Bold fantasy predictions: Seven bold calls to lead to glory

"Fortune favors the bold," after all. Brandon Marianne Lee runs through her top seven risk/reward plays of the season.

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(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Bold fantasy predictions: Seven bold calls to lead to glory


Bold /bŌld/ – showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

By definition, being bold is exactly how you win fantasy championships. You can’t put $1 of your FAAB money on Devonta Freeman after his three-touchdown Week 3 performance. That gets you nothing.

A year ago, Philip Rivers and Cam Newton both had ADPs in the 10th round. Clearly the “risky” Newton was the way to go. People would have told you that you were crazy if you said, “I started Blake Bortles over Peyton Manning.” Today, the response to that statement would be, “Good thing you did!”

The thing is, all of those choices, while bold, were based in fact, statistics and NFL know-how.

Today, I’m going to make seven bold predictions because I’m courageous, confident and know that risks are what make fantasy football so great. I also chose the number seven for a little extra luck. It never hurts.

1. Jeremy Maclin will go for more than 1,000 yards and score double-digit touchdowns.

Maclin is one of my favorite “value picks” of the 2016 fantasy football draft. According to Fantasy Football Calculator Maclin’s current ADP puts him at the end of the fourth round as the 23rd WR off the board. Not to get too anecdotal, but I’m seeing him go lower, sometimes at the top of the sixth round. He’s a boring pick, a safe play and many are concerned about his playing on a run-first offense. In the last five years, Maclin has gone for 850 or more yards in every season he played, over 1,000 in both of his last two. In 2015, the Kansas City Chiefs ran the ball on 38 percent of their snaps. Well, 13 other teams ran the ball on that percentage of plays or more: Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington. Maclin received more than 48 percent of the total wide receiver targets in Kansas City. And that was only his first year in that offense. I believe he will build on his 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns, not regress.

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

  • Chad

    Sammy Watkins has probably the widest range of outcomes of anyone in this draft. If healthy for a full season I am totally on board with his top five upside. I don’t know though the fact that Dez had the same injury and was pretty terrible last year makes me nervous about a player with such a lengthy injury history as Watkins. But that is why its called a bold prediction!

    • Brandon Marianne Lee

      It’s bold, but I think top-10 would have been wimpy. I’m a tough broad, so going with top-5 felt good. In real life, I’m totally wimpy and proud of it. In fantasy, I gotta go big.

  • Chad

    When I was reviewing players I was surprised to see that Big Ben stats weren’t as impressive as I had expected. I didn’t own him but saw the monster Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell lines while he was in and assumed he was killing it. The TDs to Int ratio was bad as you mentioned. He is one of those players whose perception doesn’t match reality apparently.

    • Brandon Marianne Lee

      Thanks for reading, Chad. Yeah, I was surprised, too! If I didn’t have to draft him as a every week starter, I would feel differently. He’s still a great DFS and best ball play.

  • Ron Love

    Why are people going nutty over Donte Moncrief? If you look at the history of Andrew Luck he favors the slot WR in his reads over the #2 WR. And that guy is Phillip Dorsett and his 4.3 speed. And if you tell me what Donte did last year, I’ll remind you that he was working out of the slot. Lol