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Friday, May 23, 2014

Team Talk: Buffalo Bills

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 time.

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 their rosters.