Fighting Chance Fantasy: The 2021 Prediction Edition


Don't look now, but the NFL season is here. All the offseason activities, training camp battles, and pre-season games are over and done with. Now comes the true test of all the preparations that these 32 teams have endured during the offseason to see if it will pay huge dividends. Who will be the MVP of the league or who can dethrone the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Only time will tell, but several Fighting Chance Fantasy staff members have decided to take a look into their crystal balls and make some predictions for what's to come in the 2021 NFL Season. Let's see what we have in store for the 2021 NFL season.

Fighting Chance Fantasy Predictions for 2021

Who will be NFL Offensive MVP this year?

Matthew Stafford - QB, LAR
"With no solid running game, Los Angeles is going to see the newest gun in the west."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

Dak Prescott - QB, DAL
"Prescott will continue where he left off last season prior to suffering his horrific ankle injury and he will bring home his first MVP Trophy with all those weapons at his disposal."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

Tom Brady - QB, TB
"Brady's three wide receivers have all been top-two fantasy wide receivers in their careers. No one will stop this offense other than "father time." Tom Brady, to the moon and back this year."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

Aaron Rodgers - QB, GB
"Aaron Rodgers is coming back to Green Bay for potentially his final year, and I think he plays with a BIG chip on his shoulder to prove a point. I’m looking for a huge year out of Rodgers."
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

Josh Allen - QB, BUF
"If his numbers and stats keep improving, this could be the year."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

"We haven’t seen back-to-back MVPs since Peyton Manning in ‘08 and ‘09. I think that trend continues so give me Allen. Allen was one of my sleeper picks going into last season and now he’s on the shortlist of perennial MVPs. Allen has a real chance to lead all quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing and rushing yards — which would be one of the greatest seasons the NFL has ever seen."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

Who will be NFL Defensive MVP this year?

Devin Bush - LB, PIT
"Huge rookie year, and only played 82% of D-snaps, expect even more."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

Devin White - LB, TB
"Last season, White showed a sample of what he can do as he tallied up 140 total tackles and nine sacks. Good luck stopping that guy."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

Nick Bosa - DE, SF
"Oh, how quickly people forget the wrecking ball that is the former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 2021, Bosa is going to lead the NFL in sacks. Be afraid of this line, be very afraid."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

Myles Garrett - DE, CLE
"Myles Garrett has just been stellar in his NFL career, but he’s never been able to get there. Cleveland made some massive improvements on their defense in the off-season, and I think that’s what gets Garrett over the hump. He’s going to crush opposing quarterbacks this year."
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

T.J Watt - DE, PIT
"Clearly one of the best defensive players in the game, I think this is his year to surpass the pack."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

Aaron Donald - DT, LAR
"Probably the most chalky of all the picks listed here for a reason. J.J. Watt and Donald have dominated this award over the last decade. Donald. Lock it in."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

Which rookie will win the Offensive Rookie of the Year?

Javonte Williams - RB, DEN
"With a great schedule and only Melvin Gordon in his way, if something happens to Gordon? 20 carries per game."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

Najee Harris - RB, PIT
"High draft capital and head coach Mike Tomlin's love for running the back with a bellcow should lead Harris to a prosperous rookie campaign."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

"With a combination of speed, elusiveness, and opportunity, Harris could surprise a lot of individuals and win this award."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

Zach Wilson - QB, NYJ
"A darkhorse right here! Zach Wilson is going to show the NFL why he was the number two overall pick by new head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas. Going from a terrible team to being far more competent than expectation is how you win Offensive Rookie of the Year."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

Kyle Pitts - TE, ATL
"I’m staying on brand here with Pitts. He’s a dynamic playmaker with superhuman ability, and I don’t think there’s a safety on this planet who can stop him."
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

Trevor Lawrence - QB, JAC:
"Since 2010, six quarterbacks have won Rookie of the Year including each of the last two seasons in Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert. This year is really going to be interesting with five of the first 15 picks in the NFL Draft were quarterbacks. Mac Jones or Zach Wilson also have a real shot, but I believe the best bet is Lawrence. The first overall pick in 2021 will put up large counting stats that voters love and I’m interested in seeing the trio of Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones, and D.J. Chark get a chance to show what they can do with Lawrence’s talented arm."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

Which rookie will win the Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Micah Parsons - LB, DAL
"The one player I wanted the Lions to take instead of constantly rebuilding the offense, Parsons plays, and improves Dallas considerably."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

"The rookie linebacker is set to start from the go and will be making plays this year."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

"Micah Parsons (and I promise I’m not being a homer) is my 1.01 for defensive rookie of the year.  He has the highest run-defense grade of all rookie linebackers (85.7), and he’s already made a splash in the preseason. Big things are coming from this kid."
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

"Parsons is a dynamic defensive player who will show why he's capable of winning this award."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

"The 2021 defensive class really lacked instant impact pass rushers like we saw the last two years in Nick Bosa and Chase Young. Since 2000, 12 of the last 21 Rookie of the Year winners have been linebackers. Give me the biggest stud in Parsons."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

Zaven Collins - LB, ARI
"Cardinals have quietly amassed a solid front seven, just don't look at their back four. Isaiah Simmons and Zaven Collins are going to be very fast and all over the place on the field."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

Which skill position player scores the most PPR fantasy points this year?

Christian McCaffrey - RB, CAR
"A no-brainer if he plays, an under-the-radar offense around McCaffrey opens space."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

"The only thing that can stop McCaffrey are injuries. If he stays healthy, Sam Darnold's new safety blanket is going to put up numbers that will score more fantasy points than several quarterbacks."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

"If Christian McCaffrey stays healthy, can we really overlook him? The dude is GOOD."
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

Ezekiel Elliott - RB, DAL
"If this offense plays as they did during Dak's healthy games, then Zeke is going to be scary good. How do you defend Zeke when you have Cooper, Lamb, and Gallup running downfield."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

Davante Adams - WR, GB
"After being the favorite offensive target of the 2020 NFL MVP, and this outstanding wide receiver should have a solid opportunity to lead all fantasy players in PPR scoring in 2021."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

Dalvin Cook - RB, MIN
"The Vikings will once again feature a run-heavy offense no different than last season. Only Derrick Henry and Cook were the only two running backs in the league to average 80 yards per game and over 1500 yards rushing. To think, Dalvin missed two-plus games is just wild."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

What is your boldest prediction for the 2021 Season?

"The Detroit Lions win ZERO games and tie Houston."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

"Trey Sermon will rush for 1,000 yards this season for the 49ers."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

"Jimmy Garoppolo starts all 20 games for the 49ers this season and will win the 20th game. You read that right."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

"Kyle Pitts finishes as the top rookie tight end of all time. Yes, OF ALL TIME. *Mic drop*"
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

"The New York Jets surprise the league and finally make the playoffs."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

"The trio of Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, and Derrick Henry shocks the NFL world and denies Patrick Mahomes his third straight Super Bowl appearance. The Tennessee Titans get revenge against the Los Angeles Rams in a rematch of Super Bowl 34 — the most underrated Super Bowl in NFL history."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

Who will win the NFL Comeback Player of Year?

Dak Prescott - QB, DAL
"This seems like an easy pick, especially with everything around him. Look for Dak to light it up."
(Polka - @PolkaPat)

"I promise again that I’m not being a homer, but is there any other answer than Dak Prescott here? The ankle, the subsequent two surgeries, the shoulder, I mean..."
(Britt Flinn - @Britt_Flinn)

"It’s really Dak’s award to lose as all eyes are glued to the Dallas quarterback comeback in 2021. If Prescott leads the Cowboys to a division title, he’s a lock to take home what should be renamed "the Alex Smith award."
(Michael Chasco - @ChascoFantasy)

Saquon Barkley - RB, NYG
"He may start off limited out of the gate but by season's end he will be in the discussion for being top running back honors once again."
(Leo Grandio - @smooth1874)

Nick Bosa - DE, SF
"If Bosa sets the sack record after a torn ACL, he will win comeback player of the year."
(Gary Haddow - @Haddow27)

Christian McCaffrey - RB, CAR
"After an injury-plagued season in 2020, arguably the best running back in football has an opportunity to prove again why he is still on top."
(J. Boyce - @JRay_Boyce)

Predictions for Division Winners, Conference Champions, and Super Bowl Winner

 

AFC DIVISION WINNERS

AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPS

NFC DIVISION WINNERS

NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPS  

SUPER BOWL
WINNER

Polka

EAST: Bills

NORTH: Steelers

SOUTH: Colts

WEST: Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

EAST: Cowboys

NORTH: Packers

SOUTH: Buccaneers

WEST: Rams

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams

Leo

EAST: Bills

NORTH: Browns

SOUTH: Titans

WEST: Chiefs

Buffalo Bills

EAST: Washington

NORTH: Packers

SOUTH: Buccaneers

WEST: 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gary

EAST: Bills

NORTH: Browns

SOUTH: Colts

WEST: Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

Washington

NORTH: Packers

SOUTH: Buccaneers

WEST: 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

Britt

EAST: Bills

NORTH: Browns

SOUTH: Titans

WEST: Chiefs

Cleveland Browns

EAST: Cowboys

NORTH: Packers

SOUTH: Buccaneers

WEST: Rams

Green Bay Packers

Cleveland Browns

Boyce

EAST: Bills

NORTH: Steelers

SOUTH: Titans

WEST: Chiefs

Buffalo Bills

EAST: Cowboys

NORTH: Packers

SOUTH: Buccaneers

WEST: Rams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Michael

EAST: Bills

NORTH: Browns

SOUTH: Titans

WEST: Chiefs

Tennessee Titans

EAST: Cowboys

NORTH: Packers

SOUTH: Buccaneers

WEST: Rams

Los Angeles Rams

Tennessee Titans

 


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