expect some significant output.

Defensive Lineman

Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars

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After a mini breakout in 2019, Josh Allen was struck by the injury bug in 2020. Coming into 2021 he's fully healthy and looking to spearhead a newly revamped Jags' Defense.

They've made additions at all three levels of the defense, and even added a defensive coordinator that was formerly a defensive line coach. One with a history of getting players on the All-Pro team.

Josh Allen is probably my favorite breakout candidate in 2021, and after this season I think he'll be regarded as a Top 10 DL going forward.

Rashan Gary, Green Bay Packers

This may be a homer pick, sue me. As someone who wasn't a fan of drafting Gary, I've been pleased with his development. Last year he showed up with a completely new physique and seemed ready to dominate, but never got the work.


After almost electing to cut Preston Smith they were able to restructure his hefty contract. I'm hopeful they can shift him into play more of a 3T role, and allow Gary to play on the edge. Just give this dude reps already.


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