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Buffalo Bills

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 9-7 9-6-1 7-8-1 2,825 2,017 60.70% 39.30% 42%
2016-17 7-9 6-10 12-4 3,582 2,130 51.38% 48.62% 41%
2015-16 8-8 8-7-1 8-8 3,343 2,432 49.90% 50.10% 38%
2014-15 9-7 9-7 3-10 3,614 1,482 60.59% 39.41% 37%
2013-14 6-10 7-9 9-7 3,103 2,307 51.08% 48.92% 33%
2012-13 6-10 8-8 3,269 2,217 55.04% 44.96% 39%

The Bills possessed the league's best run offense, with bell-cow RB LeSean McCoy proving his worth as an elite fantasy contributor, registering 1,267 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns and a sparkling 84.5 yards per game. He's a first-round draft pick in almost every fantasy format and the catalyst of the Bills offense. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison brings with him a run-first offense and plenty of play action fakes, opening the field in both the passing game and running game. Not only does the Dennison hire add value to McCoy in fantasy, but the scrambling Tyrod Taylor could rebound from a rather woeful 2016 campaign. Taylor has a specific skill set and the ability to throw on the run outside of the pocket. Expect a healthy mix of bootlegs and passes behind the linebackers to open the big plays down the field to WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins started in just eight games last season, registering just 28 receptions for 356 yards. When healthy, Watkins is a must-start in fantasy, totalling 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns on 125 receptions during his first two seasons. He is the primary target in the Bills passing game and the only receiver worth drafting in fantasy, with last season's leader in receiving yards Robert Woods bolting to the Los Angeles Rams. WRs Brandon Tate and Andre Holmes are expected to battle for the other starting job at WR, with Corey Brown and Corey Washington the dark horses to keep an eye on throughout training camp. Don't expect any of these receivers to have an immediate fantasy impact, instead, look to TE Charles Clay. His fantasy appeal has increased due to Woods' departure and is in line for a heavier workload.

Miami Dolphins

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 6-10 5-9-2 7-8-1 3,535 1,388 62.00% 38.00% 32%
2016-17 10-6 9-6-1 12-4 3,875 2,247 55.53% 44.47% 37%
2015-16 6-10 5-11 7-9 3,811 1,496 64.79% 35.21% 31%
2014-15 8-8 7-9 8-8 3,729 1,872 61.63% 38.37% 40%
2013-14 8-8 8-7-1 5-11 3,567 1,440 65.13% 34.87% 35%
2012-13 7-9 8-7-1 5-11 3,199 1,785 55.19% 44.81% 37%

QB Ryan Tannehill had himself a career year in almost every offensive category under new head coach Adam Gase, who is known to adapt his offense to his quarterback's strengths. He posted a ridiculous 67.1 pass completion percentage and 7.7 yards per attempt. Unfortunately, Tannehill partially re-tore his ACL recently and will miss the season, forcing the Dolphins to sign Jay Cutler to a one-year contract. Gase runs a West Coast-themed offense with plenty of pre-snap motions and flooding one side of the field with receivers, which complements Cutler's strong arm and athleticism quite nicely. WR Jarvis Landry has become one of the most exciting receivers to watch. He ranked 14th in standard scoring formats among wide receivers with 231.3 fantasy points. He's an intriguing WR1 option heading into 2017. WRs Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker round out the other fantasy options at wide receiver for the Dolphins and boast plenty of potential. Stills and Parker both collecting over 700 receiving yards, with Stills working out of the slot and Parker the outside. Stills utilizes his speed and agility to miss defenders and rack up big gains. Parker works the right side of the field and was second among Dolphins receivers behind Landry in receiving yards. Parker started the 2016 campaign as a sleeper-option in fantasy football circles and ended up being a reliable FLEX option with a career-high 744 yards registered last season. Both are solid secondary options that could flourish in year two of Gase's offense. TE Julius Thomas is the newest edition to the Dolphins and rejoins the offensive coordinator that helped him earn his first pro bowl appearance in 2014, setting career-highs in receiving yards (788) and 12 touchdowns. RB Jay Ajayi was the breakout fantasy star of the Dolphins last season, rushing for the fourth most yards (1,272) to go along with eight touchdowns. Ajayi adds plenty of big play upside, as his 11 runs of 20 or more yards ranked just 3rd behind Bills' McCoy and Cowboys' Elliott.

New England Patriots

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 13-3 11-5 7-9 4,418 1,889 66.30% 33.70% 41%
2016-17 14-2 13-3 6-10 3,806 1,417 54.36% 45.64% 46%
2015-16 12-4 7-7-2 9-7 4,587 1,404 63.52% 36.48% 41%
2014-15 12-4 9-7 9-7 4,121 1,727 59.59% 40.41% 44%
2013-14 12-4 8-8 9-7 4,087 2,065 57.98% 42.02% 37%
2012-13 12-4 9-7 11-5 4,662 2,184 57.03% 42.97% 49%

What isn't there to love about the Patriots offense? They are as close to a true dynasty the NFL has seen, winning five super bowls in 15 seasons led by future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. Though Brady is entering his 16th season, there is no reason to believe he can't produce elite QB1 fantasy numbers. He missed the first four games due to a suspension yet posted his second-best completion percentage in a season with 67.4 percent while throwing 28 touchdowns to two interceptions. The main beneficiaries are WR Julian Edelman and, when healthy, TE Rob Gronkowski. Edelman's 1,106 receiving yards was the 13th best mark last season but only registered three touchdowns. Edelman was a WR1 last year, however, with the addition of speedy Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints, expect Edelman's targets and receptions to decrease. Cooks had an astonishing 1,173 yards on 78 receptions and also posted WR1 numbers. It's uncertain if Gronkowski will be able to return for a full season. Nevertheless, he's too good not to have on your fantasy team. Prior to his injury riddled 2016 season, Gronkowski has posted phenomenal numbers playing in 30 games while racking up 2,300 yards on 154 receptions. Last season, he averaged 21.6 yards per reception in six games started. He's an elite receiving option and if deemed healthy, a top-10 fantasy producer. If he can't play, then second-string TE Dwayne Allen will be available in later rounds. The Patriots offense won't change at all, with head coach Bill Belichick entering his 16th season and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels coaching in his ninth as a Patriot, their spread offense and usage of two TEs will continue to be a common occurrence. Their rushing game is just as good as their passing game, ranking 7th among NFL teams averaging 117 yards per game. It didn't matter who lined up at the tailback position for the Patriots last season, they were going to succeed. Either James White and Dion Lewis will likely split starting duties and are intriguing RB2 options in a star studded offense.

New York Jets

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 5-11 8-6-2 8-8 3,182 1,702 63.30% 36.70% 36%
2016-17 5-11 6-10 7-9 3,898 1,581 58.33% 41.68% 36%
2015-16 10-6 8-6-2 8-8 4,057 1,868 58.29% 41.71% 41%
2014-15 4-12 6-9-1 7-9 2,946 2,280 51.81% 48.19% 39%
2013-14 8-8 8-7-1 8-8 2,932 2,158 51.67% 48.33% 37%
2012-13 6-10 6-9-1 6-10 2,891 1,896 52.22% 47.78% 36%

The Jets aren't expected to compete at a high-level this year, which isn't a good indication of the team's fantasy outlook for the 2017 season. Their starting QB, Josh McCown, never has been a feasible option at QB. If he was a starter on someone's team, it was likely because your QB1 was injured. He never really dominated with the Browns and Buccaneers, failing to surpass the 3,000 yard passing mark and is entering his 13th and likely final NFL season. Wide receivers Charone Peake, Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall are expected to be the teams key contributors in the pass offense, yet don't bring much to the table. Enunwa led the Jets in receiving in 2016 with 857 yards and four touchdowns on 58 receptions. Unfortunately for Enunwa, he will miss the remainder of the season with a serious neck injury. Peake and Anderson were apart of the Jets last season and totaled 773 yards two touchdowns between them. With the lack of talent through the air, first-year offensive coordinator John Morton will look to incorporate dual-threat RB Matt Forte in his offense in every way he can. Though he will struggle to run a vertical offense, Forte will be given opportunity to rush and catch the ball. During his first season as a Jet, Forte started 13 games, racking up 813 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Forte's draft stock is hindered by a weak offensive line, but when healthy, Forte gives defensive players headaches. Aside from Forte, leave the rest of the Jets offense alone.

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