It’s always a bit of a let-down to realize just how quickly the NFL season passes. Months and months of buildup are followed by a short-lived whirlwind of actual football. The calendar has turned to a New Year, your favorite team’s playoff dreams are being dashed left and right, and the fantasy playoffs are a fading memory. This year we thought we’d go ahead and take a hard look at our annual predictions series. We’ll see who was very right, who was very wrong, and try to pick a true winner for each category. Here are the categories we tackled:
- Fantasy MVP
- Fantasy Rookie of the Year
- Sleeper Rookie of the Year (outside our top 24)
- Bust of the Year
- Fantasy Sleeper
- Best Dynasty Buy
- Best Dynasty Sell
- Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
We’ll continue our retrospective by taking a look at our picks for the Sleeper Rookie of the Year.
Josh Allen, QB BUF
Sure, he has some issues. Josh Allen is nobody’s idea of a safe prospect and the offensive weapons and line blocking for him in Buffalo aren’t inspiring, either. However, we’ve seen Blake Bortles put up top 12 quarterback numbers in a similar situation in recent years, too. People decry his numbers as reliant on garbage time but it’s all the same on the stat sheet. The Bills are likely going to be trailing a lot in 2018 and they’re going to need their strong-armed rookie to attempt plenty of unfeasible comebacks. In the absence of many compelling options, Allen seems to be a safe bet for immediate production in the range he’s been taken. – Tom Kislingbury
If there were an award for most maligned rookie in the off-season, Allen would win it in a runaway. Negative narratives about Allen flowed like a mountain stream, and very few had the guts to say a whole lot of positive about the rookie signal caller. Tom was one of those few. He recognized that there were real question marks around Allen, but showed the moxie to see a silver lining. Allen outperformed the negativity surrounding him by a fair amount, and did quite a bit of that with his legs. It was a strong rookie season in Buffalo, and it will be interesting to see how Allen develops.