Brian’s 2020 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions: Say What?!

Football is finally F’ING back! In just a few days, the NFL will kick off but more importantly, the fantasy football season officially begins. We’ve done our research, filled our rosters, and already started scouring the waiver wire for next weeks gem. But before the games begin, and on par with how crazy 2020 has been, here are Brian’s Bold Predictions.

Michael Gallup will finish as the Cowboys top scoring WR

Many players are Galluppoing onto the bandwagon for the 2020 season and rightfully so. His rookie season he was no better than the 4th option and finished with just 68 targets. He led that team in yds/rec (15.4) while producing 507 yards on just 33 catches.

This was an offense where Dak threw the ball just over 500 times & Zeke led the team with 95 targets. His potential was apparent and was on full display last year. 2019 saw Gallup rack up 66 receptions for 1107 yards and 6 touchdowns. He saw 113 targets while finishing top 10 in yds/rec & yds/gm among all WR’s.

Yet, he is still being drafted well behind supposed alpha Amari Cooper (WR12). This is a huge mistake. The difference in production between him & Amari is microscopic, and actually favors Gallup heading into this year.

His target total was 6 less than Cooper, who played all 16 games, but their per game stats reveal that Gallup has the edge. He averaged slightly more targets (8), and yards (79), then Cooper (7.4 tar, 74 yards), while both averaged around 4.5 rec/gm. This is more indicative of a 1A/1B situation and not one where either holds a decided advantage. Again, Gallup going WR28 and Cooper WR12 

Dallas has since said goodbye to Randall Cobb, Jason Witten, & Tavon Austin who leave behind a total of 190 targets. While it’s understandable to be excited about 1st round pick Ceedee Lamb and Blake Jarwin there are plenty of targets for all Cowboys receivers to feast. Also considering the lack of rookie camps, practices, etc, rapport will play a vital role during the 2020 season. This benefits Gallup and makes it more likely he’ll see a bump in target%, and Red Zone looks.

A fast start and plenty of targets are inevitable. Recent reports indicate that Amari is dealing with a lower body “soft tissue injury which may linger into week 1. Even if Cooper plays he may be limited, giving Gallup a fast start. Gallup finishing as the Cowboys #1 receiver doesn’t seem outlandish but again, Cooper is WR12, and Gallup is WR28!

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Zack Moss will finish as the top scoring rookie running back!

Currently being drafted after CEH, Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins, and Antonio Gibson, Moss fills the downhill role vacated by Frank Gore in Buffalo. Gore’s usage declined near the end of 2019 but he still toted the rock 166 times for 599 yards while reeling in 13 receptions.

Last season’s darling Devin Singletary is the presumed starter entering 2020 as he became the primary ball carrier over the 2nd half of 2019. His hold on the job may be dwindling as reports claim that Devin is struggling mightily with fumbling. This of which cannot be tolerated in an offense that wants to run, and run a lot.

The fact that Buffalo spent the same draft capital on Moss as they did with Singletary indicates that there is a legit competition for the gig behind Josh Allen.

Buffalo ran the ball a total 465 times last year which ranked 6th, yet they only amassed 13 rushing td’s which ranked 18th. Of the 13 touchdowns, 9 were scored by Allen, but if rumors out of Buffalo come to fruition, this will change.

Moss, who routinely showed bulldozing, and tackle breaking abilities at Utah will benefit the most here, especially in the red zone & in goal to go situations. If Buffalo really wants to protect Josh Allen, it is Moss who will see those touches.

In an offense as dependent on running, ball security is the most important ability and Zack is great at this. He fumbled only 6 times throughout his 4 year college career with only 4 lost fumbles. His .8% fumble rate in college would rank him among NFL backs named Zeke, Henry, Bell and is an elite number.

Singletary on the other hand, lost 4 fumbles during his rookie year and is dealing with fumblitis so far in camp. It won’t be surprising to see Moss open the year as the starter and be the goal line back immediately.

He might not be as appealing when compared to the other rookie studs but the bruiser Moss will plow his way to the top of the rookie running back scoring list by seasons end.

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Tom Brady will finish as a top 3 quarterback!

Ah, good old Tom Brady. One of the most debated players heading into the 2020 fantasy season. Last year it almost seemed as if father time had finally started to catch up to the then 42 year old Brady. He had his lowest completion % since 2013. He combined his lowest passing yard total since 2010 with lowest TD% ever. This led to his lowest TD total and yards/att since ‘06.

But…yes… there is always a but, his arm still works as he attempted the 4th most passes with 613 and still surpassed 4K yards. He also had the 6th best interception % at 1.3, and finished a respectable 13th in yards/game with 253.6. 

Looking closer at these numbers, most would be astonished that he was able to even approach this level of production with the offense he played on in 2019. The running game was abysmal as they finished 25th in yards/att, and 18th in total yards.

His two best receivers were Julian Edelman and James White, who don’t exactly threaten defenses down the field. Josh Gordon who was supposed to occupy that role only lasted 6 games before being released. Rookie N’Keal Harry didn’t play until week 11 and underwhelmed once he did. The Antonio Brown experiment was exactly that and ended after one week.

It isn’t crazy to think that last year’s pass catchers were the WORST group that Brady has ever played with. He’s had some pretty weak supporting casts throughout his time. This however, will not be an issue in 2020.

TB12 is now in Tampa with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and his security blanket Rob Gronkowski. Evans has only begun his career with 6 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Godwin is coming off an 86 catch for 1333 yard season. This after posting 800+ yards on just 59 receptions during his sophomore year. I won’t get into what Gronk means to Tom on offense, nor will I go down the rabbit hole of O.J. Howard but just remember the last time Brady had two TE’s this talented.

Oh Wait, I forgot to mention his new team also just signed Leonard Fournette too. So yes, this team is loaded with stars, not supporting actors. The Bucs do not have the elite defense that New England did. Their divisional opponents also field some of the most potent offenses in the NFL. Get ready for the arial onslaught.

The new uniform, new teammates, game-flow, and an unmatched determination to win. This is why I think Tom Brady will go scorched earth on the NFL and finish as a Top 3 QB in 2020. 

*Current ADP from FF Calculator

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