By Tim Graham
Whenever somebody trots out a list of the top this or all-time that, folks want to know what the criteria are. With the launch of my top 25 AFC East players Monday, I wanted to explain some of the background before we got too deep into the series.
So is it based on last year's performances or a projection of how I think they'll play in 2012?
In general, I'm evaluating how I view these players as we head into the season. My view, of course, is heavily influenced by what they've done on the field to date. I also took injuries into consideration. Injuries impacted where I slotted Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood and defensive tackle Kyle Williams among others.
The list is subjective and based on my opinion. But others helped me tweak the list.
I assembled preliminary rankings and then shared them with four people I trust: ESPN.com and Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson (with a great Twitter feed @WilliamsonNFL), statistical analyst KC Joyner (aka The Football Scientist, whose "Fantasy Draft Guide 2012" comes highly recommended from me) and two NFL personnel men who help to keep me from looking stupid on occasion but don't want their bosses to know they talk to me.
Their opinions helped convince me to adjust a player here or there, but my name is on this thing. So if you disagree, please lodge your complaints with me.
My preference is for readers to debate the selections in the comments section underneath each article. Please consider registering at BuffaloNews.com. The more fans we have exchanging ideas here, then the better this forum will be.
But I'd also like to invite you to contact me at email@example.com. Fire off your questions on this series or anything you wish. I'll collect your submissions and convert them into a regular mailbag feature.