All through the off-season, we work to give DLF readers an edge in their dynasty leagues. That’s useless unless we can prove we’re OK at actually making decent predictions. This series looks back through our final pre-season projections and sees how good or bad they were.
The top item isn’t a good start, is it? Datone Jones missed the season on IR. The next two tackles are much better. Antwaun Woods managed just nine more total tackles than expected and Maliek Collins came in flat (albeit with two more sacks than predicted).
On the edge, DeMarcus Lawrence followed up his breakout 2017 with another excellent season. He comfortably beat the conservative projections and will be adjusted up in the future. Tyrone Crawford, Taco Charlton and Dorance Armstrong all finished close to predicted numbers (although Charlton’s sack number was low) but Randy Gregory smashed his sack target with six. His return has been underreported.
At LB there’s no way to make this more palatable – it was a flat our car crash. Sean Lee was predicted to be the top option, but he was injured (even) more than expected and lost his job whilst out. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch both confounded their targets and became a star partnership. This unit goes down as a big miss.