Leaving the Central Time Zone we cross over back to Eastern Standard Time in our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections. A lot has changed in the AFC East this offseason. All of that is accounted for in our 2020 Fantasy Football AFC East Projections.
Arguably the biggest news of the entire NFL offseason, Tom Brady left New England in free agency. For a short time, Jarrett Stidham was slated to play quarterback for the Patriots. That was until Cam Newton signed a one-year contract last week!
The Buffalo Bills are the team to beat in the AFC East in 2020. They traded for Stefon Diggs to give Josh Allen a true WR1 and they drafted Zach Moss to boost the backfield.
The New York Jets are hoping for 16 games out of Sam Darnold at QB and added two wide receivers this offseason signing Breshad Perriman and drafting Denzel Mims in the NFL Draft. They also did a good job protecting Darnold, signing Connor McGovern and drafting Meckhi Becton!
The Miami Dolphins tanked for Tua Tagovailoa and added Jordan Howard and Matt Breida to the backfield.
2020 Fantasy Football AFC East Projections
Josh Allen is a consensus top-10 Fantasy QB because of his ability to run for touchdowns. However, because of this, he is inconsistent. He had six games under 200 passing yards in 2019 and another two games under 210 passing yards.
In his rookie year, Devin Singletary had to deal with Frank Gore and now Buffalo replaced Gore with a much younger Zack Moss. Moss will be a pain in the side of Singletary owners all season long. Singletary's ADP sits in the backend of the third/fourth round and is much better equipped as your RB2 than being relied on as your RB1. The upside is just not there with Moss and Allen vulturing touchdowns.
Adding Stefon Diggs should provide a huge boost to the offense. The Bills are not designed to win high scoring games. They rely on their defense and ground game. That being said, Josh Allen has the arm strength to target receivers downfield, just lacks accuracy. According to PlayerProfiler.com, Allen's 25% deep ball completion was 33rd in the NFL. However, he was 8th in attempts so the opportunities are there and when they hit, it will produce solid weekly numbers for Diggs and John Brown. Brown eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards last year on a career-high 72 receptions.
Cole Beasley is perennially a solid PPR Fantasy player. He saw a career-high 106 targets last season and with Diggs and Brown stretching the field, the short crossing routes should be WIDE open.
The Bills do not feature the tight end much in the passing game. Don't look for Dawson Knox to be the breakout tight end in 2020.
Ryan Fitzpatrick almost played the Dolphins out of Tua Tagovailoa. But because of an injury, and the way the draft order worked itself out, Tua is now in Miami.
Kenyan Drake was traded last year to the Arizona Cardinals and he forced them to trade David Johnson to the Houston Texans for DeAndre Hopkins. It's a funny thing about how the world works. Now Jordan Howard and Matt Breida are sharing the Dolphins backfield. Not great, not terrible.
Preston Williams needed just eight games to showcase his talents before tearing his ACL. Together with DeVante Parker, the Dolphins might have Tua's future favorite targets on the roster already. Parker's contract extension keeps him in Miami through the 2023 NFL season.
Parker balled out in the second half of the 2019 season, racking up over 100 yards per game and five touchdowns!
Mike Gesicki ranks as the TE10 according to my projections and caught all five of touchdowns over the Dolphins final eight games last year!
New York Jets
Sam Darnold missed three-game early in the season due to mononucleosis last year. He finished outside QB25 in Fantasy points per game. He is young, he is talented, the team around him is better in 2020, but Darnold is still not an option in single QB Fantasy Football formats.
Le'Veon Bell was one of nine running backs who saw over 300 touches last season. Even with all that volume, he finished as RB18. He is one of the safest RB2's because of said volume, but has limited upside.
Jamison Crowder had a nice, quiet season in New York last year. The additions of Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims might hurt his 122 targets from a year ago, but the additional weapons should make it harder for opposing defenses to prevent him from racking up the yards after the catch.
Perriman proved he can be a real deep-threat in the NFL as the Bucs WR3 last year. The Jets didn't' really attack deep down the field last year but they might want to test drive their new toys in 2020. We all know who Robby Anderson is because when the Jets did throw it deep, it was Anderson on the receiving end of the pass!
Rookie WRs are always difficult to project but Mims is one of the top rookie wide receivers in Dynasty Fantasy Football.
Chris Herndon was supposed to be that breakout tight end last year, but he only played one game after serving a four-game suspension.
New England Patriots
Cam Newton - New England Patriots - weird, but completely understandable. I don't believe many people actually thought Jarrett Stidham was going to start 16 games for Bill Belicheck in 2020. Which Cam Newton will we get though?
Oh hey, look, the Patriots backfield is an absolute mess for Fantasy owners, what else is new?! Sony Michel is the presumed RB1 on the depth chart with James White and Rex Burkhead there to catch passes out of the backfield. Have no fear though, Damien Harris will also be there to vulture some touchdowns!
Julian Edelman without Tom Brady, what could go wrong?
We have no idea what we can expect from N'Keal Harry, who missed the first half of his rookie season due to injuries and struggled when he saw the field.
Mohamed Sanu is as professional a WR there is in the NFL and he will play his role but is not Fantasy relevant.
Much like the crowded backfield, the tight end position is a mess. Matt LaCrosse is expected to be the starter but New England drafted Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. We have seen this before...
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