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.
Star DE Akiem Hicks was hurt a lot of the year and came in well short. Roy Robertson-Harris picked up a lot of his volume and beat his numbers. He had a little bit of hype due to his four sacks, but you’ll note that was exactly what was predicted in this column. Bilal Nichols was pretty close as the third main end.
Roquan Smith had a relatively disappointing season. He played just 719 snaps in the end and came in 14 solos short of his target. His assists and sacks were close though - he goes down as a successfully conservative projection. Danny Trevathan also failed to hit his snap target and finished 13 solos down. Nick Kwiatkoski was the main beneficiary and did well against targets. He’s still just a guy no matter how excited people get about him.
On the edge Khalil Mack was a major success. He was uncannily accurate for snaps, solos, assists and sacks. Leonard Floyd was also relatively close, even though he played a lot more than expected. He’s a poor player and could well have played himself out of a full-time job.
CB Kyle Fuller came in well over in terms of tackles. That was a bad prediction. His cover plays were very good and the other corners were much better, but Fuller was poor.
Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were in the right ballpark but the wrong way around. If they’d been swapped in order, they’d have been just one combined solo out. But they weren’t and so they were merely OK predictions.