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AFC East Preview

Buffalo Bills

QB J.P. Losman 

Losman performed much better the second half of last season. He is a work in progress and should improve upon last years stats. He will probably be selected earlier than he should, we would like him more if he had another strong WR to go along with Evans. He’s been going in the later rounds of early fantasy drafts.

QB Craig Nall

Nall is expected to back up Losman, but he hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular season NFL game since 2005.

QB Trent Edwards

Edwards was Buffalo’s 3rd round selection in this years draft. Barring any significant injury he will be watching from the sideline.

 

RB Marshawn Lynch

Lynch was Buffalo’s first round selection in this year’s draft. He is expected to start over veteran RB Anthony Thomas, and the Bills are hoping to utilize his receiving skills out of the backfield. He should fare well but will be playing behind a rebuilt offensive line. He has more value in keeper leagues and is currently going between the 3 and 4th round of early fantasy drafts.


RB Anthony Thomas

Thomas was the starter for the 2007 season, after McGahee’s trade to Baltimore prior to the draft. With Lynch’s arrival Thomas’ fantasy stock has plummeted, and he has little value unless he becomes the starter prior to the 2007 regular season.

 

RB Shaud Williams and Dwayne Wright

Are competing for back up spots behind Lynch and Thomas and have little value.

WR Lee Evans

Evans finished last season ranked as the #7 Fantasy WR. He is the best fantasy player the Bills have to offer. He should continue to improve his rapport with Losman this season. Evans is currently a 3rd/4th round pick in early fantasy drafts.

 

WR Peerless Price

Price’s days of fantasy glory seem to be gone. He only produced double digit scores in 5 games last season. He is at best a waiver wire pick up, injury or bye week fill in.

WR Roscoe Parrish

Parrish has been highly touted but has delivered little results, over the second half of last season last year he only had 1 decent game. In week 17, when he re-appeared. He is entering his 3rd season, and more will be expected from him.

WR Josh Reed

Reed is expected to be the 4th WR behind Evans, Price, and Parrish, and he has little value.  

TE Discussion

Robert Royal, Kevin Everett and Matt Murphy

The Bills don’t really utilize the TE position, last season most of Royal’s points were scored in the first 3 December games. Everett and Murphy will be backing up Royal. The word out of training camp is that Royal is supposed to become a larger part of the offense this season and will be called upon less to block. Keep an eye on this situation as the season progresses as if Royal becomes a more focal point of the offense he should be available on the waiver wire.

K Rian Lindell

Lindell led all AFC East kickers in scoring last season, and finished the season with an accuracy rate of 92%. He is at best a backup or bye week fill in, until the Bills offense can improve, which finished last season ranked 30th in total offense. 

Miami Dolphins

QB Trent Green

Green rejoins his former Redskins QB coach Cam Cameron in Miami. He missed 8 games last season after suffering a concussion. Although he is expected to win the starting job over Cleo Lemon, early word out of training camp is that Lemon has performed better. He is a high risk high reward pick as he could return to his pre-injury form. He has been going in the later rounds of early fantasy drafts.  

QB Cleo Lemon

Lemon has no value barring an injury to Green or unless he outright wins the starting job prior to the season. He is another former Cameron pupil from Cameron’s time in San Diego.

QB John Beck

Drafted as the QB of the future, unless the Dolphins flounder he won’t see any playing time. He has more value in keeper leagues.

RB Ronnie Brown  

Brown will be the undisputed starter with Ricky Williams not knowing if will be reinstated until September. Brown missed 3 games last season with a broken hand. He is expected to be the focal point of the offense but plays behind a poor offensive line. In early fantasy drafts he has been picked between the first and second rounds.  

RB Jesse Chatman

Chatman is in the mix as a backup to Brown, he hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since 2004 with the Chargers, but he has been making a name for himself in Dolphins camp this summer. Watch how this plays out before the season starts.

RB Lorenzo Booker

Currently Chatman has passed Booker on the depth chart. Booker has more value in keeper leagues. It’s still early in the preseason so Booker could win the battle as Brown’s backup prior to the start of the regular season.

    

WR Chris Chambers

Chambers finished last season as the 36th ranked fantasy WR and wounded many fantasy teams. Although he should see more action with Cameron running the show we would like see the QB situation settled before recommending spending a high draft pick on him.


WR Marty Booker

Booker led all Miami receivers in fantasy scoring last season. He had 3 monster games last season, 3 ok games and the rest you hardly knew he played. He is not much more than #3 fantasy WR.

WR Derek Hagan  

Hagan hasn’t had a great camp, but there is not much competition behind him. Most of his production last season came during weeks 6 and 7. Unless he can climb up the depth chart he is at most a bye week fill in.

WRs Az-Zahir Hakim and Ted Ginn Jr.  

Hakim and Ginn will battle it out for the 4th WR position. Ginn has more value in keeper leagues, and will see a lot of action on kickoff returns. Hakim played total of 6 games last season with the Chargers.

TE David Martin

Martin’s number should improve this season as Cameron likes to involve his TEs in the passing game. Martin could emerge as sleeper this season. We would take late round flyer on him or look for him as backup or bye week fill in.

TE Courtney Anderson

Anderson was acquired off waivers from the Raiders, he is battling for the

Backup TE position with Peelle. Check how this plays out prior to the start of the season.

TE Justin Peelle

Peelle is a better blocker than receiver. He played for Cameron previously in San Diego, until he becomes more involved in the passing game stay away.

K Jay Feely

Feely should fare better in Miami this season. But due to the unsettled QB situation in Miami we would only use Feely for a bye week fill in.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady

Brady finished last season ranked among the top 10 fantasy QB’s. With the addition of Moss, Stallworth and Welker he should improve his ranking this year.  In early fantasy drafts his average draft position has been the 2nd and 3rd rounds behind Manning and Palmer.

QB Matt Cassel

Currently the number 2 QB on the depth chart, and will not see any significant action barring an injury to Brady.

QB Vinny Testaverde

Expected to sign and join the team before training camp wraps up.  

RB Laurence Maroney

Maroney showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie campaign last season. He missed 2 games last season due to shoulder injuries and had off season surgery to correct the problem. He will no longer have Dillon to spilt reps with but will be spelled occasionally by Faulk and will lose some goal line action to Morris. He will be the featured RB but durability questions remain as to whether he can make it through a full NFL season. In early drafts he has been going between the late first to early second rounds.


RB Kevin Faulk

Faulk will definitely see action on 3rd down plays. Unless Maroney is injured he really doesn’t see enough action to warrant a draft pick. He only produced double digit scoring in 2 fantasy games last season.

RB Sammy Morris

Morris will occasionally spell Maroney, and see some goal line action. The Patriots have had their eye on him since he lit them up for 123 yards rushing back in week 14 last season.  Barring an injury to Maroney he won’t see any significant action to waste a pick on draft day.

WR Discussion

NE currently has 12 WR’s in training camp, the list will start to dwindle soon.  The Chad Jackson experience may have to wait until next year as is he is rumored to be spending this season on the Injured Reserve. Moss, Stallworth, and Welker should make the team. Welker has spent the most time in camp working with Brady, which should pay dividends.

One of the problems with the Patriots WR corps is that Brady likes to spread the ball around, last year’s leading WR recipient Reche Caldwell may end up as the 4th or 5th WR. Troy Brown should make the team but he doesn’t see enough action to be considered for a roster spot.  Jabar Gaffney had a disappointing regular season but was great in the playoffs. Gaffney will have too many options in front of him. Only Moss, Welker, Stallworth should be considered from this group and we wouldn’t spend anything more than a mid-round pick to acquire them.

WR Randy Moss’ stock has fallen after 2 disappointing seasons in Oakland, we would expect his production to rise but it’s highly doubtful for his return as one of the elite fantasy WRs. WR Donte’ Stallworth recently came off the PUP list so he hasn’t spent much time building a rapport with Brady. Early drafts have Moss as the 15th WR off the board, but that’s very early in our opinion. Stallworth’s currently being selected as the 31st WR which seems about right.

TE Benjamin Watson

With Graham out of the picture Watson’s becomes the #1 TE in the offense.  Although NE has many options, he is a favorite of Brady and his production should increase. If you’re in a TE required league look elsewhere as he not always consistent.

TE David Thomas

Thomas should be backing up Watson. Currently he is on the PUP list with a broken foot, but is expected to contribute once he returns.

TE Kyle Brady

Brady will be used as more for his blocking ability than as an option in the offense

K Stephen Gostkowski

Gostkowski had a decent rookie season connecting on 20 out of 26 field goals. With the WR additions to the Patriots offense his scoring chances should improve this season.

New York Jets

QB Chad Pennington

Pennington was named the starter in February by coach Eric Mangini. He made it through all of last season after missing the previous 2 seasons with injuries. He has lost some of his arm strength from the past shoulder surgeries on his throwing arm. He should be considered a reserve or backup QB. In early fantasy drafts he has been going in the 11th round.

QB Kellen Clemens

Clemens is competing with Tuiasosopo to be Pennington’s backup. He only played in 2 games last season and completed 1 pass. He has more value in keeper leagues.

QB Marques Tuiasosopo

Tuiasosopo never played well in his 6 seasons in Oakland he is expected to be the #3 QB.

RB Thomas Jones

The Jets acquired Thomas Jones in a trade with the Bears.  He injured his calf muscle in practice and hopes to be ready for the first regular season game.  Jones will lose some carries to Washington but should fare better than he did in Chicago. In early fantasy drafts he has been going between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

RB Leon Washington

As a rookie last season Washington was the Jets’ leading rusher.  He will see some action and will share some of the rushing duties with Jones.  He should be viewed as more of a backup or handcuff if you own Jones.  

RB Other

Veteran Tony Hollings, and rookies Danny Ware and Alvin Banks are in the mix for the #3 RB spot.

WR Laveranues Coles

Coles finished last season ranked as the 14th best fantasy scoring WR, even though he fought through nagging injuries last year. He should improve on last year’s totals and should be an excellent #2 WR.

WR Jerricho Cotchery

Cotchery who beat out McCareins for the #2 WR position last season had a breakout year and was rewarded for his efforts with a new contact extension.  Expect more good things from him this year.

QB/WR Brad Smith

Played as QB in college drafted as a WR.  Listed as a QB Smith is expected to play a multi-purpose role but had a disappointing rookie season.  He may make a great waiver wire pick up in the future.

WR Justin McCareins

McCareins is a forgotten man in the offense, unless he climbs back up the depth chart he has no fantasy value.

TE Chris Baker

After breaking his foot in 2005, Baker played in all 16 games last season and set career highs with 31 catches and for 300 yards and 4 TDs. But he just cracked the top 20 in TE Rankings finishing the season at number 19.  Until his production increases he is better served as backup TE or bye week fill in.

TE Sean Ryan

Ryan will backup Baker this season, however he only had 6 receptions for 44 yards last season.


TE Jason Pociask

Pociask is returning from spending his rookie season on IR.  He is currently the #3 TE on the depth chart.

K Mike Nugent

After a shaky start last season Nugent finished up strong. He is a decent backup fantasy kicker. If the Jets’ offense improves this year so will Nugent.

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