With the 2017 season about to enter the first Sunday of REAL NFL games, John Orr (@DFF_JohnIDP) and Dan Cook (@seahawksdan8) of the IDP team looked into their crystal balls to make some bold predictions. Agree or disagree, you have to admit these predictions are BOLD.
John Orr (@DFF_JohnIDP)
Tre’davious White, DB, Buffalo Bills. Bet on White being a top 10 fantasy player at CB. Facing off against the struggling or pass-friendly AFC East, he will often be tested and be locked in for Buffalo on the left side. The Bills pass rush will leave some errant throws and White will capitalize and get himself three INTs against the AFC East!
Jonathan Allen, DL, Washington. will be the first rookie to double digit sacks this year. Moving along their front line, he will get some favorable matchups and take the QBs down. His preseason performance showcased his strength and good techniques.
Jerry Hughes, DE, Buffalo Bills. No longer being asked to drop into coverage, Hughes will take advantage of the new defense and increase his sacks from last year. The mission is clear and simple, get the QB! Sacks will come, and he will play in the opposing team’s backfield. Prediction is he joins the 10 sack club.
Dan Cook (@seahawksdan8)
Marquel Lee, LB, Oakland Raiders will be an LB2 this season. Lee appears to have won the MLB spot for the Raiders. With not much competition behind him, Lee will keep the job all season and lead the team in tackles. The Raider’s tackle leader in 2016, Malcolm Smith, has moved on to the 49ers, and the combination of Cory James and veteran Perry Riley at MLB accounted for 74 solo tackles. This has crowned Lee the starter from Day 1 and, not leaving the field, he will lead the silver and black and be a top 24 LB this season.
Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers will lead the league in sacks. In only 12 games his rookie season, Bosa accumulated 10.5 sacks, which was 13th in the league. Bosa collected 4 of his sacks against divisional opponents. The Chargers changed their defensive scheme from 3-4 to Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defense, benefiting Bosa’s ability to rush the passer. Now a sophomore, Bosa has gained experience and with a chance to play all 16 games will feast on QBs.