The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the AFC

 

I’m back again to bring you a breakdown of the good, bad, and ugly of every single team in the AFC. Let’s do it to it!

 

AFC East

 

New England Patriots

The Good

Tom Brady - Not too much to say here other than he’s Tom friggin’ Brady and yes, I did say that in my best Peter Griffin impersonation.

 

Rob Gronkowski - Say what you will about his off the field antics, but when Gronk is healthy, he is on point and easily a top TE1.

 

The Bad

WR Corps (Sans Edelman) - With how Brady targets players in this offense, none of these WRs other than Edelman can give you a consistent fantasy performance week to week.

 

The Ugly

Julian Edelman - Edelman didn’t necessarily live up to expectations last season, but that means that you should be able to get him at a discount which will give you a good return on his value.

 

Mike Gillislee - Ghaleesi, as I like to call him, is definitely the ugliest pick from the Patriots, but if he can even get half of the TDs that Blount got last season then he should give you good value.

 

Miami Dolphins

The Good

Jay Ajayi - If the rumors are true and Ajayi has improved his pass catching game then he can definitely live up to his current ADP, especially in PPR leagues.

 

The Bad

Julius Thomas - Thomas has got some great talent and could prove me wrong, but I’d like to see him prove it before I buy in.

 

The Ugly

Jarvis Landry - Landry has definitely got talent, but it’s simply a matter of can Tannehill get him the targets that he needs to be successful.

 

New York Jets

The Good

Bilal Powell - Powell is the only bright spot, to me, in this offense this year. I’m with others that are convinced that they’re trying to lose. Not really, but come on. J-E-T-E-S!

 

The Bad

Everyone involved in the Jets passing/receiving game to me is undesirable, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone stands out here like Enunwa or possibly Anderson.

 

The Ugly

Matt Forte - Do it if you have to, but you’re not going to be happy about it.

 

Buffalo Bills

The Good

LeSean McCoy - No doubt that Shady is going to be a RB1, especially with Gillislee not vulturing TDs.

 

The Bad

Sammy Watkins - There’s no doubt that Watkins has the talent to be a WR1, but I’m not confident that he can stay healthy for a full season which will need to happen for him to live up to his ADP.

 

The Ugly

Tyrod Taylor - Tyrod has almost been forgotten by the public when it comes to his fantasy value, but he’s a sneaky sleeper for this season and a strong streaming candidate.

 

AFC South

 

Houston Texans

The Good

Lamar Miller - With Foreman’s recent issues, Miller is primed to return to his bell cow role from last season and if the offense can improve then he’ll be a solid RB2.

 

The Bad

Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson - I anticipate both of these QBs to each start for part of the season, but I don’t see them being able to produce for fantasy except in deep leagues as streaming candidates.

 

The Ugly

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins has the talent to be a WR1, but the unstable QB play and his decrease in targets that is inevitable won’t get him to his current ADP. However, he’s still a decent WR2 pick.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Good

Leonard Fournette - Fournette is going into a great opportunity and should be the starter by the beginning of the season. The only downside is that I’m not taking him at his current ADP, but if you’re willing to take a shot then go for it.

 

The Bad

Blake Bortles - Now, if Bortles really has improved his game then he may not find himself here, but after last year, I’ll need to see it to believe it.

 

The Ugly

Allen Robinson - Robinson definitely has WR1 potential, but it all, unfortunately, hinges on Bortles improvement.

 

Indianapolis Colts

The Good

TY Hilton - The Colts pass heavy offense should benefit all WRs, but Hilton especially as the WR1 in the offense.

 

The Bad

Jack Doyle - Doyle is a tempting late round grab for some people, but I’m wary with Luck’s injury concern and Doyle seemed to fade at times last season.

 

The Ugly

Frank Gore - Gore definitely has little upside, but he is routinely the RB12 and is a solid RB2 candidate as always.

 

Andrew Luck - I would normally have included Luck in the Good section, but his injury status has me wary of drafting him, especially at his current ADP.

 

Tennessee Titans

The Good

Marcus Mariota - Mariota has tons of new weapons at his disposal and he should greatly benefit from these additions. Plus, his current ADP makes him a great late-round QB to target.

 

The Bad

Derrick Henry - There’s no one in this offense that is truly bad, but Henry still behind Murray makes him nothing more than a strong handcuff.

 

The Ugly

DeMarco Murray - Murray will still get his touches, but Henry is garnering more touches and the WR additions could take even more touches away from Murray. His production should be reduced which means he could bust at his current ADP.

 

AFC West

 

Kansas City Chiefs

The Good

Travis Kelce - Easily a top-tier TE. However, be wary of expecting him to end as the TE1 again this season. I’m anticipating him to finish in the top 5 though.

 

The Bad

Alex Smith - Only pick him up if you have to. Mr. Meh will perform decently if you need it, but others offer you more upside.

 

The Ugly

Spencer Ware - The addition of Hunt has people down on Ware, but he is still the starter and can still produce for fantasy. Unless Hunt impresses in camp, Ware should still be drafted as a strong RB2.

 

Denver Broncos

The Good

Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders -  These WRs will always provide you with upside, but how much is dependent on their QB play.

 

The Bad

Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian - Serious improvement is needed before I’m willing to trust my fantasy season to either of these QBs.

 

The Ugly

CJ Anderson - Anderson is somewhat being forgotten in fantasy drafts, but is still the starter despite the addition of Charles. I expect him to remain that way through camp and could be a sneaky grab.

 

Oakland Raiders

The Good

Marshawn Lynch - Lynch hasn’t played football in a while, but Beast Mode now has one of the best O-line’s in front of him and if he can even get close to the form he was in then he’s a locked and loaded RB1.

 

Amari Cooper & Michael Crabtree - Crabtree is a solid WR2 option with upside, especially if his targets remain consistent from last season. Same goes for Cooper with even more upside if he can break out.

 

The Bad

Jared Cook - Just no.

 

The Ugly

Derek Carr - Hopefully Carr’s injury doesn’t hinder him, but it will be difficult for him to repeat his efficiency. He’s a streaming candidate.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

The Good

Melvin Gordon - He could potentially bust, but Gordon, for now, is a RB1 in a potentially high-powered offense.

 

The Bad

Keenan Allen - I’m not anywhere close to trusting Allen until he can prove that he can stay healthy and at his current ADP, he could tank your season.

 

The Ugly

Philip Rivers - Rivers is a strong late-round QB to target and could be a steal in your drafts. He just needs to get his INTs under control.

 

AFC North

 

Baltimore Ravens

The Good

Terrance West and Danny Woodhead - With Dixon’s medial meniscus being repaired, West and Woodhead just got thrust into the fantasy spotlight. I’d prefer Woodhead in PPR leagues.

 

The Bad

Joe Flacco - News just broke as I was writing this about a back injury that will keep him out of camp for a bit and his value was already as a low-end streaming candidate.

 

The Ugly

Jeremy Maclin - The Dirty Cake is in a prime sleeper spot barring Flacco not being out for too long, but he’s a WR1 in a pass-heavy offense.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

The Good

AJ Green - Green is a locked and loaded WR1 that you can get at the back end of the first round.

 

Tyler EIfert - Has top 5 TE upside if he can stay healthy and you can get him at a discount.

 

The Bad

Bengals RBs - There is a lot of potential in this group, but until this corps gets figured out in camp then I’m not looking to grab any of them.

 

The Ugly

Andy Dalton - Dalton has all of his weapons back and can be a great value if they all remain healthy, but his production is dependent on the health of the overall offense.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Good

Le’Veon Bell - Potential to be the best overall RB and a locked and loaded top 3 RB.

 

Antonio Brown - Possibly the best WR in fantasy. Enough said.

 

The Bad

Jesse James - Heath Miller proved to be valuable over the years so there is potential for James, but he has to earn that trust with Big Ben.

 

The Ugly

Martavis Bryant - Bryant definitely seems to have gotten everything under control and has improved his physique. Only time will tell if he can live up to the hype.

 

Cleveland Browns

The Good

Isaiah Crowell - The Crow has potential to be a solid RB1, but his ADP is rising which could make him untouchable to me.

 

The Bad

Browns QBs - Way too much up in the air and even what is for sure is not good with little upside. Stay away.

 

The Ugly

Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman - These guys have potential to have fantasy value, but it is dependent on incredibly uncertain QB play.

 

 

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