Fantasy Football: Bold 2010 Predictions You Can't Afford To Ignore

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2010

Felix Jones won't just be the best fantasy running back on his own team ... but in the entire NFC-East??!!
Felix Jones won't just be the best fantasy running back on his own team ... but in the entire NFC-East??!!Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Matthew Berry, you don’t know bold.

Ever wear a Green Bay jersey to an Eagles-Packers game at Lincoln Financial Field? Ever fix an electric fence while it was still plugged in? Ever try to snatch the last Zhu Zhu pet off the shelves at Toys-R-Us during a Black Friday crazed shopper battle royal?

Been there, done that.

So, you boldly predict that Jabar Gaffney will have more than 1,000 yards receiving? I see your bid and raise it to the truly bold: Gaffney will lead all receivers in the AFC-West in fantasy production.

Crazy? Perhaps. But this crazy writer nailed a good number of his bold fantasy baseball predictions five months ago. And I’m totally, 100 percent behind the following bold declarations. The faint-of-heart should move on to the next article and not look back.

So … Gaffney the best fantasy WR in the AFC-West? I’m all in. Who on the Raiders or Chiefs will eclipse him? Gaffney showed he has ample ability to produce big stats at the end of the 2009 season and has several very important things going for him: He is coach Josh McDaniels’ pet pass catcher, he has great chemistry with quarterback Kyle Orton, he knows the team’s playbook inside and out and his main competition for targets are either ineffective (Eddie Royal), injured (Demaryius Thomas) or extremely inexperienced at the pro level (Thomas and Eric Decker).

A smaller bold prediction … Decker will leapfrog Eddie Royal by season’s end as Denver’s WR2.

The San Francisco 49ers won’t only win the NFC-West, but will dodge some bullets against better teams in the playoffs to reach the NFC Championship game.

New Orleans won’t be as lucky.

Chad Henne gives Tom Brady a run for his money in terms of most productive AFC-East fantasy QB.

The Patriots finish the season third in the division, just ahead of the Bills.

For the fourth time in the past 17 years, a receiver will win NFL offensive rookie of the year.

And it won’t be Dez Bryant.

Zach Miller and Visanthe Shiancoe will score more fantasy points than Jason Witten.

LaDanian Tomlinson will find pay-dirt more times than Shonn Greene for the Jets.

This will be Brett Favre’s last season. Same with Terrell Owens.

Some would argue that Felix Jones won’t be the best fantasy running back on the Dallas roster in 2010. I predict that he’ll outscore any RB in the NFC-East.

Jamaal Charles will finish outside of the top 10 fantasy running backs in 2010. Not bold enough? How’s this: He’ll finish outside of the top 20 RBs.

Randy Moss, with a chip on his shoulder, finishes 2010 as the top fantasy wide receiver in 2010.

The St. Louis Rams do not finish in the NFC-West cellar. They make a strong push for the No. 2 spot in their division.

Max Hall will be quarterbacking the Arizona Cardinals by season’s end. John Skelton will be backing him up. Derek Anderson will be stocking shelves at a Piggly Wiggly.

Bernard Scott will be starting for the Cincinnati Bengals by season’s end.

And in case you weren’t keeping track … Cedric Benson won’t be.

At least one person will be wearing a Brett Favre Packers jersey Sunday at the Eagles game. Whether that person makes it out alive … and which fan base kills this unnamed person first? I’ll let you know Monday morning.


Make sure you check out some sweet bold predictions by our own consigliere.

For the rest of my bold picks for 2010, go here.

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