The Yahoo Sports Preseason Ranks for the Top 100 Fantasy Players has been posted and it comes as no surprise, that only three Bills have made the cut:
Fred Jackson – 76
C.J. Spiller – 83
Lee Evans – 97 (only voted in by one “expert”)
I’m sure these rankings will change over a dozen times before the start of the season, but if your like me, you always try to draft at least one Bills player on your roster to make watching their games a little more enjoyable. So if these three popular Bills players are gone on your draft day, here are a few of my ‘sleeper picks’ to keep an eye on.
Marshawn Lynch: With Jackson and Spiller the better bet at this point to eat up most of the yards and carries, Lynch could come as a useful pick-up if he is used in short-yardage situations. In fantasy terms, I believe Lynch could use his ‘beast mode’ to become this year’s ‘touchdown vulture'; that’s if he can stay out of the coach’s doghouse as well as out of trouble with the law.
This is where it gets tricky. With Terrell Owens (55 receptions last year) and Josh Reed (27 receptions last year) no longer with the team, it is inevitable that someone is going to step up and claim the number two wide receiver position, but it is too early to tell who will grab that role. In the meantime, ONE of the wide receivers listed below will be worth the risk, but may be wise to wait and snag them up with a waiver wire move.
Roscoe Parrish: Best known in Buffalo for his special teams contribution, Parrish has been quoted as being extremely happy with this new coaching staff and looks forward to contributing to the 2010 season. Saying and doing are totally different things, but with Coach Gailey’s background in getting the most out of his talent, a quick cutting, speedy receiver like Parrish might be able to flourish in this new system, especially in the slot position.
James Hardy: Hardy was a stud coming out of Indiana three years ago with a college career total of 194 receptions and 36 touchdowns, but that hasn’t carried over into the NFL. Coming off a torn ACL, Hardy has been working hard in the off-season and claims to have learned a lot last year on the sidelines by watching Terrell Owens. With a NFL career total of only ten receptions, it would be awful tough to draft Hardy, but his speed and height gives him potential for a break out year.
Chad Jackson: Jackson was drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft by the New England Patriots. His previous four years in the league has been plagued with injuries, but his athleticism and football IQ are getting the Bills coaches excited. If he stays healthy he may be able to put up yards in bunches, would be worth putting him on your ‘Watch List’.
Marcus Easley: Easely comes into the season with an interesting back story. While he played football for three years with the Connecticut Huskies, two of those seasons, he was a walk on. It was in his final year that he broke out , catching 48 out of his 53 career totals with the Huskies. Already coming to terms with the Bills on his contract, Easley will ready to go on day one of training camp, and that will only help in his efforts to grab that number two spot.
All of these wide receivers have potential to have a break out year, but let’s not forget that their success doesn’t solely rest on their shoulders. The Bills will also need better play from both their offensive line and Quarterback (whoever it may be) to give them a chance to succeed on the field and on your fantasy squad.
The rest of Yahoo’s Preseason ranks can be found HERE