As OTAs are going on for about the next week, we are about to hit that terrible six weeks, or so, of nothing to report and the anxiety of the NFL season that comes with it. I figure what better time to start releasing my Bold Predictions for the 2016 season? I will be releasing one division a week leading up to the Hall of Fame Game on August 7th between the Packers and Colts.
For the first week, I wanted to kick it off by going really bold, so I started with the
NFC East. Here you will find one record breaking prediction for the 2016 season. I'd like to welcome everybody back for 2016 Bold Predictions and hope that these provide entertainment for those who read it. Without further ado, I bring you the 2016 Bold
Predictions for the NFC East.
Dallas Cowboys- Part of this prediction is that Tony Romo will play all 16 games this season. I'm sure most of the posts you see will be about Ezekiel Elliot going nuts behind that offensive line, but I don't think he's going to be as great as everyone thinks in terms of rushing. I do believe he has 40+ receptions this year and totals over 1,000 yards, but 400 of those yards are going to be from receptions. Not a bad year, but not first round fantasy draft talent, unless it's a dynasty. That being said, I believe that
Alfred Morris is going to get cut at some point before the season and Elliot is going to open things up for a Dez Bryant looking to tear it up after missing most of 2015 with a foot injury.
Philadelphia Eagles- Though Jordan Matthews had a decent year in 2015, this will be the year he cracks 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns. He will go for 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016. Also, don't forget that Ryan Mathews is an injury waiting to happen and Sproles is skipping OTAs after reports surfaced that he could have been shopped at the draft. Look for Wendell Smallwood to take over at some point this season and produce 40+ receptions to add to his 650+ yards rushing. Bonus prediction here, I expect Rodney McLeod to account for at least 12 of the Philadelphia defenses turnovers and grade out as a top-5 safety this season.
New York Giants- This one is going to set the tone for the Bold Predictions in 2016. When talking about Odell Beckham Jr., I have to shoot for the moon in order for it to be bold.
This is the year that a receiver goes over 2,000 yards receiving. Yes, he is going to smash the reception yards in a season record, as well as the receptions in a season record. Chalk him up for 150+ receptions and 20 touchdowns. Now to give you something other than Odell is amazing, I will say that Paul Perkins will be starting for the Giants at some point this season and is the guy that produces the most in that backfield. Pro
Football Focus had him graded as the second draft-eligible running back in college last season, and fifth among all backs. He was also the most elusive back in the draft and second among all backs in the nation. This is going to be a monster early, but Perkins should take over and become a fantasy asset. Let's just be glad that we can watch Odell
Beckham Jr. face-off against Josh Norman twice a year now.
Washington Redskins- I am very high on Matt Jones after watching him shred the Rams' defense in week two last season and have high hopes for him in 2016. As it stands now, he doesn't have any real competition and if Washington doesn't add an outside help, Arian
Foster, he should be in line for a big year. Look for him to have 250+ carries to go with another 40-50 receptions for a grand total of over 1,600 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Kirk Cousins likes that! Here's where I might lose you though, Vernon Davis will score a touchdown this year...
All-in-all, the NFC East is always entertaining and the teams have always played one another well throughout the years. This division appears to be any of the four teams' for the taking, but I would say that the Giants have the upper-hand here with their explosive offense and their signings to shore up the cornerback position and defensive line in free agency. If you like or dislike anything you read throughout the year, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or get at me on Twitter @FantasyBold.