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September 5, 2013

Daily Item fantasy football: 5 bold predictions for the 2013 NFL season

Go bold or go home. That’s my message to a certain fantasy football website that “boldly” proclaims that the Patriots will finish ahead of the Jets by the end of the 2013 season.

Really? That’s like predicting someone will get wet when he goes swimming.

But those who really bring home the hardware in fantasy football leagues each year are those who become true visionaries.

They see the potential of an undrafted Arian Foster before he completely breaks onto the scene or can sense that the wide-eyed guy holding Drew Bledsoe’s clipboard years ago would become one of the most prolific quarterbacks of all time.

There are ample rankings and projections on the internet to provide a general sense of player value, but ultimately the best way to separate from the crowd is to trust your gut and take a few calculated risks that could blow up in a good way.

So, as you read my bold predictions below, you may find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. But each are based on my preseason research combined with a certain amount of gut reaction. Yes, they may seem crazy, but I’ll be crazy successful when a few of them pan out. You just watch!

1. Roy Helu is the most productive Redskins running back this season.

Yes, I saw Alfred Morris last year and he catapulted my personal dynasty league team to a championship after LeSean McCoy went down to injury. He was a first-round selection in many drafts this year.

However, I have my concerns. First, Morris is nearly a non-factor in the passing game. He allegedly worked on that this offseason, but his skill set is based on pure running. Helu, on the other hand, is a more complete player. He offers a nice check-down option out of the backfield and for a Redskins squad looking to better protect young phenom QB Robert Griffin III, Helu provides a nice security blanket.

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