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CRYSTAL BALL: Bold Predictions

Eli Manning, currently being drafted as QB25 in MFL10’s, will have 4,800 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, less than 13 interceptions and finish as a Top 5 fantasy quarterback.

The talent surrounding Eli Manning in the New York Giants offense is arguably the best he’s ever had in his 14-year career. An all-world wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr., a promising young tight end in Evan Engram and a phenom at running back in Saquon Barkley. Three elite players that will make Manning’s job that much easier. He can be had for practically nothing on draft day and will undoubtedly outperform his current average draft position.

Jimmy Garoppolo will finish outside the Top 15 at the quarterback position.

There’s an indisputable buzz surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo heading into the 2018 season. While I believe he is talented and will be a solid NFL quarterback, I think 2018 will be a bumpy ride for the young quarterback. His brief stint of success is too small of a sample size to endorse investing in him. He’s being drafted as a Top-10 quarterback, but without any legitimate weapons around him, I find it hard to believe he’ll amass the necessary numbers to finish as a Top-10 quarterback.

Leonard Fournette will have 2,000 combined rushing/receiving yards, 17 total touchdowns and finish as the best fantasy running back.

Leonard Fournette plays on a team that wants to run the football early and often. The Jacksonville Jaguars are a smash-mouth football team that will rely on its stout defense and dominant running game to win games. In the seven games where Fournette had at least 20 carries, he averaged 4.5 yards per carry on 171 attempts. He can handle a heavy workload and will be utilized out of the backfield more than you think. Unlike some of the other top tier running backs, Fournette has fresh legs and will be the focal point of the Jaguars offense. A monster season is on the horizon for Fournette.

Kareem Hunt will finish outside the Top-25 at the running back position.

There are too many factors working against Kareem Hunt heading into the 2018 season. Hunt had a whopping 86 percent share of all running back carries for the Kansas City Chiefs a season ago. With Spencer Ware returning at full strength, that will not happen again. An inexperienced quarterback who is bound to make mistakes will result in the Chiefs offense spending less time on the field than they did a season ago.

LeSean McCoy, currently being drafted as RB16 in MFL10’s, will play in all 16 games and finish as a Top-10 fantasy running back.

If LeSean McCoy does not miss any games from his off-the-field issues and stays healthy for all 16 games, he will be the steal of your draft at the running back position. The Buffalo Bills have finished in the Top-10 in the NFL in rushing attempts and rushing yards in each of the last three seasons. LeSean McCoy has been, and will continue to be, at the forefront of that in 2018. If you’re in the third or fourth round of your draft and McCoy is still available, his upside is well worth the risk.

Derrick Henry will have 1,400 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns and finish as a Top-5 fantasy running back.

Derrick Henry is a bruising running back at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds and will be the primary ball carrier on first and second down in the Tennessee Titans offense. Even though Dion Lewis was a capable red zone running back during his time in New England, that role will go to Henry in Tennessee. Henry has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to be the go-to running back and that time has come. He will not disappoint and is going to be a consistent, high-end fantasy option, on a week-to-week basis.

About Evan Reardon

An avid Boston sports fan, Evan has been a Patriots and NFL fan since the 1990's. Fantasy football runs in his family. He grew up in the 90's watching his father and uncles play in a 6-team, Touchdown-only league. He has been playing fantasy football since the early 2000's and has been writing fantasy sports content since 2014.