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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 had his best game of the season against the Jets back in week 8. There are better quarterback options for week 12 as in his last 2 games he has thrown only 1 passing touchdown and 4 interceptions. ( 241 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

QB E.J. Manuel: ( 52 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB Fred Jackson: Jackson is expected to play this week after sitting out last week's game. Temper your expectations this week as the Jets have one of the NFL's better rushing defenses. Jackson does have some appeal in PPR scoring formats as he was heavily involved in the Bills passing game before injury. ( 32 yds rush; 3 catches for 29 yds )

RB Anthony Dixon: With Jackson expected back this week and the Jet's defense allowing only 4 rushing touchdowns and just over 80 rushing yards each week don't go rushing Dixon into your starting lineup this week. ( 43 yds rush; 2 catches for 13 yds )

RB Bryce Brown: Brown has been heavily involved in the passing game the past 2 games with Jackson sitting out. Expect Brown's receiving numbers to drop with Jackson back in the starting lineup. ( 19 yds rush; 3 catches for 23 yds )

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

WR Sammy Watkins: Watkins was shutdown by Miami last week and wasn't a factor. He has a favorable match up at home this week against the Jets. He had over 150 receiving yards against the Jet's back in week 8, but Orton's recent struggles in the passing game have not helped Watkins' cause. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 70 yds and 1 TD )

WR Robert Woods: With Hogans recent emergence Wood's production has taken a hit since the Bill's bye week. With only 3 games this season with over 50 receiving yards, Woods will continue to have minimal fantasy value. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 46 yds )

WR Marquise Goodwin: Goodwin is questionable this week with a hamstring injury. With only 1 reception so far this season Goodwin should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 3 catches for 24 yds )

WR Chris Hogan: Hogan has bypassed Woods and has become the Bill's #2 wide receiver on the receiving depth chart. In the past 2 games he has over 5 receptions and scored 1 receiving touchdown. He some value in PPR leagues as Orton continues to look for him. ( 2 catches for 25 yds )

WR Mike Williams: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Scott Chandler: Chandler was a no show in the scoring column last week. Even with a better match up this week against the Jets you should use another Tight End option for week 12. ( 4 catches for 45 yds )

TE Chris Gragg: With his limited role in the Bills passing offense, it's best to leave Gragg out on the waiver wire. ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

TE Lee Smith: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Dan Carpenter: Carpenter had his 3rd missed field goal of the season last week, but he continues to see multiple scoring opportunities each week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Buffalo Bills: They have a cupcake matchup vs. the Jets this week, are at home and had one of their better games against Vick back in week 8. ( 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Miami Dolphins (vs Denver Broncos)

QB Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill has a favorable match up on the road against the Broncos this week. With Denver limiting the Dolphins ground game, Tannehill will be going to the air early and often. ( 221 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 20 yds rush )

QB Matt Moore: ( 9 yds pass )

RB Lamar Miller: Miller is coming off a solid game against Buffalo last week, but he continues to struggle against the better NFL rushing defenses. Temper your expectation this week as Denver has one of the aforementioned better rushing defenses. ( 42 yds rush; 2 catches for 12 yds )

RB Daniel Thomas: With Miller having extra time to rest up for this weeks tilt with the Broncos, Thomas's workload will decrease and so will his fantasy value. ( 24 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Damien Williams: Williams continues to see limited carries in relief of Miller. Barring an injury to Miller Williams currently has no fantasy value. ( 9 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

WR Mike Wallace: Wallace has another favorable match up on the road at Denver this week. He continues to underwhelm with the emergence of Landry and Tannehill's inability to connect with him on any on deep throws. ( 2 yds rush; 5 catches for 56 yds and 1 TD )

WR Brian Hartline: Hartline had his second game of the season last week with over 50 yards receiving. With limited looks from Tannehill each week and Landry, Clay and Wallace ahead of him in the receiving game, Hartline continues to have limited fantasy value. ( 5 catches for 53 yds )

WR Jarvis Landry: Landry has outperformed Wallace the past 3 weeks and caught his second receiving touchdown last week. He has some limited value in PPR leagues as bye week fill in if you are out of other wide receiver options. ( 5 catches for 42 yds )

WR Brandon Gibson: Gibson scored his first receiving touchdown of the season last week against the Bills. He has yet to have over 30 yards receiving in any game this season and remains off the fantasy radar. ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Rishard Matthews: ( 2 catches for 26 yds )

TE Charles Clay: Clay sees enough targets from Tannehill each week but he continues to be limited with a knee injury. He will be a high risk reward play at Denver this week as Tannehill will need to throw to keep up the pace with Denver.

TE Dion Sims: Sims continues to see a couple of targets each game but remains off the fantasy radar due to his limited involvement in the Dolphins passing game. ( 4 catches for 45 yds )

TE Gator Hoskins: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

PK Caleb Sturgis: Sturgis has been one of the better fantasy kickers the past few weeks and continues to see multiple field goal attempts each week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Miami Dolphins: They have been one of the top fantasy defenses the past few weeks but Denver is tough place to play and they will have their hands full with the leagues second ranked passing offense this week. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



New England Patriots (vs Detroit Lions)

QB Tom Brady: Brady wasn't asked to do to much last week as it was Gray's coming out party. Temper your expectations this week as Brady has a formidable match up this week at home against the Lion's passing defense. ( 225 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 1 yd rush )

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ( 13 yds pass )

RB Jonas Gray: Gray has much tougher task against Detroit's number one ranked rushing defense this week. He is clearly established New England's lead running back but don't expect a repeat of last weeks performance this week. ( 36 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

RB Shane Vereen: Vereen took a backseat to Gray last week. He continues to see plenty of targets in the passing game but not much action in New England's running game. ( 37 yds rush; 4 catches for 33 yds )

RB Brandon Bolden: Bolden plays mainly on special teams and has had no carries since week 6. ( 18 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB LeGarrette Blount: ( 27 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB James White: White was inactive again last week and currently has no fantasy value. ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Brandon LaFell: LaFell wasn't much of a factor last week but will be relied upon here to help move the offense. It's tough to run on Detroit so the ball will be in Brady's hands a lot more. ( 1 yd rush; 7 catches for 80 yds and 1 TD )

WR Julian Edelman: Edelman had an apparent hip injury during last week's game but returned in the second half. Check his injury and practice status later in the week in the week prior to starting this week. ( 4 yds rush; 7 catches for 63 yds )

WR Danny Amendola: Amendola continues to be a non-factor this season, with a couple of targets from Brady each week there are much better wide receiver options for week 12. ( 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Aaron Dobson: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

WR Brian Tyms: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski did find the end zone against the Colts last week. This week he has another tough match up at home against Detroit, but there is no way you sit him as he is one of Brady's favorites in the red zone. ( 5 catches for 76 yds and 1 TD )

TE Tim Wright: Wright did score his fourth receiving touchdown last week against the Colts. He is a risky play as he has only 2 games with over 50 yards receiving and sees limited targets with Gronkowski ahead of him on New England's tight end depth chart. ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Hoomanawanui's role is primarily as blocking tight end and he has little involvement in the passing game. ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski had no field goal attempts last week but made all 6 of his extra point attempts. He looks to get back on track at home this week against the Lions. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New England Patriots: They should be better at home this week as Stafford is usually good for a pick or two. Last week they managed only 1 interception and sack, but they continue to give up too many passing yards each week. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



New York Jets (vs Buffalo Bills)

QB Michael Vick: The Bills aren't bad against the pass and Vick has been ranked outside of the top 25 fantasy quarterbacks over his past 3 games. Vick is not a recommended play this week as he has yet to throw for over 200 yards passing in any game since taking over from Smith in week 8. ( 158 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 29 yds rush )

QB Geno Smith: ( 45 yds pass and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Matt Simms: ( 4 yds pass )

RB Chris Ivory: Ivory had very pedestrian numbers in the two games prior to the Jets bye week. He did have two rushing touchdowns when these teams met back in week 8, but he only managed 43 yards on the ground in that game. ( 57 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Chris Johnson: Johnson has had only four games this season with over 50 yards rushing. He also sees some limited action as receiver in the passing game but not enough to be used as a flex or starting fantasy running back. ( 45 yds rush; 2 catches for 17 yds )

RB Bilal Powell: ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Eric Decker: Decker should be rested and healthy coming off the Jet's week 11 bye. Other than his week 9 performance, Vick hasn't helped his cause. ( 6 catches for 60 yds and 1 TD )

WR Percy Harvin: Other than his week 9 performance against the Chiefs, Harvin has only 3 receptions for less than 25 yards his other 2 games. He is not a recommended play this week against the Bills on the road. ( 13 yds rush; 5 catches for 44 yds )

WR Jeremy Kerley: Kerley has been consistent with 2 receptions each of the past 3 games. Due to his limited role in the offense Kerley should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Greg Salas: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

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

TE Jeff Cumberland: Cumberland has had 5 targets for zero yards over his past 3 games. Due to his limited involvement in the passing game he should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( 2 catches for 25 yds )

TE Jace Amaro: Amaro continues to be hit or miss, in his favor he did have 5 receptions for 50 yards against the Bills in week 8. Check his injury status status prior to starting week 12 as he missed practice earlier this week with an illness. ( 2 catches for 19 yds )

TE Zach Sudfeld: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Nick Folk: Folk has been very accurate this year but he has 5 games with only 1 field goal attempted this season. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New York Jets: They are coming off their best performance of the season prior to the bye week and recorded their first turnovers since week 5. They forced zero turnovers and managed only 4 sacks when these teams met back in week 8 at the Meadowlands. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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