Fantasy football can be scarier for some owners than anything Hollywood puts on the silver screen. I spun around the AFC and identified at least one major concern from every franchise in relation to fantasy football production.
For as much as I like quarterback EJ Manuel's long-term outlook, the learning curve in 2013 could derail the value of running back C.J. Spiller and wideout Stevie Johnson.
I am afraid I am not giving this offense enough credit. They could be "wow" good if all aligns properly, with Ryan Tannehill making the needed leap.
New England Patriots
I hate to question, but can even the incomparable Tom Brady excel with this hodgepodge of wide receivers and a pair of injury-prone tight ends? I lean toward New England going back to a more consistent running game and a strong defense, which was a philosophy that won them championships.
New York Jets
Sadly, I fear this offense may not be as putrid as I expect it to be.
I fear the Ravens will try to use Torrey Smith as a true No. 1 receiver and ruin his big-play ability, in turn stifling the entire offense.
I hope I have not placed too much stock in Andy Dalton taking the step to the next level and bringing all of those around him with.
Could I be undervaluing Brandon Weeden? I expect big yardage, low touchdowns and midrange interceptions, although I may be giving the entire offense too much credit.
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger might duke it out by midseason, and a lack of receiving targets only compounds the potential problem.
Arian Foster led the NFL in carries last year and could be poised for a major letdown in 2013. Don't feel like you must draft him in the top two based on past performance.
Are the expectations too high for Andrew Luck with his third offensive coordinator in as many years? I have a hard time putting a finger on what to forecast from him.
I fear there is nothing of value in this offense and any pick will be a wasted selection.
There is a reasonable chance Shonn Greene strips Chris Johnson of much of his already mediocre value by stealing touchdowns all year long, but I am more worried about Jake Locker putting it together for more than two quarters at a time.
I fear this offense will not be able to live up to expectations and fantasy owners in general will overvalue much of Denver's talent.
Kansas City Chiefs
Am I too high on Jamaal Charles having a monster season? I can see taking him No. 2 overall in PPR setups.
I am afraid I have given up on Darren McFadden and he finally will have a huge season for the Raiders.
San Diego Chargers
While I have similar feelings about Ryan Mathews as I do with McFadden, undervaluing Philip Rivers is a bigger concern. I can see Mike McCoy working wonders with him, but doubts of the OL and San Diego's receiving corps living up to their ends of the bargain are hard to ignore.
Check back next week for the NFC version!