Some trends have begun to emerge in fantasy football regarding the Buffalo Bills and their opponents. For example, coming into Sunday’s match-up with the Tennessee Titans, “second” receivers—or those not covered by Tre’Davious White—had scored well against the Bills’ defense. As a result, we projected Taywan Taylor to have a big day against the Bills this week.
However, Tennessee’s passing game was largely impotent, thanks in part to a fantastic effort from “secondary” corners Phillip Gaines and Taron Johnson. After starter Ryan Lewis struggled a bit in the early going, he was replaced in the lineup by Gaines, who was a big part of why Taylor had a quiet afternoon (3 catches, 30 yards, 1 lost fumble).
With Buffalo eking out a 13-12 victory, high-scoring fantasy players from this game weren’t exactly in great supply. However, one of the highest scorers at his position did manage to come from a match-up that was largely a fantasy football wasteland.
WR Corey Davis
The Titans scored so little in overall fantasy points that their third-highest scorer was Davis, whose pedestrian line (4 catches, 49 yards) was only worth a total of 6.9 points on the afternoon. Each time Davis was covered by someone other than White, it seemed that Mariota was able to find him, and the big wideout delivered some solid grabs on the afternoon. However, in a game where the stat line was reminiscent of a game from the 1950s, Davis was little help to most fantasy teams.
While Tennessee didn’t create as many turnovers as the Bills, nor did they have as many sacks, they still turned in a solid day overall. Finishing with 7 fantasy points on the day thanks to a sack and an interception, their performance was good for a middle-of-the-pack showing in overall team defense. On most days, that’s all you can ask for out of a team defense.
K Ryan Succop
The high scorer in this match-up was Tennessee’s kicker, who was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts on the afternoon. Succop hit from 25, 54, 39, and 50 yards on the day, so if your league awards kickers 5 points for 50-yard kicks, you reaped the rewards of Succop’s strong leg. His afternoon was good for 16 fantasy points, which was also the second-best kicker score of Week 5.