Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Outside of LeSean McCoy, the Bills don’t necessarily possess many top-10 fantasy football talents on their 2017 roster. However, I’ve done my best to provide you with a good look at what to expect from each member of the offense, as well as the Bills D/ST, this season:
Although he endured a tumultuous 2016-2017 season in real life, in fantasy football Tyrod Taylor ranked 9th at QB in terms of fantasy points. This season, with an improved WR corps, and a growing backfield, expect Tyrod to take a step-forward in that regard this season – if he is able to stay healthy. I really like Taylor this year as a mid-to-late round option, as the 8th-11th QB off the board.
LeSean McCoy-Jonathan Williams-Mike Tolbert
McCoy finished last year with the 4th-most points for running backs, solidifying himself as one of the top-options at the position heading into 2017-2018. This is obvious. But what may be overlooked heading into the season is the fantasy potential of second-teamers Jonathan Williams and Mike Tolbert. Although it seemed as if Williams would be the clear #2 in Buffalo, after Mike Gillislee fled to New England, Tolbert’s addition provides a proven, capable back in short-yardage situations – which could cause the Bills spread the love a bit more than one may have assumed early-on during the offseason.
If McCoy is to go down, Williams and Tolbert will both have big-time value. If you get McCoy, try to get one, if not both Williams and Tolbert as a potential handcuff.
The Wide Receiver Corps
Can Sammy Watkins be a bonafide #1 WR this year? I’m not so sure.
Until he proves himself as such, I would stick with Watkins conservatively as a #2 option. His health, and lack of production for stretches in the past is too worrisome to overlook and until he puts it all together, I’m staying away from Sammy this year.
A player to target within the Bills WR corps this season, however, is going to be Anquan Boldin. Steady as she goes for his entire 15-year career, Boldin is going to be the pace-setter for this group and should provide big-time consistency within the passing game. Look for him as a high-end WR3, WR4. He wouldn’t have come back for another year if he didn’t think he was capable of a quality campaign.
How can you trust Charles Clay? The answer is, you can’t. Clay is TE2 heading into drafts this year, and a low-end FLEX option. If you’re stuck with Clay, good luck.
The Bills had a bad Fantasy defense last year, and I would be shocked if they didn’t improve their scoring this season. Sean McDermott is expected to bring pressure, and then bring more pressure, which should provide opportunities for the unit to make plays, and create turnovers.
The Bills ranked 10th in kick return yards during 2016-2017, but failed to take a punt or kick return to the house for a TD.
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