2013 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1
With our power rankings each week, we answer a question in a roundtable fashion among our contributors.
This week's question: What is one bold prediction, fantasy or otherwise, that you have for the 2013 NFL season?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
My bold prediction is that Browns WR Josh Gordon will finish as a top-12 fantasy WR in 2013.
The biggest negative is Gordon's two-game suspension to start the season, but that's a good thing from a fantasy perspective. Huh? If it weren't for his suspension, Gordon would likely be drafted much higher than his 8th-round ADP (via Fantasy Football Calculator) as he generated buzz early in offseason workouts.
In Pat Shurmur's west coast offense last year, Gordon was tied for eighth in the NFL in yards per reception (16.1), but that number should go up this year. With a rare combination of size and speed, Gordon should thrive in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack.
Projected for a stat line of 60/1092/8 over 14 games (based on my projections), Gordon has to the potential as a WR1 once he returns from suspension. Considering their are no byes in the first two weeks, you can afford to sit him on your bench during his suspension and then exploit his deep discount from there on.
This was one of my 10 fantasy football bold predictions for 2013. Check 'em all out here.
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
My bold prediction is that the Patriots, in a weakened AFC, will miss out on the playoffs all together. While I don't think that there is a good chance of this happening simply because of how weak the division is, it certainly seems more likely this year than it has at any point in the Tom Brady era.
The offense has a lot of new faces. Danny Amendola has been injury-plagued his whole career, and other guys that the Patriots will need to step up, are complete no-namers. The defense ranked 25th overall last year, and while I don't put a ton of stock in the preseason, the Patriots got absolutely destroyed by the Lions 40-9; a game in which Tom Brady and the Patriot starters were only able to put up three points in the first half.
I don't know if the Dolphins will live up to the hype this year or E.J. Manuel will have an Andrew Luck-type first season, but I believe that one of the teams in the AFC East has a chance to finally take down the perennial division winners. We'll see if anyone takes advantage.
Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
Here are a few bold fantasy predictions for the 2013 NFL Season:
- Adrian Peterson fails to be a top 5 fantasy RB this season.
- CJ's dominate the #1 & #2 spot. (C.J. Spiller and Chris Johnson)
- Only Calvin Johnson will have more TD receptions than Jordy Nelson
- These running QBs will all be outside of the top 10 at the end of the year: Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, RG3, & Michael Vick)
- Justin Blackmon is a top-12 WR despite missing 4 games.
- Four QBs break 5,000 yards this season: Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Brady, & Tom Romo)
- Andrew Luck has more INTs than TDs this season
- Shane Vereen is a better fantasy RB then teammate Stevan Ridley
- Both Darren McFadden and Demarco play all 16 games, and finish in the top 12 in scoring
- I will win every league I'm in. (It's happened before!)
Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
For this year, I predict that Jay Cutler will finish in the top 12 of fantasy points scored this year at quarterback. There are a few keys that will contribute to this scenario as he finally has a head coach in Marc Trestman that runs a pass-heavy offense. Also I believe that the Bears will have a down year defensively with the departure of Lovie Smith, and of course this will require Cutler to put the ball in the air more often. Finally, this is a contract year for Cutler, and we all know he would like that one last great payday, so grab number 6 late in the draft, and watch the FPS roll in.
Unlike our initial 2013 NFL power rankings, the San Francisco 49ers are no longer a unanimous choice as the No. 1 team.