Fantasy Football 2012: Start The Buffalo Bills Defense

By Adam Pfeifer
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It is no secret that the Buffalo Bills aren’t exactly an elite defense. In fact, their quite bad. However, come Sunday, they have a very good chance to be great.

Fantasy owners who are on the fence about starting different defenses may want to circle the wagons.

The Bills host the New York Jets in the Week 17 finale. Greg McElroy was slated to be under center for Sunday’s contest. However, due to a concussion, he will be inactive for the game. Finally! It’s Tebow time, right?


The team has decided to go back to the woeful Mark Sanchez, which is bad for Jets fans but great for the Bills. Over his last four starts, Sanchez has thrown for less than 150 yards all but once. He also has thrown eight interceptions to go with 2 measly touchdowns. While Buffalo’s run defense has been absolutely atrocious, their pass defense has heavily improved, currently ranking 13th in the league.

With the state of their quarterback position, you would certainly expect the Jets to pound the rock with Shonn Greene and company. Buffalo will be well aware of this and will go all out in stopping the run. They will force Sanchez to beat them through the air, which should be interesting. The Bills have an absolute ball hawk in their secondary in Jairus Byrd and he will be watching Sanchez’s eyes all game long.

Unless you have an elite fantasy defense, I would seriously consider rolling with the Bills. Before the quarterback change, I had them ranked 16th. Now they will at least be in the top 10. Yup, Sanchez makes that much of a difference.

Too bad for Jets fans, it isn’t a positive one.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.



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