Despite a disjointed year in sports, 2020 still saw its fair share of breakout athletes. These 25 breakouts stand out.
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Allen was an early MVP candidate in 2020 after struggling through his first two NFL seasons. While the MVP talk has cooled, it's now clear that the Bills have their long-term quarterback with Allen's improved play.
Bieber was a very good starting pitcher before 2020, but he became a dominant pitcher this year, winning the AL Cy Young. The Cleveland right-hander finished 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 77.1 innings.
The Steelers have grown a reputation for producing wide receivers, and Claypool is their newest project. The second-round rookie scored 10 touchdowns through his first 11 career games in his rookie season.
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Dangerfield was a second-round pick by the Minnesota Lynx and went on to win the 2020 WNBA Rookie of the Year. The point guard averaged 16 points per game.
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DeChambeau put the golf world on notice with a breakout 2020 season after adding muscle and yardage to his drives. He won the 2020 U.S. Open and finished fourth at the PGA Championship.
There were questions about Herbert's NFL readiness after he was drafted in the first round by the Chargers. He emerged as the starter in Week 2 and is the clear favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, with over 3,000 passing yards and 23 touchdowns through 10 games played.
Ionescu won the Wooden Award after a spectacular year at Oregon, leading to becoming the first overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty. She missed much of his rookie season to injury but still made a big impact.
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Jefferson had big shoes to fill replacing Stefon Diggs in Minnesota, and he's responded with a historic rookie season. The LSU alum had 918 yards receiving and six touchdowns through 11 games.
Formerly known as Tua Tagovailoa's replacement at Alabama, Jones has managed to make his own name known with a great 2020 season. He's put up huge numbers for the Crimson Tide with 3,113 yards passing and 27 touchdowns through nine games.
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Kenin solidified herself as one of the elite tennis players in the world, winning the Australian Open and reaching the French Open final in 2020. Not bad considering she just turned 22 in November.
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Laney won the WNBA Most Improved Player Award in 2020, her fifth season in the league. She averaged 17.2 points per game for the Atlanta Dream.
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A former first-round pick who previously struggled through injuries, Lewis was terrific in his rookie season for Seattle. He hit .262-11-28 in 58 games to win AL Rookie of the Year.
The second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant proved he was worthy of the hype despite playing at a small college in Murray State. He won NBA Rookie of the Year with 17.8 points per game and 7.3 assists.
A relative unknown before this year, Williams won NL Rookie of the Year after dominating in the Brewers bullpen. He allowed just one earned run in 27 innings and had 53 strikeouts.
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Wilson led BYU to a tremendous start this season, completing 73 percent of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns through 10 games. He's a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and a possible first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.