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Houston and Tennessee are the early favorites, but by the time the regular season ends, it could be Indianapolis on top.

Findbet continues our tour of NFL training camps as we approach the start of the NFL season. Let's take a look at the headlines coming out of the AFC South and make our record predictions for 2020.


Colts QB Philip Rivers warms up during a padded practice Is Philip Rivers enough to push the Colts to a division crown?Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis

The Colts did more than any other team in the AFC South this off season when it came to improving their team. They went out and signed Philip Rivers to take over at quarterback, and also drafted the highly touted RB from Wisconsin, Jonathan Taylor. TY Hilton is heading into the season healthy which will be a huge boost for an unproven receiving core and he will likely become Rivers' favorite target quickly. The Colts also drafted one of the most "NFL Ready" wide receivers in Michael Pittman Jr out of USC. Taylor and Marlon Mack will start the year splitting carries in the backfield but Mack is in the final year of his deal. By the end of the year, Taylor will most likely be taking the lion's share of carries. One of the best offensive lines in the league, paired with play makers Darius Leonard and Malik Hooker on defense, and the Colts will bounce back in a big way in 2020. We have them winning a tiebreak over Houston for the division crown.

Prediction: 10-6 (Division Champ)

Deshaun Watson celebrates after first down. Deshaun Watson will have some different weapons to work with in 2020.AP Sports

Houston:

Bill O'Brien never ceases to amaze the football world with his prowess for making trades. He traded away one of the top wide receivers in the game, DeAndre Hopkins, earlier in the off season to Arizona for an aging David Johnson. Johnson is expected to handle the starting duties at RB and has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff for his physical condition entering camp. The real question is whether Johnson can stay healthy. After trading away Hopkins, the Texans turned around and acquired Brandin Cooks, a head scratching move to say the least considering the drop off in talent between him and Hopkins. Will Fuller and Kenny Stills round out the top three WRs for Deshaun Watson to throw to this year. Houston's defense returns a healthy JJ Watt and should still be a top 15 unit. It's a toss up between Houston and Indianapolis this year, and whichever team can stay healthier will most likely come out on top.

Prediction: 10-6 (Wild Card Berth)

Derrick Henry running a football Derrick Henry looks for a repeat of his 2019 season.The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Tennessee:

The Titans surprised everyone by stomping their way into the AFC Championship last year, beating the Patriots and the Ravens on the back of Derrick Henry and a rejuvenated Ryan Tannehill. This year, the Titans return most of their starters on offense after handing out a sizable extension to Tannehill and returning Derrick Henry on the franchise tag. The Titans have an emerging star at WR in AJ Brown to pair with 4th year veteran Corey Davis, who has never lived up to his top 5 draft position. On defense, the Titans traded away Jurrel Casey and decided against resigning Logan Ryan. Jeffrey Simmons looks to step in for Casey and build on his impressive rookie year. In a tightly contested division and a considerably weaker AFC, the Titans will almost assuredly be in the playoff race as long as Tannehill doesn't regress from his 2019 performance.

Predicition: 9-7 (Wild Card Berth)

Gardner Minshew throws a football Gardner Minshew may be running for his life this year.Getty Images

Jacksonville:

You can call it tanking, you can call it rebuilding. The Jaguars are playing for the future, not 2020. The roster, which was already purged of talent in 2019 with the trade of Jalen Ramsay and Calais Campbell, was then diluted even more with the trade of Yannick Ngakoue and the release of Leonard Fournette late in training camp. Gardner Minshew III has become a cult hero of sorts in some NFL fan circles, but he doesn't have the talent to make up for the defensive purging that this team has done. The Jaguars have a bright spot at wide receiver after the emergence of DJ Chark last year, and drafted promising rookie Laviska Shenault Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft. The team, pending any other types of moves, will trot out Ryquell Armstead and Chris Thompson at running back after Fournette's release. The only thing the Jaguars have going for them in 2020 is the allure of opportunity to draft Trevor Lawrence, and they are primed to be in that position looking at the current state of their roster.

Prediction: 2-14

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Booms

Kyle Anderson Forward Memphis Grizzlies

The former UCLA star might have taken the tale of the tortoise and the hare a little too seriously, but the "slow and steady" mantra has given him a successful NBA career and impressive fantasy numbers. For the past week, Slow Mo has averaged 16.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting, seven rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 made threes, two steals and one turnover a game.

Anderson has been a consistent contributor throughout the season and it's tough to see his numbers take a hit even when Jaren Jackson Jr. returns at the end of the month. If you haven't rostered him yet, it would be a huge mistake.

Jalen McDaniels Forward/Center Charlotte Hornets

Staying on the court has been a problem for McDaniels this season, but the absence of Gordon Hayward has forced the Hornets to look for other options on the court and the second-year player has been one of the beneficiaries. In the last three games, the San Diego State product averaged 16.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting, two made threes, five rebounds and 3.3 assists. He even threw in 1.3 steals and one block per game.

Hayward is expected to be out for at least three more weeks. Until he's back, expect McDaniels to continue his more proactive approach on this team.

Miles Bridges Forward Charlotte Hornets

McDaniels isn't the only one who has taken advantage of Hayward's injury. Bridges has cranked his game up a notch, averaging 21.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting, three made threes, six rebounds and one steal in the last three games. He may have even had the dunk of the year, posterizing Clint Capela on Sunday.

Until Hayward is back, Bridges will get a lot more freedom to operate and that means more fantasy contribution in the coming weeks.

Reggie Jackson Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Depth has not been a problem for the Clippers the last few seasons, but it has been trouble for fantasy managers looking for consistent contributors on that team. Rest and injuries haven't slowed the Clippers' winning ways this week because Reggie Jackson stepped up for them and gives fantasy participants a short-term high performer to lean on for the week.

In a week where Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Paul George missed time, Jackson thrived, averaging 17.3 points on 61 percent shooting, three made threes, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 turnovers in four games.

With Beverley out with a fractured hand and Rondo/George/Kawhi undoubtedly taking games off to save themselves for the playoffs, Jackson may not be a bad desperation option in standard fantasy and worth tracking in daily fantasy formats.

Busts

Tim Hardwaway Jr Guard/Forward Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks' recent success has not translated into numbers for all players. Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of them.

The Michigan product averaged 12 points on 37.5 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four games last week. He did make two three-pointers per game in that span, but that is like threading a silver lining on a used rag.

Hardaway is still the third scoring option on the team, so he will get more chances to increase his production, but this week was a tough pill to swallow for a lot of fantasy managers.

Derrick Rose Guard New York Knicks

Rose has found a home with the New York Knicks, but his role has not been kind to fantasy managers. We all know the former MVP can still score, but head coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't asked him to do much else.

In the last four games, Rose has averaged 14.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 0.8 made threes, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. That kind of one-dimensional play is a killer of many fantasy teams looking for a more diverse portfolio of contributions.

If you need a boost in scoring, Rose isn't a terrible option to consider, but if you need anything else, you should leave him on the waiver.

Lou Williams Guard Atlanta Hawks

Like Rose, Williams isn't asked to do anything other than score at this point in his career. But even in the past week, he can't even do that at an elite fantasy level. Only averaging 11.8 points per game, 1.8 made threes, 2.8 assists and basically non-existent in every other category in fantasy sports.

It's safe to say that Lemon Pepper Lou's effectiveness as a fantasy star is gone.

Jusuf Nurkic Center Portland Trail Blazers

Okay, I know Trail Blazers have been trying to ease Nurkic back into the lineup and giving him restricted minutes. However, with the fantasy managers looking for that final push to the postseason, there might have to be an executive decision on whether Nurkic needs to be played or pitched.

Teams firmly in playoff position can hold out for him to be used properly again, but other managers won't be able to stomach another week of missed games and low-end production.

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