Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Ryan Fitzpatrick started out red hot last season passing for 12 touchdowns in his first 6 games. After that he got a nice contract extension as a reward for his strong play, it all went south. From week 7 onward Ryan Fitzpatrick posted another 12 touchdowns but he added 17 interceptions. I view Ryan Fitzpatrick as a number 2 fantasy quarterback with little upside. He should get the job done most weeks but do not expect any spectacular numbers.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own -
Fred Jackson was an absolute beast in 2011 posting nearly 1,000 yards rushing and over 400 yards receiving in only 10 games. Had Fred Jackson played the entire season he would have easily finished as a top 5 running back and would be considered top 5 coming into 2012. Unfortunately, Fred Jackson broke his fibula in week 11 opening the door for C.J. Spiller who did not disappoint. C.J. Spiller Finished the season with over 500 yards rushing adding another 269 yards receiving while scoring a total of 6 touchdowns. This performance has earned C.J. Spiller more touches in 2012 the question is how many? I envision a 70-30 split in Fred Jackson’s favor to start the season but if either running backs sustains a significant injury the other rusher will automatically become a top ten fantasy football running back.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
Steve Johnson is about the only reliable option on the Bills’ offense coming into 2012. Steve Johnson has posted back to back 1,000 yard campaigns and I don’t see why he can’t make it three in a row. Fitzpatrick is unspectacular but certainly competent enough to feed one mouth in this offense and that is without a doubt Steve Johnson. I view Johnson as a moderate number 2 fantasy football wide receiver or a high end number 3 receiver. Beyond Steve Johnson you will find a mish-mash of inexperienced wide receivers. If Ryan Fitzpatrick has the breakout year some have predicted one of these guys should benefit, I would say David Nelson stands the best chance. He has prototypical size and speed and did receive 98 targets last season. I will not be drafting him but he will certainly be on my radar in 2012.
Fantasy Football Tight End to Own -
If you have watched and of the Buffalo Bills game tape from 2011 you undoubtedly saw a giant man catching a touchdown or two - that was Scott Chandler. The 6’7” 260 pound tight end caught 6 touchdowns last season and is an imposing red zone target. He should be drafted as a backup in deeper leagues but be warned; if he doesn’t score a touchdown he will not score more than 5-6 fantasy points on a given week.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams -
As a unit the Bills defense should not be touched. They realized their weakness was the pass rush and went out and nabbed Mario Williams in the off season. Williams will once again be among the top defensive ends in all IDP formats in 2012. The lack of pass rush undoubtedly led to more work for the Bills’ secondary making both Jarius Byrd and George Wilson top defensive backs in 2011. Both Safeties racked up tackles on the weekly basis and both can be had at bargain prices in 2012. As far as the linebackers go, Nick Barnett should provide somewhere around 100 tackles with a sack or two to sweeten his value. All in all they should not be deployed as a unit but for IDP purposes we have a small gold mine.
Fantasy Football Kicker to Own -
Injuries aside Ryan Lindell is a decent kicker - just not a decent fantasy football kicker. Who knows, maybe the Bills’ offense comes out firing on all cylinders. If that happens you will find Lindell right where he belongs - on the waiver wire.
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