Yes, sir! The NZI Fantasy Football writers are back to bring the ruckus with the newest installment of Hot Take House; the series with all the bold predictions NZI can handle.
But, before we get into this week’s takes, we need to review what the hell happened last week.
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.” To reference that Geico commercial, “Oh, you almost had it! You gotta be quicker than that.” If it wasn’t for a bogus offensive pass interference call on Slayton against the Cowboys, this take would have been spot-on. Nonetheless, the thinking was correct. If you have a wide receiver playing the Dallas Cowboys in a given week, or the Seattle Seahawks, you have to start them in fantasy. You will be rewarded tenfold.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeeb): “Eric Ebron will be a top-8 tight end against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.” To quote Maury Povich, “The lie detector test determined that was a lie.” It was actually Chase Claypool who was the main beneficiary of the Steelers’ aerial assault over the Philadelphia Eagles, but we’ll get into his fluky Sunday afternoon later. Perhaps Ebron will be a top-eight tight end against the Cleveland Browns this week. They also don’t do well defending tight ends in fantasy football.
- Lucas (@lunar_lucas): “Mike Davis will lead the Carolina Panthers in receiving this week, and scores three touchdowns.” Well, this was closer than initially anticipated, as Mike Davis did lead the Panthers in catches last week. However, it was Robby Anderson who had the most receiving yards on the team, and Davis scored one touchdown instead of three. Therefore, upon further review, this bold prediction was WRONG. And with Christian McCaffrey slated to return soon, Mike Davis may soon return to fantasy irrelevance.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “Adam Thielen will finish with the most fantasy points among wide receivers this week.” AND THIS TAKE WOULD HAVE BEEN CORRECT HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS! It appears I was a little too bold for once, as Thielen was outscored by Stockton, CA native Brandin Cooks, some guy named Travis Fulgham, and Chase Claypool. Claypool, in particular, had a monster game, as his seven catches for 110 yards and four touchdowns made him the highest-scoring player in fantasy football last week. The tin foil hat conspiracy theorist in me suggests the Eagles heard all of the insults I threw in the direction of Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles organization. As a result, they decided they didn’t want to cover Claypool just to spite me. But that’s probably crazy talk. Right? RIGHT?!?!
Week 6 Bold Predictions
- Robbie (@RobbieMacG94): “Kirk Cousins will be a top-five quarterback in fantasy football this week.” The Atlanta Falcons are the worst defense at stopping quarterbacks in fantasy football this season. They have given up over 20 points to each quarterback they’ve played this season. And due to the injury to Dalvin Cook, I expect the Minnesota Vikings to attack the Falcons through the air early and often. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson should also be highly productive in this mouth-watering match-up.
- Lucas (@lunar_lucas): “Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Lamar Jackson will throw for 250 yards, rush for 100 yards, and score four total touchdowns.” When facing a competent quarterback this season, the Philadelphia Eagles have given up over 20 fantasy points to the opposing passer. This includes Jared Goff, Ben Roethlisberger, and Joe Burrow. And while Jackson hasn’t enjoyed the same statistical success he had last season, those Eagles linebackers won’t be able to to tackle him in open space. Furthermore, the Eagles are the fourth-worst defense at covering tight ends. Therefore, the Jackson-to-Andrews connection shall not be impeded on Sunday.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “The Washington Football Team D/ST will outscore the Miami Dolphins D/ST this week.” At this point, the Washington Football Team defense are the 14th highest-scoring defense in fantasy, while the Dolphins are ninth. Additionally, the Dolphins have an ideal match-up this week against the worst offense in the NFL: the New York Jets. Well then, why am I making a bold prediction about the Washington defense outproducing the Dolphins? Well for starters, Chase Young is back from his groin injury; adding another dynamic edge rusher to their formidable front-four. Also, this season, the Football Team is sixth in the league in sacks, and tied for third in interceptions. And finally, the New York Giants give up the most fantasy points to D/ST in fantasy football this season; tied with the New York Jets. I expect this Washington defense to muster seven sacks and force three takeaways against Daniel Jones and the Giants.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeeb): “Laviska Shenault will be a top-15 wide receiver this week.” Each week, the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver has seen more targets come his way; culminating in leading the team in targets last week. Additionally, he is going up against a weak Detroit Lions secondary; who are a bottom-10 defense at stopping wide receivers. With all this in mind, I expect Shenault to have a breakout game at home against the Lions. Don’t be surprised if he finishes with 10 targets, and eight touches for 120 yards and a touchdown.
And those are our bold predictions for the week. Don’t like them? Not hot enough for you? Find us on Twitter then, keyboard warriors!