The Cincinnati Bengals will attain Super Bowl LVI. Elijah Mitchell, a sixth-round choose, will lead the 49ers operating backs in fantasy factors. Deebo Samuel may have extra speeding touchdowns than Dalvin Cook. Tyler Conklin will rating extra factors than Darren Waller.
If you threw any of those daring predictions out into the world earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season, you’ll have been laughed at, heckled and possibly additionally fitted for a straitjacket.
You additionally would have been proper.
Weird stuff occurs on a regular basis within the NFL. As a diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I’m at all times hoping one thing bizarre just like the staff truly successful a playoff sport will happen. Dare to dream! Anyway, listed here are 10 (principally) tremendous daring predictions that may in all probability not occur, however what the hell! Did you see James Conner scoring 18 touchdowns?
Me neither. Alright, let’s have some enjoyable…
Michael Fabiano’s daring predictions
CeeDee Lamb will set a Cowboys file for essentially the most receptions in a season
I’ve an unhealthy fantasy love affair with Lamb heading into the brand new marketing campaign. The Cowboys dealt Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup is a query mark for the primary month of the season. That ought to imply a ton of targets for Lamb, who has an opportunity to interrupt Michael Irvin’s franchise file of 111 catches in a single season (set again in 1995).
Trey Lance will end as a top-five quarterback primarily based on fantasy factors
The Niners have handed the torch from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lance, and fantasy managers needs to be very excited. The dual-threat quarterback ought to thrive beneath offensive-minded head coach Kyle Shanahan, and it would not shock me in any respect to see him end within the high 5 in fantasy factors on the place. He’s one in every of my favourite sleepers for 2022.
AJ Brown will fail to complete with 1,000 receiving yards in Philadelphia
I like taking a look at historic traits, and the Eagles have a foul one about extensive receivers. In the Super Bowl period, wideouts have had 1,000-plus yards simply 19 instances, and simply two have come within the final 10 years! The Eagles ran the ball a ton over their remaining 11 video games of final season, and Brown has to cope with Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert.
Jaylen Waddle will lead the Dolphins’ receivers in targets and receptions
The Dolphins traded for Tyreek Hill and paid him a king’s ransom, so he’ll get essentially the most targets within the passing sport. Right? Maybe, however possibly not. Hill will draw further consideration from defensive backs, which might open issues up for Waddle. He additionally has an excellent rapport with Tua Tagovailoa, so I would not be stunned if this involves fruition.
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Breece Hall will set a Jets file for essentially the most speeding yards by a rookie
Here’s a bit of bar trivia for you. Which Jets rookie operating again has essentially the most speeding yards within the Super Bowl period? The reply is John Riggins, who posted 769 yards approach again in 1971. I can see Hall smashing that mark, to not point out Clark Gaines’ Jets rookie file of 179.4 fantasy factors (1976). Hall, whose ADP is rising, could possibly be a strong No. 2 again(*10*)
Lamar Jackson will end within the high 5 in speeding yards amongst all gamers.
Okay, possibly this is not that daring, however man, we’d adore it in fantasy land if it got here to fruition. Jackson was on tempo to hurry for 1,086 yards earlier than getting damage final season. That would have been ok to complete sixth within the league, simply 73 yards shy of Dalvin Cook! With questions within the passing sport, Jackson may run a ton.
Rashaad Penny will win the 2022 NFL speeding title in Seattle
Penny, 26, led all NFL operating backs in speeding yards over the ultimate seven weeks of final season, and he is the favourite to start out now that Chris Carson (neck) has retired. I’m extra of a fan of Kenneth Walker, however what’s to say that Penny will not maintain the job and run like a mad man once more? Seattle will run the ball a ton, and Penny may benefit essentially the most from the system.
Allen Lazard may have extra fantasy factors than any Chiefs extensive receiver
The two greatest trades of the offseason affected the Packers (Davante Adams to Las Vegas) and Chiefs (Hill to Miami). Now the query is, who will change their manufacturing? Well, I’ll throw it on the market that Lazard will probably be Green Bay’s No. 1 receiver and can end higher than all of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman and Skyy Moore when it comes to fantasy factors this 12 months.
Kenneth Gainwell would be the highest-scoring Eagles fantasy operating again
The Eagles have been hoping that Miles Sanders would emerge as a strong No. 1 again, but it surely hasn’t occurred so far. If that development continues, possibly it will be time for coach Nick Sirianni to offer Gainwell an opportunity to earn that position. One of essentially the most elusive backs within the league final season per PFF, the dual-threat Gainwell has some actual sleeper enchantment.
Cole Kmet will tie the Bears’ single-season TD file by a decent finish
Here’s one other trivia query for you fantasy freaks on the market. Which Bears tight finish holds the file for essentially the most catches in a single season within the Super Bowl period? The reply is Martellus Bennett, who had 90 in 2014. While Kmet will not hit that mark, I can see him tying Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen for essentially the most touchdowns (8) in a season.
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