For the next two weeks there are going to be a lot of moving parts with training camp, repetitions, snaps, pre-season snaps and injuries – all of which have fantasy relevance. I never used to think this way, but now that the competition is so good in a respective fantasy league anything you can do to get an edge is strongly advised, and this includes but is not limited to what impact players are doing in on their teams before Week 1 even gets here. Let’s take a look at the AFC EAST and what you need to know.
New England Patriots – The talk of the town currently is the usage of Mike Gillislee who is eating up the lion’s share of the volume in camp. All four RBs are great and all four will be used, however the goal line is the only one you should be focusing on. If it determined who that will be, that’s the one you need to pounce on. The WRs are the same… Edelman and Cooks are #1 and #1a in this offense and Gronk looks healthy which could be a disaster for opposing defenses. Again the secondary looks fast, athletic and mean — meaning I’m jumping on their defense in every league possible. You will need to have surgeon like strategery at the RB and WR position, but at the QB and TE position these are no brainer top two picks at their position.
Miami Dolphins – Jay Cutler and Adam Gase and ultimately the Dolphins are going to be fine eventually. This is still a playoff caliber team AND they will be fighting for a wild card. Jay Ajayi hasn’t stepped foot on the field since his concussion, so that erks me a bit, as I hate recommending guys that could potentially be Questionable every week of the season. I once loved Kenny Stills this season, but then Ryan Tannehill tripped over the 45-yard line, hurt his knee and now I want nothing to do with him. Love Jarvis Landry and his 90+ catches and 1000+ yards, but to many questions marks with a new QB and limited time. There’s a lot to monitor here, and it may be too late. Ajayi has already toppled ½ a round due to his concussion.
Buffalo Bills – With the signing of Anquan Boldin just days ago, Sammy Watkins becomes my number one value pick at WR. He’ll get a ton of volume, and has the ability to do everything necessary to put up big numbers. Had Watkins played full seasons, his numbers would be inflated and he would go in the 2nd round easily. These partial seasons however have suppressed his numbers and value. He looks good and I would take him in the third round if he fell to me. Riiiight – it’s the Buffalo Bill – so that will be all!
NY Jets – can the Jets go 0-16 this season? It’s possible. Their easiest opponents are road games, and they offer no playmakers worth investing in. I do think Matt Forte will get volume, and that Bilal Powell will be effective slowing the game down, but their WR unit is banged up, and there are too question marks at QB. I feel terrible for Todd Bowles because he’s a good coach and great guy, but this team is bad and less fantasy goodness than the Browns. Good Luck Gamers!