It's about that time again, Fantasy Draft season. Once the calendar flips to September, my mind goes straight to Fantasy. That's all I can think of recently. All I can think of is draft strategy, and with that, which Buffalo Bills players will I look to pick up in the draft? So, let me give you guys a roadmap to having Bills players on your team.
Josh Allen was a Top 3 Fantasy QB last year (depending on which scoring you look at). I fully expect him to be back at that level again in 2021. He has his full compliments of weapons back, a rejuvenated running game to help take the pressure off of him, and the starting 5 in front of him are back to full health. One key thing to think of when drafting a QB is rushing stats, and Josh has shown that he can provide those rushing stats game in and game out. When it comes to the goal line, Josh is the first option in the rushing game. 25 rushing touchdowns since 2018 is more than Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Lamar Jackson. The one downside that I hope that Josh can fix coming into this season is his fumbles. In his career, he has fumbled the ball 31 times, but most of those were recovered by his own team.
This season will be an interesting season with a loaded Running Back room. Devin Singletary, Zach Moss, and Matt Breida all have different abilities that can help the team. When it comes to fantasy, I'm not sure I would have any of these guys on the roster. Remember, Josh Allen is the goal line option on the ground, so he typically poaches those carries from the RBs. The only option that I would see is using Singletary to cover a bye week, or even Breida. I loved this Breida signing, because I know how much of a threat he is in the passing game. In PPR leagues, Breida could be a dark horse add in a pinch. Overall, I'm not too high on one single guy in Fantasy.
What more can we say about this Receiving corps? Stefon Diggs was statistically the best WR in the NFL last year. Cole Beasley had almost 1,000 receiving yards and was the best Slot WR in the NFL. Gabe Davis ended his rookie year with 7 touchdowns. Even Isiah McKenzie showed flashes with his opportunities. With the addition of Emmanuel Sanders, the sky is the limit for this offense. The only problem is, there is only one football to go around. Obviously, Stefon Diggs is a first round pick in fantasy. But when it comes to Davis, Beasley, and Sanders, they can be solid mid to late round choices. Jake Kumerow even made the 53 man roster, and he is a threat inside the 20's . Any of the WR on the Bills (after Diggs) are solid bench/WR3 guys for a fantasy team.
One of the biggest surprises when it came to roster cut down day was that there are only 2 Tight Ends on the 53 man roster. Their names: Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney. Technically, Reggie Gilliam is listed as a Fullback, but he can run routes as a TE for the offense. Fantasy wise, having Dawson Knox on your team is a bold strategy early on in the season. This preseason, Knox still shows us that his hands can be inconsistent. I'm not sure how much confidence I can put on Knox early on in the season, but hopefully during the season he can increase that confidence. I'm not sure how Sweeney fits into this offense, so I'm not sure he should be a fantasy option for you in 2021.
This 2021 Defense can be something special. I am bought in on the hype around this pass rush. All of the new names coming off the edge, and the return of the entire secondary and linebackers create a sense of continuity that Bills fans have craved for years. The only weak spot I can see on this unit is the run stop. Between the 20's this defense is the definition of bend but don't break. Inside the 20's, this defense clamps down, and that's when the turnovers happen. If they can toughen up against the run, this could be a Top 5 unit by the end of the Fantasy season. When it comes to the return game, having Isiah McKenzie back there is a wild card. We have only seen him return a couple times last season, but he did bring a punt back to the house in week 17. I'll be curious to see how he does full time in the returner role, and with the addition of Marquez Stevenson, how he will fit into the return game as well.
Is there even a question here? Tyler Bass is the best leg to come to Buffalo in a long, long time. He set a franchise record last season for points scored, and with an additional game in 2021, I fully expect him to obliterate that record this season. He can hit kicks from all over the field, and when it comes to those longer FG attempts, he can really be the difference maker one week for you fantasy matchup.