Last year I did the bold predictions for the first time. I completely forgot about them and just now checked them out. It certainly was a mixed bag.
Here are some of the good ones:
Cleveland Browns – Even with the confidence from Hue Jackson, DeShone Kizer can’t fix his accuracy issues and the Browns head into the offseason without a clear plan at the league’s most important position, yet again.
Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck’s shoulder never gets to 100% and Scott Tolzien starts the entire year. The Colts win 3 games and get a top two pick in the draft.
Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff shocks us all putting together a top-16 fantasy season as the Rams win 8 games and set up a bright future, which includes Sammy Watkins.
Philadelphia Eagles – Without a consistent run game, the Eagles rely on 2nd year pro Carson Wentz, who like his 2016 counterpart, Jared Goff, takes a big step to stardom throwing for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.
I pretty much hit the nail on the head in Kizer, who was miserable all year. He finished with a 53% completion percentage and went 0-15 as the starter. Andrew Luck, indeed, missed all season. While it wasn’t Tolzien who started, the Colts finished with the 3rd worst record. Jared Goff actually shocked everyone and the Rams are now a favorite to win their division. The Rams actually won 11 games and won the division. Lastly, Carson Wentz did throw 30+ TDs and put the Eagles in the position to win the NFC. He didn’t hit 4,000 yards, but could have if he didn’t miss the final three games.
Now, for the not so good ones…
Buffalo Bills – Tyrod Taylor struggles out of the gate and never gets things going. Rookie Nathan Peterman takes over and shows promise as a potential franchise quarterback.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette continues to have foot issues, and the Jags offense continues their miserable ways. The Jags are picking in the top 5 for yet another year and take one of the three quarterbacks.
Kansas City Chiefs – Taking Tyreek Hill off of returns is proven to be a mistake, as Hill can’t be relied on as a number one receiver and finishes outside the top-50 WRs in fantasy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Famous Jameis puts it all together and finishes the year as the number one fantasy quarterback. The additions of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard free up Mike Evans for big time production all season long.
Yikes. These couldn’t be more off. They are even bad for bold predictions. While Tyrod did get benched, but it only last for one HALF! Nathan Peterman was so bad. Yet, he is actually starting this season. Blake Bortles had an up and down season, but the Jags were far from a bottom five team. They were a poor coaching half away from the Superbowl. Tyreek Hill certainly did not disappoint, and I really regret trading him before last season in fantasy. Lastly, Famous Jameis. Not only did I pick him as the top fantasy QB, I picked him to win the MVP. Not so much. Another subpar year and a suspension to start this season has Tampa Bay wondering if he is even their franchise QB.
Now, for this season’s rendition…
Arizona Cardinals – Sam Bradford stays healthy. That’s as bold as they come, right!? Josh Rosen does take over for the final three games and tosses 10 touchdowns to 1 interception.
Atlanta Falcons –.In a loaded NFC, Matt Ryan relies on his two-headed backfield on Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to the best record in the NFC.
Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco’s preseason is actually just a facade. He gets benched at the bye week. RG3 and Lamar Jackson run a two QB system the rest of the season, setting up for Jackson to take over in 2019.
Buffalo Bills – Nathan Peterman still stinks. Josh Allen isn’t ready. The offensive line is 5 turnstiles. The Bills win 1 game and pick at the top of the draft.
Carolina Panthers – Luke Kuechly wins DPOY, but the Panthers offense is too one-dimensional to win enough to get back to the postseason.
Chicago Bears – Khalil Mack brings back the Monsters of the Midway. Despite a slow start, he breaks the NFL sack record with 24.
Cincinnati Bengals – With breakout seasons from Carl Lawson and Andrew Billings, the Bengals lead the NFL in sacks. William Jackson III cements his place as a top-tier corner as they head back to the playoffs.
Cleveland Browns – Eliminated for all intents and purposes at the bye week, Baker Mayfield takes over to play the final 6 games. He leads to league in passing plus rushing yards during that time.
Dallas Cowboys – Michael Gallup quickly makes everyone forget about Dez, as he leads all rookie wideouts in catches and touchdowns.
Denver Broncos – Case Keenum from 2017 isn’t actually Case Keenum. He reverts back to the norm and gets benched for Chad Kelly. John Elway is now on the hot seat with his inability to find a quarterback.
Detroit Lions – Kerryon Johnson gives the Lions a rushing attack for the first time since Barry Sanders. He leads all rookie running backs in yards.
Green Bay Packers – Davante Adams becomes a star. The lone reliable target for Aaron Rodgers catches 17 touchdowns to lead the NFL.
Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson goes full Carson Wentz in year two. He wins MVP as Houston gets a bye in the playoffs.
Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck actually isn’t the same. He has issues all year and goes on IR after 12 games.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey talks more than anyone. For whatever reason, his play doesn’t back it up this season. He gets suspended during the season and enters a offseason long holdout.
Kansas City Chiefs – Pat Mahomes dazzles and confuses Kansas City fans all year long. He leads the NFL in 40-yard completions and interceptions.
Los Angeles Chargers – Philip Rivers saves his best for 2018. Despite more injuries in the preseason, he leads the Chargers to a division title while winning the MVP.
Los Angeles Rams – Cooper Kupp catches 100 passes, Todd Gurley scores 15 touchdowns and the Rams find themselves playing for the NFC title.
Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill has no weapons. He gets benched as the Dolphins win just 3 games.
Minnesota Vikings – Remember a Vikings RB who came back from an ACL injury to lead the league in rushing. Yeah, so do I. His name is Dalvin Cook. And he does it in 2018.
New England Patriots – Without reliable receivers, Rex Burkhead takes over. He leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage and reminds everyone that the Patriots play chess, while the rest of the league is playing checkers.
New Orleans Saints – Alvin Kamara wasn’t a fluke. The do-everything back runs and catches for 10 touchdowns each.
New York Giants – The hype surrounding Saquon Barkley quickly fades. He fails to rush for 800 yards and has everyone wishing the Giants would have picked the guy running things for the other New York club.
New York Jets – Led by Jamal Adams, the Jets lead the NFL in forced turnovers. While this isn’t enough to make the playoffs, they win 8 games. Sam Darnold is a true franchise quarterback.
Oakland Raiders – Jon Gruden is known for berating his top wideout with passes all year long. Amari Cooper leads the league in receptions, but the Raiders defense sorely misses Khalil Mack.
Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz misses the first four games, but Nick Foles goes 3-1. Wentz comes back and leads the Eagles back to the Superbowl.
Pittsburgh Steelers – LeVeon doesn’t show until week five. The Steelers are never the same as they miss out on the playoffs. Mike Tomlin’s job becomes up in the air.
San Francisco 49ers – The Garoppolo pandemonium quickly ends, as the 49ers don’t live up to lofty expectations and finish last in the division.
Seattle Seahawks – With the Legion of Boom gone, the Seahawks finish with a bottom five defense. However, Russell Wilson sets NFL records on the offensive side of the ball to lead the Seahawks to a division title.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ryan Fitzpatrick goes 0-3 in Winston’s absence. Dirk Koetter is fired after 6 games. Jameis Winston is no longer looked at as a franchise quarterback. Tamba Bay wins 3 games and takes Will Grier next April.
Tennessee Titans – Mariota follows up his disappointing season with another. In fact, he doesn’t even finish the season as the starter. His future is in jeopardy.
Washington Redskins – Although Alex Smith repeats his numbers from 2017, the Redskins set a record on the ground with the worst rushing offense in NFL history.