What defines a breakout in Fantasy sports? You can read 10 different articles and get 10 different answers. The truth is there is no set definition. For me, I’ve always viewed a breakout candidate as a player with upside that you expect to vastly outperform their draft cost. But how does a player come to have upside? Every player is different.
I took a look at the biggest breakouts from 2020 to come up with reasons or traits for said breakouts. Here’s what I found:
Will every breakout fall in these categories? No. Can a breakout fit into multiples of these? Sure. The main point of this exercise is to find players this year who are considered undervalued and might have one (or many) of these traits.
Perhaps this will make things more efficient when identifying those players. Nonetheless, here are some of early candidates from Scott White, Chris Towers and myself: