The Buffalo Bills dropped yet another game against the New England Patriots last week, taking a 13-13 tie at halftime and turning it into a 37-16 defeat. While the results were not positive, in terms of fantasy scoring, there were some hidden gems among Buffalo Bills players for your fantasy football championships last week.
RB LeSean McCoy
Leading the way for the Bills was McCoy, as per usual. Shady was dynamic as both a runner and receiver, totaling 147 yards from scrimmage (71 rushing, 76 receiving). Although he did not manage to find the end zone, he paced the Bills in fantasy scoring at 17.2 points on the afternoon.
QB Tyrod Taylor
While it wasn’t a banner day by any means, Taylor was Buffalo’s second-highest scoring player in terms of fantasy output, and it should have been more. With 281 yards passing and 16 yards rushing, Taylor’s afternoon was good for a pedestrian 12.84 points. If Charles Clay could have held on for a touchdown at the end of the first half, or if replay official Al Riveron would have allowed Kelvin Benjamin’s touchdown to stand one play later, Taylor would have added some more points to his ledger. If your league is one that plays in Week 17, and you have the misfortune of rostering a quarterback who will sit for rest purposes, Taylor is worth a look against the Miami Dolphins, a team that he has shredded throughout his career with Buffalo.
WR Deonte Thompson
Thompson made the most of limited targets, catching 4 of the 5 passes thrown his way for 91 yards. That total was good for 11.1 fantasy points on the afternoon, Thompson’s fourth game in double-figures this season. He’s another player worthy of desperation flex consideration if your fantasy league goes all 17 weeks.
K Stephen Hauschka
Buffalo’s nearly-automatic place kicker did something he rarely does—he missed a 50-yard field goal. The boot came on fourth and one, and it would have cut New England’s lead to 23-19 two minutes into the fourth quarter. Instead, the miss gave New England possession at their own 40-yard line, and it took less than three minutes for the Patriots to march down the field and score, effectively ending the game.