The Buffalo Bills’ ridiculously awful quarterback situation continues to be a gift for fantasy football defenses everywhere. This week, the vaunted Indianapolis Colts defense was the beneficiary of Buffalo’s inept quarterback play.
Whether it’s Nathan Peterman or Derek Anderson turning over the ball, streaming the defense of Buffalo’s opponent is a great play until Josh Allen returns from injury, and even then it’s still a sound strategy as the Bills are on pace for historically horrific offensive output for the year.
If you played any one of the Colts’ more popular players in fantasy football this week, you probably won your match-up. Here are their top-three performers from Week 7.
RB Marlon Mack
Although Mack returned the week prior, he really took off this week, gaining a total of 159 yards from scrimmage. Against a Bills defense that had been stout for the four previous weeks, Mack carried the ball 19 times for 126 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 33 yards and a touchdown, and plunged into the end zone on a two-point conversion. Overall, Mack scored 30.9 fantasy points, which was the second-highest running back score of the week. (Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs scored 34.6 points on Sunday Night Football.)
QB Andrew Luck
Thanks to short fields and a ridiculously efficient running game, Luck was unable to tally many yards through the air, only passing for 156 yards on the afternoon. The blowout status of the game certainly didn’t help that total, either, as head coach Frank Reich appeared content to run clock for most of the second half against the franchise with which he spent the majority of his NFL career. Luck did throw four touchdown passes on the afternoon, however, which helped him to a 22.74-point fantasy scoring day. That total was good for fourth in the league this week. Luck’s yardage total was lower than any of the other quarterbacks who were in the top-24 in fantasy scoring for Week 7. If your league awards 6 points for touchdown passes, then his afternoon was even better.
Indianapolis sacked Derek Anderson twice, intercepted him thrice, and recovered a fumble of his once. Add to that total a Charles Clay fumble and the Colts were able to turn the Bills over five times on Sunday, which was a tremendous factor in only allowing three points. Their 19-point fantasy effort was good for third among all team defenses this week.