Fantasy Football: Five Bold Predictions

by Skyler Burkardt
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Deandre Hopkins hits 2,000 yards receiving

With a revamped offensive line in Houston and a small taste of the Playoffs still lingering around, expect no other than Deandre Hopkins to go above and beyond to accomplish the 2k mark.  In six of his NFL Seasons he has reached over 1k receiving yards four times and 1.5k receiving yards twice. He obtained all of that while battling many changes at QB while also having one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL over that period. Now with a healthy Deshaun Watson and a revamped offensive line we should see Hopkins numbers soar higher than ever. Think about this as well: Hopkins average yards per reception was 13.7 this last year while also not dropping a single pass. Given that Watson was sacked 62 times in 2018 due to the offensive line, imagine how much more attempts could have gone Hopkins way with a better pass protection.  Hopkins already had over 1.5k receiving yards last year even within the amount of times Watson was sacked so with a better pass protection we should see Hopkins easily obtain 2k yards receiving.

Le’Veon Bell will finish top 5 for RBs

Everyone has been hating on Bell since he has joined he New York Jets and believe he wont have anywhere close to the numbers he had back in Pittsburgh. Bell will be just fine with the Jets especially now that they have solidified up their offensive line with 5x Pro Bowler, Ryan Kalil at Center. Bell should have every opportunity to be the bell cow we have seen him as 2nd year QB Sam Darnold will look to lean heavily on his abilities. Fantasy owners should be excited to see a drama-less Bell situation in New York and will reap the rewards.

Baker Mayfield will eclipse 5,000 yards passing

Heading into his 2nd year in the NFL, QB Baker Mayfield is primed to reach the 5k passing mark. Only playing in 14 games while starting in 13, Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns. Given his average yardage per game, 266.1, and adding those 2 games he didn’t play his total yardage would be 4,257. Obviously still not enough to reach the 5k passing mark but with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr we should see Mayfield’s numbers rise with such a weapon. Many people can argue that players go through a “Sophomore Slump”, but rest assured this young gun is set up for success on this new look Browns team.

Drew Brees will not reach 4,000 yards again

Who Dat Nation may not be happy with this prediction of Drew Brees but is anyone really happy with bold predictions? While looking back at Brees’s career we can see that he has not dipped under 4,000 yards passing since 2005 when he was a member of the San Diego Chargers. Yet as we saw last year we saw this Saints team start to lean more upon their rushing attack to lessen the workload on Brees. Expect for this team to continue this trend while they have such versatile weapons in RB Alvin Kamara and QB Taysom Hill. Utilizing these weapons will only keep Brees numbers down but also keeping him fresh for the playoff stretch and keeping defenses guessing at any given time. Maybe not reaching that 4K mark isn’t such a bad thing?

Allen Robinson will have over 1,200 Receiving yards

Once upon a time this talented 6’2 Penn State Alumni posted a 1,400 yard season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now a few years removed from then and a ACL Tear, we can expect to see this talented wide receiver to blossom once again. In his first year with the Chicago Bears he posted 754 yards in 12 games started. Many fans can speculate that the Bears don’t value him as much a weapon in their offense but if you look closely at the numbers this guy is only getting started. Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky recently said this about Robinson in an interview with the Chicago Tribune:

“When he’s healthy and he’s full-go, he can be unstoppable out there, If you just put the ball up in his area he’s going to go up and make plays. … When it’s one-on-one, the ball is going to (No.) 12.”

Skeptics be warned, this Bears team is going to target him early and often while leaving their opponents beaten into the ground.

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