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Second-year breakout candidates for fantasy football

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Top five upside for Cousins? (1:43)

Field Yates and Mike Clay determine whether Kirk Cousins has a better fantasy outlook in Minnesota. (1:43)

Among the most overlooked aspects of the NFL offseason is player development. We fixate on more tangible occurrences and events: the NFL draft, free agency, trades and other transactions. But the reality for rookies in the NFL is that not all are ready to make a decided impact from Day 1; it makes you appreciate the efforts of players such as Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara in 2017 even more.

Some need the chance to grow, with many NFL coaches feeling as though the largest leap in a player's development takes place from his rookie to his second season. With that idea in mind, I've decided to hone in on some players whose fantasy value could ascend in Year 2, looking back on examples of such in 2017 like Carson Wentz and Jared Goff at quarterback or Kenyan Drake at running back.