After three weeks of the pre-season….AFC Fantasy Football notes:
Buffalo Bills: Edwards beats out Losman! Is this the year the Bills take a step forward? Team still needs to find a TE. Lanston Walker injury could create issues.
Man of the Year: If it’s anyone besides Marshawn Lynch, this team is in a heap of trouble.
Bust of the Year: Josh Reed, the bills drafted James Hardy to finally take some pressure off Lee Evans.
Sleeper: Trent Edwards…teams will try and stop the run, which will give Edwards lots of opportunities to open things up.
Miami Dolphins: New coach…check….new QB…new General Manger…lots of things are new in Miami.
Man of the Year: Chad Pennington has a chance to make a huge difference.
Bust of the Year: Ricky Williams…can’t handle a full load…be careful in drafting him.
Sleeper: Ted Gin Jr…has the speed and moves to be a dynamic WR…but can he handle the pounding on his smallish frame.
New England Patriots: 18 and 1…does that 1 linger or is it a rallying point? Have teams figured out how to slow down Brady and Moss, like was done in the playoffs?
Man of the Year: Laurence Maroney will have to play a larger role in the offense this year.
Bust of the Year: Brady and Moss…both will be top 10 in their respective positions but just do not expect record setting years…I’d guess 35 to 40 TD’s for Brady and 15 TD’s for Moss.
Sleeper: I keep waiting for Ben Watson to have a breakout year…I think this is it.
New York Jets: It was actually a ho-hum camp for the Jets. Nothing really happened…well until a hall of fame to be QB came along and pushed expectations through the roof.
Man of the Year: How many wins is Brett Farve worth? I’d say to the Jets 4…so 8 – 8 would be a true miracle.
Bust of the Year: Brett Farve…yes he is the man also, but this is not Green Bay…28 TD’s would amaze me. He is still the gun slinger, so 24 TD’s and 20 INT’s is a possibility.
Sleeper: Jesse Chatman…with T. Jones now 30 and injury to him would open the door for a pretty decent Chatman.
Denver Broncos: Shanny’s back, back again, Shanny’s back, tell a friend. Everyone’s favorite Fantasy coach is back again to torment us all.
Man of the Year: Jay Cutler will be a top 8 QB this year.
Bust of the year: Selvin Young…3 or 4 RB’s will start for Denver this year…and usually the first guy up is the last guy in total yards.
Sleeper: Andre Hall and Anthony Alridge…they will start at some point this year…worth a flyer.
Kansas City Chiefs: Something tells me this team may be Fantasy friendly this year…Croyle starts at QB, LJ is back and healthy, Gonzo is well Gonzo…what’s not to like? Revamped OLINE! Dwayne Bowe is a legit WR…oh now I see it…Davard Darling is the other WR and Herm Edwards is still the coach.
Man of the year: It does not seem to matter who the QB is Tony Gonzales gets his catches, but will TD’s be a problem this year?
Bust of the Year: With Croyle at QB, LARRY JOHNSON, healthy or not, is going to see a lot of 8 and 9 man fronts.
Sleeper: Jackie Battle…he is a big 6’3, 238 bruising back who can get into the hole quickly…If LJ goes down…keep an eye on him.
Oakland Raiders: This is a young team with a ton of untapped talent on the offensive side of the ball and a defense that is better than people think.
Man of the Year: JaMarcus Russell is essentially a rookie but the Raiders will go as far as he can take them.
Bust of the Year: Darren Mcfadden is not Adrian Peterson, he simply is not.
Sleeper: Ronald Curry could have 70 catches and 8 TD’s this year.
San Diego Chargers: Injured players return to lead the Bolts! Rivers, Gates and LT all back after disappointing end to 2007.
Man of the Year: LT is still the best player in the NFL
Bust of the Year: Vincent Jackson has untapped potential at WR…it remains untapped.
Sleeper: Legedu Naanee I can see him replacing Jackson in the lineup by mid-season.
Baltimore Ravens: A pre-season that leaves the team with more questions than answers. Who is the QB, RB, CB, TE…and so on and so forth.
Man of the Year: JOE FLACCO will be the starter by week 5 at the latest.
Bust of the Year: Willis McGahee…I said early on something worried me about him.
Sleeper: Yamon Figures will have a huge impact in the return game and will be given a shot at WR.
Cincinnati Bengals: Rudi is not ready, Chad is hurting and did I read that Chris Henry was resigned? WOW!
Man of the Year: Carson Palmer is a top 5 QB. He will have to throw a lot with the RB situation unsettled.
Bust of the Year: Chad Johnson is hurting…and it’s not going to get better.
Sleeper: Jerome Simpson WR…with Johnson and TJ banged up Simpson should get a chance this season and I think he is special.
Cleveland Browns: Huge expectations for the Browns this year. Can Anderson duplicate the first 10 games from 2007 for an entire year? Can Jamal continue his revival?
Man of the Year: Braylon Edwards is a top 5 WR and getting better!
Bust of the Year: Derek Anderson is being drafted like a top 6 QB, he will be lucky to be a top 12 guy.
Sleeper: Brady Quinn will start at some point this year.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Why is this team being overlooked again this year? Best balance of any team in the division.
Man of the Year: Ben Roethlisberger…did you know Big Ben threw 32 TD’s last year? Well, he throws 35 this year.
Bust of the Year: Rashard Mendenhall is going to be a solid if not great NFL RB, but just not this year…Willie Parker is still the man in Pittsburgh.
Sleeper: Limas Sweed..Ben wanted a big receiver and he got a really good one.
Houston Texans: Can they find a RB? Can Andre Johnson stay healthy, can the defense continue to improve.
Man of the Year: Andre Johnson will lead the league in receptions and yards if he plays 16 games this year.
Bust of the Year: Kevin Walter is currently number two on the depth chart, he finishes 4th.
Sleeper: Jacoby Jones for the second year in a row…
Indianapolis Colts: The only question is…Manning’s knee and how healthy will it be. Jeff Saturday the leader of the OLINE may be out a long period of time as well.
Man of the Year: Joseph Addai has to be the man and take pressure of Manning early in the season.
Bust of the Year: Anthony Gonzales has lots of potential but a healthy Marvin Harrison will curtail his production this year.
Sleeper: Roy Hall…if Harrison get hurt this year..Hall will get some time.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Can they finally win the division? They appear to have all the pieces in place.
Man of the Year: David Garrard has to continue to be efficient and effective in 2008.
Bust of the Year: Troy Williamson is simply not that good.
Sleeper: Matt Jones had a great camp…and has earned his chance to play.
Tennessee Titans: Can Vince Young reduce the turnovers? That is the question for this team. They have a solid defense a good running game, but need VY to take care of the ball better…9 -17 TD to INT ratio will not get it done.
Man of the Year: Vince Young…it is his team and he has to be a better on field leader.
Bust of the Year: LenDale White? I think he will have a good year, but all this Chris Johnson talk has me worried a bit.
Sleeper: Justin McCariens has the size and speed to be exactly what VY needs.
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