NFL Preview – Buffalo Bills
DFS managers, be prepared for some Fantasy Football for Money. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. Let’s talk about the revamped Buffalo Bills lineup. They finished last year with a 9-7, the first winning record since 2004. It gave them the 2nd position the AFC East.
There was a lot of changes in the team over the offseason, but none comes bigger than the always amusing new coach Rex Ryan. Yes, Rex found his way to Buffalo and we are excited to see what he brings with him. His first order of business will be to find himself a starting quarterback.
Cash Draft Offensive analysis
QB Matt Cassel comes in as the favorite for the starting position due to his veteran status, and the fact he is the only quarterback in the team to have had relative success before. He hasn’t played much last year because of broken foot injury. In 3 starts, he completed 41 passes for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns while being intercepted 4 times. With a 9-17 record over the past four season, Cassel is more of a plug than the answer at the quarterback position.
QB E.J. Manuel was poised to be the team’s quarterback of the future, but after a few season under his belt, he failed to reach those perspective. He started last year as the number 1 quarterback, but after a 2-2 record in the first 4 games, he lost the job to Kyle Orton. He ended the year with 76 completion, 838 passing yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Manuel has one last chance to prove that he can lead the Bills to greatness.
QB Tyrod Taylor is probably the most athletic quarterback out of the 3. He hasn’t started a game in the NFL yet. He spent the first 4 season of pro football with Baltimore, backing up Joe Flacco. If he’s the one getting the snaps, he can be an intriguing option for Fantasy Value. It’s better to steer away from this option, for the moment.
RB LeSean McCoy led the league, in 2013, with 1607 rushing yards. He has struggled a bit last year, dropping the ball 4 times. He has managed to run for 1319 yards with 5 touchdowns. With a weaker offensive line than the one he had in Philadelphia, McCoy will have to prove he can go beyond and be the Bills main source of offense.
WR Sammy Watkins has the size and speed to be a premium wide receiver, this year. He had 65 reception for 982 yards and 6 touchdowns, last season. A good quarterback in the mix would go a long way for his Fantasy Value.
WR Robert Wood is progressing quite nicely as the 2nd tier wide receiver of the Bills. He collected a total of 65 pass reception for 699 yards and 5 touchdowns last year. He will now participate in his third year in the NFL.
Over the last 3 years, WR Percy Harvin caught the ball 52 times for 500 yards and a single touchdown. Even if it’s because of injury or just sitting out games, his Fantasy Value has dropped considerably. His playing ability includes rushing with the ball. He had 110 yards on 22 carries last year and 92 yards on 11 carries the year before.
TE Charles Clay comes in from Miami with decent value at the tight end position. He had 58 reception for 605 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2014.
Cash Draft Defensive analysis
The Buffalo Bills were the 4th best in yards allowed, with 312,2 yards per game and points given, with 18,1 points per game, last season. They also led the league in sacks with 54. With pro bowlers like DT Marcell Dareus (suspended for week 1 due to substance abuse), DT Kyle Williams and DE Mario Williams all returning in the front lines of the defense, I see the sacks coming in plenty again this year.
Fantasy Football Outlook
Rex Ryan always had a great control of his defense, back when he was coaching the New York Jets. But the offense has always been his demise, especially at the quarter back position. He comes in Buffalo with one of the best defense in the league, but once again his offense is a big question mark because of the quarterback mess.