Monday, October 15, 2012

Fantasy Football Focus: AFC East

Much like the past few years, the New England Patriots seem to be the favorites in the AFC East. Through Week 6, they are in a four-way tie for 1st place in the division after their recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks; some people definitely lost money on that game and should've taken a look at these sports betting sites. Regardless, the Pats are still predicted to win the division.

On the fantasy football front, some of the best teams come with some of the best individual performers. That's why it's no surprise that some of the most viable fantasy options in the AFC East (unfortunately) come from New England. Here’s a look at the top five fantasy options in the division through Week 6, based on standard scoring leagues:

1. Tom Brady (NE - QB)

The Patriots quarterback is getting it done once again this season. New England might be incorporating a bit more running than people predicted, but when they really need results, Brady is the play-maker. Brady has racked up 97 fantasy points (16.2 points per week) this season, which places him 4th among all NFL QBs. Whether it's Gronkowski, Welker, Lloyd or Hernandez, Brady has an arsenal of weapons that he utilizes masterfully.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF - QB)

After a stellar start to 2011, this season has not been quite as kind for Fitzpatrick. He’s already thrown for 12 touchdowns, but his eight interceptions have really held him back. If he cuts those down, he can become a great fantasy quarterback starting option for many teams. Fitz has recorded 76 fantasy points (12.7 points per week) thus far and is a viable back-up option for any team.

3. Stevan Ridley (NE - RB)

That non-existent Patriots running game everyone talks about? Not the case this season. Ridley is just shy of averaging 100 yards and one touchdown a game. With New England's strong passing game, Ridley will continue to have a lot of opportunities to put up solid numbers throughout the year. Ridley is currently ranked 4th among all RBs in terms of fantasy points. He's put up 73 points this season, which averages out to 12.2 points per week.

4. Reggie Bush (MIA - RB)

Getting his chance to shine as the featured back for an offense has worked out well for Bush. Despite being banged up recently, Reggie has found ways of being an impact player for Miami and is their clear cut #1 offensive weapon. In the fantasy football world, Bush is a top 10 RB thus far (ranked 8th to be exact) and has put up 65 points this season. That's an average of 10.8 points each week.

5. CJ Spiller (BUF - RB)

If he didn’t get hurt, we could easily be talking about him being at the top of this list. Spiller set the league on fire earlier this season, but then suffered an unfortunate shoulder injury. Still being the fifth best fantasy option in this division is a testament to how well he started. Spiller has posted 64 points (10.7 points per week) so far, which is almost equal to Bush's fantasy output.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brian Hartline (MIA - WR) - 56 points (9.3 per week)
  • Wes Welker (NE - WR) - 50 points (8.3 per week)
  • Rob Gronkowski (NE - TE) - 44 points (7.3 per week)
  • Dolphins (MIA - DEF) - 44 points (7.3 per week) 
  • Jeremy Kerley (NYJ - WR) - 43 points (7.2 per week)

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