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The Top 5 Bills Players For Fantasy Football in ‘08

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Due to the offensive struggles of The Buffalo Bills in recent years there has been little to get excited about when it comes to selecting Bills’ players for Fantasy Football. When creating a top 5 you could easily stop at 3 and be comfortable, as it’s possible that only 3 are worth drafting. Having said that the creation of a top 3 would be less than impressive and make this author look lazy, so with that in mind here are the top 5 Bills players for Fantasy Football (for leagues with team defense, not individual defensive players):

Marshawn Lynch: This is a no-brainer. For one he may already be in the top 10 at arguably the most important position in fantasy football, and for two he runs like his life depends on it. With 1,115 yards rushing in just 13 games (4.0 per attempt) and 7 TD’s this guy has the makings of a stud RB. In a top offense he might already be top 5. If he gets more involved in the passing game the sky is the limit for this 2nd year player. He just needs to stay healthy and avoid the Buffalo crosswalks at nighttime; there are some crazy drivers out there!

Lee Evans: This is also a no-brainer because after he and Lynch the cupboard is bare. After exploding onto the fantasy scene with 82 catches for 1,292 yards and 8 TD’s in 2006 Evans was being compared to the top receivers in the game. Unfortunately 2007 and a QB shake-up were not kind to Evans. More than any other player Evans was affected by the benching of Losman. With his smaller stature but blazing speed the deep ball is a significant part of his game, and nobody looks for the deep ball more than Losman. Unfortunately Losman often looked for it until a defensive player drove him into the ground, but that’s a different story. Last season Evans had 55 catches for 849 yards and 5 TD’s. Unless he can develop a better chemistry with Edwards and get help from another receiver he is no more than a 2nd or 3rd receiver for Fantasy Football.

Team Defense / Special Teams: Your eyes do not deceive you, I am ranking the defense and special teams top 3. But this is no ordinary special teams unit, and hopefully it will not be an ordinary defensive unit. The kick and punt returners for The Bills are a threat to take it to the house every time they touch the ball. You know a unit is good when Leodis McKelvin, a phenomenal returner in college, may not break into the role right away. Besides, what offensive player that’s left should be chosen ahead of this unit?

Trent Edwards: Edwards has shown potential and his sack per attempt ratio shows that he has better pocket awareness then his predecessor, J.P. Losman. Or could it be he’s just more cautious? His yards per pass attempt were abysmal. Time will tell, but Edwards should at least be a guy that won’t hurt you which makes him worthy to be your 2nd or 3rd QB.

James Hardy: As the only jump ball candidate on the roster Hardy is sure to get some TD opportunities. He may not get huge yardage totals immediately, as few rookie receivers do, but he should get his scoring chances.

This sums it up for the Bills and their fantasy stars. It’s not exactly the Colts or Patriots, but if they lead The Bills to the playoffs then we’ll forgive them for their minimal Fantasy Football contributions. Or maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised and the Bills will have some players that are fantasy keepers going into 2009. Let’s hope for both Bills fans and Fantasy players that is the case!


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