Bold predictions for 2016

  • Alshon Jeffery stays healthy all year and finishes with top 10 wide receiver numbers – Only playing 9 games last season and not 100% healthy for many of those. Not to mention any threatening options on the outside with Kevin White injured he could not get anything going. In 2016 he will stay on the field and regain his 2014 success when he played all 16 games with 85 catches 1100 yards and 10 touchdowns, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was even better.

 

  • Keenan Allen will lead the NFL in receptions not Antonio Brown – Before getting injured last year Keenan provided great later value at the wide receiver position catching an insane 67 passes in just 8 games witch if he kept that pace would have left him at 134 catches just 2 behind fantasy god Antonio Brown. Without his injury we could be talking about Keenan in the first round conversation for drafts this year but he could be a late second, early third round steal.

 

  • Allen Robinson will only have 6 touchdowns and will finish outside of the top 20 wide receivers – I thrived off A-Rob’s success in the 2015 season every week it seemed like he found the end zone with 14 touchdowns he was a fantasy stud last year. But pains me to say the Jaguars are going to be a better team which hurts Robinson. They have added a big back in Chris Ivory which will get a lot of red zone carries where Robinson often got his looks. The Jags defense has also improved tremendously which means they will be in a better position to win football games this year and less garbage time where A-Rob had made his living.

 

  • David Johnson will lead score double digit touchdowns and will be the #1 running back – Johnson made the most of his opportunities last season, He did not take over the feature role til week 13 last season yet finished as a top 5 running back with 12 touchdowns. Having the feature role from the start Johnson has the opportunity to be deadly, he is truly a three down back as a big aggressive runner and a pass catcher out of the backfield on a great team, Johnson is in a great place to breakout and this year he will show us.

  • Lamar Miller will thrive under Bill O’Brian and finish as a top 5 running back – A three down back on a new team with a clear talent gap between him and Alfred Blue they will get the ball in Lamar Miller’s hands however they can. Even in a reduced starter role last season Miller finished as a top 6 running back with 10 touchdowns and 47 catches. The sky is the limit for Miller this season double digit touchdowns and over 50 catches out of the backfield isn’t far out of reach for the 25-year-old back.

 

  • Amari Cooper will lead the NFL in touchdowns – By far Derek Carr’s favorite target Amari is the perfect size and great route runner you want in a wide receiver. Last season Carr did not use Cooper down near the end zone, actually not a single target within the 10-yard line. But this season Cooper will draw those throw it up targets and will continue to be the deep threat as well, the perfect mix to be a touchdown machine. I would compare him to an Allen Robinson breakout like last year where he finished with 12 touchdowns, I can see Amari right at the leaderboard in touchdowns in 2016.

 

  • Russel Wilson will be the #1 fantasy quarterback and rush for at least 5 touchdowns – Wilson is the ultimate dual threat quarterback and with a solid vet in Doug Baldwin and a young speedy wide out in Tyler Lockett and with those two in 2015 his passing was better than ever before. 4000 yards 34 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions he had a better year than Aaron Rodgers. Combine those numbers with his rushing ability that he showed in 2014 where he rushed for over 800 yards and 6 touchdowns he is leaps and bounds the best fantasy quarterback, with Marshawn Lynch gone and a more balanced offence watch Wilson go wild.

 

  • Jordan Reed finishes as the #1 fantasy tight end and catches at least 85 balls – Not often do you look at an NFL offense and the number one receiver is a tight end but that’s the case in Washington. Kirk Cousins loves his tight end and he gets him the ball however he can, with 87 catches last year and 11 touchdowns the only category Gronk was better than Reed in was yards. With any slip in Gronk’s production Reed could become the #1 fantasy tight end just as long as he can stay healthy in 2016.

 

  • Zeke Elliot struggles early opening the door for Alfred Morris – Zeke will get his carries out of the get go trying to be the number one guy for the Cowboys, but as high touted rookies do sometimes the transition to the NFL isn’t so smooth like Melvin Gordon of last year. Zeke could struggle, it is no lock that this rookie will come into the league and take over and get 300 carries and 10 touchdowns like all the projections are saying. Alfred Morris being in a terrible situation in Washington where they wanted him out he could find a solid role on the Cowboys behind that great offensive line.

 

fantasyreaList Writer: Nick Mahoney

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