Guess who’s back? Back again? NZI Fantasy writers. Tell your friends. Week 5 is upon us, and we’re back to spit more hot fire; and give you bold predictions you need to hear. However, before we get into any new predictions, we need to review last week’s bold predictions.
Week 4 Bold Predictions
- Robbie (@RobbieMacG94): “Darrell Henderson will total 150 yards from scrimmage, and score two touchdowns against the New York Giants.” Well, if Henderson had only accrued another 113 yards from scrimmage and actually scored two touchdowns, this bold prediction would have been right. But instead, IT WAS WRONG. DEAD WRONG. The Giants stonewalled the Los Angeles Rams running game last week. They gave up just 58 yards rushing as a team. The leading rusher, Malcolm Brown, mustered a measly 38 yards rushing; and was held out of the end zone. With rookie Cam Akers set to return, The Rams hope to have more success running the ball on Sunday against the Washington Football Team.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeeb): “Joe Burrow will be a top-6 quarterback in fantasy football this week.” Once again, this bold prediction is WRONG. Not only did the Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback not finish in the top-6, he didn’t finish among the top-20 quarterbacks last week. Joe Burrow was QB21 last week; finishing with fewer fantasy points than Baker Mayfield, and the recently benched Dwayne Haskins of all people. That isn’t good company to be around. He hopes to have a better day passing against the rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “Odell Beckham, Jr. will finish as a top-10 wide receiver this week.” Turns out, I was more right about this bold prediction than I realized when making this statement. Not only did the Cleveland Browns star receiver finish as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver, he was top-1 last week. Beckham had his way with the Dallas Cowboys defense on Sunday; catching five of eight targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns; in addition to two carries for 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground. In short, the man was a beast, and once again, I WAS RIGHT.
Week 5 Bold Predictions
- Robbie (@RobbieMacG94): “Darius Slayton finishes as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver, and have at least seven receptions and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.” The Cowboys secondary has been trash this season. They’re giving away more frequent flyer miles than American Airlines. In spite of his tendencies to make mistakes under pressure, the Cowboys defensive line won’t generate enough of a pass rush on Daniel Jones. As a result, Slayton will take the top off the defense and have a productive fantasy week for the first time since Week 1. That is my bold prediction for the week.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeeb): “Eric Ebron will be a top-8 tight end against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.” The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end goes up against a Philadelphia Eagles team that just had George Kittle go off against them; catching all 15 of his targets for 183 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles are the third-worst team at defending tight ends this season. As a result, look for Big Ben to rely on his tight end against a terrible linebacker corps. Expect at least six catches and a touchdowns from Ebron on Sunday.
- Lucas (@lunar_lucas): “Mike Davis will lead the Carolina Panthers in receiving this week, and scores three touchdowns.” The Atlanta Falcons give up the third-most receptions to running backs this season. Between Aaron Jones, Tarik Cohen, Chris Carson, and Ezekiel Elliott, none of those four running backs have had fewer than five catches when they played the Falcons. Mike Davis has averaged seven catches a game through the three games he’s played this season; thus ensuring my confidence in this bold prediction.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “Adam Thielen will finish with the most fantasy points among wide receivers this week.” The Seattle Seahawks have been a disaster with stopping wide receivers. Thielen has the most targets on the Minnesota Vikings; in spite of an emerging Justin Jefferson. The Seahawks have given up four straight 20 plus point performances to a wide receiver; including three top-5 performances from weeks 1-3. The Seahawks are worse at defending wide receivers than the Falcons are at defending a fourth quarter lead. Which is why Thielen being fantasy football’s top receiver this week is my bold prediction.