AFC East 2012: Top 10 Fantasy Football Players

Contributed by: Eddie Asaley
Last Updated: Jul 04, 2012 9:54 AM

10. WR Santonio Holmes, New York Jets

Stock: DOWN

Holmes has been mediocre, at best, over the past two seasons with the New York Jets, but if (and that's a BIG if) Mark Sanchez and a brand new offensive coordinator progress the offense together, then Holmes might get back to his old Steelers form.

9. RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Stock: UP

Spiller filled in nicely for the injured Fred Jackson in the final six games of last season; but regardless of Jackson's return, Spiller's speed and pass-catching ability will earn him plenty of touches on third down and other subpackages.

8. WR Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

Stock: SAME

Not much has changed on the Bills' wide receiver front this offseason (although they did draft N.C. State's T.J. Graham in the third round), and Fitzpatrick will throw him the ball, but something tells me Johnson might have already reached his potential - statistically or otherwise.

7. WR Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots

Stock: UP

Look for Tom Brady's newest deep threat to make some big-time catches throughout the season; Lloyd reunites with his former Broncos coach, Josh McDaniels, to try and take some attention off of Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and company.

6. RB Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Stock: SAME

I don't know how much better Greene can get as an NFL running back (i.e. he's tapped his potential), but if one thing's for sure, he'll get most of the carries in a New York Jets backfield that doesn't have a lot of depth.
5. RB Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Stock: SAME

Was last year's season just a fluke? I don't think so. Bush proved that he could run between the tackles, that he could stay healthy, that he was more than just a pass-catching specialist, and barring a rookie Lamar Miller or second-year Daniel Thomas uprising, Bush should mimic his 2011 career year (he's also the only proven option the Dolphins have).

4. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

Stock: DOWN

Wes Welker had his best NFL season in 2011, but it will be hard to maintain those same gaudy statistics with the new additions of Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney - not to mention the potentially scary development of their young, star tight ends.

3. RB Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

Stock: UP

Fred Jackson was en route to having an All-Pro season before breaking his leg in Week 11, but if he returns 100 percent healthy, he should assume the lead back role over C.J. Spiller, and once again dominate in all three aspects of a running back's game (running, catching, and blocking).

2. TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Stock: UP

The best tight end in football (sorry Jimmy Graham) might have a difficult time matching or surpassing his record-breaking, unprecedented statistics from last season, but if there's one player who I think can do it - in the entire National Football League -  it's Gronk.

1. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Stock: Same

Tom Brady arguably had his best season statistically in 2011, but it's a horrific thought for the rest of the NFL to know that the Patriots have added even more weapons at Brady's disposal (Lloyd, Gaffney, Stallworth, etc.). There's absolutely no reason why Brady should stumble at all.

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