You want some of this hot fire? No? That’s too bad for you, because the NZI Fantasy Football writers are back to release more bold predictions. However, before we get into this week’s bold predictions, let’s review how last week’s bold predictions went.
Week 2’s Bold Predictions
- Robbie (@RobbieMacG94): “Nick Chubb gets over 100 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Okay, maybe not the spiciest take, but it was accurate nonetheless!
The Cleveland Browns ran for over 200 yards as a team, and Nick Chubb accounted for 126 of those yards on the ground with two scores. With a game against the Washington Football Team looming, both Chubb and fellow Browns RB Kareem Hunt might have a tougher time getting that kind of yardage this week.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “Josh Allen will finish as a top-three fantasy football quarterback this week.”
SOUND THE DJ KHALED AIRHORN BECAUSE I WAS RIGHT!
The Buffalo Bills dual-threat quarterback finished third this past week behind only Dak Prescott, and Cam Newton. Josh Allen has had two consecutive monster weeks; however, Allen and the Bills have a more difficult match-up this week against the Los Angeles Rams. If he has another big game, I’ll advocate that Josh Allen is a must-start every week.
- Lucas (@lunar_lucas): “Hollywood Brown gets six catches for 120 yards and his first touchdown of the season against the Texans, and Joe Mixon gets 100 yards rushing against the Cleveland Browns.”
Unfortunately, both of these predictions were misses.
The Browns effectively shut down Joe Mixon, and any semblance of a running game for the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday, giving up just 68 rushing yards total, and 16 carries for 46 yards to Mixon himself. After two consecutive weeks where the Browns have shut down an opposing team’s running game, count me out for starting a running back against that defense.
As for Hollywood Brown, give credit where it’s due. The Houston Texans have done well with limiting big plays through the air. Both Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson barely cracked 200 yards passing against the Texans. Instead, they were gashed on the ground. Look for Brown to have more opportunity for big plays next week, as the Baltimore Ravens take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeb): “Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers finish in the top-eight fantasy quarterbacks this week.”
Well, if this was expanded to top-20 fantasy football quarterbacks for the week, this would have been a correct take.
But it wasn’t; it was WRONG.
After losing Davante Adams to a hamstring injury, the Green Bay Packers ran the ball down the Detroit Lions’ throats, racking up over 250 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Packers play the New Orleans Saints next, and if Adams isn’t back this week, Rodgers might not finish in the top-15.
As for Matthew Stafford, he was without Kenny Golladay for the second consecutive week, and finished 19th for the week among quarterbacks. The Lions have a date out in the desert with the Arizona Cardinals this week, where Stafford lit up their defense last year in the season opener.
And now, onto the Week Three Bold Predictions!
Week 3’s Hot Takes
- John (@ravens_central): “Noah Fant finishes as TE1 next week with more than 30 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
After losing Courtland Sutton for the season, and Drew Lock for an extended period of time, new starting quarterback Jeff Driskel needs a safety blanket, and Fant provides that. Fant is also coming off of productive games against the Tennessee Titans, and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Denver Broncos coaching staff would be wise to continue getting him the ball. He’s their most productive receiving threat to this point.
- Robbie (@RobbieMacG94): “Jerick McKinnon finishes in the top as a top-10 RB this weekend; finishing with at least five receptions, a receiving touchdown, and 100 yards from scrimmage; while Jeff Wilson Jr. gets two rushing touchdowns.”
The injuries to Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman provide an uptick in volume for both San Francisco 49ers running backs. They’re also thin at wide receiver, as once again, they’ll be without Deebo Samuel this week. Look for McKinnon to get a lot of looks on screens, and out of the slot. Expect Kyle Shanahan to dial up a run-heavy game plan against the New York Giants.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeb): “Miles Sanders will have 120 rushing yards, one rushing, and one receiving touchdown, and five catches against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.”
With the Philadelphia Eagles placing Jalen Reagor on injured reserve, Carson Wentz has few reliable pass catchers at this disposal, outside of Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Miles Sanders. He is going up against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has given up the third-most fantasy points to running back this year. With Boston Scott being little-to-no threat of impacting Sanders’ production, start Sanders on Sunday. He will finish as an RB1.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “Chris Carson will have more fantasy points this week than Ezekiel Elliott.“
Don’t look now, but Chris Carson is ranked sixth in fantasy points through the first two weeks of the season. With their two teams matching up on Sunday, both the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks have been stout against the run this season, but it’s the Cowboys who have given up more yards per carry on the year so far. The Seahawks have given up only three yards per carry so far, and have given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. In the battle of the two RB1s on Sunday, it will be Chris Carson who has the better fantasy day.
That’s all the hot fire we’re giving you this week!
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