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 defensive line turned out OK. Brandon Williams was just ten snaps and six solos out, Chris Wormley three solos. Both were way short in terms of assists though and Michael Pierce was ten solos down.
Linebacker was a huge disappointment. Patrick Onwuasor was never really trusted as a full-time player (he averaged just 21 snaps per game after week five), while Kenny Young and Chris Board were flat out jettisoned early in the season. As a result, all of these predictions were poor. No excuses – it was just a miss.
The edge players were a little better, but still not great. Matt Judon managed 12 extra solos but was close on assists, sacks and pressure. Pernell McPhee played a bit-part role and Tim Williams ended up cut mid-season, while Tyus Bowser and Jaylon Ferguson were big parts of the defense. Not very accurate.
The four top corners were all in the right ballpark, but not what you’d call hits as the mid-season acquisition of Marcus Peters changed the landscape.
Safety was really interesting. The Ravens reverted to more of a SS/FS split than they’ve used in the last couple of years. Earl Thomas will do that for you. As a result Thomas underdelivered against tackle numbers, with Tony Jefferson and Chuck Clark doing the opposite. Clark was a surprise hit as the third safety, too, and his pressures were ridiculous. It’s not often you get to say a safety managed 45 more pressures than predicted.