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Fantasy football breakouts: It's time for Jay Cutler to roar

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  • By Matt "Money" Smith
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Josh Morgan, WR, Redskins: He was the guy in San Francisco when healthy. You could see that he was ready to have a breakout season. Morgan will end up being the No. 1 receiver in Washington. I'm projecting a 900-1,000 yard season with at least eight touchdowns.

Sam Bradford, QB, Rams: Between injuries and a brutal schedule, it just wasn't happening last year for Bradford. Fisher will have that defense humming, and Bradford will feast on a light schedule. I like his weapons, too. Steve Smith, the return of Danny Amendola and Danario Alexander, not to mention the addition of some impressive rookies like Brian Quick and Isaiah Pead.

Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs: Before he got hurt, he looked to be making his way toward being included in that group of elite pass catching tight ends. He'll be available in the middle to late rounds, and will end up as a top 10 producer at the position.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears: This is obvious. He's finally got some weapons, he's finally got an OC that isn't going to put him in a position to get his head knocked off, and before his injury last year he was on the precipice of becoming an elite fantasy QB. With Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and a running back tandem that has both players able to catch the ball out of the backfield, look for Cutler to join the 4,500 yard/30 touchdown club this season.

Michael Vick, QB, Eagles: How is Vick a breakout player? It's because he was so bad last season. There was too much negativity in Philadelphia last year; too much pressure, too much expectation and too much attention. With the spotlight off, and the Eagles able to fly under the radar, look for Vick to return to elite status this season. He's still got all the weapons he had last year, and the defense is going to be much, much better after their draft and free-agent acquisitions.

Titus Young, WR, Lions: He's going to end up being the No. 2 receiver in Detroit. He already started to establish that late in the season. Four of his six touchdowns came in the final four weeks, and why wouldn't you want Matthew Stafford's second option in the passing attack?

Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders: I thought it was going to happen when he rolled into Oakland, but I overestimated how quickly he could get comfortable. Palmer is surrounded by weapons and he knows how to use them. He's in better shape than we've seen in half a decade, and this is a make-or-break year for him. He's a prideful guy, and I envision an aerial-attack approach to the season from the Raiders.

Jared Cook, TE, Titans: Plain and simple, he's too good. The guy is an athletic freak. He was underused for most of the season in Nashville, and this year Mike Munchak knows in order to get that passing attack right, he's got to lean on his best player, and that's Cook.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: He's not the kind of guy you want on a franchise tag. Now that he got his money, we're going to see the Jackson that was back in form three of the last four weeks of the season.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: He's good; real good. And were it not for an injury in Week 13, he likely would have made his way into the top 10 producers at the position despite not getting a start until Week 7. With a full season he's a 1,200-yard rusher.

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