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Player Analysis – AFC East

Buffalo Bills

QB J.P. Losman – Losman didn’t make much of his starts last season, Losman the current projected starter, will do battle with Kelly Holcomb and Craig Nall for the starting QB position. Holcomb hasn’t show anything so far in the pre season and Nall has been battling a hamstring injury. At any rate until one of three clearly emerges and establishes themselves you should avoid any of the Bill’s QB’s.

QB Other – Losman’s projected backup is Kelly Holcomb, behind Holcomb is Craig Nall. Nall only attempted only 5 passes last season. We would only look for him as a possible bye week fill in, or if you are drafting for a dynasty league. Neither will see much action unless Losman falters early or is injured.

RB Willis McGahee – McGahee started out strong last season, but his production dwindled the second half of the season. Until someone emerges from the QB position would only consider him as our #2 or #3 RB.

RB Other – Lionel Gates and Anthony Thomas are competing for the back up RB position behind McGahee.

WR Lee Evans – With an unsettled QB position and the departure of Moulds, Evans should only be selected as your #2 or #3 WR.

WR Peerless Price – Could have some limited value if he beats out Parrish for the #2 WR position.

WR Roscoe Parrish – Upgrade him slightly if he overtakes Price as WR #2, as he may have some minimal value.

WR Sam Aiken – Sees most of his action on special teams.

TE Robert Royal – Royal a free agent signing from Washington should only be used as a backup TE or someone to cover a bye week. Until Buffalo starts throwing to their TE’s you should seek alternate options.

TE Other – Kevin Everett and Brad Cieslak will backup Royal, they have very little value.

K Ryan Lindell – Lindell finished last season as the 4th ranked fantasy K, in addition he was 3 for 3 on field goals over 50 yards. He should be a decent option at PK for your fantasy team.

Miami Dolphins

QB Daunte Culpepper – Culpepper is moving up most draft boards as the season approaches. He should be a great fit in Miami, and bring some stability to the QB position. There is some risk as he is returning from reconstructive knee surgery and there are some questions as to if he will be ready to start for week 1. He could be a great bargain, watch for news surrounding his injury situation as training camp wraps up.

He could be great middle round bargain.

QB Joey Harrington – Harrington will back up Culpepper and won’t see any action unless Culpepper is not ready for the start of the season or is injured.

QB Cleo Lemon – Expected to be number 3 on the depth chart.

RB Ronnie Brown – With Williams out of the picture Brown will become the featured RB. He has been a mid to late first round pick in recent drafts. We expect a big season from him and we would look for him after the top tier RBs are gone. We wouldn’t take him as a first round selection but if he there in the second we would definitely take look at him.

RB Others – Sammy Morris and Travis Minor are behind Brown on the depth chart they will see little action unless Brown is injured.

WR Chris Chambers – With better options at QB than in the past Chambers numbers should be on the rise again. Expect to spend an early pick if you want him.

WR Marty Booker – Booker should be worth a look in the late rounds, he has averaged 0ver 50 receptions the last 2 seasons and came on strong at the end of last year.

WR Others – Derek Hagan, Wes Welker and Kelley Campbell will play behind Chambers and Booker, Hagan is better suited as long term prospect for dynasty or keeper leagues, Walker and Campbell don’t have much value

unless they move up the depth chart.

TE Randy McMichael – Primed for a big season with Culpepper at QB. Additionally he reported to camp in better shape than he has in the past. Could be a great value pick after the top TEs are gone.

TE Justin Peelle – Will see some action in 2 TE sets but not enough to warrant a draft selection.

TE Keith Heinrich – is currently #3 on the depth chart.

K Olindo Mare – With Miami’s improved offense he should receive more scoring opportunities this season.

 

 

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady – Brady will be in high demand based on last year’s production. He comes with some risk due to his WR situation with Givens gone and Branch holding out of training camp. Additionally Rookie WR Chad Jackson has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. If he slides to the middle rounds we would definitely take him.

QB Matt Cassel – Doesn’t have much experience or fantasy value.

QB Other – Corey Bramlet will compete with Todd Mortenson for the 3rd QB position.

RB Corey Dillon – Dillon fought injuries throughout last season. He did report to camp in excellent shape this year, but he will be sharing time with 1st round pick Laurence Maroney. Dillon still should see most of the red zone action but the presence of Maroney moves him to a #2 RB.

RB Laurence Maroney – He is too good for the PATs to keep on the bench, he should become a decent bye week fill or insurance if you draft Dillon.

RB Kevin Faulk – He will see some action out of the backfield but not enough to warrant a selection.

WR Deion Branch – He is a solid #2 WR but has been falling down the draft boards due to his recent no show at training camp. Watch this situation closely over the next few weeks as last week there were rumors that he may extend his holdout beyond the start of the season.

WR Reche Caldwell – He is one of the only healthy WRs to be on the field all of training camp. He is building a good rapport with Brady. He might be worth a late round flyer, but his career high number of receptions in a season is 28.

WR Troy Brown – Upgrade him slightly if Branch’s holdout continues into the season. He is at the end of his career but could be used as bye week fill in if he sees significant action.

WR Chad Jackson – He has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, the longer he sits out the less fantasy value he has unless your in a keeper or dynasty league.

TE Ben Watson – Watson numbers should increase this year based on NE’s wide receiver situation. We would take a look at him in the later rounds if he was on the board.

TE Daniel Graham – Lost playing time and his starting job to Watson, at best he is no more than a bye week fill in with inconsistent production.

TE Dave Thomas – Rookie who is getting most of Graham’s reps in training camp.

K Martin Gramatica / Stephen Gostkowski with Vinatieri departing for Indianapolis, Gramatica and Gostkowski are competing for the PK job. Watch the news as to who wins the job as they should be a vaible option for your fantasy team.

 

New York Jets

QB Chad Pennington – Expected to win the starting QB job. We would only consider him as bye week fill in due to the fact that he hasn’t finished a season in two years.

QB Patrick Ramsey – Projected as the immediate backup to Chad Pennington, and he might make an excellent waiver wire pick up halfway through the season.

QB other – Brooks Bollinger and Kellen Clemens are battling it out for the last QB spot.

RB Discussion – Cedric Houston, Derrick Blaylock, Leon Washington, Curtis Martin and a player to be named later are vying for the starting RB job. Martin is coming off his worst season as a pro and is questionable as to when he may play or return to action this season; he is currently recovering from knee surgery. Coach Eric Mangini is not disclosing any information regarding Martin. Don’t be surprised to see the JETs try and work a trade for a veteran RB. They previously brought in Cleveland RB Lee Suggs who failed his physical. Houston and Blaylock will most likely be splitting time until Martin can return watch how this situation as training camp unfolds. Washington is rookie who received 1 carry in his first preseason game.

WR Laveranues Coles – He led all JETs fantasy players in scoring and was hurt by the instability at the QB position and lack of a running game. His production will be tied to how well the JETs QBs perform.

WR Jerricho Cotchery – He has bypassed McCareins on the depth chart, he could have some value as a bye week fill in. Watch how much action he sees over the remaining pre-season games.

WR Justin McCareins – He appears to have his lost his starting job to Cotchery and has not delivered as advertised since his arrival in NY. He is not much more than a bye week fill in; last year he had only 5 games where he produced double digits in fantasy scoring.

WR Tim Dwight – Sees more action in the return game then with the offense.

TE Doug Jolley – Jolley was highly touted but produced little last season. His situation looks similar this year we would stay away from any of the JETs TEs until they become a bigger part of the offense.

TE Chris Baker – Baker will back up Doug Jolley, he had his breakout game in game week one last season. He season ended early after he suffered a broken ankle. He is too inconsistent to warrant a draft selection.

TE Joel Dreessen – is currently #3 on the depth chart.

K Mike Nugent – Nugent missed too many field goal attempts from over 40 yards last season. He is not much more than a bye week fill in as the Jet’s offense may struggle at times this season.

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