2017 Fighting Chance NFL Predictions


The season is finally here and already in Week 1, we have witnessed the unpredictability of the NFL firsthand, as the Chiefs upset the defending champion, New England Patriots. With that unpredictability, also comes an opportunity for us to try and look like geniuses. Well, I am anyways...I'm not sure that it will help Ryan and Pat all that much.

So without further ado, here is our opportunity to play the role of Nostradamus. We will make our predictions on how each division will finish, how the Super Bowe will shake out, as well as give out some preseason fantasy football award predictions. Enjoy!

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Pat's Predictions (Polka-damas)

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Tennessee Titans
AFC West: Oakland Raiders

AFC Wildcard Teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals

NFC East: New York Giants
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings 
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons
NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wildcard Teams: Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Super Bowl: New York Giants over New England Patriits

Fantasy Awards

Fantasy MVP

Melvin Gordon, RB LA Chargers: Everywhere head coach Anthony Lynn has been, he has produced a bulldozing, leading NFL rusher and Melvin Gordon is in line for a ton of touches. Too bad I cannot love him any more because the idiotic Chargers abandoned my favorite city. 

Fantasy Rookie of the Year

Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams is hoping to get the chance to show us what he's capable of.

Jamaal Williams, RB Green Bay Packers: Not as glamorous as Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey, Jamaal Williams is a Ty Montgomery injury away from 20 touches per week in one of the best offenses in the NFL. 

Comeback Player of the Year

AJ Green, WR Cincinnati Bengals: On pace to lead the NFL last season in everything receiving, AJ Green will return with a vengeance this year.

Breakout Player of the Year

Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings: Coming into that ever important third year, this wide receiver will get it and dominate for the Vikes after an on and off again 2016 season.

Biggest Bust

LeSean McCoy, RB Buffalo Bills. This team is going nowhere fast and Shady will lay a huge fantasy egg up in the snow. 

Waiver Wire Add of the Year

J.J. Nelson, WR Arizona Cardinals. The health of wide receiver John Brown is on the fence with the sickle cell trait and J.J. Nelson has an opportunity to shine when given the chance.

Steve's Predictions (Geek-adamas)

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Tennessee Titans
AFC West: Oakland Raiders

AFC Wildcard Teams: Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans

NFC East: Washington Redskins
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: Carolina Panthers
NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wildcard Teams: Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Super Bowl: New England Patriots over Green Bay Packers

Fantasy Awards

Fantasy MVP

Jay Ajayi

I have a feeling that Jay Ajayi will be on a lot of fantasy championship rosters.

Jay Ajayi, RB Miami Dolphins: His ability to shed tackles and break the long run, mixed with the likelihood of him getting more involved in the passing game season has me salivating at the opportunity to get Jay Ajayi on my fantasy team in 2017. 

Fantasy Rookie of the Year

Dalvin Cook, RB Minnesota Vikings: This is the year of the rookie running back and with Leonard Fournette's foot injury, Christian McCaffrey's role, and Joe Mixon's competition for touches, it leads me to believe that Dalvin Cook will lead all rookies in fantasy points this season. 

Comeback Player of the Year

Martavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh Steelers: With suspensions hopefully a thing of the past, Martavis Bryant is ready to get back to business in Pittsburgh. 

Breakout Player of the Year

Kevin White, WR Chicago Bears. Kevin White was on pace for 140 targets thought the first quarter of last season, and with Cameron Meredith out for the season, White could be in for a huge year.

Biggest Bust

Leonard Fournette, RB Jacksonville Jaguars. Foot injuries sidelined him for half of his senior season at LSU, and with the same same injury already popping up again this preseason, it has me worried he won't live up to his second or third round fantasy draft cost. 

Waiver Wire Add of the Year

Wendell Smallwood, RB Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles system doesn't necessarily favor the running style of LeGarrette Blount, leaving Wendell Smallwood an opportunity to run away with the lead back role in Philly. 


Ryan's Predictions (Nostra dumb ass)

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Tennessee Titans
AFC West: Oakland Raiders

AFC Wildcard Teams: Denver Broncos and Houston Texans

NFC East: New York Giants
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: Carolina Panthers
NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wildcard Teams: Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Super Bowl: New England Patriots over New York Giants

Fantasy MVP

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers. Yeah, I know this one feels like it might be chalk, but Brown is the best receiver in football. Big Ben throws to him constantly, he is tough to take down in the open field, and if Martavis Bryant can be good, there will be less defenders watching AB. He could have 115 catches and 15 touchdowns.

Fantasy Rookie of the Year

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills. I really love Dalvin Cook, but since Steve picked him I wanted to select a different player. The Bills might not be a dynamic passing offense, but Jones has just injury prone Jordan Matthews ahead of him on the depth chart. The kid has looked solid in the preseason and could definitely put together a stellar rookie year. 

Comeback Player of the Year

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans. After catching 111 balls in 2015, he was a colossal disappointment last year with 78 catches and just four touchdowns. I know Tom Savage isn't Tom Brady, but Houston knows where their bread is buttered and Hopkins finished the season strong with Savage. I'm looking for Hopkins to go back over 100 catches and threaten double digit touchdowns.

Breakout Player of the Year

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. It is not often a starting quarterback goes down and a receiver gets a bump in value but that's what I think happens with Parker. Jay Cutler loves to air the ball out and at 6'3", Parker is an amazing down the field talent. He won't be a high volume reception guy, but I like Parker to catch 65-70 passes and double digit touchdowns with some monster games along the way.

Biggest Bust

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts. This really isn't a knock on Hilton, but I don't know how long Andrew Luck is going to be out, and even when he comes back I have no idea how long he is going to be healthy enough to play. I just can't trust a second round pick that is dependent on the long ball when the quarterback options are Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett who showed up a week ago.

Waiver Wire Add of the Year

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams. It was a disastrous rookie season for the former number one overall pick, but things are looking up. The Rams fired Jeff Fischer and brought in offensive minded Sean McVay. They improved their offensive line, and they also brought in two new weapons in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. With Todd Gurley poised to rebound, I think this could be a season where we see strong fantasy numbers out of Goff. 


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