I don’t know how you all feel, but I have a love/hate relationship with hot takes. Most are completely unfounded and just spouted off for the sake of #clicks. Here at the Fantasy Authority, however, we’re bringing you fantasy football bold predictions with reasoning! (gasp!). No time to waste, let’s get bold!
Dalvin Cook finishes as a top-5 RB – How does Cook get here, you ask? By posting 1500+ total yards from scrimmage and double-digit touchdowns. Here is a list of players who’ve reached 1500+ total yards and at least 8 TDs under Gary Kubiak: Terrell Davis, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Steve Slaton, Arian Foster, and Justin Forsett (shoutout to Olandis Gary & Reuben Droughns for getting close). As you can see, Gary Kubiak’s zone running scheme is famous for turning running backs into pro bowlers and in some cases, HOFers. Dalvin Cook is a special talent but he has run into some bad luck with injuries in his first couple of years in the NFL. After tearing his ACL in Week 4 of 2017, he dealt with hamstring strains throughout 2018 which often occur due to overcompensation and lack of trust in the previously injured knee. Now that he is two years removed from the ACL tear, I think he’s ready to explode. Despite what most pundits think about Cook’s ability to stay healthy, I believe he is a true bell-cow back who can carry an offense both on the ground and through the air as evidenced by his Junior and Senior seasons at Florida State, where he had total touches of 253 and 321, respectively. Take a chance on Cook at the back-end of the 1st round or early in the 2nd. – Alex Fagundes (@alfagundes_)
Lamar Jackson will break Michael Vick’s single-season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (1039 yards). The combination of Greg Roman and Lamar Jackson is a match made in rushing quarterback heaven. Greg Roman specializes in maximizing mobile quarterbacks. He did so in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick; he did so with Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo. But Lamar Jackson is no ordinary “mobile” quarterback. Greg Roman has to be overjoyed to design rushing plays for this extraordinary quarterback talent. Lamar was on pace for 1588 rushing yards last year. While Jackson won’t rush in 2019 as often as he did in 2018, he will still rush a lot, which will lead to a record-breaking season. – Nate Henry (@NateHenryFF)
Sony Michel will finish as a top 3 RB & lead the AFC in rushing attempts, yards, and TDs. New England is finally going to commit to one bell-cow running back, and they are going to run him down the league’s throat this season. – Ryan Murphy (@themurph34)
Michael Gallup will score more fantasy points than Amari Cooper. Cooper is dealing with some sort of foot sprain. The last time he dealt with a similar injury was at the end of his rookie season and into his sophomore season, where he saw a noticeable dip in his production. Gallup is already showing growth in his second year with a highlight-filled training camp and preseason. It would not surprise me if he becomes Dak’s go-to target this season. -Dan Haas (@Dan_Haas)
Justice Hill outscores Mark Ingram – Run-first offense? Check. Athletic and talented? Check. Better offensive fit than Ingram? Check. Maybe Ingram begins the year as the starter, but by Week Four Hill will take the lead job and won’t look back. Although he’s sub-200 pounds, he has two collegiate seasons with over 200 carries and one with 31 catches. The Ravens offensive line is one of the better units in the league, and there’s that Lamar Jackson guy who might open up things for Hill, who ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at this year’s combine. Wheels. Up. – Cody Kutzer (@CKutzerFF)
James White finishes as a top 10 PPR running back in 2019. Yes, the Patriots snagged running back Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft to pad this backfield. Wouldn’t you? Sony Michel looked great all camp, but his knee issues warrant consideration. They have Harris and Rex Burkhead should Michel struggle with injury in 2019. However, the Patriots running back with a solidified role and minimal question marks? James White. He finished as the #7 PPR fantasy running back in 2018 after reeling in a career-high 87 receptions on 123 targets (second only to Christian McCaffrey in RB targets last season). There’s no reason that he can’t play a similar role this year. The Patriots are without a retired Rob Gronkowski and his 72 targets and red zone presence. Julian Edelman (108 targets, missed 4 games in 2018) looks to be ready for Week 1, but Coach Belichick isn’t updating us on his status, not surprisingly. Josh Gordon (69 targets, missed 6 games in 2018) also returns to the fold for Week 1, seemingly. James White represents the most consistent and safest play on this team, with a great ceiling. It wouldn’t surprise me if Brady’s safety blanket led the team in targets again, especially if either Edelman or Gordon miss time. Giddy up. – Jen Smith (@TheOnlyJenSmith)
Jaylen Samuels finishes with 1,000 receiving and 1,000 rushing yards. – This all depends on James Conner’s health, and I’m not sure he can stay healthy for an entire season. – Anthony Pinzone (@the1andonlypz)
David Johnson finishes outside of the top 10 at the RB position in 2019. I think the impact of Kingsbury is overblown and he will run 4 wide sets where the focus in on the WRs more than David Johnson. I know he has a unique skill set out of the backfield but Kingsbury only produced one fantasy viable RB as a college coach which was in his early years. The RB has never been the focus of his offense and if it’s going to be bold then let’s make it bold. –Nick Cantatore
There you have it! What do you think of these bold predictions? Too hot? Not hot enough? Let us know! Also, don’t forget to check our rankings to see where we have all of these players ranked!