LAST I checked, my middle name was James, and not Nostradamus.
Which is good, because there's a lot of pressure on you if your name is Nostradamus.
People are always coming up to you asking ‘What's tonight's lottery numbers? Or, Who's going to win the Super Bowl? ... Or, worse yet, What's up with that Honey Boo Boo?
It's also a good thing I'm not named Nostradamus because I'm about as good at predictions as Tim Tebow is throwing the deep ball.
Before the season started I made 10 … Uneducated Guesses as to what was in store for 2012. I figured if half were right, I'd be happy.
So, how'd I do? … Here's the scorecard.
1: Broncos WR Eric Decker will flirt with 100 catches and 12 TDs.
DING-DING-DING! CORRECT. See what Peyton Manning can do for you. Decker finished 2012 with 85 receptions, 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas had more catches and yards, but Decker was Manning's favorite red zone target.
2: Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew will end up winning you a fantasy title.
EHHH! SORRY 'BOUT THAT. Well, he MIGHT have won you a title … if he didn't get hurt. Jones-Drew was off to a nice start when he suffered a foot injury in Week 7, forcing the previously durable fantasy stud to miss the season's last 10 weeks.
3: Titans WR Kenny Britt will finish the season as a Top 10 caliber WR
MISSED IT BY THAAAT MUCH. The Titans offense was a mess wrapped in a disaster inside of a calamity. Britt is a talented WR, but horrific QB play and even worse coaching just sucked the life out of this team and sealed his fate for 2012.
4: Lions RB Mikel Leshoure will be a very productive fantasy player.
SIGNS POINT TO YES. Notice the word productive was used, and not superstar. Leshoure's season definitely qualified as productive, especially from a touchdown standpoint. He only had one 100-yard game, but finished with nine TDs in 14 games, including scores in five of his last seven.
5: Redskins RB Evan Royster is the guy you want in Washington.
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. We should have all seen the Alfred Morris train coming in D.C. Morris was getting the most preseason playing time and that should have been a clue he was coach Shanahan's guy. Royster's 88 yards rushing and two TDs make a nice game, but a lousy season.
6: Browns RB Trent Richardson will be a good running back. But not this year.
I'LL TAKE THAT AS A YES. It all depends on how you look at his rookie year. Yes, he finished with 11 TDs and that was very good, but he never racked up the yards and his numbers suffered in the second half. A good year? Yes. But he could have done better. He should next year.
7: Texans WR Keshawn Martin will play a valuable fantasy role by year's end.
HOW CAN YOU BE SO STUPID? Maybe, three years from now Martin makes a splash on the fantasy landscape, but he sure didn't in 2012. A 10-reception, one-touchdown season doesn't even qualify as a blip on a ripple.
8: Dolphins WR Devone Bess will actually be a Miami passing option worth having in PPR leagues.
KINDA. OK, MAYBE? We need a lawyer for this one. In August, I said of Bess, Figure on five or six catches for about 60 yards a game. Throw in an occasional TD and you've got some cheap fantasy points. Until he was injured in Week 14, the five catches for 60 yards were there. The TDs weren't – he finished with one.
9: Patriots QB Tom Brady doesn't top 40 TDs and 4,000 yards.
JUDGES, CAN WE ACCEPT THAT? Well, he ended the year with 34 TDs, so that part of the prediction was right. But he blew way past 4,000 yards, finishing with 4,827 – 173 short of his second straight 5,000 yard season. Credit – or blame – the Pats' new-found running game for the drop in Brady's TDs.
10: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be OK, but it won't be pretty.
DID I SAY OK? I MEANT AWESOME. If your definition of OK is 2,097 yards and 13 TDs, then I was right on. If you quibble and go by the official definition, then I was nowhere close. Peterson had a season for the ages. And it was made all the more remarkable because he was coming off major knee surgery. In fairness, I thought he'd struggle early and find his legs late in the season. He never struggled.
If you were scoring at home, that's three right, two half-right and one where a season-ending injury put the kibosh on it. Ehhhh. I guess I'll take it.