The Buffalo Bills have football players on their roster who, allegedly, are rostered by people who play fantasy football. When the Bills lost 22-0 to the Green Bay Packers this weekend, it was a literal lose-lose situation for any Bills fan who also deploys Buffalo players in fantasy football.
This week’s fantasy football numbers are low. Really low. Here are the Bills’ top three scorers this week.
RB LeSean McCoy
Call me crazy, but I’d have thought that the game plan for beating a team quarterbacked by a future Hall of Fame player on the road might have called for the Bills to feed their most talented offensive player the ball. Even though McCoy was coming off a painful rib injury, he was healthy enough to appear on 60% of the team’s offensive snaps. So when we see his line (5 carries, 24 yards, 6 targets, 3 catches, 13 yards), it’s perplexing. The Bills did not trail by more than two scores until the 11-minute mark of the third quarter, yet McCoy only had 3 first-half carries, and he touched the ball last with 4:31 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Overall, he accumulated 5.2 fantasy points thanks in large part to a poor game plan.
WR Zay Jones
Buffalo’s number two wide receiver has been exactly that for much of this season. At times, it seems as if he isn’t even on the field, even though he has appeared on 82.1% of the team’s snaps, which is far and away the highest total for wide receivers on the roster (Kelvin Benjamin is next at 64.9%). Even with that high snap count number, he’s only been targeted 17 times, hauling in 10 passes on the year for 144 yards. On Sunday, he caught 4 passes for 38 yards, giving him 5.8 fantasy points. That was the second-highest total on the team.
TE Charles Clay
I was beginning to think that the last time I’d seen Clay’s face was on a milk carton, but it appears that the veteran tight end was found a bit this week. He saw a season-high six targets, bringing his total for the year to 14. He also saw season-highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (40). Clay is available in 85% of Yahoo! leagues, so if your tight end isn’t among the league’s elite, you could roll the dice and hope that the Bills remember to use Clay again next week.
Well, we were close to right on one thing, at least! The Bills’ defense tied Clay for the lead in fantasy scoring, turning in a 6-point day. The Bills had 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery on the day. Had the offense done a little more, their performance might have been even better.