Elder’s Eight – Week 3
Welcome back to Elder’s Eight, the place where I make (terribly wrong) bold predictions for the upcoming fantasy week.
Last week’s predictions: 1/8 (Season predictions: 3/16)
1. Brian Hoyer will throw 3+ touchdown passes and no interceptions
The worst kept secret in the NFL nowadays (on the field, at least) is that the Browns actually have a pretty good football team. It’s going to take a heroic effort from Hoyer to beat the Ravens, but I believe he will get it done.
2. Alfred Blue has more rushing yards than Eddie Lacy
Last week, I picked Matt Asiata (the Vikings backup turned starter) to have more yards than Lacy. I was right on that one, so how about we try it again? Blue is likely to start this game as Arian Foster is dealing with a groin injury.
3. Matt Forte will have under 50 rushing yards for the second consecutive week
At this point, Forte owners are starting to get a little worried about their stud RB. Going up against the Jets (best run defense in the NFL) doesn’t make things any easier this week.
4. Russell Wilson scores more fantasy points than Peyton Manning
In his last 16 home games, Wilson has 33 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions – very Manning-like. And we all know what happened last time Peyton faced these Seahawks.
5. Andy Dalton will have more fantasy points than Peyton Manning
This is even bolder than the last, but I just have a lasting image of Malcom Smith taking a fluttering Manning pass to the house.
6. Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte, and Eddie Lacy will all score less than 10 fantasy points
These three guys have to go against the Panthers, Jets, and Lions run defenses respectively.
7. Kelvin Benjamin will score more touchdowns than Antonio Brown
I tried this last week with Benjamin vs Calvin and neither found the endzone in their game. This week, Benjamin will be on the opposite sideline as Brown and I’m betting that he gets into the endzone more often.
8. Khiry Robinson will have the most fantasy points for the Saints for a player not named Drew Brees
The Saints are a great running team, and now that Mark Ingram is hurt, Robinson should see an increased workload. He was a beast last year down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs and I expect that to continue this week.