Today we will be predicting the league leader for every main offensive stat. These predictions were created by Pro Sports Fandom (@ProSportsFandom) and Ryan Smith (@rjsmith_99). Below are both of our takes and a brief explanation on our predictions.
Pro Sports Fandom: Kirk Cousins
It was tough to go against Brees here but I felt that Kirk Cousins had the best chance to take the crown this season. With 4,917 yards last season Cousins finished third in passing yards. With the addition of dynamic play maker, Terrelle Pryor, as well as the growth of Jamison Crowder. Look for Cousins to rack up over 5,000 yards this season and slightly edge Brees, who just lost Brandin Cooks.
Ryan Smith: Drew Brees
Drew Brees has now lead the league in passing yards every season since 2014 and I am not looking towards any regression this season, even with the loss of Brandin Cooks. The Saints are the perfect team for piling up passing yards, with their incredible air attack year-after-year along with their poor defense, Brees has been able to rack up his yards each and every season and I look to 2017 to bring no changes.
Honorable Mentions: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan.
Pro Sports Fandom: Aaron Rodgers
Last season Rodgers led the league in passing touchdown at 40. With another year with Nelson, Cobb and Adams Rodger’s looks to repeat last season’s numbers. With the addition of TE Martellus Bennett and the loss of RB Eddie Lacy, everything looks in order to Rodgers to continue to lead the league in passing TDs.
Ryan Smith: Tom Brady
Tom Brady missed four games last year yet had 28 touchdowns, even with Gronk missing most of the season. With the addition of one of the fastest players in the league, Brandin Cooks, expect Brady to easily lead the league in TD’s. In his age 39 season, look for Brady to lead the league in touchdowns as well as compete for MVP, once again.
Honorable Mentions: Brees, Ryan, and Luck.
Pro Sports Fandom: Antonio Brown
Last season Brown finished with 106 receptions, just one, behind the leader Larry Fitzgerald. Antonio has been as consistent as they come by finishing within the top two every year since 2013. Even with the addition of Martivis Bryant I completely expect Brown to rack up his share of receptions and easily lead the league in 2017.
Ryan Smith: Antonio Brown
Antonio brown has been first or second in receptions for the past 4 years as stated above. With the emergence of Le’Veon Bell in the rushing game as well as Martivis Bryant lined up on the other side, look for Brown to finish on top this season.
Honorable Mentions: Jones, Fitzgerald, and Beckham.
Pro Sports Fandom: Odell Beckham Jr.
With such great players such as Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and even, last years leader, TY Hilton all in contention, the player who stuck out was Odell. Ever since Beckham has joined the league he has been one of, if not, the most dynamic play maker in all of the sport. With a bounce-back season from Eli Manning, I expect Odell Beckham to rack up over 1,500 yards as well as taking the title for receiving yards.
Ryan Smith: Michael Thomas
As a rookie, he finished just 10th in yards with 1137 yards. But as he develops as a receiver added to the loss of Brandin Cooks and his 117 targets, look for Thomas to capitalize on the Saints offense with Brees under center and rack up over 1,400 yards.
Honorable Mentions: Brown, Jones, and Hilton.
Pro Sports Fandom: Mike Evans
Under Jameis Winston last season, Evans saw 12 touchdowns which were tied for second in the league. With the development of Winston look for Evans to see the biggest benefit this season. Look for Evans to lead the league in targets as well as Red-Zone targets this season which will lead him to 16 touchdowns, yes 16.
Ryan Smith: Michael Thomas
In the Saints offense, Thomas looks to be the featured receiver with the Cooks departure. Last season, as a rookie, Thomas racked up nine touchdowns. With the loss of Cooks and Thomas’s productivity in the Red-Zone don’t be surprised if Thomas leads the league in receiving touchdowns this season.
Honorable Mentions: Nelson, Brown, and Beckham.
Pro Sports Fandom: Le’Veon Bell
By default, I originally had Ezekiel Elliott holding this position but with the suspension, I decided to go with Le’Veon Bell. David Johnson was not far behind but with Bell finishing second in yards/per game just behind Elliott and finished 5th overall despite his suspension, I felt Bell was the safer pick. In the Steelers powerhouse offense, look for Bell to be in control again.
Ryan Smith: Jordan Howard
Jordan Howard, despite only starting in 13 games last year, he finished second overall in rushing yards at 1313. With the return of Hroniss Grasu and Cody Whitehair moving back to his original position the Bears offensive line is elite this year, look for Howard to capitalize on being the premier back in the Bears offense this season.
Honorable Mentions: Johnson, Ajayi, and McCoy.
Pro Sports Fandom: David Johnson
Again, with the suspension of Elliott, it was a toss-up between David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell but this time, Johnson out matched Bell. David Johnson got into the end zone 16 times last season which was second just behind LeGarrette Blount. What puts Johnson over Bell is the other pieces in each others offense. For example, in the Steelers offense mouths such as Antonio Brown and Martivis Bryant look to steal Red-Zone opportunities from Bell. On the other hand, the only real threat in the Cardinals offense is Fitzgerald who had just six receiving touchdowns last season.
Ryan Smith: LeSean McCoy
Mccoy finished last year 4th in TD’s despite, the backup, Gillislee racking up eight rushing touchdowns on his own. With Gillislee now on the Patriots, look for McCoy to swoop in and take over as the featured back in both early work as well as in the Red-Zone and easily take the lead.
Honorable Mentions: Bell, Gordon and Ajayi.
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