Yesterday, NFL.com posted a pre-season ranking of 200 fantasy football players entering the 2010 season. This listing includes defenses and special teams, as well as kickers. The universally-frowned-upon Buffalo Bills had just four players make the list, none rating higher than No. 58 on the big board. Here's a quick run-down of the four Bills that did make the list:
58. Fred Jackson, running back. Set a career high with 283 touches a year ago; that number shouldn't change much. Jackson is capable of putting up solid yardage totals, but with just seven career touchdowns, he isn't anything more than a dependable depth option for your fantasy team.
60. C.J. Spiller, running back. Spiller is the third-highest ranked rookie on the list, behind San Diego's Ryan Mathews and Detroit's Jahvid Best. Spiller might be underrated here if he lives up to lofty expectations and gets the lion's share of touches by year's end.
99. Lee Evans, wide receiver. Once considered an emergent fantasy stud after his strong 2008 season, Evans isn't much more than a depth receiver option at this point, particularly given the team's quarterback situation. NFL.com ranks Evans No. 33 on the wide receivers list.
164. Marshawn Lynch, running back. That's a good spot for the fourth-year runner, as his off-season absence and the crowded backfield will likely keep his number of touches to a minimum. Still, given his talent and the possibility that he could be traded during the pre-season, Lynch is still worth a mid-to-late-round flier.
I'll admit to being surprised that Buffalo's defense - while not very good and switching to the 3-4, of course - didn't rate. We're still talking about the outfit that posted the second-highest interception total in the league in 2009, just behind Green Bay (who rank No. 151 on this list). I was not, however, shocked to see zero tight ends, no kicker, and most particularly zero quarterbacks on the list.
Sounds off, Bills fans - which Buffalo entities got snubbed?