It’s that time of the week again. Time to dust of the magic crystal ball and peer into the future. Not for lottery numbers, but for amazing fantasy football predictions of course.
Last week the crystal ball did me well. It predicted that Le'Veon Bell would be a stud right out of the gate, that Devonta Freeman would explode, that LeGarrette Blount would have more fantasy points than Dion Lewis and that Jimmy Graham would rebound.
Of course it missed on a few — like predicting that C.J. Anderson would finally have a good game and that Crockett Gillmore would have another two touchdown game.
But don’t lose the faith — even Nostradamus was wrong every once in a while.
Now let’s see what’s in store for Week 4.
Martellus Bennett Goes Off for 100 Yards and 2 Touchdowns
While you might not think that this is a bold prediction, seeing that Bennett is going up against a Raiders defense that can’t cover tight ends (they just let Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns go over 100 yards with a TD), remember that Bennett will probably have Jimmy Clausen throwing him the ball. That fact alone makes predicting any player in the Bears’ offense to do anything special a bold fantasy prediction.
Melvin Gordon Busts Loose for Over 150 Yards and 3 Touchdowns
The Chargers have been easing Gordon into life in the NFL through the first three games. He’s carried the ball 14 times, 16 times and then 14 times last week so far, averaging about 15 carries per game. This week against the Cleveland Browns, things change as Gordon finally gets 20-plus carries. He’s going up against a Cleveland Browns defense that allows an average of 122 yards and one touchdown per game to opposing running backs. Look for Gordon to have a breakout game and remind everyone why he was such a high draft pick and that not all Wisconsin running backs are busts.
Antonio Brown Doesn’t Score 10 Fantasy Points (In Standard Leagues)
This might seem like sacrilege, but poor Brown is trading Ben Roethlisberger for Michael Vick and that spells fantasy disaster for Brown owners. He’s been averaging an incredible 145 yards receiving per game through the first three contests of the season, but there is no way that is going to happen with Vick under center. If the Steelers are smart they will make sure they hand the ball of the Le'Veon Bell 25-plus times, dump the ball off the Bell and just throw wide receiver screens to Brown. Of course the Ravens know this and will bottle Brown up at the line of scrimmage. Of course you’re not going to sit Brown, just don’t be surprised if he has a down week.
A.J. Green Proves That He’s Truly Back With 150 Yards Receiving and 2 TDs
Last week Green was a fantasy monster catching 10 balls for an awesome 227 yards and two touchdowns. It looks like Andy Dalton and Green are back on the same page after the two struggled to connect in the first two games. Look for the magic to continue this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, who were just torched by Randall Cobb and James Jones and gave up 230 yards and four touchdowns to the pair (yes it helps that they had Aaron Rodgers throwing them the ball). But don’t forget that so far this season other elite receivers like DeAndre Hopkins in Week 1 and Emmanuel Sanders in Week 2 both scored two touchdowns against the Chiefs. Just sit back and watch the numbers Green puts up this week.
Maxx Williams Finishes as a Top-3 TE
Here’s a bold prediction for you. The unfortunate thing is that in most fantasy leagues Williams won’t be on many starting rosters (unless you were smart and played in a GPP in DFS). Joe Flacco only has one real target in Steve Smith and he has leaned heavily on Crockett Gillmore this year. Now with Gillmore out of this week’s matchup against the Steelers, look for Williams to be featured a lot and a 60-yard evening with touchdown is in store.
Andy Dalton Finishes the Week as the No. 1 Fantasy QB
Dalton is on fire, and it’s not just his hair. In his first three games Dalton has compiled 866 passing yards, eight touchdown passes and only one interception. Not bad for a guy many fantasy experts wrote off and wasn’t even drafted in most leagues. This week the Bengals play host to the Kansas City Chiefs and the league’s second-worst defense at allowing fantasy production to QBs. Look for Dalton to continue to light it up and throw for well over 300 yards and four touchdowns.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.