With the regular season officially kicking off Thursday, now is the perfect time to go out on a limb and cook up some improbable (but not impossible) hot stuff. The vast majority of bold predictions miss the mark by the end of the season, but that doesn’t mean there’s no value in this exercise. Practically all bold predictions fall within the range of outcomes for the players discussed, and every single one of them is possible if things go wrong in their favour.
For example, parser Jacob W Dunn I correctly predicted that Neji Harris would finish inside the top five in the back-running position in last year’s article. Dennis Susik It was only 172 Tyler Boyd received yards from being right in his prediction of three wide receivers from the 1,000-yard Cincinnati Bengals. our area mike maher He could have been right about ending Galen Hurts as quarterback in the top five if Hurts had played in all 17 games and had just been a slightly better pass. He placed sixth in fantasy points per match among the QBs in 2021.
Remember that the primary goal of bold predictions is not to make them completely true; It is to highlight the players who stand a strong chance of producing an odd season and paint a picture of what that ceiling or floor looks like and why it could happen. Read on for our featured analysts’ bold predictions.
Q: What is one of the bold fanciful predictions for the upcoming season and why might it happen?
“Ramondry Stevenson Ranked as the highest-grossing rookie in the PFF in 2021. The last four RBs rookie – Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Taylor – finished first and second in the year two fantasy RBs class. Stevenson He finished 2022 as the 12th best fantasy RB. It’s the world of Ramondry, and we’re fortunate to witness it.”
– Andrew Erickson (fantasy)
“Sammy Watkins leads the Packers at receptions, receiving TD yards and catches. Fantasy directors have always considered Watkins impressive, but he has the size, pace and — most importantly to Aaron Rodgers — eight seasons of NFL experience. Would it really be shocking if the 2014 draft overall pick turned out to be Rodgers’ favorite wide receiver and was targeted more frequently than Allen Lazard (who has not pulled in more than 60 goals in any of his four seasons in the NFL) and a pair of rookies ? Don’t be surprised if Watkins has a big week 1 and becomes a popular waiver target in week 2.
– Pat Fitzmaurice (fantasy)
“JuJu Smith-Schuster finished the year as the top six wide receiver in PPR scoring. Ben Roethlisberger has been a noodle-armed shell of his former self the past two seasons, yet JuJu still has 97 catches and nine touchdowns in 2020 before a shortened injury stint in 2021. Smith-Schuster’s 2019 season was a complete waste with Duck Hodges and Mason Rudolph Start all but two games. So the last time JuJu played up to the quarterback, he had 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Now he has the best midfielder in the league, a WR1 in Chiefs attack and he’s still only 25 years old.”
– Michael Tomlin (Fantasy Six Pack)
“Michael Thomas will finish as WR1. In the three games he played last season, Thomas targeted 33 percent of the team’s passing attempts. Injuries and two years of absence have erased memories of his historic season in 2019. Now with a healthy Jameis Winston and the addition of offensive weapons in Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry, teams will struggle to contain Thomas in individual situations.”
– Elvin Ryan (Pregame headquarters)
“JK Dobbins has over 45 receptions this year. The Ravens have constantly talked about wanting to involve Dobbins more in the passing game before, unfortunately, Dobbins has been disqualified for this year. We were denied the opportunity to see this chart, and while people might tell you that Lamar Jackson doesn’t throw his back, the crows are constantly adding backs who can catch the ball well. When Dobbins is healthy, we’ll finally see how they plan to use it, and I wouldn’t be surprised when that includes a scrolling game.”
– Tom Strachan (NFL Best Ball)
“We have spoiled the recent success of wide receivers like Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and Justin Jefferson, but this year’s class may not live up to those standards. For that reason, I think so. No rookie will ever reach the 1000 yard mark or end up as a top 20 WR in fantasy. The only first-year player who looks set to be a WR1 on his side is Drake London, but QB’s concerns and the possibility of him developing anemia, not to mention Kyle Bates serving as a top target, make it hard to see London really break out. George Pickens, Jahan Dotson, and Garrett Wilson are in similar situations, while the Trillon Burkes characters slowly start to work. Chris Olaf would be your best bet to get to 1,000 yards, but if Michael Thomas stays healthy and Alvin Kamara doesn’t miss any time, Olaf is a third at best.”
– pierre camo (roto baller)
“My bold expectation is that D’Andre Swift will finish as one of the top three Premier League players in the PPR Leagues for the 2022 season. In the last couple of years we’ve seen them appear in the top three, like Austin Eckeler and Alvin Kamara. Swift has that kind of ability where if he can stay healthy, a 185-plus carry season plus 90 goals aren’t out of possibility. A talented player who touches the ball so many times should lead to a lot of good things happening.”
– John Young (Fantasy Football Diagnostics)
“Christian Kirk would be the top 12 WR. His salary indicates that he will be on the field in every game and will be highly targeted. It is a versatile receiver and can be positioned to target defense weaknesses. The new coaching staff knows how to design an attack on a player’s strengths. “
– How Wheeler (Team 33)
Thanks to the experts for sharing their tips! To see more of them, be sure to follow each Twitter analyst (click their names above) and visit their respective sites.
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