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Fantasy football Week 9: Buffalo Bills are relevant again

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After muddling through several games in which starters on offense missed time due to injury, the Buffalo Bills are looking much healthier - and more fantasy-relevant - after their bye week.

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The bye week came at the perfect time for the Buffalo Bills, as the majority of injured players are looking healthy leading into their Week 9 game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Back in Week 3, the Bills were a fantasy juggernaut in a 41-14 win over the Dolphins, and Bills fans and fantasy owners alike are looking for a repeat performance on Sunday.

Time for Tyrod

The absence of Tyrod Taylor had the greatest impact on the Bills in losses to Cincinnati and Jacksonville, as EJ Manuel struggled to fill in for the injured quarterback. Taylor will return to the lineup on Sunday, and despite Taylor's Week 3 success against Miami (277 yards and three touchdowns), owners may want to wait a week before rushing him back into starting lineups. On the flip side, Taylor should have a low salary cap number and be a popular option in daily fantasy leagues. Consider him a QB2 in standard formats, and a candidate with a high ceiling in daily formats.

Ground and pound

With a seemingly healthy LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams in the backfield, the Bills should be poised for a run-heavy attack against Miami. This is the first time that the Bills have been at full strength at running back since Week 3, when Williams ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns. While it should be expected that McCoy will command the bulk of the touches, it will be interesting to see how much Williams is used after returning from the concussion that kept him out of the past three games. McCoy can be considered a strong RB2, while Williams is a bit of a gamble as a FLEX play or a bye week fill-in.

Other items of note

  • Look for a decent game from Charles Clay against his former team. Clay led the Bills with 82 yards and a touchdown on five catches in Week 3.
  • Full disclosure: I dropped the Bills' defense in my standard league last week. It is a move I may end up regretting, but I could not justify keeping them based on the lack of fantasy performance this season.
  • Sammy Watkins might play this weekend; if he does, he is a huge boom-or-bust candidate. Consider yourself warned.

Best of luck in all of your matchups and daily contests this weekend!