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Colts’ Donte Moncrief a top fantasy football breakout candidate for 2016

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Last week, we took a look at a comprehensive fantasy football preview for the Indianapolis Colts, but today we want to focus on one player in particular: wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

Moncrief will have a bigger role in the Colts offense in 2016 and is generally considered to be one of the biggest breakout candidates in fantasy football for this year. This summer, NFL.com’s Matt Harmon listed Moncrief as an “all too obvious” breakout candidate, writing that, “he'll easily exceed his mid-round ADP in casual drafts and is a league-winning type of pick for 2016.” Harmon followed that up this week by writing: “the easiest breakout player to spot this season, it's about impossible to paint a scenario where Donte Moncrief doesn't shatter his already optimistic WR27 ADP.” This week, NFL.com had six of their fantasy football writers list their top ten breakout candidates, and all but one of them included Moncrief on their list. Buffalo Rumblings’ Chris Trapasso wrote an article this week looking at the top breakout candidates by position, and he included Moncrief at wide receiver.

That’s just a small sampling of the people listing Donte Moncrief as a breakout candidate for the 2016 season, and it makes sense why so many people think Moncrief could be a steal this year. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Moncrief has caught 96 passes for 1,177 yards and nine scores, averaging 12.3 yards per catch. In 2015, he caught 64 balls for 773 yards and six touchdowns despite playing without Andrew Luck for nine games. Still only 23 years old, Moncrief should just continue to get better - and with Luck back healthy this year, along with an increased role in the offense as an unquestioned full-time starter, Moncrief’s production could skyrocket.

Considering Moncrief’s draft position in many fantasy football drafts, he’s looking like a prime sleeper pick and breakout candidate for the 2016 season.