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AFC East Player Analysis
Mike Rumsey,, Senior Staff Writer

Buffalo Bills (vs Minnesota Vikings)

QB Kyle Orton: Orton has another favorable match up this week against the Vikings. He could be used if you have no other quarterback options as he has gone to the air often the past 2 weeks. He came close to passing for over 300 yards again last week. ( 229 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 9 yds rush )

QB E.J. Manuel: ( 50 yds pass; 4 yds rush )

RB Fred Jackson: Jackson continues to be the better play out of the Bill's running backs. He is involved in the passing game and continues to see all the red zone action. ( 52 yds rush; 4 catches for 36 yds )

RB Anthony Dixon: Dixon sees limited action in the running game and barring an injury or move up the depth chart, he has limited fantasy value. ( 15 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Sammy Watkins: Watkins was shut down by Revis last week. As the Bills best wide receiving option he will have a better week against the Vikings pass defense at home this week. ( 5 catches for 63 yds and 1 TD )

WR Robert Woods: Although Woods is coming off his best fantasy performance, he was heavily targeted by Orton as New England focused on containing Watkins. Woods should return to his normal 3 to 4 receptions this week. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 44 yds )

WR Mike Williams: Williams was a healthy scratch last week. He has requested a trade and may have some fantasy value if he is dealt away to another team. ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

WR Chris Hogan: Hogan is coming off a career day against New England last week. While is role in the offense is sure to grow he had only 2 targets from Orton prior to last week. ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Scott Chandler: With a season high 9 targets Chandler was another recipient of Orton's air campaign last week. He always seems to tease but usually follows up a good performance with a couple lackluster games. ( 4 catches for 45 yds )

TE Chris Gragg: With only 2 receptions so far this season, Gragg remains off the fantasy radar. ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Lee Smith: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Dan Carpenter: Carpenter looks to rebound at home this week after no field goals attempted last week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Buffalo Bills: They had a nice run going until they faced New England last week. They should be a great play at home this week against Bridgewater and the Vikings. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

Miami Dolphins (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill had a disastrous first half last week at home. He recovered and played much better in the second half. He should be in for another good week on the road against the Bears lackluster pass defense. ( 207 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 17 yds rush )

QB Matt Moore: ( 9 yds pass )

RB Lamar Miller: With Moreno out, Miller becomes Miami's unquestioned starting running back. He has scored in back to back games and will now have a boost in carries. ( 65 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB Daniel Thomas: Thomas was inactive last week. He and Williams could see some limited action in relief of Miller. ( 30 yds rush; 1 catch for 14 yds )

RB Damien Williams: Williams in the mix for additional carries in relief of Miller now that Moreno has been lost for the season. ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Mike Wallace: Wallace is the best wide receiving option in Miami's passing game. He has scored a receiving touchdown in 4 of out of 5 games this season. ( 2 yds rush; 6 catches for 65 yds and 1 TD )

WR Brian Hartline: Hartline has been hit or miss this season. Last week he was more miss with zero receptions on 2 targets. ( 4 catches for 48 yds )

WR Jarvis Landry: Landry will be a waiver wire favorite this week after his breakout performance last week. He was second in targets from Tannehill and is player to watch going forward. ( 4 catches for 40 yds )

WR Brandon Gibson: Gibson was inactive last week due to a hamstring injury. He may have slipped behind Landry on the wide receiver depth chart. ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Damian Williams: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Rishard Matthews: ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

TE Charles Clay: With his limited targets, lack of receiving touchdowns, and minimal receptions each week, Clay should not be started in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 4 catches for 40 yds )

TE Dion Sims: Tannehill doesn't look Sims way often enough in the passing game. ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Caleb Sturgis: Sturgis has been accurate this season, but look for another fantasy kicker as he has attempted only 1 field goal in each of his past 2 games. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Miami Dolphins: Week 6 was their worst performance of the season. This week they are at Chicago and Cutler is usually good for a pick or two but there is a lot to try and cover in the Chicago offense. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

New England Patriots (vs New York Jets)

QB Tom Brady: Brady is coming off of his best performance of the season against Buffalo. With the state of his offensive line and the loss of Ridley, Brady looks to be very busy Thursday night at home against the Jets. ( 240 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 1 yd rush )

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ( 17 yds pass )

RB Shane Vereen: With the loss of Ridley expect a mix of Vereen, Bolden, White, and a player to be named later. Vereen has some upside due to his involvement in the passing game but it could be a few weeks before one of these running backs separates themselves from the pack. ( 22 yds rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

RB Brandon Bolden: Look for a committee of Bolden, Vereen and White now that Ridley has been lost for the season. Bolden is the bigger back but he plays lots of special team roles. White could also be in the mix and it may be a while before someone establishes themselves as the feature running back. ( 33 yds rush; 2 catches for 11 yds )

RB James White: White could be in the mix for extra carries with Ridley lost for the season. He still is behind Vereen and Bolden on the running back depth chart but White is a player to keep an eye on. ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Julian Edelman: Edelman rebounded last week after his poor performance in week 5. Edelman continues to be heavily targeted by Brady and has another favorable match up at home Thursday night against the Jets. ( 3 yds rush; 8 catches for 78 yds )

WR Brandon LaFell: LaFell had a career game for New England last week. The problem with LaFell is that Brady spreads the ball around and the only safe receiver plays out of this offense are Gronkowski and Edelman. ( 4 catches for 57 yds )

WR Danny Amendola: Amendola has fallen behind LaFell on the Patriots wide receiver depth chart. With his 1 reception over the past 5 games he should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 3 catches for 29 yds )

WR Aaron Dobson: Barring an injury or move up New England's wide receiver depth chart Dobson is off the fantasy radar. ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

WR Brian Tyms: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Rob Gronkowski: The Jets passing defense has been very favorable to the top tier fantasy tight ends. Gronkowski is one of those aforementioned top tier tight end and starting him will pay dividends Thursday night. ( 6 catches for 75 yds and 1 TD )

TE Tim Wright: Wright has found the end zone the past 2 weeks, but due to his limited role in the offense you should not rush him into your lineup. ( 3 catches for 31 yds )

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Hoomanawanui's role is primarily as blocking tight end and he has minimal involvement in the passing game. ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

PK Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski had his first missed field goal attempt of the season last week. He is very capable at home and always a threat to score. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New England Patriots: The Loss of Mayo will hurt, but they have been great at home the past two weeks and the Jets offense is in a state of disarray. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles )

New York Jets (vs New England Patriots)

QB Geno Smith: Smith will start again this week for the Jets but he should not be used as your starting fantasy quarterback. New England is good against the pass and Smith has only three games this season with over 200 passing yards. ( 175 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 20 yds rush )

QB Michael Vick: ( 18 yds pass; 6 yds rush )

RB Chris Ivory: Ivory has a favorable match up against New England this week. However, the Jets running game has stalled the past 2 weeks, and they could be forced to go to Smith again this week to keep pace with New England so start with caution. ( 63 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Chris Johnson: The Jet's running game stalled last week and Johnson continues to play a limited role in the Jet's offense. With only 4 catches and less than 10 carries the past 3 weeks, Johnson should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 42 yds rush; 2 catches for 14 yds )

RB Bilal Powell: ( 18 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Eric Decker: Decker is coming off his best game as a member of the Jets and is expected to play Thursday night. While he continues to be heavily targeted by Smith, temper your expectations this week as New England will have a plan to limit his effectiveness in the passing game as Revis seems to have his island back. ( 4 catches for 44 yds and 1 TD )

WR Jeremy Kerley: Kerley sees enough targets from Smith, but this has not translated into many fantasy points. With Decker's return and Amaro's emergence Kerley currently has no fantasy value. ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 34 yds )

WR David Nelson: ( 3 catches for 29 yds )

WR Greg Salas: Not that you would be playing him but Salas may not be a go for Thursday nights game due to injuries.

WR T.J. Graham: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Jeff Cumberland: With limited targets each week and the continuing emergence of Amaro, Cumberland is off the fantasy radar due to his lack of red zone action and limited role in the offense. ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Jace Amaro: Amaro is growing into a bigger role in the Jet's passing game. As a rookie he will have his up and down games, but he is also limited by Smith's erratic play at the quarterback position. ( 2 catches for 21 yds )

TE Zach Sudfeld: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Nick Folk: Folk has no missed field goal attempts this season, but with the Jet's offensive struggles his scoring opportunities continue to drop. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New York Jets: We would like them more this week if this were a home game. Brady has been good the past 2 weeks and they have allowed 15 passing touchdowns through the first 6 weeks of the season. ( 3 sacks )

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