The Gut Check No.515: Bold Predictions

Matt Waldman shares his eight bold predictions for the 2020 NFL season. 

We're now at the edge of the cliff. Whether it's one player or several, you've had to make the leap if you've come to play.

After spending the summer studying 2019 and 2020 tape, monitoring personnel changes and consulting with the groundhog in my back yard, it's almost time to unveil my bold projections for the 2020 NFL season.

First, let's look back at last year's disaster:

  • Patrick Mahomes II breaks Peyton Manning's regular-season touchdown record: Nope.
  • T.J. Hockenson earns the best fantasy production for a rookie tight end since Mike Ditka: Bupkis.
  • Ezekiel Elliott earns career highs in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns: Elliot was good but not close to his career highs.
  • LeSean McCoy will be a Top-10 fantasy runner in Kansas City: Ha!
  • Josh Gordon plays the entire season: This was the equivalent of betting against death and taxes.
  • Lamar Jackson earns 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns from scrimmage: Even a chump like me gets it right once in a while.
  • Dede Westbrook will be a top-20 receiver: If you can have seen me as I read this again, I was cringing.
  • Matt Breida out-points Tevin Coleman and earns top-12 fantasy RB production: In an alternate universe, Matt Breida is spelled R-a-h-e-e-m M-o-s-t-e-r-t and Mostert didn't reach those heights either.

One out of eight (12.5%) is failing if this were a quiz with equal weight given to each prediction. However, I think we all know that the Jackson could get me to 75% in a weighted format of my own fantasy.

No? Well, some of you who won with Jackson agree even if I couldn't write that last sentence with a straight face.

Let's see if I can emerge from this two-year slump without mailing-in easy predictions. I should have reminded myself that A.J. Brown as the top fantasy receiver was a bold prediction for most so may be I should start making bold predictions like most fantasy analysts.


(What's the fun in that?)

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