The Buffalo Bills defense has been downright fantastic through three weeks. After looking like a mess of confusion and ineffective play for the better part of the last two seasons under the Ryan Brothers and Dennis Thurman, head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier have devised three gameplans that have caused headaches for three different offenses. In terms of fantasy football production, this has led to a low scoring average by players against the Bills, and that trend continued in this week’s 26-16 victory over the Denver Broncos. Here’s how the opponents fared this week.
QB Trevor Siemian
Denver’s signal caller entered the game coming off back-to-back 23-point efforts, and he also led the league in touchdown passes through two games with six. After a dismal 9.56 point effort on Sunday, however, Siemian dropped from the top-scoring quarterback in the league all the way to the ninth-highest. He completed 60% of his passes against Buffalo, throwing for 259 yards on 40 attempts. However, the Bills held him without a touchdown on the day, and he also threw two bad interceptions.
WR Demaryius Thomas
Denver’s number one receiver came into the game trailing teammate Emmanuel Sanders in touchdowns, and he left the game that way, too. He did have a solid day fantasy-wise, amassing 6 catches and 98 yards on the game (if your league dishes out bonuses for 100-yard receiving days, those extra two yards may have been able to help!). He scored 12.8 points in half-PPR leagues, making him Denver’s highest-scoring receiver on the day. Sanders did his part, too, logging 7 catches and 75 yards, good for 11 points.
Denver’s defense played a very strong first half, but seemed genuinely flummoxed by Buffalo’s second-half adjustments, which included a healthy dose of play-action passing and some bootleg action from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. While Denver had a season-high four sacks on the day, Taylor was characteristically careful with the football, and the Bills did not have a turnover. Denver’s 4 points was their lowest total of the year.
RB Jamaal Charles
Denver’s highest-scoring runner on the day was the veteran backup, signed in the offseason after playing for Denver’s division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, for the last nine seasons. He had his biggest fantasy day in a long time, rushing for 56 yards and Denver’s lone touchdown on the day. His output was good for 12.2 points, which beat starter C.J. Anderson by 7 points.