In my first attempt at calling out ESPN’s wackiest guesstimates for individual fantasy production, I was surprisingly accurate with the exception of my call on Toby Gerhart, who has been a massive bust in Jacksonville thus far. I had him going for at least a touchdown in Week 1, and it’s been two weeks and all he’s done is run for 50 yards on 25 attempts.
Otherwise, I did pretty well, getting three out of my four predictions correct. Let’s see how I did in Week 2.
Kelvin Benjamin was projected for six points against the Lions, coming off a 15-point Week 1 performance. I thought six was low, which it was, but Benjamin went into rookie mode and dropped six of the eight balls thrown his way and ended up with two.
ESPN had Shaun Hill projected for 13 points against the Buccaneers, which I believed to be silly considering the tailspin this Rams offense is currently experiencing. Though he didn’t end up playing, Austin Davis — his replacement — ended up with 9 points. The point I was trying to make about Hill’s projection was that no Rams quarterback should be projected for double digit fantasy numbers. They still haven’t scored a touchdown through the air this season. I’m giving myself a point here because no one should’ve expected the Rams quarterback — whoever the hell it was — to have 13 points or more.
Next was Rashad Jennings, who was projected for five points against Arizona. Had it not been for an uncharacteristic, unforced fumble, Jennings would’ve been well over 10 points. Alas, everything is going wrong for the Giants this season, and Jennings coughed it up while trying to cushion his fall with the hand he was holding the football with. Note to Rashad: Don’t do that. Three points is this margin for error for my projections, and I had him going for more than five, so his total of eight means I’m gonna have to give the point to ESPN. Fuckers.
Finally, like everyone else on Earth, I figured LeSean McCoy would have a breakout game against the Colts, which would’ve hurt Darren Sproles production. That did not happen. ESPN’s projection of 15 points — which I thought was a bit high — ended up being eight points short of his actual total of 23. This week, they’ve got him down for seven against Washington. Go figure.
So my total record right now stands at 4-4. Let’s see if I can find some real garbage projections heading into Week 3…