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AFC East Player Analysis
Mike Rumsey, FantasySharks.com, Senior Staff Writer

Buffalo Bills (vs New York Jets)

QB Kyle Orton: Orton has thrown for almost 300 passing yards each of the past 3 games. With Jackson and Spiller out of action he will be going to the air often again this week. ( 270 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 8 yds rush )

QB E.J. Manuel: ( 60 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB Anthony Dixon: With Spiller out until at least week 16 and Jackson sidelined with a groin injury for the next 4 weeks, Buffalo will use a mix of Dixon and Brown. Although Dixon believes he is now the starting running back, Brown will very much be in the mix. ( 33 yds rush; 3 catches for 23 yds )

RB Bryce Brown: With Jackson sidelined with a groin injury and Spiller possibly done for the year or late season at best, Brown is in line for an expanded role over the next few weeks. ( 35 yds rush; 2 catches for 14 yds )

RB Phillip Tanner: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Sammy Watkins: Watkins is coming off his best game of the season against the Vikings with 2 receiving touchdowns and 122 receiving yards. Watkins is the best wide receiver option in the Bill's passing game and has another favorable match up this week against the Jets. ( 6 catches for 68 yds and 1 TD )

WR Robert Woods: Woods saw less action in the passing game than Hogan last week. With only two games with more than 50 yards receiving this season, Woods should not be started in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 46 yds )

WR Mike Williams: Williams has been phased out of the offense and has no fantasy value with the emergence of Hogan the past few weeks. ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Chris Hogan: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

WR Marcus Easley: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Scott Chandler: After his week 7 performance, Chandler still has no receiving touchdowns and only 2 games with over 70 yards this season. There are better tight end options available for week 8. ( 4 catches for 56 yds )

TE Chris Gragg: Due to his limited role in the offense Gragg remains off the fantasy radar. ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

TE Lee Smith: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Dan Carpenter: Carpenter has seen limited scoring opportunities with only 1 field goal attempted the past 2 weeks. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Buffalo Bills: They have been one of the top fantasy defenses this season. This week they should be able to limit the Jet's rushing game and force Smith into making a few mistakes in the passing game. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Miami Dolphins (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)

QB Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill has been coming on the past few weeks and should be in for another great game this week on the road against the Jaguars 30th ranked passing defense. A nice fantasy 'sneaky' start right here. ( 246 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 18 yds rush )

QB Matt Moore: ( 9 yds pass )

RB Lamar Miller: Miller has a knee injury but is expected to play this week. Start him with confidence as there is not much behind him on the rest of Miami's running back depth chart. ( 67 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 20 yds )

RB Daniel Thomas: Thomas looks to have emerged as Millers back up but sees limited rushing action in relief of Miller. With Miller still at the top of Miami's running back chart, Thomas has minimal fantasy value. ( 32 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB Damien Williams: ( 8 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Mike Wallace: Wallace continues to be heavily targeted by Tannehill. With receiving touchdowns in 5 out of 6 games this season, he is always a threat to score. ( 2 yds rush; 6 catches for 67 yds and 1 TD )

WR Brian Hartline: Hartline has been a victim of Landry's emergence. With only 5 targets from Tannehill the past 2 games, Hartline is off the fantasy radar. ( 5 catches for 55 yds )

WR Jarvis Landry: Landry has more value in dynasty leagues but currently he continues to be more involved in Miami's passing game than Hartline. ( 4 catches for 39 yds )

WR Brandon Gibson: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Damian Williams: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Rishard Matthews: ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

TE Charles Clay: Clay found the end zone last week but it was his first receiving touchdown this season so don't go rushing to add him to your starting lineup until he continues to see more red zone action. ( 5 catches for 48 yds )

TE Dion Sims: Sims should be good for his usual couple of receptions again this week. ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Gator Hoskins: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Caleb Sturgis: Sturgis has been very accurate this season but he has only 3 games this season with more than 1 field goal attempted. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Miami Dolphins: Coming off a great effort against the Bears, they are a strong play this week against a Jaguars offense that is struggling. Streamers take note. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



New England Patriots (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Tom Brady: If Tannehill lit the Bears up last week.. Brady should be in for another good week at home as the running game has stalled with Ridley out of action. ( 240 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 2 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ( 16 yds pass )

RB Shane Vereen: Vereen saw the majority of carries last week though we wouldn't expect multiple receiving touchdowns each week for Vereen. He does have high upside though, as he is the best receiving running back on New England's roster. ( 19 yds rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

RB Jonas Gray: Gray's role in New England's rushing game is expected to grow. He is someone to keep an eye on as Bolden spends most of his time playing special team roles. ( 32 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Brandon Bolden: Bolden wasn't a factor last week, with his 1 reception for 4 yards. Someone will need to step up as Vereen won't be able to handle all the rushing duties by himself. ( 16 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB James White: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Julian Edelman: Edelman continues to see enough of Brady's attention but he wasn't a factor last week with too many dropped passes. Edelman looks to get back on track this week at home against Chicago. ( 3 yds rush; 8 catches for 75 yds )

WR Brandon LaFell: LaFell has been hit or miss the past few weeks. Last week was his third game with over 50 yards receiving but due to his inconsistency in the red zone, he has minimal fantasy value. ( 4 catches for 55 yds )

WR Danny Amendola: Amendola's only catch last week went for a touchdown. Due to his limited role in New England's passing game, Amendola should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Aaron Dobson: Barring an injury or move up New England's wide receiver depth chart, Dobson remains off the fantasy radar. ( 2 catches for 21 yds )

WR Brian Tyms: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski was in on 90% of the offensive plays last week which is good news. He looks to rebound at home this week, after connecting on only 5 of 10 passes from Brady last week. ( 5 catches for 66 yds and 1 TD )

TE Tim Wright: Wright is coming off his 3rd game with zero targets from Brady. He will continue to be hit or miss behind Gronkowski on the tight end depth chart. ( 2 catches for 27 yds )

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Hoomanawanui's role is primarily as blocking tight end and he continues to have minimal involvement in New England's passing game. ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

PK Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski remains one of the top options and New England won't hesitate to use him when necessary. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New England Patriots: They have a chance as they will have plenty of time to prepare for this week's game. Not the best matchup with Forte visiting as they look lost with Mayo out of action and now Jones is expected to miss the next 4 weeks. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



New York Jets (vs Buffalo Bills)

QB Geno Smith: Smith is coming off his first game this season without any turnovers. He is still not a recommended play as he continues to struggle to connect with his receivers in the red zone. ( 191 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 18 yds rush )

QB Michael Vick: ( 21 yds pass; 5 yds rush )

RB Chris Ivory: Ivory is coming off his best performance of the season last week against New England. He will be hard to sit after last week's success but he will be facing the Bill's 4th ranked rushing defense, so temper your expectations this week. ( 56 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Chris Johnson: Johnson saw significant action in the rushing game last week against New England. He is not a recommended play this week against Buffalo who have only yielded 80 rushing yards per game and zero rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs thus far this season. ( 38 yds rush; 1 catch for 12 yds )

RB Bilal Powell: Powell is not a big part of the Jet's running game and left last week's game with a foot injury. ( 13 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Eric Decker: Decker has a favorable match up against the Bills this week. Expect a better performance as Revis won't be shadowing him this week and the Jets won't find much rushing room against the Bill's elite run defense. ( 5 catches for 61 yds and 1 TD )

WR Percy Harvin: Harvin is sure to be a waiver wire favorite this week. It will take some time to learn the offense and establish a rapport with Smith. At any rate he should provide some relief for Decker going forward as opposing defenses will need to game plan for Harvin as well. ( 4 yds rush; 3 catches for 33 yds )

WR Jeremy Kerley: Kerley hasn't had more than 30 yards receiving since week 3. With Harvin now in the fold, Kerley could see his role in the offense even further reduced. ( 3 yds rush; 4 catches for 39 yds )

WR Greg Salas: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

WR T.J. Graham: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Jeff Cumberland: Cumberland is coming off his best fantasy performance so far this season. Due to his inconsistency however, he remains off the tight end fantasy radar. ( 3 catches for 31 yds )

TE Jace Amaro: Amaro has more value as future player in dynasty leagues. The Jets are a run first team and Cumberland occasionally shows up to play. ( 3 catches for 27 yds )

TE Zach Sudfeld: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Nick Folk: He had the game winning field goal blocked last week at New England. He has a chance this week as the Bills have been very friendly to opposing place kickers the past few weeks. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New York Jets: They are at home this week and Orton is usually good for a pick but they have struggled with only three sacks and zero turnovers the past two games. ( 3 sacks )



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