Buffalo Bills Preview
The Bills went 7-9 last year and made a few offseason acquisitions that could help them stay around the 6-8 win mark. I don’t see them playing above .500 football, but they could at least be competitive. On the defensive side of the ball they added DT Marcus Stroud, LB Kawika Mitchess, rookie CB Leodis McKelvin as well as getting last year’s prize rookie Paul Posluszny back from a broken arm that cost him the bulk of his rookie year. On the offensive side of the ball that added WR James Hardy, who at 6’5″ should give them a solid red zone threat.
On offense Trent Edward will be guiding the team again. He won’t overwhelm you with his athleticism and arm strength, he does have the moxie to be an NFL Quarterback. They probably have one of the better backup QBs in the league in J.P. Losman so they shouldn’t see too much of a dropoff if Edwards to go down. The main cog in the offense is RB Marshawn Lynch. He was at least in the coversation of ROY last year until an injury sidelined him. He still finished with 1100+ yards (1300 total) and 7 TDs. They’ll need Lee Evans to be a more consistent threat and hope for a quick maturation of Hardy. A roadblock to the success of their offense is the holdout of LT Jason Peters. If they can’t work something out, they could struggle to match the pathetic 20 offensive TDs they tallied last year.
Defensively they have the pieces to be pretty good. Angelo Crowell (126) tackles, Mitchell, and Poz make up a solid LB corps. Marcus Stroud has been healthy this preseason, and if he can carry it over into the regular season, he should make it more difficult for the Bills to be run on. Terrence McGee had a solid year with 77 tackles and 4 INTs.
The strength of the Bills is their Special Teams. McGee is a dangerous return man, and McKelvin could contribute in that capacity as well. K Rian Lindell and P Brian Moorman are solid as well.
The best I see the Bills being is 8-8, although I’m guessing 6-10 will be their record.
Fantasy-wise the Bills don’t offer very much. Marshawn Lynch is their biggest fantasy star, but Peters’ holdout doesn’t help his cause. Lee Evans should be owned in all leagues, but he’s typically a “Use at Your Own Risk” play. James Hardy could be roster worthy if he catches on and is productive in the red zone. Trent Edwards is worthy of a backup spot in deep leagues. Their D should be good for the matchup game. Other than that, you want to avoid Bills on your fantasy teams.