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Much like their rivals in Miami, Buffalo is not the first team that Fantasy Football Owners are going to be combing the roster for starters but they do have talent that can be the difference makers on your roster. The Fitzpatrick era is over in Buffalo, which to many is a good thing, but have they made enough changes this off season to give any QB, not just Kevin Kolb, a shot at winning games for the team. It could be another long and cold season for Bills fans but for fantasy football owners there are always players on every team that produce and here are the top 5 to look for on draft day.
5. Rian Lindell, K
Kickers are not the glamorous picks in fantasy football but as many find out every year, they can be the x-factor in close match ups. Lindell is not the top kicker in the league but he is a safe pick because he is one of the few consistent performers on an inconsistent team. When Buffalo reaches the end zone this season, Rian is automatic, as he has only missed one extra point in his entire NFL career (in 2010). Playing in Buffalo half the season can affect a kickers stats and this is the potential risk with Lindell as your kicker, he has only missed 15 FGs, in his 14 year career, that are inside 40 yards, however, he is only 64% when making attempts over 40 yards.
4. Kevin Kolb, QB
Kevin Kolb is an interesting player, he has never lived up to the hype created during his time in the Philadelphia spotlight but he has yet to play on a team that had the same caliber of players that the Eagles did when he was there. Unfortunately for Kolb, Buffalo is closer to the Arizona scenario than the Philadelphia one. However, for fantasy owners, this will likely create a scenario where Buffalo will need to throw the ball more often. Anyone thinking Kolb could be their contingency plan or sleeper pick he is a “Buyer Beware Option” – if Buffalo performs as anticipated, Kolb will find himself in a high risk environment which creates bad decisions and point loss scenarios – check out his 2011 stats
3. Fred Jackson, RB
With the ever popular scenario of splitting time in the back field between two quality backs versus one work horse, the Bills have proven to be a challenge for fantasy owners when it comes to their running backs. Fred Jackson was the proverbial number one a few years ago with 2009 being his heaviest work load season and only 1,000 yard campaign of his career. In 2010, CJ Spiller arrived and has taken carries, fantasy points and the number one spot on the depth chart away from Fred Jackson. Add into the mix that Jackson is coming off a knee injury, and he becomes a better flex option or a number 3 running back on the roster.
2. Steve Johnson, WR
Johnson has become a solid fantasy selection as a number 2 receiver or flex option. Over the last 3 seasons he has been the primary target for Fitzpatrick and put up very consistent numbers – averaging 79 catches for an average of 1,041 yards and 11 TDs. Kolb will likely keep up the trend of throwing in Johnson’s direction as he is a big play threat with good hands – Steve Johnson is one of 2 Buffalo Bills you will see results from this season.
1. CJ Spiller, RB
As mentioned above, CJ Spiller has increased his work load each season in Buffalo and with Jackson going down with injury last season, Spiller had his moment as a feature back and he performed. Increasing his carries by 100 attempts he doubled his yardage to have his first 1,000 yard season and was in the end zone 6 times. Add in his receiving skills and you gain an additional 450 yards and 2 TDs. For leagues that provide extra points for long runs, it is good to note that CJ had 12 runs for over 20 yards last season. Spiller has earned his top spot on the depth chart and, barring any injuries of his own, he will be the primary fantasy point generator on the Bills this season.
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