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Draft Thoughts – AFC

Let’s take a trip around the American Football Conference, touching upon a few of the players from each of the teams.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are a team filled with players that will quietly get the job done, but there is not a lot of fantasy potential to get excited about here. Joe Flacco will be above average, Justin Tucker is one of the top kickers. I’m not as high on Justin Forsett as others, he deserves to be in the top 15 at the position on draft day, but I’m not convinced that he is ready to carry the load for a second season. I’ll pass on joining Steve Smith’s going away tour.


Buffalo Bills

Rex Ryan can do off the wall things and is full of surprises (see also the acquisition of middleweight IK Enemkpali), but he may have gotten the selection of his starting quarterback correct. Tyrod Taylor will be the starter, and he is worth a late round flier thanks to his ability to run the ball. Another worth considering late is tight end Charles Clay, he will likely be a safety valve for the young quarterback. I am nervous about the production of LeSean McCoy this season, as his preseason injury threatens to leak into the start of the regular season games. I have him just outside the top 10 at the position, as my expectations for him this year are not high.


Cincinnati Bengals

I really am liking Jeremy Hill this season, I have him as one of my top five players at the position. He has all the makings of breaking out in a big way this season. Tyler Eifert is also ready to break out this season, he is worth a late round selection.


Cleveland Browns

My mom always told me that if there was nothing good to be said, then it was best to not say anything at all. The Browns are a team that I will be avoiding on draft day.


Denver Broncos

I am in the camp that C.J. Anderson is in for a big year for the Broncos, as there is not much competition behind him. This team will obviously continue to ride the arm of Peyton Manning, with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas being the main beneficiaries of his throws.


Houston Texans

This has all the makings of a team ready to make some noise in the AFC, but there are so many questions here for fantasy owners. Alfred Blue is on tap to carry the load in Arian Foster’s absence, which will last for who knows how long. Some reports have Foster coming back after a month, some after missing half the season. In the meantime, there are several other backs nipping at Blue’s playing time. Can Brian Hoyer settle the situation at quarterback? I am not convinced he will have a fantasy impact, which will hurt the value of DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts. While I’m not going to avoid the Texans on draft day, I am bumping them down a few notches on my cheat sheet.


Indianapolis Colts

Of all the high profile running backs that swapped teams, Frank Gore has the best opportunity to have a high fantasy impact. This is a high octane offense, so any time you are between two players and one of them plays for the Colts, then get involved with this team. They will go three deep at wideout, and the ageless Adam Vinatieri will do plenty of scoring, too. My only drawback is at tight end, it’s too bad they could not settle on Dwayne Allen or Coby Fleener. Keep an eye on this situation, if one of these becomes the clear starter, then that will put them high on the fantasy radar.


Jacksonville Jaguars

T.J. Yeldon will open things up as the starter, but Denard Robinson is in the mix nipping at his heels. Neither will have a great fantasy impact as I do not see the Jaguars as a strong running team. Allen Robinson showed flashes last year, and Allen Hurns is also worth a look late.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.