By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
Moving over to the AFC East where the Buffalo Bills haven't made the
playoffs in forever, there may be quite a few fantasy relevant players
residing in Buffalo in 2014 that could help take the Bills to the
playoffs and help fantasy owners in the process.
EJ Manuel- Playing in ten games in his rookie season, E.J Manuel
averaged almost 15 fantasy points per game. He provided a duel threat of
passing and rushing and would have produced more had he not gotten hurt
and missed six games. With rookie receiver Sammy Watkins now in
Buffalo, Manuel could be poised for an excellent fantasy season as a
backup fantasy quarterback.
C.J. Spiller- To say Spiller has been a fantasy disappointment thus far
is stating the obvious. Fantasy owners expected way more from him and
even selected him as a top running back in fantasy drafts heading into
2013. While Spiller rushed for 927 yards with two touchdowns, he only
added 197 yards through the air. He finished 2013 with just 124 fantasy
points and highly disappointed his fantasy owners in the process. The
injury Spiller sustained early in the season may be an excuse but he
wasn't showing much prior to that. 2014 is a new season and Spiller will
once again be drafted early. This may be his last chance to impress
fantasy owners before he is considered a "bust" fantasy wise.
Fred Jackson- Jackson had another solid fantasy season for a running
back that was supposed to have fallen off a cliff by now. He finished
2013 with 187 fantasy points (more than Spiller) and continues to push
for more playing time. Jackson remains great insurance for Spiller
owners just in case Spiller doesn't pan out or Jackson shows he has
another season left in him.
Bryce Brown- Suddenly the Bills backfield has gotten very crowded.
Coming over from Philadelphia, Brown will push both Spiller and Jackson
for playing time but is probably more for insurance purposes than
anything else. I can't see Bryce Brown making much of a fantasy impact
unless both Jackson and Spiller go down for a significant amount of
Scott Chandler- Chandler showed flashes in 2012 and had another solid
fantasy season in 2013. He finished with 53 receptions and 655 yards for
two touchdowns. He wasn't reliable each week but was a serviceable fill
in when fantasy tight ends were on bye weeks or out with an injury for
some time. I expect more of the same from Chandler in 2014.
Robert Woods- Woods finished 2013 with 78 fantasy points in 14 games
played and seemed to come on strong for a couple of weeks but than
fizzled out quite a bit. He had good chemistry when Manuel was
quarterback and seemed to fall off after the Manuel injury. With Sammy
Watkins in town and Stevie Johnson in San Francisco, Woods could be a
decent fantasy option late in drafts.
Mike Williams- Coming over from Tampa Bay, Mike Williams is looking for a
fresh start. An injury plagued Williams in 2013 which led to him
playing only six games. He didn't produce much at all in those six games
which saw him with 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
Williams managed just under six fantasy points per game and disappointed
fantasy owners a bit. If he can stay healthy in 2014, Williams should
have a better season with all the weapons Buffalo has.
Sammy Watkins- This kid must be good if the Bills moved up to four to
get him. While he has no track record in the NFL, his college career
stands out. In three years at Clemson, all Watkins did was accumulate
240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. His Freshman season
saw him catch 82 balls for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns. While I
wouldn't expect those numbers his rookie season in Buffalo, Watkins will
be a highly touted receiver, especially in Keeper and Dynasty leagues.
Fantasy owners may have to grab Sammy Watkins early if they want him on