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There were quite a few talented NFL players who underwhelmed this season due to injury or lack of experience, but some of those prospects could be in for breakout years next season. Let's take a look at 10 underrated players to hold onto in your dynasty league.
10. Derrius Guice (Washington Redskins, RB)
Derrius Guice looked poised for a big rookie season, but the former LSU running back tore his ACL in the preseason. Guice's rehab appears to be on schedule, and if he can get right, Guice could be in for a big role with the Washington Redskins. Guice flashed big-time talent during his short preseason, and he could take over the starting job if the Redskins move on from the aging Adrian Peterson. Dynasty owners would be wise to stash Guice if they can hold the roster spot.
9. Josh Rosen (Arizona Cardinals, QB)
When Josh Rosen fell to the 10th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, he vowed he would make nine teams rue the day they passed on him. Unfortunately for Rosen, his underwhelming rookie season did little to quiet his doubters.
That said, the talented UCLA product occasionally flashed big-time ability, but he was hampered by the Arizona Cardinals' abysmal roster. The Cardinals' offensive line allowed a sack on 9.51 percent of their passing attempts this season (28th in the NFL), and they might have the least-talented group of pass catchers in the league. But the Cardinals own the No. 1 pick in the draft, and made wholesale changes to their coaching staff, so there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.
8. Dante Pettis (San Fransisco 49ers, WR)
Dante Pettis had an up-and-down rookie season, but he could be in for a big year if San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returns to form next year. Pettis wasn't the most heralded rookie receiver, but he put his talent on display in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, when he exploded for 5 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Pettis could put up a lot more performances like that in Kyle Shanahan's dynamic offense next year.
7. Antonio Callaway (Cleveland Browns, WR)
Antonio Callaway was wildly inconsistent in his rookie season, but the talented speedster projects to be the No. 2 wide receiver in a Cleveland Browns' offense that's on the rise. The speedy receiver made some big plays down the field this year, and he's a perfect compliment to Jarvis Landry, who does most his best work over the middle. Baker Mayfield looks like one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, and dynasty owners should try to grab a piece of this Cleveland offense while they can.
6. Rashaad Penny (Seattle Seahawks, RB)
If we gleamed anything from the Seattle Seahawks' disheartening loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs, it's this: Seattle wants to run the ball. While the Seahawks' incumbent starter at running back, Chris Carson, figures to return next year, Rashaad Penny can still find ways to get himself on the field. For one, Carson has struggled battling injuries, and if he goes down next year Penny could be in for a massive role. Penny flashed the talent that made him a first-round pick whenever he saw the field, and he dominated the Los Angeles Rams' for 108 yards and a touchdown the only time he received over 10 carries. Dynasty owners should hang onto Penny if they can.
5. Hunter Henry (Los Angeles Chargers, TE)
Hunter Henry is one of the most talented young tight ends in the league, but he's often overlooked because of his ACL injury. Henry could be in for a big season if he's healthy next year, as he looks like the clear No. 1 option at tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers. The versatile tight end would add a new wrinkle to a dynamic Chargers' offense that scored 26.8 points per game this year (fifth in the NFL), so dynasty owners would be wise to hold onto Henry if possible.
4. Sam Darnold (New York Jets, QB)
Sam Darnold had some fantastic performances this season, despite being saddled with one of the least talented rosters in the NFL. The putrid New York Jets' offense averaged just 299.2 yards per game this season (29th in the NFL). Fortunately for Darnold, the New York Jets are loaded with cap space and draft capital, so some help could be on the way. Dynasty owners with an aging quarterback like Brees or Brady should hold onto Darnold in hopes that he can develop into a star.
3. Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions, WR)
Kenny Golladay broke 1,000 yards for the first time in his career this season, and he should continue to improve next year. Golladay made several highlight-reel plays, but the Detroit Lions' offense greatly under performed in Matt Patricia's first season with the team. The Lions fired their offensive coordinator, Jim Bob-Cooter, and they should get a full season from the dynamic running back Kerryon Johnson next year. Expect the Lions offense to rebound under a new offensive coordinator, which should equal a career year for Golladay.
2. Cooper Kupp (Los Angeles Rams, WR)
Cooper Kupp is one of the most underrated receivers in the league, but his ACL injury showed just how valuable he is to the Los Angeles Rams' offense. The Rams were averaging 33.9 points before Kupp went down in Week 11, but the offense stumbled down the stretch without Kupp, culminating in an ugly 6-point performance against the Chicago Bears. If Kupp returns healthy next season, expect McVay to find ways to get the third-year receiver the ball.
1. Kerryon Johnson (Detroit Lions, RB)
Kerryon Johnson was electric during the first half of his rookie season, but he was hampered by a knee injury during the second half. The rookie's best game came in Week 7, when he put up 158 yards on only 19 carries. Matt Patricia is going to be looking for a new offensive coordinator this offseason, so Matt Stafford and the Lions' offense figures to be much improved next year. Dynasty owners should hang on to Kerryon at all costs, as the talented running back could be a legitimate RB1 if he stays healthy next season.
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