The Buffalo Bills had a terrible week on the football field, losing a 47-3 laugher to the Baltimore Ravens in their season opener. If you started any member of the Bills on your fantasy team this week, chances are high that you also suffered a loss, unless you had some other higher scoring players in your lineup to counterbalance the low-scoring Bills on the field.
Of the players we profiled as players worth starting this weekend for Buffalo, Stephen Hauschka led the way, scoring 3 points. If your league deducts a point for missed field goals, however, he only scored 2. Otherwise, LeSean McCoy and Kelvin Benjamin compiled 2.6 and 1.5 points, respectively. Benjamin’s day could have been better, but he was unable to haul in a Josh Allen fastball in the end zone that would have at least added a touchdown to his meager ledger. In all, Benjamin was only able to catch one of seven targets on the afternoon.
As for the Bills who led in fantasy scoring, the list was full of players who almost certainly weren’t in any fantasy lineups this week. Here are the top three scorers in fantasy football for the Bills in week one.
QB Josh Allen
That’s right. The guy who entered the game with 11 minutes to go in the third quarter ended up leading the Bills in scoring. Allen compiled 5.56 fantasy points, totaling 74 passing yards and 26 rushing yards. He would have had a touchdown had Kelvin Benjamin been able to secure an accurate pass in the end zone. This by no means suggests that you should run out and add Allen off the waiver wire, as head coach Sean McDermott has not named a starting quarterback for the second game of the season yet. It does illustrate just how awful the Bills were on Sunday, however.
WR Zay Jones
Normally, this would be a good sign, especially after how badly Jones struggled during his rookie year. However, the Bills’ leading receiver on Sunday hauled in 3 passes for 26 yards, a stat line not worthy of flex consideration. He totaled 4.1 points on the day. If Jones can continue to develop a rapport with whomever the team decides to start at quarterback, he might be worth a look in deeper leagues; however, adding him should not be a priority.
RB Marcus Murphy
If your league awards points to individual return men, then you should look into adding Murphy immediately. While he only totaled 3.1 points in half-PPR leagues, totaling 31 yards on 6 carries, his usage suggests that Murphy is the better handcuff to own for McCoy. In the return game, Murphy returned 1 punt for 9 yards and 5 kicks for 165 yards. The Bills’ defense and special teams doesn’t appear to be a group worth owning, but if individual return men earn you points, Murphy could be a smart addition this week.