Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills

Coach: Sean McDermott
OC: Brian Daboll

Depth Chart:

QBs: Josh Allen, Matt Barkley, Tyree Jackson
RBs: LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon, Devin Singletary, Senorise Perry, Marcus Murphy, Christian Wade
FB: Patrick DiMarco
WRs: Zay Jones, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Robert Foster, Andre Roberts, Ray-Ray McCloud, David Sills, Duke Williams, Nick Easley, Victor Bolden Jr, Cam Phillips, Da’Mari Scott, Isaiah McKenzie
TEs: Tyler Kroft, Dawson Knox, Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, Jason Croom, Keith Towbridge, Nate Becker

2019 Draft (offense only):

Round 2, Pick 38 – OL – Cody Ford – Oklahoma
Round 3, Pick 74 – RB – Devin Singletary – Florida Atlantic
Round 3, Pick 96 – TE – Dawson Knox – Ole Miss
Round 7, Pick 228 – TE – Tommy Sweeney – Boston College

2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):

QB – Tyree Jackson – Buffalo
WR – David Sills – West Virginia
WR – Nick Easley – Iowa
TE – Nate Becker – Miami OH

Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):

RB – TJ Yeldon
RB – Frank Gore
RB – Senorise Perry
WR – John Brown
WR – Cole Beasley
TE – Tyler Kroft

Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/22, Veterans 7/24

Buffalo has some positive momentum coming into the 2019 season now that Josh Allen has a year of experience under his belt.  There will be continuity within the offense under OC Brian Daboll and Sean McDermott.  The Bills won 6 games last year and ranked 30th in total offense but 2nd in total defense.  The defense will continue to rank near the top of the league and help the young offense be competitive and finish near or above .500.  We’re drafting Josh Allen as a QB2 this year with potential QB1 upside.  His rushing stats to end the 2018 season helped make him the #1 overall QB from Week 12 on.  In these last 6 games, he ran for 476yds and 5 TDs while throwing for 1,242yds and 8TDs.  He did throw 7 interceptions during this 6 game span, easily his biggest area he needs to work on.
Buffalo did some nice offseason work by adding two veteran WRs to help Allen out so I am optimistic about his development as a passer taking a step forward this year.  New FA WRs John Brown and Cole Beasley were brought in to help round out Allen’s game.  Known for his strong arm, John Brown is a perfect fit for Allen in the deep passing game.  A WR like Brown will be inconsistent week to week but is an ideal late round best ball target.  Slot WR Cole Beasley gives Allen an ideal check down WR that Buffalo did not have last year.  I’m open to Beasley leading the team in receptions this year and being a big factor in helping Buffalo be more efficient on offense.  WRs Zay Jones and Robert Foster both came on late last year and were Allen’s favorite targets.  Robert Foster is very similar to John Brown and can win deep with Allen’s big arm.  With deep threats like Brown and Foster, Beasley should have favorable matchups underneath.  Zay Jones is the biggest WR target of the bunch at 6’2″, 200lbs and gives Buffalo a true WR1 type player.  He hauled in 5 of the 8TDs Allen threw in the last 6 games of the year and is most likely to lead this team in TDs for 2019.  When it gets to the double digit rounds of drafts, there won’t be many WR1s left on the board and Zay Jones begins to present value for us here.  He’s also in Year 3 and has been making positive buzz this offseason whereas last offseason he was injured and going through an off-field incident.  We should not be interested in any of the other WRs outside of these main 4 guys for Buffalo but just file the names Isaiah McKenzie and Andre Roberts in case of emergency.
The running backs in Buffalo are in a four-way cluster with LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon and Devin Singletary.  They added Gore and Yeldon in free agency and then drafted Devin Singletary in the 3rd round of the draft.  This makes for an undesirable fantasy situation this year.  Perhaps there is some clarity once training camp begins but all of these guys will be vying for play time.  McCoy and Gore are the veterans and will likely carry the load but I would assume Yeldon gets mixed in on 3rd downs with McCoy.  At some point this year they’ll want to see what Singletary can do.  Either way, I’m going to fade the Buffalo RBs and focus on Allen and Zay Jones in the passing game for redraft.
The tight end situation in Buffalo is another position we might want to avoid.  They brought in FA Tyler Kroft from Cincinnati but he broke his foot in offseason activities and might start the year on the PUP list.  Behind Kroft, Buffalo drafted Dawson Knox out of Ole Miss in the 3rd round.  Knox has been running with the ones and can be a complete TE.  An excellent blocker with upside as a pass catcher.  He was buried in the pecking order for targets at Ole Miss behind AJ Brown and DK Metcalf, but he has the ability to get open in the seam and make chunk plays.  I’m excited for Knox in dynasty leagues.  After Kroft and Knox, Lee Smith is the veteran blocking TE and another drafted rookie in the 7th round, Tommy Sweeney.  We’ll stay away from Bills TEs this year but monitor Knox for the Future.

2017-2018 Stats Below:

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