Buffalo Bills Fantasy Focus (8/5)

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Updated: August 5, 2011
Stevie Johnson

As fans begin to draft their fantasy teams ranging from free leagues to $500 contests, it’s time to check out your Buffalo Bills player fantasy potential. In this space, we will give you a rundown of the different fantasy options on the Bills, and how to effectively acquire and use them without Biils-backer-bias clouding your judgement.

By the way, anyone out there ever done an auction? It’s a little bit more in depth, but it is the way of the future. Consider them this year for your draft. It gives everyone an equal chance to be drafted by each team, and takes a lot more strategy. It’s a lot more fun for sure, and better for more skilled leagues.

Anyway, lets get back to the preseason Bills fantasy breakdown:

Ryan Fitzpatrick -  Widely considered a top 20 QB option. With his buy low option $1 (auction) or late round pick (snake), he is worth it. Yahoo considers him one of the best sleeper QBs because of his production and lack of competition. Consider him as your backup QB option to start the season, but nothing more at this point. Could be an effective bargaining chip in your league, especially if it’s full of Bills fans.

Fred Jackson -Always a steady player to get you around 1000 yards, and 5tds. A great spot starter, and bye week fill in. I am still leery of his role because of C.J. Spiller coming on strong. Do not bid more than $12, or a late mid round pick on him. Follow him closely if he is on your waiver wire.

C.J. Spiller – Could start to steal some of the workload from Fred Jackson. He is $5-6 auction player, or a late round pick. Once again, he made Yahoo’s top sleeper list. Grab him up in all of your leagues if you can, because he could turn into the next Jamaal Charles. We could then develop the 1-2 punch that the Chiefs have in Jones and Charles. This is Chan Gailey’s main goal this year.

Stevie Johnson – Steve played really well with Lee Evans healthy, and built some crazy chemistry with Q Ryan Fitzpatrick. Worthy of a middle round selection or $13 in auction format. Could be a dynamite player if him and Fitz stay on the same page and Lee stays healthy.

Lee Evans -Lee looks to bounce back from an injury riddled and weak statistical year.  He did open a lot of room for Stevie, and is still an asset to the team. Worth a late round draft pick, and $1 in auction leagues.

Roscoe Parrish – Watch his play at the beginning of the year. Off to a hot start, and year of his career last year with Fitz. Might be worth a roster stash or FA pick in deeper leagues.

Brad Smith -  Not really worth a fantasy look yet. However, keep an eye on how the Bills use him in the preseason, because he could be a sneaky play with multiple positional designations.

Scott Chandler – Who? I almost jokingly brought him up in my mock auction last night. Could have potential if we figure out a way to use Tight Ends. A player to keep your eye on as the preseason rolls around. With Nelson and Martin as his only competition, I’d expect Chandler to get the starting nod at Tight End.

Rian Lindell – Due to the team not scoring enough points, he is not considered to be in the top 15. Keep an eye on him as the offense begins to click. Could be an early season pickup to replace your struggling kicker. He is still reliable and accurate, but really still shouldn’t be drafted.

Team Defense – Losing Poz and Whitner could hurt the ever-so-fragile run defense. However, adding Dareus, Williams, Sheppard, Searcy, and Barnett should strengthen the core of the team, and a healthy Shawne Merriman could change the unit’s entire dynamic. Not considered draftable, but keep them in mind as the season rolls on.

Stay tuned for the weekly Bills Fantasy Football Focus once the season starts!