NFL Draft Fantasy Preview Buffalo Bills
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The 2017 season for the Buffalo Bills can best be summed up as “The LeSean McCoy Show.” This low-scoring Bills offense ran primarily through McCoy and that is just what the numbers show. He finished the season scoring more than 200 Fantasy Points, while no receiver for the Bills scored over 50 FP. New head coach Sean McDermott was very conservative with the team’s offense, opting to put restraints on Tyrod Taylor to limit mistakes. Little did he know that this made the offense too predictable and easy to defend. When you couple a predictable offense with a defense that played below their normal standard, you somehow ended up with a playoff contending team. Now, as the draft approaches, the Bills have traded away Taylor and added A.J. McCarron at quarterback. Odds are the Bills will try to add a franchise quarterback early in this draft along with other pieces to bolster the offense.
Projected Top Three Picks
Team Needs: QB, OL, WR
First Round: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Alabama, Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
Second Round: Tyrell Crosby, OT Oregon
If the Bills are unable to pull the trigger on a deal to move into the Top 5 of the draft, they will still go after a quarterback. That is the reasoning behind the selection of Lamar Jackson. He has the skills and intangibles that you look for in a franchise quarterback. He has a very lively arm that can deliver all types of throws with velocity. He can take off in an instant for a long gain but has the pocket presence to stand firm and wait for a receiver to get open. He has developed into a passer that keeps his eyes downfield, and he uses that to look off safeties before throws. The obvious downside to Jackson will be his ongoing accuracy issues and a body frame that could lead to injuries in the NFL. If the Bills go down this road with a pick of Jackson, his appeal in redraft leagues for 2018 will be minimal. He’ll likely sit for most, if not all of 2018, making him a candidate for dynasty formats.
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The second selection of the first round in Minkah Fitzpatrick gives the Bills a defensive back who will be able to plug in and play whether at safety or corner. His ball skills and tremendous footwork make him hard to pass up as a prospect. Has the competitive drive to become one of the best players in the league, and he could be just what this defense needs to take that next step.
Fitzpatrick has a nose for the ball and can turn any turnover into immediate points for the defense. He could use some fine tuning on his awareness at the next level, and he needs to learn to allow plays to develop so his receivers get separation off the line. But at the end of the day, this is the kind of pick that could put the Bills’ defense back into consideration as a starting unit for Fantasy.
With the selection of Tyrell Crosby, the Bills are looking to add talent to an offensive line that will again be running the ball like crazy in 2018. With Crosby, you have a lineman who fits the bill in terms of size, length, and strength. He is a bulldozer of a blocker who will open holes for the running game, which is the key to Bills’ offensive attack. His footwork and technique need to be polished, but with his size, I am sure the Bills will overlook that.
A. J. McCarron Photo Credit: AP Photo/John Wawrow