However, that doesn’t mean your humble-but-nonetheless-bold Guru is done helping you prepare for your upcoming fantasy season.
Here are 5 Bold Predictions for 2013:
1. Cam Newton will win the NFL MVP, top fantasy football in scoring and lead your team to the Shiva. How’s that for bold? I don’t mean the lettering, I mean the prediction. Newton was a beast in his rookie year, but did fall off a bit last season. Despite the drop, Newton was still a top 5 QB a year ago. Expect big things in year three. Newton has the most rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and third-highest rushing yards per game by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Keep in mind if you draft him that Cam’s dad expects a check in the mail.
2. Trent Richardson will be the top running back in fantasy football this year. Richardson will outperform Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Arian Foster. New Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is going to unleash T-Rich all LaDainian Tomilson-style on the NFL. Expect 1450 yards on the ground, 550 through the air and 12 touchdowns. With a top O-line, an offensive minded coach and a healthy body, Richardson is poised to be the lead dawg in 2013 Fantasy Football.
3. Unicorns are not real and neither is Arian Foster’s fantasy value. Foster has piled up the mileage over the past three seasons in Houston. The Texans back has totaled over 1000 touches and it’s taking its toll. Foster has been battling back and calf issues all preseason and doesn’t look 100% yet. Also, Foster’s average per rush has been dropping fast from 4.9 to 4.4 to 4.1 and his 40 catches last year was a career low. Foster is currently being drafted in the high first round. I’m not a believer in Foster or unicorns. But, I’m convinced Bigfoot is real.
4. Kenbrell Thompkins will lead Patriots wide receivers in fantasy scoring in 2013 and finish in the top 20 at the position. The undrafted rookie free agent’s fantasy stock has been on the rise ever since his eight catch, 116 yard performance in the Pats third preseason game. Tom Brady has a way of turning no-name wideouts into household names. Had anyone heard of Wes Welker or Deion Branch before Brady was tossing them touchdowns? Had anyone heard of Gisele Bündchen? Never mind.
5. Terrelle Pryor will finish the year a top 10 quarterback. Now that’s BOLD. Pryor is currently not even being drafted in the top 200 players. Pryor is worth a shot as he’ll be a weapon through the air and on the ground with the Raiders playing from behind most weeks. Winning in fantasy football is all about finding that diamond in the rough. Is Pryor a diamond? Probably more cubic zirconia, but it’s worth a shot. Take a chance, roll the dice, you’re a ramblin’ gamblin man.
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