I discovered PrizePicks, a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) site, last fall. PrizePicks allows you to make parlays of two-six picks and allows you the option to place them as Power Play or Flex Play.
With Power Play, all the picks must hit for you to win. With Flex Play, only some of the picks must hit to win, giving you a less-risky option but also a lower payout.
Throughout last season, I became hooked on making various picks each NFL week, which then extended into NBA and MLB picks this offseason. In this debut article, I’ll highlight my six favorite NFL future PrizePicks player predictions.
2023 NFL Futures: PrizePicks Player Prediction
Adam Thielen (WR, Carolina Panthers) MORE Than 4.5 Receiving TDs
In the last five years on the Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen averaged nine receiving TDs. He is joining the Carolina Panthers this year, likely as the WR1. Last year’s WR1, D.J. Moore, who was traded to the Bears, scored seven TDs in his final year for the Panthers. It’s worth noting the Panthers have rookie Bryce Young at the helm, but I still think it will be no problem for Thielen to get at least five TD receptions this season.
Tyler Lockett (WR, Seattle Seahawks) MORE Than 875.5 Receiving Yards
Tyler Lockett has averaged 1,056.8 receiving yards in the past five years for the Seattle Seahawks. There has been debate about whether D.K. Metcalf or Lockett is the WR1 for the team. I lump them together and consider them the top receivers for the team.
Rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba is joining the team and is expected to take some targets. There wasn’t a notable WR3 on the team last year, making it tough to calculate how many yards will be at play now that there’s a legitimate third-receiving option. Still, I am going all in on Lockett this year and smashing the more button in this PrizePicks play. Plus, he already has a connection with QB Geno Smith.
Trevor Lawrence (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) MORE Than 4,149.5 Passing Yards
Trevor Lawrence had 4,113 passing yards on the season last year. This year, the Jaguars are bringing in notable veteran Calvin Ridley, who will join Christian Kirk as the Jaguars. Last year, Zay Jones was the only other considerable WR on the depth chart. Adding this offensive weapon with Ridley, there is a strong chance Lawrence will increase his passing yards this year. In addition, he’s coming into his third year in the NFL, so there should be improvements all around, making this one of my favorite PrizePicks futures.
DeVonta Smith (WR, Philadelphia Eagles) MORE Than 1,025.5 Receiving Yards
DeVonta Smith has averaged 1,056 receiving yards over the past two years. He is WR2 on the depth chart after A.J. Brown. Despite bringing in WR Olamide Zaccheaus this offseason, the Eagles’ third receiving option remains TE Dallas Goedert.
The Philadelphia Eagles fell short of their Super Bowl dreams last year, so I anticipate an even stronger passing attack this year.
*Note lines can and do change on PrizePicks. This line was previously at 1,049.5 receiving yards earlier in the summer, assumedly dropping due to talk of D’Andre Swift having a receiving role this season. I’m not swayed to alter this prediction due to Swift.
Nick Chubb (RB, Cleveland Browns) MORE Than 8.5 Rushing TDs
In the past five years, Nick Chubb has averaged 9.6 Rush TDs. With the loss of Kareem Hunt and Chubb occupying the backfield mostly to himself, there will be no problem for him to get at least nine Rush TDs on the season. Last year, he ranked No. 5 overall for running backs in rushing TDs. I predict that he will leap to the top three this year.
Tony Pollard (RB, Dallas Cowboys) MORE Than 1,050.5 Rushing Yards
Last year, Tony Pollard had 1,007 rushing yards on the season, with Ezekiel Elliott also in the running back room. Elliott had 876 yards on the year. Coming into this year with Pollard being the definitive RB1 (Elliott has now been signed to the Patriots), he only needs to improve by 43.5 rushing yards to hit this PrizePicks line. I see that as no problem doing so with him now leading the running back room in Dallas.
Remember, with any PrizePicks play, follow your gut on the lines you agree with. Always play responsibly. And always, always make sure you’re having fun with it!
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