The Buffalo Bills have been struggling mightily on offense for the better part of the 2017 NFL season. However, with the Indianapolis Colts coming to town this weekend, fantasy football players who have remained patient with Bills’ players could reap tremendous rewards. The Colts have allowed plenty of fantasy scoring this season, and the Bills have some prime matchups this week as a result.
RB LeSean McCoy
Buffalo’s top running back should have a banner day this weekend. Shady has been hit-or-miss this year, scoring over 20 fantasy points almost as many times (3) as he has scored fewer than 10 fantasy points (4) on the season. The Colts have allowed the 5th-most fantasy points to running backs this season, and while they have only allowed two backs to exceed 100 rushing yards this year, they have still allowed plenty of fantasy points to be scored. Regardless of who Buffalo starts at quarterback this weekend, Shady should be in your lineup.
TE Charles Clay
The Colts have struggled against opposing tight ends this season, allowing the 9th-most fantasy points to the position in 2017. They have also allowed six receiving touchdowns to tight ends on the season. Clay is Buffalo’s third-most targeted receiver on the season, which is amazing when considering that he missed three whole games due to knee surgery. Whether Tyrod Taylor or Nathan Peterman suits up for the Bills, expect Clay to be a big part of the game plan.
WR Zay Jones
He let me down last week, amassing only 2 catches and 22 yards, but I refuse to forget about Zay. With Jordan Matthews landing on injured reserve this week, and Kelvin Benjamin still questionable at best with a knee injury of his own, Jones remains Buffalo’s top receiving option. His 68 targets lead the team, and even though he has caught a very low percentage of those throws (25 catches, or only 36.8% of all targets), the fact that he’s being targeted makes him a player worth rostering. If you’re looking for a potential boom as a flex player, Jones is available in 81% of Yahoo! leagues and the Colts allow the 5th-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position.
This might sound crazy, but hear me out. The Colts have allowed 12 sacks over the last 2 games, and they also have only averaged 13 points per game over that span. Indianapolis also has 3 turnovers in the last 2 weeks, and they’ve only gone one game (a Week 7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars) without turning the ball over this season. Buffalo’s defense has been better the last two weeks, and they have a prime matchup here this week.
Another wide receiver to consider is Deonte Thompson, as his ability to stretch the field may come into play this week (provided the quarterbacls actually throw the ball to him, that is)... With Mike Tolbert healthy and Travaris Cadet in the concussion protocol, it’s possible that Buffalo’s fullback/halfback will see some more reps this week, but let’s hope not... I’d stay away from Bills’ quarterbacks this week, but if you’re feeling crazy, starting Taylor or Peterman could pay off, as Indianapolis allows the 8th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks... Stephen Hauschka is a good play this week. The Colts have allowed the 2nd-most fantasy points to kickers this year.