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The main reason the Miami Dolphins will have a hard time repeating as the AFC East Champions is because the New England Patriots still play in the NFL and not the CFL.
They were only the second team to go 11-5 and miss the playoffs. With the return of Tom Brady, a healthy Richard Seymour and the addition of veterans Joey Galloway and Fred Taylor, that won't happen this year.
Fantasy Info Nuggets:
QB Tom Brady: I hate this guy so much. He's so perfect I that I can't complain about anything else except that he's perfect.
Look, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on Brady. He blew his knee out last season but after watching him back on the field in that first preseason game against the Eagles, it's obvious that knee injuries don't affect arm strength and accuracy or football intelligence.
If Brady is available anytime between the number five pick and the number 15 pick, take him. Don't think about it, just do it. Invite me to your victory party at the end of the season.
WR Randy Moss: After an "off" year where Moss "only" had 69 catches, 1,008 yards and 11 touchdowns, expect his numbers to triple with Brady slinging it again.
I'm kidding of course...sort of.
Okay, maybe Moss won't have the same ungodly numbers he accrued in 2007 but then again, why not? The point is this: It's hard to win without elite wide receivers and Moss is one of them.
I'm a running backs first, wide receivers way later kind of drafter but if Moss, Fitzgerald or Johnson land in my lap, I change my strategy right then and there, believe you me.
WR Wes Welker: He's awesome and the Dolphins were fools for letting him go three years ago. Oh wait, you need a fantasy breakdown?
Okay, how about this: Welker had 111 catches for 1,165 last season WITHOUT Brady. It's rare that one team has two top tier receivers on its roster.
So, if you miss out on Moss, hope you can grab a guy like Welker or better yet, good old Wes himself.
K Stephen Gostkowski: Not only was Gostkowski the team's leading scorer, but he was also the NFL's leading scorer with 148 points.
I think those numbers will decrease this season since I don't foresee the Pats kicking as many field goals as they did last season.
Hey, on the bright side, if you draft Gostkowski, at least you'll get points for all the extra points he'll be kicking for these touchdown machines.
DEF New England: All right, I'm not saying here that they're particularly bad, per se. But the Pats defense hasn't been as stifling as it has been in recent memory.
There was a time a few years ago when I could draft this defense and rely on it for a few points. Those points are fewer now and their defense is quite mediocre (they were ranked 29th last season in total defense).
The one true bright spot last season though was rookie linebacker Jerod Mayo who had 128 tackles. The main problem with this defense is that they don't produce turnovers or rack up enough sacks. This doesn't bode well in fantasy football.
RB All of Them: Ugh. I never want to see another New England RB on any of my fantasy football rosters. Raise your hand if Laurence Maroney has burned you more than once.
Yeah, that's a lot of hands.
Maroney, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk—this team isn't just running back by committee, it's a clown car of running backs waiting to squirt you in the face with fake flowers.
If you at any point have no choice but to pick up one of these Bozo's in a waiver wire panic reflex, take Morris. He's the goal line battering ram. But again, last option people.