Quarterback: Tom Brady
There’s no competition in the AFC North. Tom Brady is G.O.A.T.. He will finish number 1 or 2 for fantasy quarterbacks. He missed 4 games last season and still had 28 touchdowns. Gronk is back and healthy and the Patriots added Brandin Cooks, a consistent number one receiver to go alongside Julian Edleman. This offense will never die and Brady could very well play till he’s 50. Enough said, Brady will produce well over 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Running Back: Shady McCoy
Shady always produces. He’s been one of the most consistent running backs since 2010. For some reason fantasy owners, critics, and insiders always seem to think that he’s injury prone. Sure he’s been banged up, but he’s never missed more than 4 games since he entered the league. I will agree that he does get easily banged up, but he still manages to play through it. The best thing about Shady this year is that Mike Gillislee has departed. Gillislee managed to vulture 577 yards and 8 touchdowns from McCoy, which was very frustrating for McCoy owners. Now there are no worries, the Bills new head coach, Sean McDermott, will make McCoy the focal point of this offense and there will be no one else to steal away touches.
Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins
This division has lacked a standout wide receiver for a couple of years now. Most of the receivers in this division have been over hyped. The reason I chose Watkins is because he has the most to prove and he must prove it this upcoming season. Injuries have left doubt in the minds of fantasy owners and critics. Watkins was injured last season and has seemed to be injury prone since he arrived in the league.
We have a small sample size of what he can do because he hasn’t played a full 16 games. I’m a big believer in contract years, which this is for Watkins, and he has to have a productive season to stay relevant in the league. I believe he will have a similar season to that of 2015 when he had 1, 047 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Not to mention that he only played 13 games that season. If Watkins can play at least 14 games, then there is no question that he will be a WR1. He’s the only relevant wide receiver that the Buffalo Bills have. Everyone else on their roster is sub-par at best. Watkins will have a bounce back year. He’s good value in the 4th round where he has been consistently going in mock drafts.
Tight End: Gronk
There’s no challenge for Gronk. He was injured last season and still no one can name or cares about any other tight end in this division. Gronk is not only the best tight end, but the best receiver in the AFC North. We all know that Gronk loves to party, but he’s extremely focused this year since he didn’t contribute to last year’s Super Bowl run. Gronk is practically a WR1, so don’t be concerned with taking him late in the second round or early third round. Expect nothing less than another fantastic year from the big guy.
Watch List: Quincy Enunwa
I know, the first thing that comes to mind is that I picked someone from the New York Jets. Someone has to get the ball though, right? Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are long gone and those targets will be heading in the direction of Enunwa. He had 857 yards and 4 touchdowns being the 3rd wide out for the Jets. Josh McCown is most likely to be the starter for the Jets this season and we all know that the veteran journey man loves to air out the football. Enunwa will be highly targeted by McCown or whatever other quarterback the Jets decided to play during the season.
In addition to all this, Enunwa’s ADP is currently at about 146. This is great value in rounds 13-16 and I’ll gladly take a WR1 who will be highly targeted because he’s the only decent receiver for the Jets. This will be a steal for all you fantasy owners out there. Enunwa will turn out to be a great flex play and possibly a borderline WR2 this season.