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2017 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions

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The 2017 NFL season is almost here. Here at Fantasy Six Pack we have given a lot of Fantasy Football advice for the last two-plus months to get you ready for the season. One final draft season article we wanted to share our 2017 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions.

These are meant to be fun, as yes these really are bold and most are unlikely to happen. However, there is a spec of truth behind all of them or we would not have said them.

Let’s get to the staff’s predictions…

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2017 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions

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Keenan Allen will finish as a top-5 WR

by: Kevin Huo

Simply put, when Allen is healthy, Philip Rivers gets him the ball. In 2015, Allen was on pace for 178 targets, 134 catches, 1450 yards and eight touchdowns before missing the rest of the season with a lacerated kidney.

He missed 2016 with an ACL injury but all reports regarding his health this season have been positive. Not only does he look the same athletically, but he and Rivers continue to show their chemistry in the preseason.

Sammy Watkins and Keenan Allen play all 16 games and both finish as WR1s.

by: Alex Hamirck

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Allen has shown his ability, as Philip Rivers’ go to target, to rack up receptions and yards in bulk, but injuries have plagued his would be elite seasons. This year a full 16 games for Allen translates into a top-8 fantasy performance as the Chargers win their division.

Watkins is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, with injuries derailing his seasons as well. A prime candidate for a breakout year, Watkins was then traded to unimpressive Rams, where all hopes of a solid year were inherently lost. The Bills were by no means a fantasy gold mine, and so having overcome bad situations before, an improved Jared Goff, in an explosive Sean McVay offense, translates to a WR1 season for the highly talented Watkins.

Andy Dalton will be the 2017 version of Matt Ryan in 2016

by: Tyler Thompson

A.J. Green is going to be a big factor into this coming true. Check out these numbers with and without Green between 2015 and 2016:

  • With Green: 105.4 QBR, 8.5 YPA, ~18.0 FPPG
  • Without Green: 89.1 QBR, 6.9 YPA, ~14.5 FPPG

A 3.5 FPPG differential doesn’t seem like much, but in the quarterback rankings from 2016, that would put him in the top 10 easily. Add a healthy Tyler Eifert, that bumps Dalton’s TD% up quite a bit. All these factors will lead to a big season for Dalton.

Martavis Bryant will have over 1000 yards and 10+ touchdowns

by: Dennis Sosic
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With defenses concentrating on Bell and Brown, this will open up one on one opportunities for Bryant who will use his height and speed to prove his doubters wrong. Bryant, who has scored 14 touchdowns in 21 career games, has the incentive to play well while entering his contract year.

Jamaal Williams will be the highest scoring Green Bay RB

by: Chris Wright

Ty Montgomery is a wide receiver turned running back who is not the long term answer in Green Bay. He put up some deceptive averages last year, all of which took a hit when he went over 10 carries. Montgomery’s durability is an issue. Green Bay drafted three RBs in the draft for a reason, and Williams has emerged as the best of the bunch.

Devante Parker out-produces Alshon Jeffrey

by: Jonathan Chan
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Parker has the luxury of being the new deep threat for Smokin’ Jay Cutler. His preseason showing with Cutler is encouraging and he will show huge improvements in his third year.

Jeffrey will struggle in a new, more conservative offense. Carson Wentz did not much ability to hit his WR’s. As Wentz experiences growing pains, Jeffrey’s production will too.

Adam Thielen leads the Vikings receivers in receiving yards and TDs

by: Michael Trivisonno

Adam Thielen continues to line up in the slot during the preseason. Playing slot for the Vikings offers more big play potential. Standing 6’3 and being one of the bigger receivers on the team makes him a solid red zone guy for Bradford to target more as he has developed more of a chemistry with the fourth year receiver. I also think if he does this he will finish as a top-15 WR.

Frank Gore Will rush for over 1,000 Yards

by: Richard Savill

Frank Gore will be the first running back in post-merger since John Riggins in 1983 to rush for over 1000 yards at the age of 34. I think he likes to prove everyone in fantasy wrong – and that’s a pattern! There’s no escaping the fact he has proven durability. In recent years, we’ve handcuffed Gore out of age bias, but instead of ever starting those cuffs, we clear cobwebs instead.

Marshawn Lynch Finishes outside the top 36 RB

by: Trent Smith
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Call it old age or call it not being very good, but Marshawn won’t be back in 2017. The former bruiser will fail to live up to his ADP, dealing with injuries and poor play all season. By midyear the Raiders recognize this and Lynch retires at years end, again.

You can make the playoffs in a 12-team Standard League by drafting only NFL Rookies and 2nd-Year Players

by: A.J. Applegarth

Take a look at the some of the talent to choose from (in no particular order)

QB: Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, DeShone Kizer
RB: Zeke Elliott, Derrick Henry, Jordan Howard, Paul Perkins, Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon
WR: Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, Michael Thomas, Corey Davis, Kenny Golladay, Zay Jones, Cooper Kupp
TE: Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, Evan Engram, David Njoku, O.J. Howard

You could definitely do worse than a potential lineup with four players who finished in the Top-10 at their position last year, coupled with a ton of talent at the skill positions from this year’s draft.  The question, though, is are you brave enough to try it?


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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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