Fantasy Football 32: Buffalo Bills
Welcome to the first edition of Fantasy 32. In this series, I will highlight the fantasy relevant and not so important aspects for every team in the NFL. Because I am a little brat, of course I am going to start with my favorite team in the league, the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills haven’t had a serviceable quarterback since the days of Wheaties boy Doug Flutie. So, fast forward to 2013 and… they still don’t. Rumblings out of Buffalo indicate that there will be a quarterback battle between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tarvaris Jackson. How exciting for Bills fans. Over the past two seasons, Fitzpatrick has been a spot starter at best, but I don’t think he will even be that this season. Having said that, Jackson shouldn’t even be drafted unless you are in five quarterback league. And yes, that was sarcasm.
One thing Buffalo has done a tremendous job of is producing quality running backs. Fred Jackson absolutely broke out into a stud runner a few years back, but injuries gave an opportunity to emerging C.J. Spiller. Spiller wasted no time proving that he can be an elite, every down back. In 2012, Spiller ran for over 1,200 yards and six touchdowns. And that was during a timeshare with Jackson. In my eyes, Spiller is a top seven fantasy player heading into 2013. New head coach Doug Marrone loves to run the football and will more than likely use Spiller a heck of a lot more than Chan Gailey did. While Spiller is a stud, Jackson’s value is slipping. However, he is definitely draftable, seeing as he will be the guy if god forbid something happened to Spiller.
Verdict: Very relevant
I’m not just saying this because I am a Bills fan, but I truly believe Stevie Johnson is one of the most underrated wideouts in the game today. In 2012, Johnson posted his third straight 1,000-yard season, despite never having a stable, promising quarterback throwing him the football. His six touchdowns aren’t anything to write home about, but Johnson seems to almost always get fantasy owners that 6-catch, 75-yard performance week in and week out. Number two wideout Donald Jones has shown some positive signs, but the Bills decided to let him test free agency. Other than Johnson, no relevancy among Buffalo receivers.
Verdict: 1/3 relevant
A big red zone target for Buffalo last season was tight end Scott Chandler. He found the end zone six times in 2012 and took the necessary steps to becoming a much better player in the league. Still, he remains a spot starter among the tight end position in fantasy land due to inconsistency with the offense as a whole and uncertainty at quarterback. But with the way the tight end position shaped out last year (awful) he may hold value down the road.
Verdict: Not so relevant
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy columnist for Rant Sports.
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