Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC East

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With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the spotlight is shining on the AFC East.

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC North

With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the AFC North gets some time under the microscope.

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Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft: Round 10

Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft: Round 9

Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft:Round 8

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Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7

Round 8 Pick 1

Justin Mertes-Mistretta- The Sports Bank

Pick: RB Jerome Harrison CLE

Jerome Harrison ran for 561 yards and 5 TDs in the last three games of last season. Plus, the injury to Montario Hardesty allowed Harrison to move into the starting RB spot this off-season. I think the Browns will move the ball better than people think and Harrison will break out this year.

Round 8 Pick 2

Walter Cherepinsky- Walter Football

Pick: WR Robert Meachem NO

Robert Meachem is my top receiver available. Meachem came on at the end of the year and became a big red-zone target for Drew Brees.

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Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft:Round 7

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Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 8

Round 7 Pick 1

Ryan Lester- Lester’s Legends

Pick: TE Brent Celek PHI

With essentially a rookie QB under center, Celek is going to be a security blanket for Kolb. I expect a lot of receptions and looks in the red zone.

Round 7 Pick 2

Vin Sadicario- FF Toolbox

Pick: QB Jay Cutler CHI

For as bad as Jay Cutler performed for the Bears last season, he still turned in a pretty good fantasy season. Mike Martz should be able to turn the Bears offense up another notch, and with Johnny Knox developing into a go to wide receiver, Cutler should be a top ten quarterback once again in 2010. I expect big things from Jay Cutler this season.

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UPDATED Round-by-Round TE Rankings

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(These rating reflect a 12-team PPR-scoring league)

Round 4

1. Antonio Gates
2. Dallas Clark

Notes: I suppose you could make a case for drafting a TE in the fourth round for PPR-leagues, but I tend to grab a TE no earlier than round 5…..With V-Jax suspended and possibly holding-out for the season, Gates looks to have a huge role once again for the Chargers.

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UPDATED Round-by-Round QB Rankings

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(These rating reflect a 12-team league with six points for every passing TD)

Round 1, 2

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Peyton Manning

Notes: I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I have completely flip-flopped on Rodgers. I have doubted him all summer based on the fact that his o-line gave up 50 sacks last season. However, when I looked deeper I found that his o-line drastically improved during the second-half of last season. They only gave up nine sacks in their last seven games. Rodgers is amazingly efficient, hardly ever throws INTs and separates himself from other top QBs with his rushing stats.

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UPDATED Round-by-Round WR Rankings

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(These rating reflect a 12-team PPR-scoring league)

Round 1

1. Andre Johnson

Notes: As I’ve reiterated in my QB and RB rankings, I typically like to get a RB in the first round. However, at the end of the first round in a PPR-league, I would have no problem taking Andre Johnson.

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UPDATED Round-by-Round RB Rankings

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(These rating reflect a 12-team PPR-scoring league)
Round 1

1. Chris Johnson
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Maurice Jones-Drew
4. Ray Rice
5. Steven Jackson
6. Michael Turner
7. Frank Gore

Notes: If you have a top-7 pick, I think you have to grab one of these RBs. The position is just too top-heavy to go WR or QB, regardless of scoring format….In a PPR league, you could make a case for Rice being taken #1 overall. I personally wouldn’t do it with Willis McGahee still taking goal-line carries, but Rice sure does catch a lot of passes.

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Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft:Round 6

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Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5

Round 6 Pick 1

Justin Mertes-Mistretta- The Sports Bank

Pick: WR Hines Ward PIT

Consistency is king here. He may not have the highest ceiling, but I can bank on 8-9 TDs and around 1,000 yards. I had to take a safe WR here after gambling on VJax.

Round 6 Pick 2

Walter Cherepinsky- Walter Football

Pick: TE Antonio Gates SD

I really don’t like taking tight ends early, but Antonio Gates provides way too much value at the beginning of Round 6.

Round 6 Pick 3

Paul Greco- Fantasy Pros 911

Pick: TE Jermichael Finley GB

This kid is getting all the hype this preseason and deservingly so. He’s a huge target inside the red zone and I’m looking for him to top last years numbers.

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Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft:Round 5

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Round 5 Pick 1

Ryan Lester- Lester’s Legends

Pick: RB Joseph Addai IND

Taking a rookie RB, even if he is in a great situation like Mattews, is a bit risky. Addai is a productive back, and perhaps even more important, one that Manning trusts. He can produce on the ground and through the air. Quality RBs are drying up, meaning I wouldn’t get a good RB3 the next time my picks swing around, so I am filling the need now.

Round 5 Pick 2

Vin Sadicario- FF Toolbox

Pick: TE Dallas Clark IND

With no sure things left on the board at running back, I decided to go with the top tight end available. Clark is the safest tight end on the board, as he does not have the question marks surrounding him, as some of the other top options do. I will gladly take Clark at the top of the fifth round, as it is unlikely that any of the top tier tight ends will be around when I pick next.

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