For the first time in years, the Buffalo Bills brought in offensive talent during the offseason. The team traded a late round pick to acquire WR Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and traded up to grab WR Sammy Watkins fourth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. The team suddenly has a strong supporting cast for QB E.J. Manuel and the sky is the limit for his fantasy football in 2014.
Buffalo has an array of talented wideouts, including Watkins, Williams, and budding wideout Robert Woods. Manuel has several quality options to chose from now and this will be a make or break season for the young signal caller.
Including the wide receiving core, Manuel has a stable of pass catching backs. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller provide the Bills with a dual-threat out of the backfield and will also help Manuel move the chains in 2014. This offense looks pretty dangerous on paper right now.
Manuel never got on track last season due to a nagging knee injury. After a full offseason to recover, he will be 100% healthy this year and ready to take the next step forward.
After missing six games in his rookie season, Manuel is still very unpolished. He has yet to fully pick up the game speed of the NFL and he will have a tough time in the early part of the season adjusting to opposing defenses. Manuel will have to work tirelessly this preseason to get ahead of the curve and he will likely go through an adjustment period in the beginning of the year.
Manuel has already been labeled as injury prone, as the 2013 first round pick missed six games last season. If he manages to get injured this year, even if it is a couple games, the team won’t hesitate to turn the starting spot over to someone else.
Manuel hasn’t shown enough to be a starter in one-quarterback leagues just yet, but he can certainly be a serviceable late-round backup quarterback to grab. If you are looking for a backup quarterback with some breakout appeal, look no further than E.J. Manuel.
Bye Week: 9
Projected Round: 14
Auction Value: $3