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AFC East Player Analysis

Buffalo Bills

QB Drew Bledsoe – Last year was one of Bledsoe’s worst as a pro, if he struggles Losman is waiting in the wings. The Bills have simplified the offense and added WR Lee Evans as a target. In addition, they have brought in Sam Wyche as QB coach. I would expect Bledsoe to bounce back nicely from last year. He could be a good value pick in the later rounds.

 

QB Other – Bledsoe’s immediate backup is Travis Brown, behind Brown is Rookie JP Losman. Neither will see much action unless Bledsoe is injured. Losman would only have future value in a keeper league.

 

RB Travis Henry – Henry had an awesome season last year rushing for over 1300 and 11 TDs despite playing with injuries. There is some risk involved with an early selection, as McGahee will see some action.

 

RB Willis McGahee – Will see some action but Henry currently is still the featured RB.

RB Ken Simonton – Has little or no value behind Henry and McGahee.

 

WR Eric Moulds – Moulds was a bust last season as he played with nagging injuries. While he should rebound nicely this season, there are better options for a #1 WR. Based on last years stats he falls out of the top 10 of WRs. 

 

WR Josh Reed – Much was expected of him last season but he did little with the opportunity.  With the addition of rookie WR Lee Evans and the presence of WR Bobby Shaw, he is a risky pick.

 

WR Other – Bobby Shaw, Sam Aikmen and speedy rookie Lee Evans will all battle it out for the #3 WR position. Keep an eye on how Lee does during preseason. If he can make a move up the depth chart, he may be a nice pick up as a very late round flyer.

 

TE Mark Campbell – Campbell should only be used as a backup TE or someone to cover a bye week. He does not see enough action in the offense, although this could change with addition of coordinator Mike Mularkey.

 

TE Other – Ryan Neufeld and rookie Tim Euhus will backup Campbell they have very little value.

 

K Ryan Lindell – Lindell missed scoring opportunities due to Buffalo’s struggling offense. He only connected on 17 out of 24 filed goal attempts. You would be wise to look elsewhere on draft day.

 

 

Miami Dolphins

QB Jay Fiedler – Currently the starter,  but he has only started 22 games because of injuries the past 2 seasons. Might make a nice bye week fill in but other than that beware.

 

QB Other – A.J. Feeley only has value if he can win the team’s No. 1 QB spot during camp. Sage Rosenfels has had an excellent camp but is still number 3 on the depth chart. With Williams retirement and the loss of WR David Boston fantasy owners would be wise to avoid any Dolphin QB.

 

RB Ricky Williams – Retired to greener pastures, may want to be a Raider some day.

 

RB Travis Minor – Enters the season as the featured RB, but it remains to be seen if he can be the featured RB.

 

RB Others – Leonard Henry, Fred Russell, and FB Rob Konrad will all likely see additional action. Keep an eye on this situation as training camp unfolds. It appears that this will be another RBC situation.

 

WR Chris Chambers – Coming off his best season and is playing for a new contract. May be worth a mid round selection but he had more upside before Boston’s injury.

 

WR David Boston – Tore a tendon in his left knee, and he will miss the entire season.

 

WR Other – Derris Thompson, Terrence Wilkins, and Sam Simmons. Thompson moves up the depth chart as the current #2 with Boston out. Thompson was a major bust last season. Wilkins and Simmons battle it out for the # 3 and #4 WR positions.

Keep an eye on this situation as the signing of a veteran free agent WR is not out of the question.

 

TE Randy McMichael – Still will be one of the earlier TE selections while his receiving totals increased his total only caught 2 TD receptions last season.

 

TE Other – Donald Lee is currently the #2 TE but he will not see enough action to warrant a selection on draft day.

 

K Olindo Mare – He was signed to a 3 yr contract extension, so his job should be safe. His statistics have dropped the past 2 seasons, amazingly seems to have more trouble from 40 yards out than 50.

 

 

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady – He has fully recovered from off season shoulder injury. He falls just outside the top 10 QB ranking but the addition of RB Corey Dillon will certainly help his cause, in addition, he has a strong supporting cast of wide receivers.

 

QB Other – Rohan Davey, Jim Miller and Kliff Klinsbury will battle it out for the #2 and #3 QB positions behind Brady.

 

RB Corey Dillon – Dillon will be the featured back and will be an early selection. He would make a great #2 RB for your fantasy team.

 

RB Kevin Faulk – With the addition of Dillon Faulk’s stats will suffer. He will see some action out of the backfield but not as much when he was backing up Antowain Smith.  

 

RB Other – Mike Cloud and Cedric Cobbs will serves as the #3 and #4 RBs they will see little action unless Dillon or Faulk is injured.

 

WR Discussion – The problem with the Patriots receivers is that Brady spreads the ball around to everyone. Fantasy owners are still waiting for one of them to emerge from the pack. They should be available in the later rounds of your draft.

 

WR Deion Branch – Would like to see better numbers in the red zone as last year he scored 3 TD’s but he did lead all Patriots receivers with 57 receptions.

 

WR Troy Brown – His value is diminished with the emergence of Branch and Givens, but he was injured last season, which resulted in his lowest receiving yard total’s since 1999. 

 

WR David Givens – Givens led all N.E. receivers with 6 TD receptions. He came on strong in the final 3 weeks of last season, could be a nice value pick in the later rounds.

 

WR Bethel Johnson – Johnson is one of the fastest players in the NFL.  If your league awards return yards, he is an option.

 

TE Daniel Graham – Has some upside as he is a big target and his numbers should improve from last season. He needs to be more consistent as he drops many catch able balls.

 

TE Christina Fauria – He will occasionally find the end zone, but should be used more as a reserve or bye week fill in. Last season he had 1 or fewer catches in 8 games.

 

TE Other – Ben Watson has been a training camp hold out, he may have some future value in keeper leagues.

 

K Adam Vinatieri – Vinatieri returns from his worst season as a pro. He played most of the season with a back injury. Expect him bounce back and have a better season than last year.

 

 

New York Jets

QB Chad Pennington – Highly touted last season, a broken wrist suffered in the preseason caused him to miss 7 starts last season. He has a lot of upside with the addition of McCareins and the speedy Santana Moss as his receivers. While ranked just outside of the top 10 QBs he should be available in the middle rounds of your draft.

 

QB Other – Brooks Bollinger will serve as the immediate backup to Chad Pennington, other than last years preseason Bollinger hasn’t thrown a pass in an NF game.

 

Ricky Ray – Ray will serve as the #3 QB.

 

RB Curtis Martin – Martin rushed for over 1300 yards last season but managed only 2 rushing TD’s.  While not one of the elite RB’s anymore he is still a decent # 2 or #3B for your team.  He will lose some rushing opportunities and scores to Lamont Jordan.  

 

RB Other – Lamont Jordan other than insurance for Martin, Jordan does not have much fantasy value. He will see some third down action and goal line action. 

 

WR Santana Moss – Moss is definitely a top 10 receiver the only knock on him is his last five games last season he failed to score a touchdown. In most early drafts, he has been a third round selection.

 

WR Justin McCareins – Acquired from the Titans to be the Jet’s #2 WR, look for him to be a decent WR3 on your fantasy team. He has lots of upside as long as Pennington can remain healthy. 

 

WR Other – Wayne Cherbet and Jonathan Carter

Cherbet is on the downside of his career and Carter’s is just beginning. I would stay away from either one of these players on draft day.

 

TE  Discussion Anthony Becht, Chris Baker, and  Mikheal Ricks.

Avoid these TEs until someone clearly emerges from the pack. Becht has been able to hang on the starting job despite Baker pushing him. Becht could fill in nicely as bye week replacement but has not been very consistent. With the addition of Ricks, it could be a scenario of TE by committee.

 

K Doug Brien – Brien in his first full season with the Jets only missed 5 field goal attempts. The only concern with him is whether his attempts take a hit if Pennington remains injury free and plays the whole 16 game schedule.

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