• Pat Opperman

FANTASY FOOTBALL: BABY’S 2019 BOLD PREDICTIONS

Don’t babies say the damnedest things? Well, this baby knows sports and she knows fantasy football. After analyzing all the information flowing through the internet and processing what she saw in the preseason, she is ready to flip some coins and make her 2019 fantasy football bold predictions.


She’ll avoid the obvious, as well as the most popular Twitter rants. Her biases are poorly developed except that the powder-blue of Tennessee reminds her of her first nursery. That makes her fairer than her Giants-loving dad.


So here you go- the 2019 Baby Knows Sports bold predictions:


Christian McCaffrey, RB-9 & Alvin Kamara, RB-10


Two of the first three players taken in most drafts will barely finish as top-ten scorers at their position. Slight changes to their teams' offense will affect them more than any diminished abilities.


Latavius Murray will vulture a chunk of New Orleans’ red zone rushing opportunities, which will be less than 2018 because Drew Brees wants to end his career with another banner fantasy football performance. Michael Thomas, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn Jr will benefit from Brees’ selfishness.


Cam Newton will be healthier and stronger this season. More importantly, he will not be as quick to hit McCaffrey with short passes before looking to his also-healthy tight end and wideouts.


Plus, there will be…


7 Running backs with about 2000 total yards vying for the RB-1 title.


Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott will push each other all season, but they’ll have to keep an eye on James Connor, Joe Mixon, Chris Carson, a surprisingly healthy Leonard Fournette, and the eventual…


RB-1- David Johnson


Johnson answers the preseason debate about his fantasy football viability with a record-setting performance in Arizona.


Much is being made of Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense and the potential of his rookie quarterback to change the league. What few folks mention is that Kingsbury’s college teams averaged 35 rushes per game.


Johnson will see almost 30 weekly touches and survive the season. He will roll out to a huge fantasy football points lead and hang on for the title even as teams realize Kyler Murray isn’t the threat he was made out to be.


In fact…


Kyler Murray and the Air Raid Offense will flop miserably.


The threat of a running quarterback and two veteran wide receivers will help Johnson take the fantasy football running back title. But professional defenses will largely succeed in corralling Kyler Murray and limiting damage from Arizona’s upstart quarterback.


His QB-19 finish will place Murray well behind such fantasy football stalwarts as Andy Dalton (QB-13), Matt Stafford (QB-6), and even…


Eli Manning- QB-11


Okay… maybe Dad’s Giants-bias comes through a bit here. But after three seasons of failing the quarterback eye-test, Giant-watchers report Manning has noticeably more zip on his passes this summer.


Don’t let the “aw shucks” facade fool you. Manning wants to force the Giants to keep Daniel Jones on the bench while simultaneously flipping a New Jersey bird to Odell Beckham.

Speaking of which…


Odell Beckham is sole Brown to rank


Beckham will catch enough passes to warrant his overall second-round ADP. But the Browns will struggle as sometimes happens to a young and immature team that is over-hyped.


Baker Mayfield, in particular, will have a tough time of things. Nick Chubb will have some monster games early, but Freddie Kitchens will try to boost the team’s outlook by using Byron Hunt too much in the second half. The result is Chubb, Hunt, David Njoku, and Mayfield are marginal second-tier fantasy finishers at best.


Meanwhile…


Veterans Stafford, Roethlisberger, and Carr battle for top-5 QB status

In a crazy season for quarterbacks, Matthew Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger take advantage of wide receivers out to prove themselves.


Marvin Jones makes a claim to the top spot in Detroit, but Kenny Golladay consistently reminds Jones of the preseason Golladay hype. The two simply refuse to drop anything thrown near them.


JuJu Smith-Schuster is as good as expected, but Donte Moncrief wants to show he can be a star, too. James Washington wants to be in Moncrief’s position and leads the team in “Whoa!” catches.


Oakland’s defense has the Raiders playing in catch-up mode all the time, which not only boosts Carr, but Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and …


Darren Waller, TE-3


Darren Waller plays like a really tall and strong wide receiver. Carr looks to him as often as he did Jared Cook last year, but Waller’s better catch percentage has Cook’s successor in the TE-3 slot all season.


That slot is empty because…


George Kittle, TE-8

Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play with George Kittle much last season and is more inclined to scan the field before looking for his tight end.


Dante Pettis enjoys a breakout second season and Marquise Goodwin picks right up where he was the last time Garoppolo was at quarterback, a top-20 talent.


Kittle will still have a fine season, but with the wide receivers, plus Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida in the mix, he will join the second-tier tight end pack.


Garoppolo will finish the season despite some early wobbles, but…


Marcus Mariota disappears from fantasy football rankings


Tennessee’s new quarterback-friendly offense is Mariota’s last chance to prove he can be a top NFL or fantasy football passer. The Titans picked up a couple of new parts, Delanie Walker returned, and they even boast a potential running game to take some heat off.


It won’t be enough. Coming out of the bye week, Ryan Tannehill gets his shot to prove he can be a fantasy football star while trying to propel at least one Titan into the fantasy football discussion.


There will be no such problem in Seattle, where even


Jaron Brown is a top-20 fantasy wide receiver


Jaron Brown was one of those receivers who always gets the coaches’ eye but hasn't been able to break out as a bonafide fantasy football player.


But with Tyler Lockett drawing the attention of opposing safeties that don’t run in to contain Chris Carson, Brown will finally rack up some points.


Brown will lead the team in touchdown receptions. He will also have more touchdown receptions than the entire...


Disappointing Denver Broncos passing game


Emmanuel Sanders was a popular sleeper draft pick and Courtland Sutton was a player of interest as the potential WR-1 for what is expected to be the most reliable Denver quarterback in recent years, Joe Flacco.


But Flacco’s lead feet will put more pressure on a struggling offensive line and make him the latest missed gamble in John Elway’s elusive quarterback search. Even Phillip Lindsay’s fantasy owners are disappointed as Elway’s job security becomes a hot topic in Denver.


But at least he’s not in Miami where…


Dolphins’ management torpedoes any fantasy football value


Despite their best efforts, Ryan Fitzpatrick will lead the Dolphins to a 3-1 start. At that point, he will be traded to Oakland for DeShone Kizer, who will start ahead of Josh Rosen.


Kenyon Drake will also bust out of the gates, forcing a trade to Tampa Bay while Albert Wilson will be a Redskin before the bye week.


Wilson will be the top receiver in Washington, but he won’t be…


Your WR-1: Julio Jones


Matt Ryan will kick off a second-consecutive QB-2 season by throwing three touchdowns to Julio Jones. Naturally, Jones will follow that up with a 3-38-0 line in Week 2, but there will enough big games and touchdowns to take the top prize among fantasy football wide receivers.


DeAndre Hopkins will rack up as many yards as Jones but secretly dream of owning a Will Fuller voodoo doll as Deshaun Watson continues to feed his teammate the bulk of the end zone targets.


In fact, with 300 fewer yards than Hopkins, Michael Thomas will sneak in as the WR-2. That is noticeably better than


Geronimo Allison, WR-17 and Devante Adams, WR-18


Adams will be double and triple-teamed all season and Aaron Rodgers will find it difficult to wait for him to get open at times. The situation creates new stars in the Packers’ receiving game, including Geronimo Allison, who scores just two points more than Adams.


Marquez Valdez-Scantling will finish just outside of the top-24 and Jake Kumerow will tie for the team lead in touchdown receptions. Aaron Rodgers rolls to a QB-3 finish and consideration for Comeback Player of the Year.


Jimmy Graham is still a marginal starter.


How's that?

Sorry, Baby doesn’t speculate about kickers and she religiously streams defenses. But she loves Aldrick Rojas of the Giants and Seattle in Week 1.


Want to know who makes the playoffs in real life? Look for her dad’s NFL Bold predictions article coming soon to this Twitter or Facebook page.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, there is no denying Patrick Mahomes’ status as the QB-1, aided in large part by Travis Kelce’s TE-1 performance.


Stream everyone! Check out Baby’s Sit/Starts, Waiver Wonders, and Sleepers of the Week right here all season long!

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