Fantasy Football Bold Predictions with J. Rosa and Wil
The NFL season is here, so that means it’s also time for one of America’s favorite pastimes: Fantasy Football. Most fantasy players are looking for players they think will have great years and beyond so they can win their fantasy league and gloat to their friends, and in some cases make some money. Well, have no fear because here are 10 bold fantasy predictions to help you draft.
1. Ezekiel Elliot Will Finish Outside the Top Ten of Fantasy Running Backs This Year.
Elliot is being drafted as a top five RB, even top three in a lot of ESPN drafts. Elliot was a tremendous talent at Ohio State and helped them clinch a championship against Alabama but has yet to take one snap in the NFL. Not to mention his off the field domestic allegations, as well as his lingering hamstring problems. The Dallas offensive line is one of the better O-Lines in football but Zeke is too risky.
2. Indianapolis WR Donte Moncrief Will Outscore His Teammate TY Hilton.
With a healthy Andrew Luck back this season, the Indianapolis Colts should be throwing the ball a lot. Now, for the past few years Hilton has been the main guy in the Colts’ aerial attack. That changes this year. Donte Moncrief and Andrew Luck showed great chemistry last year. Moncrief is the bigger receiver at 6’2, 222 lbs. and has shown the ability to make the tough catches. Hilton is being drafted two rounds before Moncrief, and you are better off waiting for Moncrief in the later rounds.
3. Lamar Miller Will Finish the Year as the Number One Running Back in Football.
Now in Houston, Miller is given the opportunity to be the lead back in a running game tailored to his skill set. Lamar Miller was completely misused by Miami. He was rarely getting more than 15 carries a game. No team loves to run the ball more than Bill O’Brien’s Texans.
4. Melvin Gordon is the Running Back You Want to Own in San Diego.
Last year, Danny Woodhead was the RB to own but with Melvin Gordon heading into his sophomore season, he should be fully acclimated to the NFL. The Charger O-Line will be better and Gordon will reap the benefits.
5. Eddie Lacy Will End the Season as a Top Five RB.
Yes, if you had Lacy last year you don’t want to read this and you are not the only one. He was a total let down last year. Not only is Eddie Lacy in a contract year, he is also in one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Packers will score a lot of points this season and Lacy will rumble, tumble, and fall into the end zone on many Packers’ drives. Not to mention that Lacy has lost some weight which will help his mobility and ability to stay on the field.
6. Deandre Hopkins Will Be a Top 2 Wide Out.
Maybe keeping him at top 2 isn’t very bold, but it’s hard to get past all the chemistry that Antonio Brown and Big Ben have built. I can see Brock Osweiler developing that chemistry with the reliable Hopkins. Seems like no matter who’s throwing his way, Hopkins will still get his as he has steady increases all across the board each year. I smell a 130+ reception season for Hopkins this season.
7. Brandon Marshall Will Break the Jets Receiving Record. Again.
Throughout his entire career, Brandon Marshall has always been a safe pick for your fantasy team. With the return of Ryan Fitzpatrick, we're anticipating a career year for the veteran receiver in his second season under a Chan Gailey offense. With offensive weapons at almost every position, it’ll be easier for Marshall to find more open looks down the field or even some space in the red zone, especially with his former teammate Matt Forte being another reliable threat on the field.
8. Josh Gordon Will Be a Top 5 Receiver.
There are just some players that are cut from a different cloth. It’s extremely hard for you to enter the NFL as a rookie and make an impact, but Josh Gordon is just an athletic freak. We see him coming back to the league after two years of suspensions and just taking the league by storm. He'll be putting up WR1 numbers for your fantasy team.
9. Todd Gurley Will Lead the League in Rushing Yards.
After missing 6 games last season, Gurley still managed to finish top 5 among running backs. Simple math, Gurley + 6 games = best fantasy RB of 2016. It’s evident that Gurley is the offense in LA and he has the tools to carry that workload. Gurley reminds me of a young Adrian Peterson, and I can see him being a top running back for years to come.
10. Demarco Murray Will Have a Bounce Back Season.
Demarco Murray is two seasons removed from a record breaking season. Demarco should feel rejuvenated in an offense that will work to his advantage with his physical style of play and his pass catching ability. Available in the 5th round in most leagues, I see a lot of upside for someone who has RB1 talent and will probably finish within the top 10 RBs of 2016.