Rosters to Target for Instant Fantasy Impact: AFC East

During the free agency period and rookie draft season you’ll see many write-ups about how a player ended up in the perfect “Landing Spot.” Even if you’re an advocate of talent over landing spot, you have to admit that landing plays a role in a players production. DFF has decided to take a look at every team, broken down by division, to see which teams roster lend themselves to instant production or at least the speculation for immediate production at specific positions. We can target players that land on these rosters either for short-term fixes, instant production or as flip candidates.

AFC East:

New England Patriots:

Position looking for instant impact:

Running Back

Why this Roster:

Quarterback is a spot to buy in on whichever QB the Patriots draft in April. Though Tom Brady showed no visible signs of slowing down in his age 40 season, he still is 40 years old and can’t play much longer. If the Patriots go early on a Tight End, I’m buying that player as well based on the recent retirement talk surrounding Rob Gronkowski. I don’t care who the Pats sign or draft at WR I’m not touching that situation, with Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and a returning Julian Edelman there’s only best-ball value to be gained by anyone added to that rotation.  

New England has a reputation of running back shenanigans but last season showed that under the right circumstances a Pats RB could be a reliable fantasy asset. With the assistance of the RotoViz game splits app we see that beginning in week 6 Dion Lewis’s rushing attempts, and fantasy production saw a marked uptick.

With both Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead being unrestricted free agents and Mike Gillislee a potential cap casualty the RB position could be wide open next season for New England. If either of Lewis or Burkhead re-signs with the Pats while the other departs, I’ll be looking to buy in on them wherever possible.

Buffalo Bills:

Position looking for instant impact:

Wide Receiver

Why this Roster:

Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones. Those are the Bills top Wide Receivers. I’m not a Kelvin Benjamin hater by any stretch, but he just is not a #1 wide receiver. Zay Jones just finished his rookie season with a historically bad 36.5% catch rate. Even if Jones catch rate improves in year 2 (it almost has to, doesn’t it?) I frankly don’t believe he’s good enough to be the 1st or 2nd option in a successful offense. Allen Robinson, Courtland Sutton, or my man crush James Washington could make some noise in upstate NY, assuming they have a starting QB next season. 

New York Jets:

Position looking for instant impact:


Why this Roster:

Every offensive skill position needs help for the Jets. Josh McCown is a free agent and could retire. Robby Anderson, the #1 wide receiver can’t stop getting arrested, and might be a product of situation more than talent. The Jets can pay Matt Forte $4 million to play poorly in 2018 or cut him and only pay $1 million. Bilal Powell is already 29 years old, and the Jets have never seemed inclined to provide him with a full run as the RB1 anyway. Eli McGuire is a player who had mediocre counting stats and advanced metrics last season who has little draft capital invested in him.

If Austin Seferian-Jenkins re-signs with the Jets I’m interested in acquiring him, though as long as ASJ signs anywhere as the presumptive starter, I’m very much interested in him. Assuming he stays sober ASJ possesses all the ingredients to be a force at the Tight end position. If ASJ doesn’t re-sign, you can add TE to roster spots with potential for immediate impact. With a dearth of offensive talent on the Jets roster, any skill position players they add have a shot to become a fantasy producer immediately. 

Miami Dolphins:

Position looking for instant impact:

Tight End

Why this Roster:

Julius Thomas led Dolphins Tight ends with 41 receptions and 388 yards in 2017. Technically this was an improvement over the 25 receptions and 256 yards put up in 2016 by Dion Sims to the lead the TEs. That’s terrible production. Cutting Thomas would save $4.6 million in 2018 and allow the Dolphins to either sign or draft a Tight end that’s good at football. I suggest they do that.

Thank you for reading. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. If you ever want to talk you can find me on Twitter @DFF_Shane.

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