Chris Gingrich: Five fantasy predictions
August 27, 2008
I know most of you are familiar with me giving you advice on who to pick in drafts or pick up off the waiver wires, but this week, I’m going to do something I haven’t done yet.
I am going to make five predictions on the upcoming NFL season and how they will impact the Fantasy Football world. I’m not a psychic, and I don’t claim to see the future, so take these predictions with a grain of salt.
Prediction No. 1 – Brett Favre will get injured. It’s bound to happen, people. I can almost say this with certainty. That’s just the way it goes when you’re on the cover of a Madden football game. It’s happened plenty of times to players like Ray Lewis, Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb. It’s known as the Madden Curse, and it’s preparing to strike again. If you have already drafted Favre, just be prepared to go without his services for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time.
Prediction No. 2 – Donovan McNabb will finish the season as one of the league’s top five quarterbacks. It doesn’t seem too long ago that McNabb was racking up over 20 points a game in the fantasy world. With speedy rookie Desean Jackson looking to be McNabb’s go to guy, McNabb will once again reach elite fantasy football status.
Prediction No. 3 – None of the top rookie running backs will score more than 200 fantasy points this season. This includes highly touted Raiders’ back Darren McFadden, the Bears’ Matt Forte who will get a lot of touches, and the Steelers’ Rashard Mendanhall. I just don’t see any rookie running backs that will have the kind of luck and the kind of offensive line that Adrian Peterson had last year.
Prediction No. 4 – Chad Johnson will be the top wide receiver in fantasy football in 2008. After all his talk of wanting to be traded in the off season fell on deaf ears, he most likely realized that it was put up or shut up time for him this year. Most of his motivation is going to come from himself. He has something to prove to himself and the fans. Look for him to beat out Randy Moss atop the wide receiver rankings this year.
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Prediction No. 5 – Someone other than Ladanian Tomlinson will score more fantasy points this year. Mr. Consistency will lose his throne this year as the most prolific scoring threat in fantasy football. Adrian Peterson of the Vikings will most likely boot him off his throne. It’s not really a problem for Tomlinson owners since he’ll finish in the top tier of running backs come season’s end.
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