Is anyone else excited? Week 1 of the NFL season is now less than one week away. I’ve got my Red Zone Channel ordered, my Sunday afternoon chicken wing recipe has been perfected after many summer barbecues, I’ve got two-out-of-three of my drafts completed, and I’ve talked about fantasy football so much my wife probably knows more about this year’s fantasy players than half of the guys in your league. I’m ready for football season to begin, and so I thought I’d throw out my season calls (predictions) for the 2012 fantasy football season.
Just like my weekly “Good Call/Bad Call” article, I’ll try to stay away from the obvious, high-profile players (unless I think they’re going to underperform) and get into more of those flex/mid-round guys that you’re questioning. Anyone can say Aaron Rodgers is going to be a Top 3 quarterback. Yeah, tell me something I don’t know, Curt. Matt Ryan will be a Top 5 fantasy quarterback. How’s that? Some of these calls are going to be longshots, so I’ve noted those. I’m also going to start a twitter question of the week segment. So, hit me up @curtkestila to let me know your thoughts. Now on to the calls:
Matt Ryan will finish as a Top 5 fantasy quarterback.
Cam Newton will be outside of the Top 5 fantasy quarterbacks, and won’t rush for more than seven touchdowns.
Carson Palmer will finish as a Top 10 quarterback.
Philip Rivers will have more touchdown passes than Peyton Manning.
Longshot: Josh Freeman will have less than 12 interceptions, and pass for more than 4,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Chris Johnson will regain his stud form and become a Top 3 fantasy running back, again.
Jamaal Charles will finish inside the Top 10 running backs. Darren McFadden and Ryan Mathews will not.
Michael Bush will have more rushing touchdowns than Matt Forte.
Donald Brown will be a weekly-startable (Top 24) running back this season.
Longshot: Robert Turbin will have double-digit fantasy points in three or more games this year.
Julio Jones will have more receiving yards than Roddy White.
Brandon Marshall will have at least 100 catches this season.
Stevie Johnson will have more than 1,100 receiving yards this season.
Michael Crabtree will be the best fantasy player catching the football for San Francisco (including tight ends).
Kendall Wright will be the most valuable fantasy wide receiver on the Tennessee Titans.
Longshot: Torrey Smith will have more than 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns.
Aaron Hernandez will have more fantasy points than Rob Gronkowski.
Fred Davis will finish as a Top 10 tight end.
Kyle Rudolph will finish as a Top 10 tight end.
Jacob Tamme will finish as a Top 10 tight end.
Longshot: Coby Fleener will finish as a Top 10 tight end.
Twitter questions of the week: Which team has the best wide receiver tandem in the league? Reply to @curtkestila
Those are my calls for the season. I’ll come back to them after the fantasy season and see how many I got right in my closing article of the season. Until then, good luck and may you make all the right calls.