Will Josh Allen get the better of Bills?

Will Josh Allen get the better of Bills?

With a good game (both in fantasy and in real life), there are high expectations. Arguably, no team enters the 2022 season with higher outside expectations than the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has gotten so close to the Super Bowl over the past two years and frankly, it’s not by Josh Allen fault if they weren’t there last season.

Nevertheless, he will be the main catalyst for this team’s hopes of winning a title. This team can add whoever they want, but ultimately they will go like Allen. Squarely at the peak of his career and one of the best quarterbacks on the planet, we should have all the confidence in the world for Allen.

Fantasy managers are also hoping that Allen can carry a lot of weight on his shoulders.

Will Josh Allen deliver another fantastic top-QB season? (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

We know that the Allen-to-Stefan Diggs the connection is white-hot and the latter’s status as a fantastic first-round draft pick shows it. Gabe Davis’ ADP has fluctuated depending on your fantasy platform, but for the most part we’re all ok with it taking a leap. Isaiah McKenzie finished the year in the draftable range and Dawson Knox is a tight top 10 consensus. And we haven’t even mentioned the backfield.

If all these players are going to reach their maximum value in fantasy and the Bills are going to make a run at the Super Bowl…Allen must be special. I believe it can be. We’ve seen him be that player before.

He’s my favorite choice for MVP this season.

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

There’s always some level of “Super Bowl hangover” worries, especially with a team like the Rams that seemed really enjoying their post-game celebrations.

All joking aside, the Rams have the kind of veteran culture and infrastructure to keep the train rolling. Nobody expects a complete regression. It will just be a challenge to navigate some of the changing waters. This list is weaker in some areas and the loss of big names like Andrew Whitworth, von Miller and Odell Beckham leaves big shoes to fill. The Rams have internal options to step up and we can never rule them out of a midseason move, but the reality is they didn’t win the Super Bowl last year without these guys.

The only way this train really goes off the rails is if something goes wrong with it. Matthew Stafford. There’s a chance the worry over his elbow this offseason was unnecessary. It’s not a new injury, Stafford has been through the pain before and McVay is known to be mildly dramatic with his media reporting. But if that’s something to worry about — no one can blame you if seeing a quarterback versus an aging pitcher baffles you — there’s a floor to this Rams team that didn’t exist. not before.

We shouldn’t project or expect a doom for the Rams. We don’t really have cause to worry about Stafford, who is coming off a fantastic first season with LA and could be even better at his recall, heading into Week 1. However, we’ll likely keep an eye out with a slightly raised forehead fixed on him all season.

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

While a handful of teams have undergone an identity change this offseason, the Titans have essentially doubled theirs Derrick Henry –centered identity.

The only other star level talent in this offensive skill group was AJ Brown. Brown was shipped to Philadelphia; Henry received a raise this offseason. Obviously, the two contract situations aren’t the same, but it still all points to where the team is more comfortable putting resources into it.

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Henry arrives in 2022 at an interesting turning point in his career. He endured a ton of mileage in recent years and nothing the Titans have done this offseason indicates they plan to relax. It was clear that the version of Henry we got when he returned from injury in the playoffs last year was nowhere near peak form. If he gets back to the top of his game right away and stays that way through the year, the Titans offense will be in good shape. Otherwise, Brown’s loss will be felt even more as this passing game is not equipped to carry the team.

How Henry plays this year will determine the fate of this AFC contender – and countless fantastic teams.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

I’m not convinced the Panthers will be anywhere near a contender this year, but let’s be honest – we’re all interested in seeing anyway. Christian McCaffrey replay.

For starters, whenever superstar talent returns after a long layoff, I’m ready to watch. McCaffrey is such a unique player in the NFL that the real victory would simply be getting him back and performing at the height of his powers. We will always fear Lucy dragging football with his health, but it would be amazing if he stayed there for a full season. Not to mention he will rightfully win fantasy leagues on his own.

McCaffrey will also play a huge role in the Mayfield Baker vocational rehabilitation tour. CMC does by Sam Darnold life easier when he was there last year. There’s no doubt he would do the same for Mayfield. The old no. 1 overall pick having a chance to make a second act when his first career game didn’t really crash and burn should be a bigger story. McCaffrey leading the charge would come in handy should it end in success.

Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes would be the chiefs candidate the easiest, but Travis Kelce is the only Chiefs wide receiver who both projects to play a ton and has history with the quarterback.

Kelce was one of the most dynamic players, if not the most dynamic, in this position in the history of the league. That said, he’s about to turn 33 this season and wasn’t as prolific from start to finish last year as we’re used to. With some of the receivers added this offseason, it’s worth wondering how he’ll be deployed this year.

I could see Kelce playing more on the receiver X spot he operated in during the 2020 season, as none of KC’s receivers are profiled as a legit number. 1s. But he might end up needing to play more traditional tight snaps if the Chiefs see MVS as their speed X receiver and JuJu as their big slot.

Kelce’s resume shows he can play anywhere along the receiver position. How he fits into this new offense as it takes the next step in its identity change will go a long way in dictating how the transition plays out.

Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

All eyes will be on Trey Lance this season but in reality, whether he is good or not, it will be a referendum on Kyle Shanahan.

I love this idea that Shanahan covers by bringing back Jimmy Garoppolo this season and might be able to save the 49ers with the veteran quarterback. News flash: If Lance is bad, it goes to Shanahan. If he feels the need to protect himself, he has already lost the war.

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan

Will Kyle Shanahan be able to get the most out of Trey Lance? (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Should Lance hit rock bottom and prove the massive The investment made with Shanahan’s blessing was a bad bet, the coach might not survive such a failure. It’s even with a fairy tale where Garoppolo returns and stabilizes the ship.

So all eyes will be on Shanahan even as we watch Lance’s experiment unfold. Personally, I still want to believe that the crafty trainer will have a completely revamped and compelling offense built around Lance to roll out in Week 1 that will leave most previous watchers blown away. We saw a similar story unfold with Shanahan and a rookie year Robert Griffin III years ago in Washington.

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Jackson’s contract situation alone will take on oxygen, given that a deal is unlikely to be completed before Week 1. That was the tough deadline Jackson set for negotiations ahead of be paused during the season.

His game on the pitch should also be a fascinating story to watch. It seems we’ve forgotten what a dynamic force Jackson is as a player. When surrounded by good players, he can lead a double threat attack. He is one of the best pure rushers in the league.

If you are a Rashod Bateman A believer like me, you’re equally confident saying that Jackson is by far the best receiving duo he’s ever had in the NFL. Bateman’s ability as a pure X receiver who can open up on all levels is a dimension this offense hasn’t seen in years.

If he hits, Jackson will have his best season since winning the MVP title.

Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Chargers

We have no reason to doubt the Chargers offense. You can pick nits at their good tackle position or their lack of deep speed at wide receiver, but this offense should be top-five in the league without too much of a stretch. Justin Herbert can win MVP, Austin Ekeler and the boys can take home fantastic titles; no doubt there.

Questions arise with just how good is this this team can be global and for me that comes down to the head coach. Brandon Staley’s specialty is defense and that was the deadweight unit in Los Angeles last year. Staley’s brand of defense took the league by storm in 2020, but he didn’t have the guys he needed to lead the unit in his first year with the Chargers.

After an off-season revamp, that’s no excuse now.

Staley’s progressive brand of gameday management will also be in question if the Chargers look like they’re not playing to potential. It’s way too early to say Staley isn’t up for the head coaching job and I’m not suggesting that. But someone will be underperforming in the AFC West and if it ends up being the Chargers, Staley could be the one to take on the bulk of it, deserved or not.

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