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.
Many people were disappointed by Ed Oliver’s rookie season. But he finished up close to the target numbers here. His pressures were down but his sacks were just one short in the end. The really surprising DT was Jordan Phillips. He managed 16 more pressures and eight more sacks than expected. It was a bizarre performance and is likely to go down as his best ever season. Amazingly Star Lotulelei was not disastrously wrong (given Phillips’ performance). He was short in solos, but OK everywhere else.
Jerry Hughes goes down as a major disappointment. His tackles were wildly short of projection and his four sacks was extremely disappointing for 48 pressures. Trent Murphy and Shaq Lawson were both better, but both of them piled up much more pressure than expected.
Thankfully, the LBs were much better. Tremaine Edmunds was 11 solos short but extremely accurate in every other stat. Matt Milano was even closer across the board. They both go down as good results.
Plenty of people think Tre White was a defensive player of the year candidate because interceptions are all they look at for corners. White managed six (prediction was three) but he finished very close to expected numbers for all other stats. Levi Wallace and Taron Johnson both exceeded expectations but neither were on the IDP radar.
Safety was mixed. Jordan Poyer managed nine more solos and 15 more assists, but Micah Hyde was bang on for solos and six out for assists.
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