Sockonfl takes a look at what the teams in the AFC East have to offer. Not surprisingly, the Patriots are stacked:
New England Patriots
1. One question mark for the Patriots is the health of Tom Brady this season. The knee seemed fine all of preseason. His shoulder injury should be fine as well. Look for Bill Belichick to play the shoulder up and list him as probable on the injury report. No need to worry on that as he was listed as “probable” for most of the record setting 2007 campaign as well. Brady should return to form and be the best fantasy QB in 2009.
2. The dreaded RBBC monster leads the way in the backfield. It should play out to be a three-headed one with Fred Taylor, Laurence Maroney, and Kevin Faulk. The one that gets the most goal line carries will turn out to be the most fantasy relevant. Faulk has some value in PPR leagues.
3. The receiving group is the best in the league. Randy Moss probably is the second best WR ever to put on the cleats. Wes Welker is simply a catching machine and stud in PPR format leagues. Joey Galloway gives them a significant number three threat as well that still has some speed to show.
4. It appears Chris Baker has been giving more of the starting reps over Ben Watson this year. Baker is not a bad option, especially in TD only leagues, as Brady often looks the TE’s way in the red zone.
5. Stephen Gostkowski has the most value of any fantasy kicker going into the season and should be the first kicker off the board in most drafts.
New York Jets
1. Jet fans better be ready for the new roller coaster ride they installed in the
offense this season with Mark Sanchez. He should have some fantastic moments and some really scary moments. Such is the life of a rookie QB in the National Football League.
2. Another RBBC leads the way for the Jet ground attack. Coach Rex Ryan
says that he is going to get Leon Washington more touches this season, which is probably a good thing to use his superior athletic ability. Thomas Jones will round out the running group early in the season, but look for rookie Shonn Greene to make a splash late in the year for the Jets to plan for 2010.
3. Jerricho Cotchery is the clear cut WR1 option for the Jets in 2009. The
big question is who is number 2? Chansi Stuckey appears to have the edge going into the season based on having a little more chemistry with starter Mark Sanchez. David Clowney for the second season in a row led all the preseason Jets receivers, but yet somehow still gets overlooked for the starting gig. Why is that?
4. Dustin Keller should prove to be nothing more than an average TE this
5. The Jet defense was a top five defense in 2008. Now they added Bart
Scott, Jim Leonhard, and Lito Sheppard to the mix. Plus the addition of Rex Ryan can only help keep the defense in the upper echelon for 2009.
1. Everyone seems to feel Trent Edwards will be a sleeper QB this season
with TO on board. He will probably not progress as much as most people hoped he would and strictly be a good bye week filler in 2009.
2. Marshawn Lynch is the running back to have for fantasy purposes. You
can typically draft him as an RB3 and he will give you low RB1 high RB2 production for it once his suspension is served.
3. Terrell Owens is still Terrell Owens and he will still make plays no matter where he is. His numbers will be hampered somewhat by a weaker starting QB though.
4. Lee Evans makes a promising mid- to late-round addition to any fantasy team as he should see more single coverage this year with Owens attracting so much attention on the other side of the field.
5. The Buffalo defense makes for an intriguing play on weeks that they play weaker offensive opponents.
1. Overall the fantasy relevance of the Dolphins lies in RB Ronnie Brown.
He is capable of producing high RB2 numbers for your fantasy football team.
2. Joey Porter is an intriguing play in IDP leagues due to his high sack total.
3. Chad Pennington unfortunately is just an average NFL QB and simply a
bye week filler at this point in his career.
4. Ted Ginn has some upside potential at the wide receiver position. My estimation though is that he does not reach his full potential once they get a stronger armed QB (hmm, hmm Chad Henne anyone?).
5. I would shy away from the Dolphins players in 2009 if you can. They have a much more difficult schedule ahead and should struggle to hold their ground against teams like the Steelers and Chargers.