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AFC East Fantasy Breakdown



Buffalo

Bills

QB: Trent Edwards

Edwards actually does have some talent. It just don’t always translate to the football field. It also doesn’t help that he has a weak supporting cast, or that

Buffalo
has some of the worst playing conditions in the NFL. New head coach Chan Gailey will try to get more out of Edwards. Just don’t count on it for your fantasy team.

RB: Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller



Jackson

was more valuable than Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Marion Barber, LaDainian Tomlinson and Brandon Jacobs last year. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards on a team with a terrible offense that was always playing from behind. Spiller is a shiny new toy, but he needs to get acclimated to the NFL game. Look for

Jackson
to command the bulk of the work early in the season. If Spiller starts to show that he can pick up blocks and make plays, he could evolve into a Reggie Bush-type back.

WR: Lee Evans

Evans is, once again, the lone Bills receiver worth owning. With the Terrell Owens show leaving town, Evans will once again be the main target on the Bills. And while he is their No. 1, it’s only because they have no one else capable of being a No. 2 on any other team. Evans is OK, but should be a mid to late-round selection.

TE: None



Miami

Dolphins

QB:

Chad
Henne

Henne put up a nice debut season last year. He’ll now get the opportunity to develop further. And the most exciting part is that he gets a brand new, Pro Bowl-caliber target in Brandon Marshall. Henne should put up a decent season, but is probably still a matchups guy.

RB: Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams

The Dolphins love to run the ball. Head coach Tony Sparano is an offensive line guy, and loves to pound the rock. Last year, Brown dealt with some injury issues, as he’s had to do frequently during his career. Williams was more than capable in his place. I think Brown is the starter, but Williams will get significant looks. I say wait a round and draft Williams instead.

WR: Brandon Marshall


Marshall

was a stud in

Denver
. Now he gets to catch balls on a team that actually has a running game. The only thing I could see derailing him this season is the

Miami
nightlife. If he can stay out of trouble, he can catch 100 balls.

TE: Anthony Fasano

Fasano has carved out a nice little niche for himself. He’s a big guy, capable of working the middle of the field. He’s also versatile enough to catch some defenders by surprise, and has top 10 tight end potential.


New England

Patriots

QB: Tom Brady

Brady is good. We all know that. But now he’s another year removed from that knee injury that sidelined him for the 2008 season. He’s more comfortable, more confident and he’s still got all those weapons. Draft him in the first few rounds and let him do the rest.

RB: Laurence Maroney

Maroney is one of the most frustrating players in fantasy: has the speed and power to be a serious fantasy threat, but never fulfills that potential. So annoying! It also doesn’t help that Brady is really good, and it’s easier to just throw the ball than hand it off. This is Brady’s team.

WR: Randy Moss, Wes Welker

Moss is a physical freak and still very productive, even as he’s getting older. He should be taken towards the end of the first or early second round, and will reward his team with great production. But the bigger story is Welker’s superhuman recovery from a serious knee injury. It’s been less than eight months since he blew up his knee, and he’s already running, catching passes and taking hits in Patriots camp. He needs to be a top 75 player in your draft, and should be a top 20 receiver even with the injury risk.

TE: Alge Crumpler

Brady likes his tight ends near the goal line. Crumpler isn’t what he used to be, but he’s still a legitimate pass catching tight end. He’s worth a late-round flier.

New York Jets

QB: Mark Sanchez

Sanchez flashed some skill last year, but he’s still raw, and he’s on a running team. He has some weapons at wideout, but his best weapon is standing behind him.

RB: Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson

The Jets ran the ball more than 600 times last year, more than any other team. Greene is due for a big year. He took the torch late last year and showed fantasy owners what they could expect once the gig was his. It now is. His backup and a potential handcuff is no slouch, at least on paper. Tomlinson has lost a step, but he’s still dangerous on the ground and through the air. I just think that if he looked broken down playing the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders defenses in perfect San Diego weather, what’s he going to look like when it’s 20 degrees in New York, Buffalo and Foxboro?

WR: Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery

Similar to the outlook for Sanchez, I don’t know how valuable the Jets receivers will be. Sanchez is still not there in my opinion. The Jets are a running team, and their style of play and playing conditions will keep the receivers limited. I think Edwards is a decent deep threat if he can hold on to the ball, and Holmes will be OK once he’s served his suspension, but there’s little to be excited about.

TE: Dustin Keller

Keller is an interesting play this year. He’s got the physical talents, but playing in this offensive scheme won’t do him any favors. He’s still good enough to be a top 15 tight end though.

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