These NFL Predictions Will Come True This Year

Football is right around the corner and we here at The Sports Script couldn’t be more excited. I am looking forward to another jam back season with lots of good games and tons of great story lines. Today I dig into each division and give you some predictions that I think will happen throughout the course of the season.

NFC West

Each Team will finish with 7 wins or better.
Carson Palmer will throw for 4500 yards and 30 TDs
Kaepernick will take a step back and struggle, but I don’t think it will affect the team enough to miss the playoffs.
The Rams will sweep the division. (They finished 4-1-1 last year)
Golden Tate records over 1000 yards recieving.

AFC West

The Broncos D will finish outside the top 10.
Peyton Manning will throw for over 5000 yards and 40+ TDs.
The Chiefs will win 10 games and make the playoffs.
Phillip Rivers will be benched after a week 10 4 INT performance.
Darren McFadden will stay healthy for all 16 games.

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers win the division.
Le’Veon Bell rushes for 600+ yards and 6 TDs in just under 10 games.
The Bengals will miss the playoffs because of a week 17 loss to the Ravens.
Brandon Weeden will not last at starting QB.
Ray Rice will lead the league in All Purpose Yards.
Joe Flacco will lead the Ravens Offense to an average of 30+ PPG.

NFC North

Vikings will go from 10 to 4 wins this year.
Adrian Peterson will get traded to the Patriots (Wishful thinking)
Green Bay will have the best record in football including a 20 point blowout of the 49ers in week 1.
Aaron Rodgers will be the NFL MVP.
Chicago will win 10 games again this year and will miss the playoffs again.
Jay Cutler will get paid.
Reggie Bush will have 90 receptions.

AFC South

The Colts will miss the playoffs due to a tie breaking loss to the Chiefs in week 16.
Houston Texans win the division but get eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs, they then Fire Gary Kubiak.
Matt Schuab has his best season to date.
Andrew Luck finishes in the top 5 of MVP voting.
The Jaguars play like well the Jaguars.
Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for 1300+ yards

NFC South

Matt Ryan finishes in the top 5 in the MVP race.
Julio Jones catches 10+ TDs.
New Orleans Saints will score more than 40 points 4 times.
Ron Rivera will be fired.
Matt Ryan and Drew Brees toss 5 TDs a piece in an epic 45-42 OT game in week 12.
Darrell Revis will win Comeback Player of the Year after intercepting 10 passes.

AFC East

Rex Ryan will be fired after New Orleans beats them 35-3 in week 9.
Mark Sanchez will throw 2 INT’s in one play in his attempt to get the Butt Fumble of the Worst of the Worst.
The Bills will win more games than the Dolphins.
E.J Manuel will win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Tom Brady will finish 2nd behind Aaron Rodgers in MVP voting.
Stevan Ridley finishes with 15 rushing TDs.
Fred Jackson scores more touchdowns than C.J. Spiller.

NFC East

Dallas will win 6 in a row to end the season but miss the playoffs by one game.
Tony Romo will throw twice as many TDs as he does INTs.
Washington will struggle and start the season 0-3.
RGIII is the real deal.
Vick will show signs of the old Vick and start all 16 games.
LeSean McCoy will put up MVP like numbers.
Jason Garrett will get fired.
Eli Manning will lead the Giants to a NFC East title.
Rueben Randle will lead the Giants in TDs.

I went to Twitter and asked for some of their bold predictions and these were the best responses.

@Cui2iousGeoi2ge (Ian Meredith) says the Kenbrell Thompkins will have over 1200 yards and 10 TDs.
@MattBell211 (Matt Bell) says that Kendall Wright will catch 90 passes.
@CwickB (Chad Woodroof) says that Ryan Matthews has a career year rushing for over 1200 yards and 8 TDs
@Abstract_cool – says that the St. Louis Rams will win the NFC West


Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers

The season has started and I am back to giving you my weekly Fantasy Football Sleepers. Week 1 is always a struggle in deciding whom to start with my 2nd & 3rd tier guys. Here are 5 guys that I believe that if they’re on your roster, you should be playing them the first week.

Week 1 Fantasy Sleepers

Alex Smith vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Smith had a 111.3 rating (6 TDs & 1 INT) on the road last season. He faces a Jaguars team that is going to be in the running for a top 5 pick in 2014. Smith should have no problem throwing for 250+ yards and multiple touchdown passes, which would make him a solid QB1 this week.

Darren McFadden vs. Indianapolis Colts

We have all seen what a healthy McFadden can do. He faces a Colts run D that gave up 137.5 yards per game last season. The Raiders are going to have to rely on the run with inexperienced Pryor at QB. McFadden will pull good enough numbers for him to be a top 20 back this week.

DeSean Jackson vs. Washington Redskins

The Redskins secondary was among the worst in football last season. Chip Kelly is going to bring his new offense to Monday Night Football and I look for him to use Michael Vick’s arm to expose the Redskins secondary. Jackson could be a really solid WR2/Flex play today.

T.Y. Hilton vs. Oakland Raiders

The Luck/Hilton combo was really nice last season and think with time they are only going to get better. The Raiders may very well be the worst team in football. They weren’t very good against the pass last year and they didn’t improve much over the offseason. TY would be a great play this weekend against them.

Zach Sudfeld vs. Buffalo Bills

With Gronkowski in limbo for the first few weeks of the season Sudfeld should see plenty targets this week in Buffalo. He is a big target (6’7) in the Red Zone and should have no problem putting up TE1 numbers in week 1.

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Fantasy Football season is upon us. Which means that millions of people around the world are drafting their teams. So I am here to bring you my latest rankings. Today I am going to give you my RB Rankings.

Rank RB Bye
1 Adrian Peterson – Min 5
2 Doug Martin – TB 5
3 Arian Foster – Hou 8
4 Jamaal Charles – KC 10
5 LeSean McCoy – Phi 12
6 C.J. Spiller – Buf 12
7 Ray Rice – Bal 8
8 Marshawn Lynch – Sea 12
9 Alfred Morris – Was 5
10 Trent Richardson –   Cle 10
11 Chris Johnson – Ten 8
12 Matt Forte – Chi 8
13 Maurice Jones-Drew –   Jac 14
14 Steven Jackson – Atl 6
15 Stevan Ridley – NE 10
16 Reggie Bush – Det 9
17 Frank Gore – SF 9
18 DeMarco Murray – Dal 11
19 Lamar Miller – Mia 6
20 Darren McFadden – Oak 7
21 Ryan Mathews – SD 8
22 David Wilson – NYG 9
23 Daryl Richardson –   StL 11
24 Ronnie Hillman – Den 9
25 Darren Sproles – NO 7
26 Shane Vereen – NE 10
27 Giovani Bernard – Cin 12
28 Eddie Lacy – GB 4
29 Rashard Mendenhall –   Ari 12
30 Andre Brown – NYG 9
31 Vick Ballard – Ind 8
32 Chris Ivory – NYJ 10
33 DeAngelo Williams –   Car 4
34 Benjarvus Green-Ellis   – Cin 12
35 Montee Ball – Den 9
36 Ahmad Bradshaw – Ind 8
37 Pierre Thomas – NO 7
38 Bernard Pierce – Bal 8
39 Danny Woodhead – SD 8
40 Mark Ingram – NO 7
41 Bryce Brown – Phi 12
42 Jonathan Stewart –   Car 4
43 Fred Jackson – Buf 12
44 Ben Tate – Hou 8
45 Jonathan Dwyer – PIT 5
46 Mikel Leshoure – Det 9
47 Shonn Greene – Ten 8
48 LaMichael James – SF 9
49 Roy Helu – Was 5
50 Zac Stacy – StL 11
51 Michael Bush – Chi 8
52 Daniel Thomas – Mia 6
53 Isaac Redman – Pit 5
54 Joique Bell – Det 9
55 Mike Goodson – NYJ 10
56 Kendall Hunter – SF 9
57 Isaiah Pead – StL 11
58 Joseph Randle – Dal 11
59 Christine Michael –   Sea 12
60 Johnathan Franklin – GB 4

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

We have entered Fantasy Football season folks. We are only a few weeks away from our 1st set of preseason games and I am here to give you my updated Fantasy Football rankings. As the season nears check back daily for up to date rankings and articles helping you with this years Fantasy Football Draft.

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Rank Player Team Bye
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
2 Arian Foster HOU 8
3 Jamaal Charles KC 10
4 Doug Martin TB 5
5 LeSean McCoy PHI 12
6 CJ Spiller BUF 12
7 Ray Rice BAL 8
8 Alfred Morris WAS 5
9 Trent Richardson CLE 10
10 Marshawn Lynch SEA 12
11 Matt Forte CHI 8
12 Reggie Bush DET 9
13 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 14
14 Steven Jackson ATL 6
15 Chris Johnson TEN 8
16 Stevan Ridley NE 10
17 Frank Gore SF 9
18 Darren McFadden OAK 7
19 DeMarco Murrary DAL 11
20 Lamar Miller MIA 6
21 Le’Veon Bell PIT 5
22 Ryan Matthews SD 8
23 David Wilson NYG 9
24 Chris Ivory NYJ 10
25 Montee Ball DEN 9
26 Darren Sproles NO 7
27 Eddie Lacy GB 4
28 Rashard Mendenhall ARI 9
29 Shane Vereen NE 10
30 Giovani Bernard CIN 12

NFL 32 Team Preview: Oakland Raiders

Next up on our 32 NFL Team Preview is the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders haven’t made the Playoffs since 2002, when they won the AFC and took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII (37). Since that season, the Raiders have gone 49-111. Last year they hired Dennis Allen as Head Coach and Reggie McKenzie as General Manager. Allen had only been a Defensive Coordinator for one season with Denver before the Raiders hired him. McKenzie is a person I believe can help bring Oakland’s glory days back. He held the Director of Player Personnel position with the Green Bay Packers before coming to the Raiders.

Offense: Dennis Allen named newly acquired Quarterback Matt Flynn as the starter over Terrelle Pryor, until the competition for the job dictates otherwise. Pryor doesn’t have too much game experience with the Raiders and can be a duel threat at the position. He needs to get a better handle on the passing aspects of the game. Flynn shined when he was put in the game with Green Bay, and went to Seattle in 2012 with hopes of being the starter, but lost the job to Russell Wilson in training camp. In his situational opportunities over 5 seasons, Flynn has a 61.7% completion percentage on 141 attempts, with 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. I don’t think either Quarterback will be the savior of this organization, but Flynn should do a pretty decent job leading at the helm. Tyler Wilson is an honorable mention, but he needs time to understand Defenses better before he can step on the field. Oakland has a very good Running Back in Darren McFadden. He’s a threat with the ball in his hands and is also an excellent pass catcher. Unfortunately, McFadden hasn’t been able to be healthy for a full 16-game season in his 5-year career.  McFadden had a career low in yards per carry last season, he only averaged 3.3. To backup McFadden, the Raiders signed Rashad Jennings in Free Agency, and drafted Latavius Murray with their 181st pick. I believe Murray will win the backup role. In the last 3 seasons at Central Florida, Murray averaged over 5.5 yards per carry with 2,292 yards and 34 touchdowns. Whoever is carrying the ball, Oakland needs to improve upon their 28th ranked rushing Offense. The Wide Receivers have pretty good depth for the Raiders. Denarius Moore led the team with 7 receiving touchdowns last season. Moore was benched for dropped passes in 2012, but is a very good talent. Rod Streater and Juron Criner are entering their 2nd season in the NFL and are full of promise. Streater led the team in yards per reception for 2012, with 15.0. Jacoby Ford is a very speedy guy who can catch you off guard if not accounted for, but missed all of last year with a foot injury. Josh Cribbs was brought in during the offseason and also is a player who can surprise you with his speed. Neither Ford nor Cribbs have been able to prove that they are consistent Wide Receivers, and are really better as return men in the kicking game. A wildcard is Conner Vernon from Duke University. Vernon is the All-Time leader in the ACC for receptions. He had 283 catches for 3,749 yards, and 20 touchdowns in his 4-year college career. Vernon should be a vital asset on 3rd downs. The Tight Ends might be the most questionable part about the Oakland Offense. David Ausberry hasn’t ever done anything worth mentioning, Richard Gordon is more of the run blocking type, and both Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera were selected in the 6th round of this year’s NFL Draft. All four will be competing in Training Camp for the starting Tight End job. The Offensive Line starts with Jared Veldheer. Veldheer looks like the incredible hulk at this moment; he looks like he’s done nothing but lift weights throughout the entire offseason. He has only allowed 8 sacks in his last 32 starts and will be the Raiders starting Left Tackle. Menelik Watson will be starting on the opposite side of Veldheer and was considered to be the best Right Tackle prospect in the 2013 Draft. The ex-Florida State Seminole should make an immediate impact. Tony Bergstrom will go into his 2nd NFL season as the starting Left Guard. On the right will be Mike Brisiel, a 6-year veteran. He only allowed 1 sack in 15 games last season, but accounted for 9 penalties. Stefen Wisniewski will get the nod at Center. Wisniewski was Oakland’s 1st selection at the 48th overall pick in the 2011 Draft. If the Raider Offense can find a rhythm in the running game, they should finish better than 18th ranked in Total Offense, as per 2012. The 8th ranked passing attack last year must keep up that level of consistency, even with a new Quarterback.

Defense: The Secondary for Oakland might be their strongest resource on Defense in the 2013 campaign. Strong Safety Tyvon Branch makes his presence known when he’s on the field, and some feel he’s been snubbed for a Pro Bowl appearance a few times. Charles Woodson will make a return to the silver and black, and should be the teams starting Free Safety. With the 12th overall pick in the Draft this year, Oakland picked up D.J. Hayden out of Houston University. Hayden only played 2 years for the Cougars, is extremely physical (which you love in a Cornerback), and posted 6 interceptions with 3 touchdowns. Hayden will more than likely be the player the Raiders will line up against the opponent’s best Wide Receiver. There may be some growing pains for him but he should turn out just fine. Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter were both brought in via Free Agency. Porter fought effects from a seizure he had last August and didn’t play much in 2012. Jenkins never could really live up to the expectations in Dallas that come with being a 1st round pick. He’ll be looking to rejuvenate himself in Oakland, as it might be the last stop of his career. The Oakland Linebacker corps has a lot of questions surrounding them. The one bright spot is Sio Moore, who was possibly the steal of the Draft, will be playing Outside Linebacker. Moore should be a pass rush specialist, as he tallied 44 sacks in his college career at Connecticut. Some question his abilities in coverage. Nick Roach is listed as an Outside Linebacker, but I feel he might be better fighting for the Inside position with veteran Kevin Burnett. Roach did a decent job of filling in for injured Brian Urlacher last season and is eager to take full advantage of his opportunity in Oakland. Kaluka Maiava, Kaelin Burnett (younger brother of Kevin) and Miles Burris will be competing for the other Outside Linebacker spot. Maiava is more of a Special Teams player. If Roach can win the Inside Linebacker job like I am thinking, there’s a strong possibility that Kevin Burnett could fill this role. Lamarr Houston heads the Defensive Line. Houston needs to have a breakout season by putting pressure on the Quarterback, if Oakland wants to succeed. He’s only totaled 10 sacks in his 3-year career so far and had 4 last season. Andre Carter was brought back for his 13th NFL season, and over the last 7 years has had double digit sacks, every other year. Seeing as how he only recorded 2.5 last season, the Raiders hope that trend continues. Jason Hunter comes to Oakland from the Broncos via Free Agency and was moved from Linebacker to Defensive End by Dennis Allen. The 8-year vet missed all of last season with a torn triceps injury. Vance Walker and Pat Sims will be the big men in the middle of the line. Walker is a Defensive Tackle who was brought from Atlanta and has 11 starts in 58 games. Sims is a Tackle who was vital to the Bengals. When he played other teams would average one yard less per carry on the ground. Of the 20 games Sims played in over the past 2 seasons, he helped Cincinnati win 14 of them. He should be an impact immediately for a Run Defense that ranked 18th last season. If the Oakland Raiders plan on improving Defensively in 2013, they’re going to have to get pressure on the Quarterback. If they can do that, their talented Defensive Backs should definitely get a handsome amount of turnovers.

End Result: Before I give the record, let me say first, the moves Reggie McKenzie made over this past offseason have set the Raiders up nicely for the future. They should be able to be major players in 2014’s Free Agency class. Since Oakland is rebuilding in 2013 though, I predict that they’ll finish with a record of 2-14.

2013 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

As we entered the month of June we inched closer to the regular season. On Monday, I dropped my QB Rankings & now today I present my early Fantasy Football RB Rankings.

Rank Player Team Bye
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 5
2 Arian Foster HOU 8
3 Jamaal Charles KC 10
4 Doug Martin TB 5
5 LeSean McCoy PHI 12
6 CJ Spiller BUF 12
7 Ray Rice BAL 8
8 Alfred Morris WAS 5
9 Trent Richardson CLE 10
10 Marshawn Lynch SEA 12
11 Matt Forte CHI 8
12 Reggie Bush DET 9
13 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 14
14 Steven Jackson ATL 6
15 Chris Johnson TEN 8
16 Stevan Ridley NE 10
17 Frank Gore SF 9
18 Darren McFadden OAK 7
19 DeMarco Murrary DAL 11
20 Chris Ivory NYJ 10
21 Darren Sproles NO 7
22 Ryan Matthews SD 8
23 Le’Veon Bell PIT 5
24 Vick Ballard IND 8
25 David Wilson NYG 9
26 Lamar Miller MIA 6
27 Montee Ball DEN 9
28 Eddie Lacy GB 4
29 Rashard Mendenhall ARI 9
30 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN 9

Here is a linke to my QB Rankings

Week 16 Must Start/Must Sit …….

Championship Week is upon us all, some of you the title game is next week. But for everyone it’s an important week this week. Good luck to you all.

Must Start

Matthew Stafford v.s ATL – Coming off a rough week against the Cardinals, Stafford faces a semi tough matchup. But the Falcons defense before last week gave up 275+ yards in 3 straight games against QB’s. I think they just made sure to revenge last year’s playoff blowout. So look for the him to have a nice bounce back game this weekend.

Darren McFadden v.s Car – Carolina has been good against the run the last two weeks because they have jumped out to big leads. I don’t think they do the same against the Raiders. McFadden had his 1st 100 yard game since week 8 and should have another this week. I am always cautious about teams traveling across the country to face teams. But start McFadden regardless.

Alfred Morris v.s Phi – Whether Griffin plays or not Morris is a must start. But if RGIII sits again this week, his value peaks high again. He had a season high 27 carries last week and he has 100 yards or a TD in 4 straight games. He faces a Eagles team that has given up 100 yards on the ground in 10 straight games. Love the matchup, easy must start this week.

Steven Jackson v.s TB – Facing one of the tough defenses against the run in Tampa Bay. You would think Jackson might be good on the sidelines this week. Well I think that is wrong, he will have another solid week this week. He has 19+ touches in the last 4 games and has 14 catches out of the backfield in the last 3 games.

Pierre Garcon v.s Phi – Ever since coming of the injury this guy has been money. It doesn’t matter if RGIII or Cousins is at QB, he has 32 targets in the last 3 games. He is producing and should again this week against a weak Eagles secondary.

Danny Amendola v.s TB – Can we just call him Wes Welker 2.0? Could you imagine how many receptions this guy would have if he stayed healthy all season? He is a PPR machine, easy must start whenever he is playing.

Antonio Gates v.s NYJ – Gates found the end zone for the 5th time this year late in the game last week. I look for him have a very nice game against the Bad news Bears the Jets.

Must Sit

Andrew Luck v.s KC – If you have him as an only option this week, than I believe you should start him. But if you can get your hands on another option i.e. Wilson, Freeman or Flacco. I would start them ahead of Luck this week. They are ranked 7th against the pass this year in terms of yardage. The potential for a rough week is possible.

Jonathon Dwyer v.s Cin – Terrible matchup for him this week against a Bengals team that hasn’t given up over 50 yards on the ground in 3 games. Look for other options this week that have a better upside than Dwyer.

Chris Johnson v.s GB – Green Bay hasn’t been the best on stopping the run, but I don’t think this game will be close. I think the Packers will get out in front early taking the run out of this game. So if you have better RB’s on the roster to start, I would put them in the lineup.

Bryce Brown v.s Was – He is basically Fantasy Irrelevant now that McCoy has been named starter of the Eagles. Even with possibly splitting carries he is not worth the start this week.

Josh Gordon v.s Den – The young rookie will get to meet Champ Bailey this week. Bailey is one of the best this game has seen. I believe he will make him a non-factor in this game. Making him bench able this week in all formats.

Falcons D v.s Lions – I don’t trust the Falcons D we saw last week, they will struggle against the Lions. I think the Lions will get a lot of yardage and score over 20 points. Making them a not so hot start for this week.

Those are my week 16 start/sits, any Fantasy Football Questions you can ask on here or on twitter. (@rickygangster) I’ll answer any and all questions you send leading up to game time.