The Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, improving to 8-6 on the 2017 NFL season. Hopefully, your fantasy football team was able to survive and advance, as well. (If you’re like me, I’m sorry—I dropped my quarterfinal game by .02 points. That’s literally 1 passing yard.) If you started two of Buffalo’s top players, chances are good that you are playing another fantasy playoff matchup this weekend.
RB LeSean McCoy
Buffalo’s stud running back had a big day on the ground and through the air. He wasn’t efficient, as it took him 20 carries to gain 50 yards on the ground, but he did manage a rushing touchdown on the afternoon. He added 4 catches for 46 yards and another touchdown receiving to total 23.6 fantasy points for the game, which was the highest point total among all players in the match-up between the Bills and Dolphins.
QB Tyrod Taylor
Speaking of high-scorers, the Bills’ quarterback returned from a knee injury to post one of his best games of the season. Taylor continued his career statistical dominance over the Dolphins, throwing for 224 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 42 yards and another score on the day. In his career, Taylor now has accounted for 1,425 yards (1,232 passing and 193 rushing), 11 touchdowns (9 passing, 2 rushing), and zero turnovers in five career games against the Dolphins. If you had the guts to start him, he scored 23.1 fantasy points.
Buffalo’s stop unit had a great Sunday, amassing three interceptions and three sacks (although Jay Cutler’s ineptitude certainly helped in both categories). While they did allow Kenyan Drake to continue his recent rampage, they were able to contain the Dolphins for the majority of the afternoon, and their big plays helped them to score 10 fantasy points.
TE Charles Clay
The former Dolphin was Buffalo’s best receiver on Sunday, as he has been for the majority of the season. Clay had been quiet since his return from his knee surgery, but he had his best game since a Week 4 outburst against the Atlanta Falcons. Clay caught 5 passes for 68 yards against Miami, bringing his team-leading receiving yardage total to 457 (side note: that is a really rough fact that, in 2017, a team’s leading receiver has such a low yardage total). Clay’s day earned him 9.3 fantasy points.