Five Bold Predictions for the 2020 NFL Season
#1: Odell Beckham Jr. will finish with 1200+ yards and 8+ touchdowns. It has been about four years since OBJ has had an OBJ-like season. He’s dealt with many injuries and inconsistent QB play. However, I think in year two with the Browns, OBJ can re-emerge as a top five wide receiver in football. If you watch him play, the talent is undeniable. He is a good route runner and has an unbelievable catch radius. Even in a ‘down’ year in 2019, he still had 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. I do not think it’s crazy to think that he has 165 more yards and four more touchdowns. If he plays the Stefon Diggs role in this Stefanski offense, that’s about 1100+ yards and eight touchdowns. To me, this should not have to be a bold prediction.
#2: Le’Veon Bell will finish as the RB7. Le’Veon Bell had just 1.2 yards before contact per attempt in 2019 which was the WORST in the entire NFL. The Jets’ offensive line was comically bad in 2019 and new GM Joe Douglas made it an absolute priority to upgrade the line. There is a new starter at every position except center on the line. That’s huge for Bell who averaged a terrible 3.2 YPC which was mostly due to the horrible offensive line and the fact that Darnold missed three games due to mononucleosis. Bell averaged 20.7 touches per game in 2019 and still finished as the RB16 in PPR scoring despite his lack of an offensive line.
#3: JK Dobbins will outscore Mark Ingram. Dobbins had an unreal season at Ohio State last year and had 2,000+ rushing yards on ridiculous efficiency. The reason I say he outscores Ingram is because I simply do not think a 31 year old running back can maintain a full workload over a 16 game season. He had a bad calf injury last season that cost the Ravens a playoff win and was a major factor in why the Ravens actually drafted Dobbins. They are afraid of the impact losing their workhorse has on their offense. Dobbins is young, talented, and plays in a very run heavy offense. If Ingram gets hurt, Dobbins could finish as a top five running back in fantasy.
#4: DJ Chark finishes as a top 10 WR. Chark is 6’3 and runs a 4.3 forty. That combination of size, speed, and athleticism lends itself to Chark being a very, very good wide receiver given that he has very good hands. Chark finished as the WR12 in PPG in 2019 so this also shouldn’t even be a bold prediction but here I am. He’s on a team with a terrible, terrible defense so there will be plenty of garbage time offense a la the 2015 Jaguars who made Bortles, Robinson, and Hurns all amazing fantasy assets.
#5: Hunter Henry finishes as the TE3. This is the boldest and least likely prediction I made here. Henry plays with Tyrod Taylor and potentially Justin Herbert. In the past, Taylor has shown an affinity for the tight end position as Charles Clay finished as his number one target in the last two seasons for the Bills. Henry is a touchdown machine and even though there are so many weapons in that offense, I still think Henry will get his fair share from either a veteran QB who likes the tight end position or a rookie who uses him as a safety blanket