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AFC East Player Analysis
Mike Rumsey,, Senior Staff Writer

Buffalo Bills (vs San Diego Chargers)

QB E.J. Manuel: Manuel has another favorable match up at home this week against San Diego. He was effective last week when Buffalo's rushing game stalled. ( 197 yds pass; 14 yds rush )

QB Kyle Orton: ( 2 yds pass )

RB C.J. Spiller: Spiller continues to see more action rushing than Jackson. His lone scoring opportunity was from a kickoff return touchdown last week. ( 70 yds rush; 2.46 catches for 21 yds )

RB Fred Jackson: Jackson is still the starting running back but Spiller has outperformed him the first 2 weeks of the season. He struggled against the Dolphin's last week. ( 56 yds rush; 2.79 catches for 23 yds )

RB Bryce Brown: Barring an injury Brown or climb up the running back depth chart Brown has no fantasy value. ( 21 yds rush; for 4 yds )

RB Anthony Dixon: Dixon is still behind Brown on the Bill's running back depth chart. ( 13 yds rush; for 2 yds )

WR Sammy Watkins: Manuel locked on to Watkins last week. As a rookie wide recover Watkins will have up and down weeks. ( 1 yd rush; 5.7 catches for 72 yds )

WR Mike Williams: Williams is behind Woods and Watkins on the Buffalo's wide receiver depth chart and currently has no fantasy value. ( 1 yd rush; 2.59 catches for 29 yds )

WR Robert Woods: With Watkins coming on Woods has limited fantasy value. Last week he had 1 reception on 5 targets from Manuel. ( 1 yd rush; 3.28 catches for 41 yds )

WR Marquise Goodwin: Goodwin is buried on the wide receiver depth chart and there are too many receiving options ahead of him in Buffalo's passing game. ( 1 yd rush; for 13 yds )

WR Chris Hogan: ( for 2 yds )

TE Scott Chandler: With limited targets avoid Chandler until he starts seeing more of Manuel's attention in the passing game. ( 3.44 catches for 44 yds )

TE Lee Smith: Smith is not an integral part of Buffalo's passing offense and should not be rostered in any fantasy football scoring format. ( for 5 yds )

TE Chris Gragg: ( for 8 yds )

PK Dan Carpenter: Buffalo's red zone woes are certainly helping his cause. ( 1.53 XPs, 1.98 FGs )

Def Buffalo Bills: They have been one of the top fantasy defenses in early season action. A good play at home with Matthews out of action for the Chargers. (, 2.64 sacks, 1.19 INTs )

Miami Dolphins (vs Kansas City Chiefs)

QB Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill continues to struggle in the passing game and his offensive line has had trouble keeping him upright. With Moreno and Miller possibly out for week 3, Miami will lean on Tannehill and the passing game. ( 256 yds pass with 1.1 TDs; 12 yds rush )

QB Matt Moore: ( 9 yds pass )

RB Lamar Miller: Miller left last week's game with an ankle injury. With Moreno out of action for the next few weeks he should see plenty of action. Check Miller's injury status later in the week though. ( 37 yds rush; 1.67 catches for 11 yds )

RB Damien Williams: Williams is expected to pick up some of the slack with Moreno out of action. Miami also re-signed Daniel Thomas who could be in the running back mix as well. ( 23 yds rush; 1.75 catches for 15 yds )

WR Mike Wallace: Wallace found the end zone again last week. He is currently the best wide receiving option in Miami's passing game. ( 1 yd rush; 6.8 catches for 75 yds )

WR Brian Hartline: Hartline sees some looks from Tannehill but he continues to get nothing in the end zone. ( 5.76 catches for 66 yds )

WR Brandon Gibson: Gibson sees limited work in Miami's passing game and should not be started in any fantasy scoring format. ( 3.78 catches for 36 yds )

WR Rishard Matthews: Matthews is buried on Miami's wide receiver depth chart and currently has no fantasy value. ( 1.87 catches for 16 yds )

TE Charles Clay: Clay continues to be heavily targeted by Tannehill, but with no red zone action, use another Tight End option for week 3. ( 1 yd rush; 5.89 catches for 58 yds )

TE Dion Sims: ( for 6 yds )

TE Gator Hoskins: ( for 2 yds )

PK Caleb Sturgis: Sturgis looks to rebound at home after connecting on his 1 attempt last week. ( 1.85 XPs, 1.68 FGs )

Def Miami Dolphins: They should be better at home this week, but last week they produced zero sacks and turnovers. ( 1.34 sacks )

New England Patriots (vs Oakland Raiders)

QB Tom Brady: The defense bailed him out last week. He has not been much more than a game manager the past two weeks with only two passing touchdowns and missed connections on long passing attempts. ( 306 yds pass with 1.51 TDs; 1 yd rush )

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Shane Vereen: Vereen made the most of his limited opportunities as New England ran with Ridley last week. Vereen should see more work this week as Oakland has one of the worst rushing defenses. ( 25 yds rush; 3.21 catches for 30 yds )

RB Stevan Ridley: Ridley has a favorable match up at home against Oakland this week. Oakland struggles against the run so Ridley may be the better play at home this week. ( 72 yds rush; for 6 yds )

RB James White: White has been inactive the first 2 games and is currently behind Bolden on the running back depth chart. ( 28 yds rush; for 7 yds )

RB Brandon Bolden: Barring an injury Bolden currently has no fantasy value. ( 11 yds rush; for 7 yds )

WR Julian Edelman: Start Edelman with confidence as he is New England's top wide receiver and Brady's favorite target. ( 3 yds rush; 7.8 catches for 79 yds )

WR Aaron Dobson: Dobson may have some value in the future when New England's offense starts clicking. In his first action of the season last week Dobson saw only 2 targets from Brady. ( 4 catches for 44 yds )

WR Danny Amendola: Brady continues to shy away from Amendola who had zero receptions and 1 target last week. ( 3.88 catches for 41 yds )

WR Brandon LaFell: With Brady struggling on long passing attempts LaFell has zero receptions so far so this season. ( 1.4 catches for 14 yds )

WR Kenbrell Thompkins: Thompson was inactive last week. Outside of Edelman and Gronkowski avoid any other receivers in New England's passing game. ( 2.21 catches for 21 yds )

WR Matt Slater: ( )

TE Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski is being eased back into action and it will be a few more weeks until he is not on a limited snap count. ( 4.49 catches for 59 yds )

TE Tim Wright: Wright was expected to have a bigger role in the passing game but Brady has many other options ahead of Wright in the passing game. ( 3.95 catches for 43 yds )

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Hoomanawanui's role is primarily as blocking tight end and he has little involvement in the passing game. ( 1.14 catches for 11 yds )

PK Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski is always a threat to score multiple field goals each week. ( 3.58 XPs, 2.28 FGs )

Def New England Patriots: Should be a great play at home this week against the struggling Raiders offense. (, 2.83 sacks, 1.82 INTs )

New York Jets (vs Chicago Bears)

QB Geno Smith: Smith is limited as the Jets are a run first team. We would like him more this week if Decker were guaranteed to start this week. ( 183 yds pass; 22 yds rush )

QB Michael Vick: ( 19 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB Chris Johnson: Johnson did not find much running room against Green Bay last week. He is splitting carries with Ivory and has another favorable match up at home against Chicago this week. ( 76 yds rush; 3.43 catches for 23 yds )

RB Chris Ivory: Ivory continues to split carries with Johnson. Ivory has flex appeal due to his work in the red zone. ( 74 yds rush; for 5 yds )

RB Bilal Powell: Powell is in the mix at running back, but he doesn't not see enough action behind Johnson and Ivory. ( 27 yds rush; 1.77 catches for 18 yds )

WR Eric Decker: Decker re-injured his hamstring during last week's game. The Jets don't play this week until Monday night. Check his injury status later in the week prior to starting. ( 6.2 catches for 81 yds )

WR Jeremy Kerley: Upgrade Kerley if Decker can't play this week. Kerley had a touchdown pass negated in the fourth quarter last week when the Jets called a timeout before the play. ( 2 yds rush; 4.24 catches for 42 yds )

WR David Nelson: Nelson continues to see limited targets from Smith each week. ( 1 yd rush; 2.53 catches for 27 yds )

WR Greg Salas: Salas has no fantasy value as the Jets are a run first offense and he receives limited looks from Smith. ( for 7 yds )

TE Jace Amaro: Ryan expects big things from Amaro this season. With 3 targets over the past 2 weeks we could be waiting for a long time. ( 3.26 catches for 38 yds )

TE Jeff Cumberland: Cumberland is more involved in the offense than Amaro, but not enough to be used as a starting fantasy tight end. ( 2.66 catches for 37 yds )

TE Zach Sudfeld: With his limited role in the offense Sudfeld is off the fantasy radar. ( for 1 yd )

PK Nick Folk: Folk nailed his only field goal attempt last week. ( 1.71 XPs, 1.68 FGs )

Def New York Jets: They have been great against the run, but are not creating many turnovers. Cutler and his wide receivers could do some damage Monday night. (, 1.94 sacks )

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