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2019 Fantasy Football AFC East NFL Draft Recap


The 2019 NFL Draft came and went over the weekend and with it we got one step closer to the 2019 Fantasy Football season! The NFL Draft is the real starting point of the Fantasy Year as now we can start to dissect depth charts, predict projections and compile rankings.

In reality, every single team drafted players that will affect their Fantasy Prospectus. Whether it was a defensive tackle that will help take double teams off their pass rushers for sacks or an offensive guard that will open up lanes for their running back, every player has Fantasy Effects. However, we want to focus on the guys that will have direct impacts on your Fantasy Football teams.

Which new running back do you need to know to take late in your draft? Will the highly rated wide receiver live up to the billing in the high-powered offense? Are there any new tight ends that can strengthen the weakest position in Fantasy Football?

All these questions will be answered by us throughout our NFL Draft recaps. We have broken the NFL Draft down by division for Fantasy Relevant players. Here is the NFL Draft breakdown of the AFC East.

2019 Fantasy Football AFC East NFL Draft Recap

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Buffalo Bills

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Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma – 2.06

Buffalo’s offensive line was the third worst in the league last year according to Football Outsiders. They were dead last in second-level yardage on the ground and third from last in open field creation for backs. Was it the fact that LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory had seen their best days behind them? Or could it have been that the line just was not good?

It was probably a combination of the two factors. I mean, Josh Allen led the team in rushing and he was not seen as a running quarterback coming into the NFL. Ford will help shore up the interior, especially with the new blood added to the backfield…

Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic – 3.10

On the surface, Singletary would not seem a factor in a 12-team redraft league. The Bills still have LeSean McCoy. They went and signed both T.J. Yeldon and Frank Gore. It’s also not seen as a high-powered offense.

I beg to differ. Singletary was one of my favorite running backs in the class. If he could have come out after his sophomore year in which he amassed 2,116 yards from scrimmage and 33 (!!!) touchdowns, he might have been a first-round pick. Instead, he was the fifth back off the board in Round 3.

McCoy looked to be absolutely cooked last year. When Frank Gore entered the league, Singletary was seven years old. Yeldon has proven time and again he cannot handle a heavy load and is best suited as a third-down, pass-catching option. I would bet that Singletary ends up leading the team in carries.

I get it: his spider chart is less than impressive. What he lacks for in size and speed, he makes up for in just how slippery he is when he breaks tackles and how decisive he is on cuts. Most importantly, Singletary has a nose for the end zone (55 touchdowns over his last two seasons). That is something Buffalo sorely lacked with just four end zone spikes from their running backs last year.

While he may not be drafted in the single-digit rounds come August, Singletary will be heard from by Fantasy Playoff time.

Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss – 3.32

Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College – 7.14

The Bills signed Tyler Kroft from the Bengals this year and he has had his moments in Cincinnati. However, I do not think that they see him as a do-it-all option at the tight end position after they invested pretty decent draft capital in selecting two more tight ends.

However, neither of these guys is seen as a receiving threat. They combined for just over 600 yards and three scores last year in college, so don’t expect either to be on your boards in redraft leagues.

Miami Dolphins

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Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington – 7.20

Gaskin is another running back entering a crowded situation in Miami. Even with Frank Gore gone, Kenyan Drake had the quietest 1,000 total yard/9 touchdown/200 PPR Fantasy Point season that I can remember. He was able to do that on less than 175 touches.

Kalen Ballege then got his shot as a starter and all he did was rush for 123 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries in that game. Once again too, the Dolphins are not exactly a high-powered offense either.

Gaskin has talent but took an even bigger drop off in 2018 than Singletary. On more carries and more targets/catches he put up almost 300 yards and 11 touchdowns fewer than 2017. His Sparq score is not the strongest either so I’m not sure he will come in guns blazing and take the job.

Could Gaskin be Fantasy relevant this season? Possibly, especially with a Drake injury. Is he going to be worth drafting in August? Almost certainly not.

TRADE – Josh Rosen, QB

The real Fantasy impact from this weekend in Miami is their new quarterback, Josh Rosen. The Dolphins gave up just a late-second round pick to get the 10th overall selection from a year ago.

It’s tough to judge Rosen off of last year’s statistics with Arizona. They were not exactly a good football team around him. The kid obviously has serious arm talent and I think will be given every opportunity in Miami. I mean, what else are they going to do, trust in Ryan Fitzpatrick?

While probably not even worth a stream in single-QB leagues, in Super Flex varieties Rosen should definitely be drafted.

New England Patriots

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N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State – 1.32

So the Fantasy Football world is abuzz with N’Keal Harry. He was a favorite of the Dynasty community before he went to New England and now he is seen as the top pick in many Dynasty drafts. I think everyone needs to pump the brakes for a minute. Hell, I could not even find a single negative Tweet from the Fantasy Community.

First off, when was the last time New England drafted a Fantasy-relevant wide receiver? Deion Branch? People just give Bill Belichick every single benefit of the doubt and whatever decision he makes is genius. Yet, we seem to just forget about his weaknesses. This weakness, in particular, is a complete failure at drafting quality wide receivers.

Secondly, can you tell me the last wide receiver who was not a primary slot option (Julian Edelman or Wes Welker) who had 1,100 yards or 8 touchdowns for the Patriots? It was Randy Moss. Over a decade ago. So the absolute ceiling for Harry at this point is 1,000 yards and less than eight touchdowns. With where he will be drafted, there will be higher ceiling players available who also have much better statistical floors for production.

Lastly, Tom Brady is 43 and showing that he is less and less concerned about the regular season. The Patriots know that they will win the weakest division in all of pro sports for another season and get a first-round bye. Tom Brady is not concerned with your Fantasy team anymore.

So while Harry may be draftable in standard formats, I am not expecting much from the kid.

Damien Harris, RB, Alabama – 3.23

Talk about a crowded backfield: New England has their previous top pick Sony Michel, RB7 from last year James White, and Mr. Do-everything Rex Burkhead. While there is talk that this could be the end of Burkhead’s tenure, I still do not want the third head of this three or four-headed monster.

James White and Sony Michel can possibly pull off a Fantasy-relevant running back platoon, but Damien Harris will not get enough run just yet. He will be relegated to dynasty formats only.

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn – 4.31

This is obviously for dynasty purposes only as well. I still don’t trust the integrity and makeup of a kid that switched schools multiple times because he couldn’t handle the pressure. However, it is Belichick and he will be behind Brady so Stidham will be sought after.

New York Jets

Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia – 4.19

In typical Jets’ fashion, they managed to completely underwhelm when it comes to upgrading their Fantasy assets. Wesco will probably play more fullback than tight end, but either way, he will not even be useful in daily formats. The only addition worth any Fantasy thought is their free agent signing of Le’Veon Bell.

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About Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog,, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.

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