Fantasy bold predictions. Never necessarily expected to be true and someone wouldn't bet on it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. Here are some of my predictions heading into next season.
Daniel Jones finishes as a top-6 QB
This one is bold, but very possible in my eyes. We saw his upside last season, with 4 games with 28+ fantasy points in just 12 starts. Typically, rookie QBs are inconsistent but make that big second year jump. In fact, we have seen Mahomes, Lamar, and Josh Allen make that second year fantasy jump. With a great group of weapons and Jason Garrett coming to town, I like Daniel Jones this year. I am looking to try and trade or acquire him after his rough early season schedule.
DJ Moore finishes as a top 6 WR
I love DJ Moore for this year. I actually have him as my WR7 right now. Weeks 3-15, DJ Moore was the WR8 in PPR, averaging 16.6 ppg. This is with minimal TD production and with Kyle Allen as his quarterback. While Bridgewater likely won't light the world on fire, it is a significant upgrade. Last year, the average top-10 WR scored 7.7 TDs. If Moore scored just 7 TDs last season, he would have been the WR6.
Calvin Ridley outscores Julio Jones
I am fading Julio and targeting Ridley in every possible draft. The opportunity is truly there this season. Without Mohammed Sanu and Austin Hooper, he averaged 10.67 targets a game. In his two years in the league, Ridley has 8 games with 8 or more targets. In those games, he has averaged 24.15 PPG and his worst performance was 17.1 points. I think this is the year Ridley truly makes that step forward.
Mike Gesicki outscores Darren Waller
I love Mike Gesicki this season. He really showed upside in the end of the season, averaging 13.4 PPG from weeks 12-17. He is a good receiving TE and will be playing a lot of snaps in the slot this season. Darren Waller, on the other hand, I do not like. He has shown to not produce well with other receiving options in the lineup. With Hunter Renfrow was in the lineup, his PPG dropped 17.7%. With Tyrell Williams in the lineup, his PPG dropped 34.4%. Do we remember how many other receiving options the Raiders brought in this offseason? Fade Waller in all your drafts and pick Gesicki later.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire finishes as a top 4 RB
This one is easy, as you can just reference one of my most recent articles on why I love CEH. Right now, I have him as my RB6 and a mid/late first rounder, depending on league size. Essentially, he is in the exact same situation Kareem Hunt was in his rookie year, except even better because he has Mahomes at quarterback. In weeks 1-16, Hunt only had three games with under 10 points, showing how high of a floor he had. We have seen in the past how Andy Reid RBs succeed, and I don't see how CEH is any different. I cannot fit everyone on Clyde into this one paragraph, which is why I would recommend reading my previous article on him.