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Fantasy Watch: AFC East

Monday, August 11, 2014


All-Fantasy First Team

 

QB : Tom Brady, Patriots

RB1: C.J. Spiller, Bills

RB2: Shane Vereen, Patriots

WR1: Mike Wallace, Dolphins

WR2: Julian Edelman, Patriots

WR3: Eric Decker, Jets

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

D/ST: Patriots

K: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

 

Other divisions: NFC North, AFC North, NFC East, AFC South, NFC South, NFC West, AFC West

 

 

Overrated

 

 

1. Chris Johnson – A 29-year-old (in September) running back with an aversion to contact and an inability to break tackles. Johnson is going to drive Rex Ryan crazy.

 

2. Sammy Watkins – Fantastic real-life NFL prospect, but E.J. Manuel’s limitations and the Bills’ run-first attitude cap opportunity.

 

3. Knowshon Moreno – An obvious product of Peyton Manning last season. Moreno projects to run behind Lamar Miller all year.

 

4. Jace Amaro – Going from Texas Tech’s spread scheme to the NFL is going to be too much for Amaro to handle initially.

 

5. Tom Brady – Now 37 with arm strength concerns and Gronk worries. Patriots could be shifting toward more power running.

 

 

 

Underrated

 

1. Mike WallaceBill Lazor knows how to take a speed receiver and make him a dominator. He helped do it in Philly last year with DeSean Jackson.

 

2. Fred Jackson – Nothing appears to have changed since last season. F-Jax will be getting the passing-down and red-zone work while C.J. Spiller watches.

 

3. Danny Amendola – A severe groin injury completely crippled Amendola’s first season as a Patriot. He has so much room to improve.

 

4. Ryan Tannehill – Carried the Dolphins on his back last year despite inept scheming, a bottom-barrel offensive line and zero running game.

 

5. Lamar Miller – Not physical at all, but miles ahead of Knowshon Moreno for the LeSean McCoy role in the Dolphins’ new Eagles-like offense.

 

 

 

Late-round fliers

 

1. James White – Getting talked up as a three-down back as he’s in the midst of big camp. Likely backup to both Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley.

 

2. Michael Vick – Legs are still capable of amassing monster fantasy numbers if given opportunity. Knows the Marty Mornhinweg scheme far better than Geno.

 

3. Chris Ivory – Will get the goal-line work and could get even more if Chris Johnson faceplants. Ivory is actually a grounder ‘n pounder unlike CJ?K.

 

4. Kenbrell Thompkins – If Aaron Dobson can’t get over his foot injury, Thompkins is the favorite to start on the outside.

 

5. Jarvis Landry – The second-round rookie is impressing at camp and should be pushing Brandon Gibson for slot snaps by Week 1.



Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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