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

Buffalo Bills (vs Chicago Bears)

QB E.J. Manuel: Manuel has struggled in preseason games. He also has been missing his new rookie wide receiver Watkins who has been nursing a rib injury. ( 190 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 17 yds rush )

QB Kyle Orton: ( 8 yds pass )

RB C.J. Spiller: Spiller will continue to see the majority of rushing action, but Jackson will vulture touchdowns and carries. ( 72 yds rush; 3 catches for 25 yds )

RB Fred Jackson: Jackson won't see as many carries as Spiller but he will see action in the passing game. He is also projected to be the goal line running back. ( 64 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 23 yds )

RB Bryce Brown: Brown is buried behind Spiller and Jackson on the Bill's running back depth chart. ( 21 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

RB Anthony Dixon: ( 1 yd rush )

WR Sammy Watkins: Watkins is still will working on building his rapport with Manuel. He is expected to start week 1 after missing time with a rib injury. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 60 yds and 1 TD )

WR Mike Williams: Williams will start opposite Watkins, but will be limited by Manuel's erratic play. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 38 yds )

WR Robert Woods: Woods has limited fantasy value as there are too many other receiving options ahead of him in the passing game. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 32 yds )

WR Marquise Goodwin: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 14 yds )

WR Chris Hogan: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Scott Chandler: Based on Manuel's erratic quarterback play Chandler has limited fantasy value. ( 3 catches for 40 yds )

PK Dan Carpenter: Carpenter could see plenty of action due to the Bill's offensive struggles. ( 2 XPs, 3 FGs )

Def Buffalo Bills: The Bills were one of the better fantasy defenses last year but we would like them more this week if this were a home game. ( 4 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble )



Miami Dolphins (vs New England Patriots)

QB Ryan Tannehill: If Tannehill and Wallace can get on the same page Tannehill will build upon last years success. ( 238 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Matt Moore: ( 8 yds pass )

RB Knowshon Moreno: Both Moreno and Miller are in the mix. Currently a time share as neither has taken over the starting running back position. ( 55 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 24 yds )

RB Lamar Miller: Both Miller and Moreno are in the mix. Currently a time share as neither has taken over the starting running back position. ( 37 yds rush; 2 catches for 9 yds )

RB Damien Williams: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Mike Wallace: Wallace has been spending extra time working with Tannehill. He will be a boom or bust play week 1 against New England's revamped secondary. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 61 yds )

WR Brian Hartline: He is a better option in ppr scoring formats due to his limited end zone appearances. ( 5 catches for 61 yds )

WR Brandon Gibson: Gibson has limited fantasy value as there are many options ahead of him in Miami's passing game. ( 3 catches for 33 yds )

WR Rishard Matthews: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Damian Williams: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Charles Clay: Clay has been nursing a knee injury but is expected to play week 1. He will look to build upon last years success. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 40 yds and 1 TD )

TE Dion Sims: Sims has limited fantasy value as there are many receiving options ahead of him in the passing game. ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

PK Caleb Sturgis: Sturgis is on a short leash after missing 8 field goal attempts last season. Check his status before starting for week 1 as he has been dealing with a groin injury. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs and 1 missed FG )

Def Miami Dolphins: Not the best match up week 1 with New England visiting. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



New England Patriots (vs Miami Dolphins)

QB Tom Brady: A healthy Gronkowski and Dobson will help Brady's cause. Brady did have one of his better performances last season at Miami. ( 259 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 2 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Shane Vereen: Vereen sees limited action in the rushing game but is involved in the passing game. He has more value in PPR leagues. ( 23 yds rush; 3 catches for 30 yds )

RB Stevan Ridley: Vereen and and White are also in the mix for carries out of New England's backfield. Vereen is on a short lease as he continues to struggle with ball control issues. ( 53 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 5 yds )

RB James White: White has been a hit at training camp but has shown little so far in preseason action. Barring an injury or move up the running back depth chart White has limited fantasy value. ( 29 yds rush )

RB Brandon Bolden: ( 10 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Julian Edelman: Edelman is still Brady's favorite receiver, but it will be difficult for Edelman to repeat last year's production with Gronkwoski and Dobson back in action. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 50 yds and 1 TD )

WR Aaron Dobson: Dobson is recovering from a foot injury and has not participated in any preseason action. Check his injury status for week 1 prior to starting. ( 3 catches for 37 yds and 1 TD )

WR Danny Amendola: Amendola is healthy after suffering through injuries last season. Upgrade him week 1 if Dobson and Gronkowski can't go. ( 4 catches for 47 yds )

WR Brandon LaFell: LaFell looks to be New England's deep receiving threat this season. Temper your expectations as Brady will spread the ball to many of his receiving options. ( 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Kenbrell Thompkins: Thompkins value is limited unless he can old off Dobson as a starting wide receiver. ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

TE Rob Gronkowski: Current reports have Gronkowski returning to action week 1. As always check his injury status for week 1 prior to starting. ( 5 catches for 80 yds and 2 TDs )

TE Tim Wright: It will take some to time for Wright to develop his rapport with Brady. ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Hoomanawanui is primarily a blocking tight end and should not be rostered in any fantasy scoring format. ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

PK Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski finished last year as the top ranked fantasy place kicker. Belichick won't hesitate to use him if the offense stalls. ( 4 XPs, 3 FGs )

Def New England Patriots: They have favorable matchup on the road against the Dolphins week 1. The additions of Revis and Browner and the return of Wilfork and Mayo will help. ( 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



New York Jets (vs Oakland Raiders)

QB Geno Smith: Smith has the starting quarterback job locked up. He has a favorable match up week against Oakland. ( 199 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 18 yds rush and 1 TD )

QB Michael Vick: ( 30 yds pass and 1 Int; 7 yds rush )

RB Chris Johnson: Johnson has looked good in preseason action, but he will lose carries and red zone action as Ivory will be in the mix. ( 73 yds rush; 3 catches for 20 yds )

RB Chris Ivory: Ivory has possible flex appeal as he will be the Jet's goal line back and see some action in relief of Johnson. ( 46 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB Bilal Powell: Powell will see limited action behind Johnson and Ivory. ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Eric Decker: ( 5 catches for 73 yds and 1 TD )

WR Jeremy Kerley: The Jet's leading wide receiver last season Kerley will lose receptions to Decker. ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 39 yds )

WR David Nelson: ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Greg Salas: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Clyde Gates: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Jace Amaro: Amaro has overtaken Cumberland for the number tight end position. As a rookie he will have up and down games. ( 3 catches for 35 yds )

TE Jeff Cumberland: Cumberland has been sidelined with an Achilles injury and has fallen below Amaro on the depth chart. ( 2 catches for 24 yds )

TE Zach Sudfeld: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

PK Nick Folk: Folk is an accurate place kicker but he was limited last season as the Jet's offense struggled. ( 2 XPs, 3 FGs )

Def New York Jets: They face Oakland at home but their are too many issues with the defensive backs. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT )



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