Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC East

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the AFC East.

Patriots

Rising

Rex Burkhead, RB—With rookie Sony Michel dealing with an injury early on, Burkhead is starting to look like a nice value. He’s lacked sufficient opportunity in previous years despite his abilities. Burkhead may get his chance now that Dion Lewis has moved on. Burkhead is getting drafted in the seventh round and you can take him as your third back hoping he gives you RB2 numbers.

Falling

Tom Brady, QB—Brady is 41 years old and this could be the year things start to decline quickly. That’s not the main reason I see him as falling in my mind. Brady is getting selected as the fourth quarterback off the board, early in the sixth round on average. That’s too expensive for what I see as a risky pick.

One to watch

Sony Michel, RB—Expectations are high for the rookie, but like I said he’s already dealing with a knee issue. There are a lot of backs in New England so they won’t rush his recovery. Hopefully he’ll come at a discount if owners get anxious about drafting him. With Dion Lewis gone, Michel could fill that void if he can stay on the field.

Dolphins

Rising

Kenyan Drake, RB—Though Frank Gore has taken his talents to South Beach, Drake should win the job over the ancient veteran. Drake rushed for 641 of his 644 yards in the final 10 games of the season on 129 carries last year. He also hauled in 32 passes for 239 yards.

Falling

DeVante Parker, WR—You only get so many chances to prove yourself. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Parker’s breakout season and I’m not sure it will come. He isn’t expensive, getting drafted in the ninth round, but you could do better to take a chance on Robby Anderson, Marquise Goodwin or Allen Hurns in that spot.

One to watch

Kenny Stills, WR—Stills caught one more pass than Parker last season and outgained him 847 yards to 670. Stills also scored six times against Parker’s lone touchdown. Stills has done well in the last two years, hauling in 100 catches for 1,573 yards and 15 touchdowns with very suspect quarterback play.

Bills

Rising

LeSean McCoy, RB—It’s Shady, why is he considered a rising player? It’s because when I think of a rising player, I think of a player that I want on my team after considering all factors, including talent, situation, opportunity and (often most importantly) draft position. McCoy is as consistent as they come and I don’t see that changing, but this year he’s being drafted in the third round. That’s a great spot to take a player with his productivity.

Falling

Kelvin Benjamin, WR—Benjamin caught just 47 passes for 692 yards last season and he’s being drafted pretty late for a No. 1 receiver. I wouldn’t draft him this season, even if he’s around after the 10th round. Benjamin’s quarterback situation isn’t great. He’ll be wishing he was back with Cam Newton despite his comments regarding his former QB last week.

One to watch

Corey Coleman, WR—The trade between the Bills and Browns is bad news for second-year receiver Zay Jones. Coleman has the talent to not only take away targets from Jones, but he could possibly become the No. 1 receiver if Benjamin continues to trend in the wrong direction.

Jets

Rising

Robby Anderson, WR—I think Anderson has the best shot at being the most productive Jet. He’s the clear No. 1 on the team and was just 59 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season last year. He’s clearly a value pick, getting selected in the ninth round on average.

Falling

Bilal Powell, RB—Powell had decent production last season, but he was expected to do a lot more. Now that Isaiah Crowell is in town, it looks like Powell won’t be a big factor for fantasy purposes.

One to watch

Quincy Enunwa, WR—Enunwa missed all of 2017 but had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns the year before. He’s being drafted in the 13th round so there’s no need to feel anxious about taking a flier on him.

Division previews

AFC North

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NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East