What’s written on White Tshirts everywhere in upstate New York? WHY SO SERIOUS? The Bills WR, Stevie Johnson had a pretty stellar season in 2010-2011 with 1073 receiving yards, 419 YACs, and 10 TDs! Say hello to the bad guy in Buffalo! A regular on Twitter (sometimes for controversial tweets), Johnson is making a name for himself with both fans and Ryan Fitzpatrick (since he caught almost half of the TDs thrown). The other receivers of relevance Lee Evans and Roscoe Parish combined for 900 yards and 6 TDs last season. This is a bit disappointing in particular with Lee Evans as he was expected to come back and remain the star. At 30 years old and coming off another injury…I don’t believe the hype that Evans will put up draft worthy numbers this season. That man has already been established in Buffalo. Maybe towards the end of the draft…maybe. For now, “Why So Serious” is who you draft out of Buffalo on Fantasy Draft Day.
Last year, there is was a muddled backfield in Buffalo. Marshawn Lynch was telling everyone who would listen that he wanted out of town…CJ Spiller was just drafted and primed to compete for the starting spot…and there was also Fred Jackson. Jackson kept quiet and never made a fuss. As the season went on, Lynch got his wish and was traded to Seattle, Spiller played like he had stage fright, and Jackson continued to be reliable. Unfortunately, he’s reliable for a BAD Bills team. Jackson led the team in rushing with 927 yards. He also ran for 5 of the 6 Bills rushing TDs. The Bills would love to run Jackson, and Spiller for that fact, but because they usually have to play from behind, they have to abandon the run early and pass. Jackson has shown that he can be a viable part of the passing game. I think that Jackson can be a good Fantasy back, though not every week. He should be drafted in later rounds. Spiller has not shown that he should be drafted, however, he has a lot of potential. That’s the reason why they drafted him to begin with. He could end up being a Sleeper this year. Keep your eye out on this one. The Bills may surprise us all.
Ryan Fitzpatrick earned his way into a starting QB spot on this 3rd team. Last year it was Trent Edwards that coughed up the opening after 2 games. Once Fitzpatrick took over he had 3000 passing yards and 23TDs. Mostly to his new best friend (and virtual Fantasy Football nobody turned stud) Stevie Johnson. What will not make Fitzpatrick a MUST on Fantasy Football draft day is his ability to cost you points. Last season he had 15 INTs 8 fumbles and 24 sacks–YIKES! What I’m hoping is with another year of chemistry with his players, maybe the mistakes will lessen a bit. Even still…There are about 12-15 names I’d take off the draft board so maybe, just maybe Fitzpatrick is your bye week QB.
The Bills defense has been woeful for YEARS!! Long gone are the days of Bruce Smith and Darryl Talley leading the Bills D to AFC Championships (no Super Bowl wins, SORRY, BILLS Fans). The Bills D had really had no standout players, no spark, no anger, NO EFFORT, NO FIGHT! They had no one with over 6 sacks all year, and no one with more than 3 INTs. So it’s no wonder the Bills haven’t had a winning record since 2004. But it looks like the Bills want to have big changes on their D, evidenced by this year’s draft. Buffalo used their first 4 picks on Defensive players., and of their 9 picks, 6 were on Defense. This year’s Bills draft class is led by Alabama DT Marcel Dareus picked number 3 overall. Dude is 6’4″ 306! Mean AND nasty! Just what the Bills need. His scouting report says, “Very instinctive with a thick trunk and rare lower-body power. Plays like a rolling ball of butcher knives and can discard blockers with ease. Outstanding press strength to beat blockers at the point of attack. Strong run defender — plays square and out leverages blockers with one arm”. ONE ARM?!?!?! Roller Ball of BUTCHER KNIVES?!?!?! Bills fans should be very happy with this guy. The Bills secondary also got a boost with safeties Aaron Williams from Texas and North Carolina’s Da’Norris Searcy. I’m not saying the Bill’s D will be good, but they should be better, unless the spirit of 2009 Bills draft BUST Aaron Maybin is looming around. Special teams is just like the defense, you can’t count on them. They had 1 return TD all last year, and kicker Rian Lindell was 16 of 21 on FGs. The Bills need a new kicker quick. As a matter of fact, I would stay from all Defensive/Special Team components with the Bills.
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