10 Bold Predictions for the 2021 Fantasy Season

The beginning of the 2021 NFL season is upon us. Football has returned, and we get even more this year with the introduction of the 17 game season. Keeping that in mind, it’s time for the first annual Bold Predictions. Today, we will try to make some predictions that hopefully make you, the reader, think about things in a different way. Bold as they may be, we will try to keep these in the realm of possibility. There is no need to go off the rails too far and think Drew Lock is gonna be QB1. (too soon?) So, without further ado, here are 10 predictions for the 2021 fantasy season.

Noah Fant Top 5 Tight End

The announcement that Teddy Bridgewater was going to be the starting QB for Denver this season took many of us by surprise. Most assumed that Drew Lock had already wrapped up the job and that Teddy was brought in as insurance. It was not to be. Teddy loves throwing the short and intermediate routes, as he does not have the strongest arm. This move helps out Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant significantly. Fant has the talent to be a top tight end, and Bridgewater will give him the opportunity to do so. Do not be surprised to see Fant near the top of the TE scoring come season’s end.

Brandon Aiyuk falls out of the top 25 WRs

Aiyuk was a big deal this year, as he took advantage of some injuries on the 49ers’ offense to have a killer year. He comes into this year with some high expectations, but he has some things working against him. First, George Kittle and Deebo Samuel come back from injury. Secondly, Trey Lance should start at some point, and as a mobile rookie QB, that should lower the targets that come Aiyuk’s way. He is being over-drafted in terms of ADP and should be avoided as his current price.

Nelson Agholor is a Top 28 WR

The news that Mac Jones is in line to start for New England is a boon to the prospects of Agholor. Jones does not have the strongest arms, and he will use the YAC ability of Nelson to maximum effect. The signings of tight end Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry should be the primary targets for the rookie. Nelson should take over as the #1 receiver from Jakobi Meyers and get into the top 30 of overall wideouts.

Jalen Hurts finishes as a Top 5 QB

Let’s get this out of the way, I am an Eagles fan. However, all reports out of camp are that Hurts has improved dramatically from last season. The drafting of his former teammate at Alabama, Devonta Smith will be a boon to his prospects. He has a solid offensive line, 2 good tight ends, and the emergence of Quez Watkins means he has a stable of both fast and reliable pass-catchers. Miles Sanders is joined by Kenneth Gainwell, and you add it all up to top 5 QB potential.

T.J. Hockenson finishes outside top 7 TE

T.J. will be the most talented pass-catcher in Detroit’s offense this season. The wideouts are nothing to write home about, and the best pass-catching running back may not see the field half the time. The volume is absolutely going to be there for him. However, I believe that the combination of a bad starting QB and the fact that defenses can key in on him will hurt Hockenson. I don’t know if he is gonna be able to handle the double teams and bracket coverage he is gonna be facing.

Zach Wilson outscores Trevor Lawrence

This is blasphemy. I know. I’m sorry. Wilson has looked good in camp, and people seem to forget he was a highly drafted QB. He has solid options in the passing game on the jets. Lawrence has looked shaky in preseason action, and just lost fellow Clemson Tiger Travis Etienne for the year. Wilson will have a decent running game and a new coaching staff that I actually have more faith in than Urban Meyer, who already looks like he wants to check out.

Marvin Jones leads Jags WRs in fantasy scoring

Staying put in Jacksonville, we are looking at their wideouts. They have a talented group with Laviska Shenault, DJ Chark, and Marvin Jones. Laviska seems to be the most talented of the bunch, but Jones is the one that has the rapport-building quickly with starting QB Trevor Lawrence. Jones has been a reliable pass catcher since his days in Detroit, and reliability is a rookie QBs best friend. He is expected to be the safety valve for a QB that might be doing a lot of quick throws with the quality of the offensive line in front of him. Safety valves score points in bunches in PPR, and that’s the reason Marvin is in line to lead the team in fantasy points scored.

James Robinson finishes below RB15 overall

This might be a first, as I don’t believe that the Jaguars have ever gotten this much attention in an article. James Robinson has resumed bell cow duties with the unfortunate injury to rookie Travis Etienne. It seems like everyone is expecting Robinson to repeat the year he had last year, but I don’t believe that Urban Meyer has those same plans for him. Carlos Hyde is still in that backfield and I expect them to sign another running back during final cuts. James Robinson will not have the volume this year that puts him into that upper echelon of running backs and therefore should be drafted at his current ADP and expected to reproduce a top 15 year.

Philip Lindsey is a Top 24 RB in PPR

The Houston Texans are dumpster fire they lost their starting quarterback have many good receivers and their running back room is a mess. Houston signed a couple of free agents in Mark Ingram and Philip Lindsay and I believe that Lindsay will have the number one spot in the backfield. He is the youngest, has the quickest burst, and seems to be the best pass-catcher of the group. Tyrod Taylor is going to be running for his life and that offensive line and should be looking to dump it off the ball early and often to Lindsay which will allow him to accumulate fantasy points in bunches. You shouldn’t expect Lindsey to produce consistent high-end running back numbers for you, but he should be an RB3 with upside.

Tony Pollard comes within 75 points of Ezekiel Elliott in PPR

Ezekiel Elliott looked toast last year. There were many excuses after the injury to Dak Prescott about why Zeke didn’t do as well last year but Tony Pollard came in and produced even better numbers with similar circumstances than Zeke. Pollard is faster, quicker, and doesn’t have the kind of mileage on his tires that Zeke does. Dak Prescott is coming back and Zeke should be drafted within the first seven picks in your league. Tony Pollard is a much better value going much later in your draft and he has the ability to be within range of Zeke’s total with far fewer opportunities in that offense.