By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
After another season of not making the playoffs in Buffalo, a few
changes were made during the offseason. One being the hiring of former
Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Most fantasy owners have to figure that Rex
will make an already top defense that much better. Another major change
in Buffalo is the addition of stud running back LeSean McCoy. Let's take
a look at what the Buffalo Bills can give fantasy owners in the coming
E.J. Manuel- Quarterback- It should be safe to assume that nobody knows
whether or not E.J. Manuel will be the starting quarterback for the
Bills come September. There's a good chance he may not even make the
team. If Manuel is under center for the Bills come week one, there isn't
too much for fantasy owners to get excited about. In the four games
Manuel played in 2014, he averaged under 20 fantasy points per game and
the previous year averaged even less in the ten games he started.
Fantasy owners would be safe in assuming Manuel will not be drafted in
Matt Cassel- Quarterback- There doesn't seem to be much fantasy
relevance when it comes to Cassel but seeing how E.J. Manuel isn't the
clear cut favorite to start the season as Bills signal caller, Matt
Cassel needs to be mentioned. Last season in Minnesota, Cassel averaged a
pedestrian 11.7 fantasy points per game in the three games he started.
His fantasy points went down with each game he started and he quickly
lost his job to rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Don't expect Matt Cassel to
provide any fantasy value whatsoever in 2015 unless he's the last
quarterback standing for the Bills.
Tyrod Taylor- Quarterback- Not too many fantasy owners gave Tyrod Taylor
a second thought when he signed with the Bills but ever since Rex Ryan
started talking him up, he's become a dark horse of sorts to be the
Bills opening day signal caller. Of course, this could just be Rex Ryan
talking again to make headlines but in any event, Taylor needs to be
considered for fantasy circles for the time being. Taylor hasn't done
much to make fantasy owners take note of him being in the league since
2011 and having done next to nothing with the exception of week 17 in
2012 where he posted 20 fantasy points. Fantasy owners need to consider
Tyrod Taylor a long shot to be fantasy relevant this season.
LeSean McCoy- Running Back- Last year in Philadelphia, Shady had career
lows in targets, receptions and receiving yards while scoring 0
touchdowns in the passing game as well. He posted nine games of double
digit fantasy points with his biggest game coming in week 13 versus the
Dallas Cowboys where he scored 21.9 fantasy points. Fantasy owners can
expect McCoy to have a bounce back 2015 in his new home in Buffalo.
Bryce Brown- Running Back- Brown was a hot name on the waiver wire late
in the season but never amounted to much when he got to play. He
averaged just over four fantasy points per game in the seven games he
played giving fantasy owners more in the passing game than he did in the
running game. With Shady McCoy in town, don't expect too much
production from Brown in 2015 barring an injury to McCoy.
Fred Jackson- Running Back- Defying age yet again, Jackson proved he
still can start for the Bills and fantasy owners. He averaged almost
nine fantasy points per game and played in all but two games last year.
Jackson saw 90 targets and had almost as many passing yards as rushing
yards with three total touchdowns. Fantasy owners will once again draft
Jackson late in drafts as a running back that can provide depth to a
fantasy roster seeing how running backs get hurt all the time.
Anthony Dixon- It will take a lot for Dixon to see playing time in 2015
seeing how he'll probably be buried on the depth chart. In 13 games last
year, Dixon averaged under five fantasy points per game and provided
fantasy owners with only two touchdowns while rushing for 432 yards.
Fantasy owners shouldn't count on Dixon for much in 2015.
Percy Harvin- Wide Receiver- Last season, Harvin averaged 6.2 fantasy
points per game and started the first two weeks of the season with
double digit fantasy points games. He didn't post double digits again
until week nine and drove fantasy owners crazy again with his
inconsistency. He finished the season with four double digit fantasy
points games and at this point, is what he is. An inconsistent fantasy
receiver that can't be counted on every week.
Robert Woods- Wide Receiver- Third year receiver alert. Woods averaged
over six fantasy points per game in 2014 and saw 104 targets and 65
receptions for almost 700 yards and five touchdowns. He posted four
double digit fantasy points games and could be a sleeper pick heading
into 2015 fantasy drafts. The only question is who will be throwing
Woods the ball?
Sammy Watkins- Wide Receiver- Heading into his second season, Sammy
Watkins will look to build on his inconsistent but promising rookie
season. Watkins averaged over eight fantasy points per game and saw 128
targets tossed his way. He finished with 65 catches for just under 1,000
yards and six touchdowns. He scored double digit fantasy points in five
games but was not consistent in doing so. Week two saw Watkins score
double digit fantasy points then not again until weeks seven and eight
then not again until week 14. Most fantasy owners expected an
inconsistent rookie campaign from Watkins seeing how rookies take time
to transition and the quarterback situation was murky at best. One thing
is for sure heading into 2015, fantasy owners can expect Watkins to
build on his rookie season this year.
Chris Hogan- Wide Receiver- Not many fantasy owners heard of Chris Hogan
before he became an early season waiver wire pickup. In 12 games in
2014, Hogan averaged just under six fantasy points per game and saw 61
targets while hauling in 41 catches for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
He also posted three games of double digit fantasy points and can expect
to be drafted later on in 2015 fantasy football drafts.
Charles Clay- Tight End- Last season with division rivals Dolphins, Clay
averaged 5.6 fantasy points per game and caught 58 balls on 84 targets
for 605 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored double digit fantasy
points four times in 2014 and could provide some value from the tight
end position where there isn't much after Gronk and Graham.
D/ST- Being a top fantasy defense last year, fantasy owners should
expect the Bills defense to get a little boost with new head coach and
defensive guru Rex Ryan in town. The Bills were a top five unit last
year allowing 3,590 passing yards and only 235 yards rushing. The
defense as a whole gave up just over 14 fantasy points per game on
average and should be one of the first fantasy defenses taken off the
board in drafts this season.