2020 Fantasy Football Breakout Candidate: Steven Sims Jr.

There is a lot of uncertainty in Washington D.C. – as they announced on Monday that they are removing the team name. The latest news in Washington today actually does not have to do with the team name for once, but unfortunately it is still not positive news. WR Kelvin Harmon – who was selected in the 6th round of last year’s 2019 NFL Draft, tore his ACL during camp and will miss the entire 2020 regular season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Harmon, was a highly-productive player out of NC State, he recorded 30 receptions for 365 yards in 8 starts. It’s a huge disappointment for Washington, as Harmon was a strong candidate to potentially start on the opposite side of another rookie from last year; Terry McLaurin

Now that Harmon is out for the entire season, the question is who will be the player to capitalize on the opportunity and be the breakout fantasy player, that is not named Terry McLaurin. 

Steven Sims Jr.

Steven Sims Jr. was another rookie from last year, but the only difference was he went undrafted out of the University of Kansas. Sims Jr. burst onto the scene last year for Washington, demonstrating his elite athletic ability. It seemed like every Sunday if you were watching the NFL RedZone last season, host Scott Hanson would show a quick highlight of Sims Jr. busting out a huge touchdown out of nowhere.

When you look at Steven Sims receiving numbers from last season – 34 receptions, 310 yards, 4 touchdowns.. it might not appear to be anything special, but when you look into it more there’s a lot to like.. 

Last year’s first-round pick QB Dwayne Haskins started seven games last season (Week 9-16). 

Before Haskins started (1st 8 Games): 

Sims: 9 REC-33 YDS-0 TD.

Games Haskins Started (Final 8 Games, The Last Game Haskins didn’t start): 

25 REC-277 YDS-4 TD

Sims Final 3 weeks (all division games):

5 REC-45 YDS-1 TD (11 Targets) against Philadelphia Eagles

6 REC-64 YDS-2 TD (10 Targets) against NY Giants

5 REC-81 YDS-1 TD (8 Targets) against Dallas Cowboys.

Sims Jr. had some very impressive games last season for Washington, and with a full season as Haskins as a starter, he really could be the breakout fantasy player for them. Not to mention, Sims Jr. also was an extremely dynamic kick returner last season, recording 819 yards and 1 touchdown on 32 returns (25.6 avg.).

The competition for playing time is pretty open for Sims, especially now with the loss of Harmon, he really should have a chance to receive a ton of targets in this offense. Terry McLaurin will obviously be the No. 1 receiver, Trey Quinn will see time in the slot, and his only real other competition for snaps is free agent signing rookie 4th-round pick Antonio Gandy-Golden (who is a completely different type of receiver), and Cody Latimer (who just was arrested in May).

Keep your eye on Steven Sims!

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