Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Fantasy Sleepers of 2014: AFC East

Summer is approaching fast and so are preparations for NFL fantasy leagues.  Here is an updated list of potential sleepers from every team in the AFC East.

New England Patriots:  Jeremy Gallon – WR

The final pick of the 2014 draft for the New England Patriots.  Jeremy Gallon won’t win any height contests at 5’7″ but his versatility is hard to ignore.  He has the hands and quickness of a slot receiver but the build of a running back.  At age 24 he much more mature than most rookies, has a passion for the game and production both on offense and as a return man.  The Patriots will find ways to get him on the field.

New York Jets:  Geno Smith – QB

One must give credit where it is due.  The New York Jets went into the off-season with a clear mission of upgrading the offense around their quarterbacks and they succeeded, at least on paper.  Everything from the protection to the running backs and wide receivers saw at least one upgrade in terms of talent.  That is why second-year quarterback Geno Smith could be in line for a serious bump in production.  He played with more consistency down the stretch last season and with another year in the offense should improve his timing and decision-making.  NFL fantasy owner must note that.

Buffalo Bills:  Bryce Brown – RB

Teams don’t trade for players unless they plan to use them.  The Buffalo Bills made an eleventh hour deal with Philadelphia to bring in Bryce Brown at running back.  It was a curious move at first considering the Bills already have C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson but the facts impossible to escape.  Jackson is 33-years old, ancient for a running back.  The position is a young man’s game, and Brown is just 23 and spent his first two years as a reserve.  So he has plenty of tread on his tires and the production to prove he should play.

Miami Dolphins:  Matt Hazel – WR

There is often a difference between wide receivers that scouts and front office men love and receivers quarterbacks love.  The scouts love the athletes, the guys who look explosive and unstoppable on tape.  However, quarterbacks tend to prefer guys they trust, who will go out and make the catch consistently, covered or not.  Matt Hazel is that kind of player for the Miami Dolphins.  He may come from small Coastal Carolina but he has good acceleration, vision, and the ability to twist his body to make tough catches.  On top of that he has the functional strength to break tackles after the catch.  NFL fantasy owners should not be surprised if he gains the eye of Ryan Tannehill very quickly.

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  • joe

    I hope Bryce brown explodes, not sure what kinda offense bills run.

    • Erik Lambert

      Based on last season they love to run the ball but I think their ultimate goal is to get E.J. Manuel developed so they have a balanced attack. Until then they need a strong stock of runners.

  • Bill Stowers

    Last years QB class is so dreadful. When manuel and geno smith are the top 2 guys then you know its aweful. Both are sad excuses for QBs

    • Erik Lambert

      Perhaps but both now have very strong supporting casts, which can elevate mediocre QBs to respectability. That is why Smith is a sleeper.

  • Paul Kawalerski

    Interesting take on Bryce Brown. The problem is, when and where do you put him in. The Bills already alternate with Jackson and Spiller. Actually I’m not a big fan of this alternating. Let’s see what the coaches are up to. But, you definitely need to give Brown some reps.

    • Erik Lambert

      Absolutely. I, personally, think he’ll see action whenever Jackson or Spiller get hurt. Remember prior to last season Jackson had missed 12 games in two years.

  • dolphinmofo

    I like landry for the dolphins. Especially in ppr leagues.

    • Erik Lambert

      He would’ve been my other choice.

  • Odel Neil

    Jackson will be cut spiller is always hurt brown is talented but he fumbles

    • Erik Lambert

      And you’re a Dolphins fan so it’s hard to accept everything you say as gospel in regards to a division rival.

      • Bryce

        Well it’s only a division rival if your team beats us when it counts…. ever. Check your Super Bowl record.

        • Erik Lambert

          Fair enough Bryce but don’t discount recent success and the personal rivalry between the two teams. Buffalo is 3-1 against Miami in the playoffs and also has reached the Super Bowl more recently.

  • Johnny

    Dolohins .. Hazel??? Nope.. You want a sleeper.. Especially in a PPR league (which I don’t like)… You got to go with our 2nd round WR Landry.. He’s your sleeper.. Hazel probably won’t make the 53… But keep an eye out for WR Jarvis Landry!!!