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Divisional Team Fantasy Rankings, Part 1

Welcome to a four-part series where I will take the NFL division-by-division rankings and put a fantasy spin on it. In each part I’ll take an NFC and an AFC division from the same region and break them down by position in fantasy football terms. The point system
is simple. Since each division has exactly four teams, it’s based on a four point scale. Each team will be judged on the following positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, D and K. At the end I’ll tally up the points and the team with the most points will be awarded as the team with the most fantasy value in the division. This will no doubt stir up plenty of debate, which is what I’m aiming for. Keep in mind that this is not taking into account for injuries; it’s based off what we know right now. So without further ado, let’s get started on Part 1:



AFC East

Quarterbacks

4 – New England Patriots: There’s this guy named Tom Brady. He’s back and he’s still got his toys – Moss and Welker. You know you’re going to get 30+ TD’s and around 4,000 yards or more.

3 –
Buffalo Bills: Trent Edwards gets the next spot thanks to a new T.O.y. Historically Owens is a good boy and puts up good numbers his first year with a new team. Lee Evans provides another worthy target and should benefit from Owens’ presence.

2 –


Miami

Dolphins: Chad Pennington had a solid year last year but he’s got nothing to prove a year removed from being replaced by Favre. Name two starting receivers for the Fins … anyone?

1 –


New York

Jets: Sure Matt Ryan showcased what a rookie QB is capable of, but I don’t see Mark Sanchez following in his steps, not in this division and not with the Jets wideouts.

Running Backs

4 –

Miami
Dolphins:
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams provide a solid one-two punch. Not only is Brown a solid number one back, he proved last season that he can run the Wildcat offense with great success.



3 –

New York
Jets:

Thomas Jones surprised many football fans and fantasy owners last year. Was he the product of the Favre factor though? We shall find out this year with a rookie at the helm, possibly.


2 – Buffalo Bills:

Marshawn Lynch came in being compared to Adrian Peterson – as in using a Peterson as a judging stick. With his current legal troubles and suspension, his stock continues to drop.

1 – New England Patriots: Laurence Maroney has not transitioned to the NFL well after having a phenomenal collegiate career at the

University of
Minnesota
. Fred Taylor should see his share of carries and could end up becoming the lead ball carrier for the Pats.

Wide Receivers

4 –
New England Patriots

: Randy Moss and Wes Welker are an awesome combo platter along with Brady. Adding Joey Galloway doesn’t hurt either; he’s a well-seasoned veteran with good hands.


3 – Buffalo Bills:
Owens likes to shine for his new team, and

Buffalo
won’t be any different. Evans will benefit from his presence tremendously, and Edwards can’t stop smiling right now – until T.O. calls him out that is.


2 –

New York
Jets:

A mediocre group here with Jerricho Cotchery leading the way. A rookie QB could hurt this group as it’s always the big unknown.

1 –

Miami
Dolphins: Outside of Ted Ginn Jr. there shouldn’t be anyone on your fantasy radar here.

Tight Ends

4 –

New York
Jets:
In most rankings, none of the tight ends from the AFC East crack the Top 10. But Dustin Keller comes close.

3 –

Miami
Dolphins: Anthony Fasano showed some progress last season recording 20 more receptions than each of his two previous seasons with the Cowboys … yawn.

2 –
New England Patriots: Benjamin Watson is a constant bust and who knows if he even plays this year. Chris Baker doesn’t exactly make anyone sing
Dixie either.

1 – Buffalo Bills: They may be going with rookie Shawn Nelson here. It’s best to wait on this situation.

Defense

4 –

Miami
Dolphins:
The only defense here I’m projecting to be close to a Top 10 fantasy defense – I have them ranked 11th.

3 –

New York
Jets: The Jets and Pats could easily flip-flop positions here, but I’ll give a slight edge to the Pats for now.

2 – New England Patriots: See New York Jets above

1 –

Buffalo
Bills: Not a bottom-tier defense in the fantasy world, but they are in this divisional ranking.

Kickers

4 – New England Patriots: Stephen Gostkowski

3 – Buffalo Bills: Ryan Lindell

2 – New York Jets: Jay Feely

1 – Miami Dolphins: Dan Carpenter

Totals:
New England Patriots: 17
Miami Dolphins: 15
New York Jets: 15
Buffalo Bills: 13

AFC East Fantasy Football Division bragging rights goes to – The
New England Patriots.


NFC EAST


Quarterback
s


4 –

Dallas
Cowboys:
Tony Romo’s stock has risen now that he kicked Jessica Simpson to the curb. I guess those boots were indeed for walking, eh Jessica?

3 –

Philadelphia
Eagles: Donovan McNabb seems to be constantly playing with the proverbial chip on his shoulder in Philly, and that normally bodes well for him and the Eagles. There’s plenty of young talent to utilize on offense for McNabb.


2 –

New York
Giants:

Eli Manning has lost a couple of key targets but hey, he’s a Manning.

1 –

Washington
Redskins: Jason Campell is about as erratic as they come. It seems that the coaching staff and fans are getting a bit frustrated with him and might beg for Todd Collins.

Running Backs

4 –

New York
Giants:
With the lack of talent at the wide receiver position, Brandon Jacobs will be expected to carry the load. Ahmad Bradshaw adds a formidable one-two punch.

3 –

Washington
Redskins: When Clinton Portis is healthy, he puts up big numbers. Ladell Betts is capable of stealing some third down and goal-line runs.

2 –

Philadelphia
Eagles: The always dynamic Brian Westrook is consistent. He’s been doing it for years and should continue to do so again.

1 –

Dallas
Cowboys: Marion Barber is a TD machine, but Felix Jones might start sneaking away even more carries this year.

Wide Receivers

4 –

Dallas
Cowboys:
With Owens out of the picture, Romo can manage the game his way and Roy Williams should have a great season. Patrick Crayton will become a solid number two.

3 –

Philadelphia
Eagles: Another year of maturity for DeSean Jackson should help his exciting level of play. Kevin Curtis provides the workman role for Donovan and Reggie Brown fits the system well.

2 –

Washington
Redskins: Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El can always light it up. The question is can they get some consistent QB play?


1 –

New York
Giants:

Big drop off for the Giants with the loss of Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress. This is a very young and inexperienced group now.

Tight Ends

4 –

Dallas
Cowboys:
Jason Witten is the class of TEs in this Division and top three in every ranking you’ll see.

3 –
Washington Redskins:

Witten
is first-tier overall and Chris Cooley is not far behind in the second-tier of TEs.

2 –

Philadelphia
Eagles: Brent Celek is one to watch this year. He’s got some serious upside and will be integral to the Eagles offense this season.

1 –

New York
Giants: The days of Jeremy Shockey are long gone and TE is another area where the Giants offense has taken a hit. Kevin Boss is a middle-of-the-pack fantasy TE.

Defense

4 –

New York
Giants:
Should once again be another 100+ point defense in fantasy football.

3 –

Philadelphia
Eagles: Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson has been battling cancer and I wish him a successful recovery. Should he find himself back on the sidelines, you know he’ll have this defense attacking the ball as usual.

2 –

Washington
Redskins: Toss up between the Cowboys and Skins here, but I’m going with the Skins.

1 –

Dallas
Cowboys: Many project the Cowboys to be ranked way higher than I think. They take the bottom spot in this division full of really good defenses to me.

Kickers

4 -Philadelphia Eagles: David Akers

3 – Dallas Cowboys: Nick Folk

2 – New York Giants: Lawrence Tynes

1 – Washington Redskins: Shaun Suisham

Totals:
Dallas Cowboys: 17
Philadelphia Eagles: 17
New York Giants: 14
Washington Redskins: 12

NFC East Fantasy Football Division bragging rights goes to – The
Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

Don’t like ties? E-mail me your overall pick between the two and I’ll give the results in one of the next coming parts of this article. Also feel free to leave me some comments and I’ll do what I can to address them. Check back soon as I plan to breakdown the AFC and NFC South Divisions in part two.

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