Both the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders came into Week 8 feeling good about a come-from-behind victory the week prior. After a 34-14 Buffalo beatdown, the Bills can continue feeling good as they head into a short week of preparation for their second contest against the New York Jets. As for those Bills who performed well in fantasy football, there were some of the same names as usual making an impact.
RB LeSean McCoy
That was the vintage Shady performance we’ve all been waiting for this season. McCoy touched the football 33 times, rushing 27 times for 151 yards and a touchdown, and adding 6 receptions for 22 yards on the day. Overall, McCoy totaled 26.3 fantasy points, his highest output of the 2017 season. Oakland struggled all day to contain him both inside and outside of the tackles, and the Bills did a great job exploiting the matchup and creatively ensuring that he touched the football.
QB Tyrod Taylor
It was another solid, workmanlike day for the Bills’ signal caller. Taylor completed 20 of his 27 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown, adding only 1 yard rushing on the day (for a touchdown, no less) for an overall score of 16.7 points on the game. While those numbers aren’t great, he did outscore his counterpart, David Carr, while on his way to the tenth-highest point total among fantasy quarterbacks (excluding whatever Alex Smith and Trevor Siemian do tonight). Taylor is quietly having a fine season, sitting at 17th among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring. While he won’t explode for 30 points in a game, he won’t put up too many awful ones, either.
WR Andre Holmes
So much for staying away from Buffalo receivers not named Jordan Matthews or Deonte Thompson in this one. Holmes burned his former team for his best game as a Bill, hauling in 3 of 4 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown on the day. His longest reception, a 36-yard grab on 3rd and 13, could have been a touchdown had Tyrod Taylor thrown the ball a bit better, but Holmes made an outstanding grab along the sideline to haul it in. Holmes leads the Bills in receiving touchdowns this season with three, and he is one touchdown away from tying his career-high for a single season.
K Stephen Hauschka
The kicker continues to earn his pay, nailing four extra points and two field goals on the afternoon. He scored 11 points, which was Hauschka’s fifth consecutive week scoring in double-figures. He also caused a fumble on a long Oakland kickoff return that the Bills nearly were able to recover.
Two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one Matt Milano touchdown cemented another big scoring day for the Bills’ stop unit. The Bills did not sack Derek Carr on the afternoon, but they wreaked enough havoc in the secondary that it made his day miserable anyway. The Bills’ defense is still available in 53% of Yahoo! leagues right now, so if you don’t have them and you can add them, make sure that you add them as soon as you can.