With the NFL regular season just around the corner it marks another occasion that is getting ready to come up; fantasy football. In the AFC East there are a lot of players that are guaranteed to get picked up by a team ranging from Tom Brady to LeSean McCoy. This week on the AFC East roundup, we will be looking at a fantasy sleeper on each of the four teams in the division that may help you bring that championship home.
Buffalo Bills: TE Charles Clay
It has been reasonable to say that Clay has not lived fully up to the expectations from when he signed with Buffalo a couple years ago. Clay is hoping to pick up where he left off having four touchdowns in the final couple weeks of the season last year. He was ranked 16th among tight ends in last year’s fantasy rankings but he has the potential for a break out season. With a new offensive coordinator and starting quarterback in either Nathan Peterman or Josh Allen, expect Clay to be used a lot more than in the past. Predictions have him just outside the top ten for his position this season but don’t be surprised if he is on the board in the later rounds of your draft.
Miami Dolphins: RB Frank Gore
We know that the starting running back for the Dolphins this season will be Kenyan Drake but do not sleep on his backup in Frank Gore. Expect Gore to be used in a lot of short yardage situations and down near the goal line. If Gore is consistently getting into the end zone inside of the five-yard line that will be easy fantasy points in your pocket. You do not have to prioritize him either in your draft with him being your backup. He could possibly be there for a nice low-risk, high-reward last pick depending on how large your league is.
New York Jets: Defense
The Jets defense as a whole can be quite valuable for fantasy owners this year. This defense has made upgrades from last year getting the best cornerback in free agency with Trumaine Johnson and still have Leonard Williams up front. The Jets defense may be ranked last in fantasy projections but the team has the second-easiest schedule in the league up until Week 8. One can easily use their defense for the first half of the season before switching them out if the situation calls for it.
New England Patriots: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
The Patriots always seem to have a couple fantasy sleepers on the roster each season and expect this one to be no different. Patterson is that speedy deep threat that Brady loves to use every season so expect Patterson to take advantage of that. He is outside the top-50 receivers in preseason rankings so you will not having to worry picking him up in the later rounds. Without Brandin Cooks, Brady will be looking for a new deep target and Patterson can be that guy.