The Buffalo Bills might be for real, both in real life and in fantasy football. Multiple Bills are among the top players in fantasy scoring at their positions, and others still are valuable backups and injury-replacements as other big names continue to fall. Against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4, the Bills put up some winning numbers overall.
TE Charles Clay
Tyrod Taylor’s most trusted weapon had himself a day on Sunday, catching 5 passes for 112 yards on 7 targets. The veteran now has 18 receptions for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. At this pace, he will beat his career high in receptions (69; on pace for 72 this year), obliterate his career high in receiving yards (759; on pace for 908) and beat his career high in touchdowns, as well (6; on pace for 8). He scored 13.7 points last week without a touchdown, and if your league awards bonuses for 100-yard receiving games, he scored even more. With Jordan Matthews set to miss a month with a thumb injury, Clay’s number of targets should only increase, meaning his fantasy value should increase, as well.
QB Tyrod Taylor
The Bills’ signal caller had another solid, if unspectacular, fantasy football day. He scored 12.48 points, totaling 182 yards in the air, 12 yards on the ground, and a passing touchdown. While you could most likely can do better than Taylor at the quarterback position, if you are a Marcus Mariota or David Carr owner in need of a replacement, you could also do much worse than Taylor.
RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy bounced back last week as a runner, piling up 76 yards on 20 carries. He added 3 receptions for 32 yards to give himself a solid 12.3-point fantasy scoring day. Shady has yet to find the end zone this season, yet he is still ranked 16th among running backs in fantasy scoring. He and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey are the only two running backs in the top 25 without a touchdown. McCoy will eventually find the end zone, and when he does, your fantasy team will reap the rewards. Be patient. The breakout is coming.
K Stephen Hauschka
A kicker in my top-four fantasy scoring preview for the week? Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue. At least it worked out, as Hauschka led the Bills in fantasy scoring for the week with 15 points. He was 3-for-3 on field goals, including two absolutely tremendous kicks in the fourth quarter from 56 and 55 yards out to give the Bills a lead they would not relinquish.
I patted myself on the back above, so now I’ll knock myself a bit. Who’s my fantasy defense? The Buffalo Bills. Which defense did I start this week on my fantasy team? The Tennessee Titans. Yep. Smooth move, pal. For what it’s worth, I still managed the win, but talk about a breach of trust. The Bills’ stop unit was awesome on Sunday, holding Atlanta to 17 points and forcing 3 turnovers. They also scored a touchdown that very well could have been overturned via replay. Overall, the Bills’ defense is tied for fourth in fantasy scoring, yet it’s only owned in 13% of fantasy leagues.