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NFL & Fantasy Football Predictions (2019)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Sep 1, 2019

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Chances are, your fantasy drafts are complete and you are counting down the hours until Thursday night’s game between Aaron Rodgers and the Bears’ exceptional defense. I figured there is no better way to pass the time than to dream on what may be in the coming months. I’ll be giving predictions for the standings and playoffs before handing out NFL and fantasy awards and even giving a sneak preview at the 2020 mock draft.

Now, before you jump into this, realize that these are not my projections. Predictions and projections are quite different. If I were to project the most likely outcome for every team, win totals would be artificially squeezed between 5 and 11 games and absolutely nothing fun or interesting would happen. That isn’t how real life works though. More likely, a trio of surprising teams will be decimated by injuries and have rough seasons while several others will surge forward like the surprising Chiefs and Bears last season. My goal is to emulate historical volatility so read this lightly as this is merely one of a million potential scenarios.

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NFL Standings

AFC East
Patriots 13-3
Jets 8-8
Bills 7-9
Dolphins 2-14
–Unsurprisingly, the Patriots run away with the weakest division in the NFL while rattling off double-digit wins for the 17th consecutive season. The shocker here is that the Jets held strong in the playoff race for the majority of the season thanks to their defense transforming into one of the league’s best. Josh Allen and the Bills fail to score 300 points once again while the Dolphins battle for the 2020 #1 pick.

AFC North
Browns 12-4
Steelers 9-7
Ravens 6-10
Bengals 2-14
Baker Mayfield takes another leap forward into the elite tier of quarterbacks while the Browns’ defense makes them a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Pittsburgh misses the playoffs again as Big Ben leads the NFL in interceptions and Baltimore has just their second losing season since 2007 as Robert Griffin is called on to take over in October.

AFC South
Colts 10-6
*Titans 9-7
Texans 8-8
Jaguars 7-9
–Neither Deshaun Watson or J.J. Watt are able to stay upright for the entire season, allowing Indianapolis’ elite defense and running game to take the South. A breakout by a finally healthy Marcus Mariota pairs with strong line play on both sides of the ball to get the Titans back into the playoffs with their fourth consecutive 9-7 season. Nick Foles posts Blake Bortles like numbers as the Jags sputter offensively again.

AFC West
Chargers 12-4
*Chiefs 9-7
Broncos 7-9
Raiders 5-11
–Mahomes comes back down to earth and is actually outproduced by Philip Rivers, who tosses 41 touchdowns with Melvin Gordon missing the first two months. LeSean McCoy and the Chiefs offense sneak into the playoffs despite an AFC worst 465 points allowed. Flacco and the Broncos start 7-4 before ending the season on a five-game skid. Derek Carr, meanwhile, stakes his claim as the Raiders’ franchise QB, but with no help from Oakland’s defense.

NFC East
Eagles 11-5
Cowboys 9-7
Giants 6-10
Redskins 3-13
–Even with Carson Wentz‘ back acting up again, the league’s best offensive and defensive lines carry the Eagles back to the top of the East. Tony Pollard and the Cowboys get off to a 3-0 start but lose each of their next four once Zeke returns from his holdout. Daniel Jones isn’t given the keys in New York until Week 15 then he proceeds to win the final three games.

NFC North
Packers 11-5
*Vikings 10-6
Bears 10-6
Lions 4-12
–Even with Aaron Rodgers missing a month, the Packers’ breakout defense and a league-leading 1,450 rushing yards from Aaron Jones get them to the top of the toughest division in football. Kirk Cousins bounces back and Mitch Trubisky takes a big step forward but the Vikings edge out the Bears for the second wild-card spot. Detroit loses all six division contests on their way to a disappointing finish.

NFC South
Saints 12-4
*Falcons 12-4
Panthers 7-9
Bucs 6-10
–The Falcons win their final seven games thanks to a finally healthy defense and a remarkable season from Matt Ryan, but it isn’t enough to overtake the Saints and their stellar running game. Cam Newton returns to form for the Panthers but it is Jameis Winston‘s league-leading 5,300 passing yards that captures the hearts of fantasy football coaches.

NFC West
Rams 11-5
Seahawks 9-7
49ers 5-11
Cardinals 4-12
–Todd Gurley storms on as the fantasy RB1 for the third consecutive season as the Rams cruise to another division title. Pete Carroll takes Seattle back to the stone age, running the ball nearly 600 times while both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny rack up 1,000+ yards on the ground. Nick Mullens replaces Jimmy G after a rough start in San Francisco while Arizona’s defense allows an NFL record  536 points.

Playoffs

Wild Card Round
Chiefs 28
Colts 26
–Mack rushed for over 150 yards but Indy has to settle for field goals

Titans 6
Chargers 38
Melvin Gordon and Justin Jackson each pound in two scores

Falcons 40 OT
Eagles 34
–Julio catches two touchdowns while Ridley grabs the game-winner

Vikings 41
Rams 21
–Goff tosses four interceptions trying to recover from an early deficit

Divisional Round
Chiefs 23
Patriots 27
–The Pats hold Mahomes to 1 TD in his attempt to dethrone Brady

Chargers 35
Browns 27
Hunter Henry pulls in two of Rivers’ five TD passes

Vikings 16
Saints 30
Latavius Murray hammers home two goal-line scores

Falcons 41
Packers 42
Jake Kumerow scores a go-ahead touchdown with 15 seconds remaining

Conference Championships
Chargers 24
Patriots 30
Josh Gordon continues his clean season with two more touchdowns

Packers 45
Saints 37
–Rodgers throws five TDs and rushes for another in a shootout for the ages

Super Bowl
–The Patriots strike first with a field goal followed by a Sony Michel rushing TD. Green Bay responds with two second-quarter touchdowns to Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allison to make the score 14-13 at halftime. Aaron Rodgers sneaks one in on the goal-line to extend the lead before New England adds a passing TD to Phillip Dorsett. The Packers extend the lead to eight on a screen pass to Aaron Jones, but Tom Brady and the Patriots march back down with three minutes on the clock and score on another Sony Michel run. In their attempt to tie the game with a two-point conversion, Darnell Savage breaks up a pass to Julian Edelman to secure a Packers’ win.

Patriots 26
Packers 28

2019 Awards

League MVP: Philip Rivers (LAC)
Super Bowl MVP: Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Fantasy MVP: Julio Jones (ATL)

Top Fantasy QB: Deshaun Watson (HOU)
Top Value QB: Philip Rivers (LAC)
Breakout QB: Mitch Trubisky (CHI)

Top Fantasy RB: Todd Gurley (LAR)
Top Value RB: Aaron Jones (GB)
Breakout RB: Justice Hill (BAL)

Top Fantasy WR: Julio Jones (ATL)
Top Value WR: Corey Davis (TEN)
Breakout WR: Anthony Miller (CHI)

2020 NFL Draft

  1. Bengals – Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
  2. Dolphins – Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)
  3. Redskins – Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia)
  4. Cardinals – Trey Adams (OT, Washington)
  5. Lions – A.J. Epenesa (Edge, Iowa)
  6. 49ers – Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)
  7. Raiders – Chase Young (Edge, Ohio St.)
  8. Ravens – Grant Delpit (S, LSU)
  9. Giants – Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado)
  10. Bucs – Dylan Moses (LB, Alabama)
  11. Jaguars – Jake Fromm (QB, Georgia)
  12. Panthers – Albert Okwuegbunam (TE – Missouri)
  13. Broncos – Walker Little (OT, Stanford)
  14. Bills – Bryce Hall (CB – Virginia)
  15. Dolphins (via HOU) – Jordan Love (QB – Utah St.)
  16. Jets – Collin Johnson (WR, Texas)


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Bobby Sylvester is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bobby, check out his archive and follow him @BobbyFantasyPro.

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