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Postby bungle613 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:20 pm

A couple people have tried to post this including kliquid who I believe is the author. Problem with those posts is that they linked to other websites instead of just posting the article. The Cafes advertisers don't appreciate that. So, I wanted to make sure it got posted....

32 Fantasy Predictions for 32 NFL Teams
By Nick Caron– August 27, 2010
Posted in: Fantasy Football
Perhaps more than any other sports league, the NFL is filled with countless twists and turns every season, all of which lead to difficult-to-explain statistics and outcomes. An injury to a star player or two, a late-night DUI arrest, or sudden breakout by a surprise player on the depth chart can yield results that we have a tough time predicting going into the year… But that doesn’t mean it’s completely unpredictable.

The NFL also tends to follows trends and we can see the development of players from season to season, or even game to game. That’s where I come in.

In this article, I’ll be making a fantasy-relevant prediction for each NFL team. I don’t prefer the term “bold predictions,” but a number of them may shock you.

You’ve been warned.

NFC WEST

1. San Francisco 49ers –
After missing the first six weeks of the season in 2009, Michael Crabtree establishes himself as a fantasy force, finishing in the top-12 among wide receivers.

2. Arizona Cardinals –
Beanie Wells, not Larry Fitzgerald, is the Cardinals’ leading fantasy scorer.

3. Seattle Seahawks –
Justin Forsett wins the starting running back job and compiles over 1,100 total yards, but fails to reach six touchdowns as he shares goal line duties with Julius Jones and Leon Washington.

4. St. Louis Rams –
With no passing game to speak of to alleviate any pressure, Steven Jackson finishes outside the top-10 among fantasy running backs for the third time in the past four seasons.

NFC NORTH

5. Minnesota Vikings –
Bernard Berrian leads the Vikings in receiving yardage, but does not crack 1,000 yards.

6. Green Bay Packers –
Jermichael Finley jumps into the elite at tight end and leads the Packers in receiving touchdowns.

7. Detroit Lions –
While defenses focus on Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best, Nate Burleson quietly leads the team in receptions.

8. Chicago Bears –
Chester Taylor is an afterthought as Matt Forte has a partial return-to-form and finishes in the top-12 scorers at running back.

NFC SOUTH

9. Atlanta Falcons –
Michael Turner stays healthy all season and leads the league in rushing touchdowns.

10. New Orleans Saints –
Reggie Bush scores more total touchdowns than Pierre Thomas.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers –
Despite not being drafted as a starter in most leagues, Kellen Winslow leads the Buccaneers in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns; making him a top-8 fantasy tight end and an every-week starter on most teams.

12. Carolina Panthers –
Jonathan Stewart outscores DeAngelo Williams in all scoring formats.

NFC EAST

13. Philadelphia Eagles –
Brent Celek leads the team in both receptions and touchdown receptions.

14. New York Giants –
Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith both finish with over 1,000 yards and seven or more touchdown receptions.

15. Dallas Cowboys –
Tony Romo throws for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns for the first time in his career.

16. Washington Redskins –
Clinton Portis, who caught just nine passes in 2009, will see a career resurgence in the new Redskins offense, catching over 40 passes in 2010.

AFC WEST

17. Kansas City Chiefs –
Dwayne Bowe has a career year with over 1,100 yards and eight or more touchdowns.

18. San Diego Chargers –
Vincent Jackson does not play for the Chargers in 2010 and Malcom Floyd leads the Chargers (including Antonio Gates) in receiving yardage.

19. Denver Broncos –
Tim Tebow comes off the bench often in the red zone and leads the Broncos in rushing touchdowns in 2010.

20. Oakland Raiders –
With Jason Campbell at quarterback, Zach Miller elevates himself to an every-week fantasy football starter at tight end, finishing in the top-10 at the position.

AFC NORTH

21. Baltimore Ravens –
Joe Flacco joins the 4,000-yard passing club while throwing over 25 touchdowns, despite not having a receiver who cracks 1,000 yards or ten touchdowns.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers –
In just his second season, Mike Wallace surpasses Hines Ward as the Steelers’ top receiving option while leading the league in catches of 40+ yards.

23. Cleveland Browns –
After a disappointing start to the season from Jerome Harrison, the Browns turn to a running back-by-committee approach featuring Harrison, Montario Hardesty, and James Davis – none of whom finish in the top-25 at their position.

24. Cincinnati Bengals –
After struggling to find a team to play for, Terrell Owens, not Chad Ochocinco, is the Bengals’ leading fantasy receiver.

AFC SOUTH

25. Tennessee Titans –
Using his running ability to his advantage, Vince Young finishes as a top-12 fantasy quarterback.

26. Houston Texans –
Jacoby Jones elevates himself over Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels as the Texans’ second leading receiver behind Andre Johnson.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars –
With defenses now prepared for Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas slightly edges him out as the team’s leading fantasy receiver.

28. Indianapolis Colts –
Donald Brown, who had less than 250 yards rushing in 2009, moves into a full workload carry with Joseph Addai. However, neither back finishes with over 1,000 total yards or seven touchdowns.

AFC EAST

29. Miami Dolphins –
With defenses focusing their attention on a true No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combine for over 2,400 total yards.

30. New England Patriots –
Wes Welker’s knee concerns lead the Patriots to use him sparingly, giving way for Julian Edelman to catch 60+ passes for over 800 yards.

31. Buffalo Bills –
While rookie CJ Spiller leads the pack, none of the Bills’ trio of running backs go over 800 yards rushing.

32. New York Jets –
Though he only gets about 150 carries on the year, LaDainian Tomlinson leads the team in touchdowns at the running back position, hitting double-digits in that category for an NFL record tenth straight season.
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