With training camps starting to open, I'm laying out one fantasy question for each team heading into the season. Here are the AFC questions. Click here for the NFC questions.
Buffalo: Can Marshawn Lynch carry the load? Many of last year's highly touted rookie running backs were thrown into committee situations, and the Vikings are doing the same thing this year with Adrian Peterson. So Lynch is a rarity as he's coming in as the No. 1 guy with Anthony Thomas serving as a backup. He showed multi-purpose skills at Cal, and if he can do the same with the Bills, he'll be a valuable fantasy commodity.
Miami: Will Chris Chambers rebound? Chambers managed just 677 yards (only one 100-yard contest) and four scores last season (none after his eighth game), while Marty Booker outplayed him at times. The carousel of quarterbacks didn't help, although he hopes to click with veteran Trent Green. While he might never be a real No. 1 fantasy wideout, the sense of stability with Green under center could make him a very solid No. 2.
New England: Will Randy Moss turn it around? Moss' best days may be behind him, but he probably won't be as awful as he was in Oakland last year. If the Patriots were still throwing the ball a lot with guys like Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney, just imagine what will happen with Moss, Donte Stallworth and Wes Welker as the primary receivers.
New York Jets: Is Thomas Jones for real? It took Jones much longer than anyone expected to blossom into a solid fantasy running back, and that's while everyone thought Cedric Benson would steal his job in Chicago. Jones is now the man in New York to solve its running back woes. While Leon Washington will get some third-down looks, Jones seems equipped to carry the load for the Jets and will be used more catching passes out of the backfield.
Baltimore: Can Willis McGahee leap to the next level as a Raven? After rushing for 1,128 yards and 13 TDs in his first full season in 2004, McGahee has disappointed fantasy owners expecting more. He's rushed for just 11 TDs total in 2005 and 2006, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. It also seemed like his only big games the past two years came against the Jets, whom he'll face in Week 2. McGahee will be the main man behind a good line, but he may not reach fantasy stud levels.
Cincinnati: Can Carson Palmer challenge Peyton Manning for top fantasy quarterback? While Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh give Palmer one of the best 1-2 receiving combos in the league, the No. 3 spot is up in the air with Chris Henry's suspension. Top running back Rudi Johnson isn't used in the passing game that much, and the tight end is nearly non-existent. Palmer may have to be content in chasing for the No. 2 spot against guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, although he's a great talent.
Cleveland: Is Brady Quinn a viable option this year? Quinn's holdout might not be that big a stumbling block since Charlie Frye likely will start the opener. Then Quinn can come in midseason, like Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler last year. The Browns have solid weapons in Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow and Joe Jurevicius, and with the team likely playing from behind a lot, there should be lots of passing opportunities, whether they like it or not.
Pittsburgh: Can Ben Roethlisberger bounce back from a subpar 2006? Big Ben led the NFL with 23 interceptions last season, including seven in his first three starts before finally recording a score. Roethlisberger is healthy heading into camp, and he has a real No. 2 wideout in Santonio Holmes to play next to the veteran Hines Ward. With personnel now steady, Big Ben hopes to mesh with a new offense to become a solid No. 2 fantasy quarterback.