Tom Brady and the Best Fantasy Football Options in the AFC East

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIAugust 1, 2012

Tom Brady and the Best Fantasy Football Options in the AFC East

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    The AFC East is one of the best divisions in the NFL in terms of fantasy football talent. There are solid players across the board.

    The New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills each have studs that can help you win your league in 2012.

    The question is, who are the top fantasy options in the AFC East?

    Here is a team-by-team breakdown, based on who the best fantasy player is for every squad in the AFC East.

    Everyone on this list is capable of having a great season, and should be at the top of your list on draft day.

1. New York Jets: Shonn Greene

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    Shonn Greene very quietly rushed for over 1,000 yards last season.

    With the departure of LaDainian Tomlinson, Greene will become the team's featured back in 2012, which should serve to improve his production. He should easily surpass his career high of 253 carries in the upcoming season as well. 

    Some may think that the addition of Tim Tebow will mean fewer carries for Greene. However, there is almost no doubt that Greene will at least touch the ball close to 20 times per game, unless Tebow is used far more than currently expected. 

    If he stays healthy, Greene should easily surpass 1,100 yards this year. He'll be a good RB2 option, and for teams with strong RBs, will be a fantastic flex player who you can start with confidence. 

2. Miami Dolphins: Reggie Bush

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    Reggie Bush is coming off the best year of his entire career, in which he rushed for nearly 1,100 yards and tallied 43 receptions. Bush had some monster games.

    He was a pleasant surprise for his fantasy owners, remaining healthy for the entire fantasy season. The only game he missed was in Week 17. 

    Bush is poised to build on last season and have an even better year in 2012.

    In Joe Philbin's offense, Bush should have even more receptions than last year. Therefore, don't be shocked if his numbers approach 1,200 rushing yards with 70 catches for 500 yards and eight total touchdowns. 

    If he can stay healthy, Bush is going to be terrific. If you're willing to deal with his somewhat significant injury risk, you could potentially be duly rewarded. 

3. New England Patriots: Tom Brady/Wes Welker/Rob Gronkowski

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    It was impossible to choose between these three players—just try to get one on your fantasy team.

    Last season, Brady, Welker and Gronkowski each had huge fantasy seasons. Gronk set the record for receiving yards by a TE and added 90 catches to boot. Meanwhile, Welker caught 122 passes for nearly 1,600 yards and Tom Brady threw for over 5,000 yards. 

    Simply put, New England is a fantasy football production machine. This team is a true juggernaut. The Patriots are arguably the best team in the entire NFL in terms of fantasy stats, and you really can't go wrong with Welker, Brady or Gronk. 

    Last year, I had both Gronk and Welker, who came up big for me on multiple occasions.

    This year, I'm hoping to get all three on my team. It's unlikely, but if you can get all three of them—or even a pair—do it in a heartbeat. You're guaranteed terrific production and won't be disappointed.  

4. Buffalo Bills: Stevie Johnson

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    Stevie Johnson has had two great seasons in a row, and there's no reason he can't make it a trifecta as he looks to lead the Bills in receiving once again in 2012.

    Johnson had over 76 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two years. He caught 17 touchdowns in that span. With a full offseason and training camp with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, he should be even better this year. 

    Johnson has a lot of reward with very little risk. He's played in all 16 games for each of the last two seasons, and it looks like he's going to be 100 percent healthy for this training camp as well.

    There's nothing stopping Johnson. He's the best fantasy option on the Bills following Fred Jackson's knee injury. 

    Johnson's a virtual lock to have a solid year this season, and is clearly amongst the fantasy elites of the AFC East. 

     

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