Buffalo Bills fantasy sleepers
The Buffalo Bills are not usually known as a team full of fantasy football stars, but heading into 2015 they have some sleeper candidates on their roster. These players will be drafted later in fantasy drafts and will go under-the-radar with other owners in your league.
It was not long ago when quarterback’s who were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft were not expected to jump in and become a franchise quarterback immediately. They were groomed under a veteran’s tutelage, understanding the game, defenses, reads and how to be a professional in the NFL. EJ Manuel is entering his third season for the Bills and most will say he has under-performed as a first round pick, but has he ever been given the reigns of the offense? Owning a 6-8 record as a starter in two seasons, Manuel has thrown for 2,810 yards with 16 TDs and 12 INT, not terrible numbers but they leave a lot to be desired in a franchise QB. Under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Manuel if named the starter, can have a Colin Kaepernick-type season in fantasy football. Deceiving speed, Manuel is mobile enough to escape pressure and with the weapons surrounding him in the Bills offense, McCoy, Watkins, Clay and others Manuel’s chance to cash in on his potential is now. In most fantasy drafts Manuel is going undrafted, but that could change if he is named the starter at any point throughout training camp so monitor his status as your draft nears.
LeSean McCoy is the talk of the town, but it is the wily veteran Fred Jackson who could surprise fantasy owners in 2015. Let this be known, if you draft McCoy you better draft Jackson as his handcuff. Only one year removed from scoring 10 touchdowns, Jackson is being drafted in the later rounds of most 12-man fantasy drafts and despite his age (33) his body has not taken the poundings of most running backs providing him with fuel left in the tank. LeSean McCoy has had 706 touches the last two seasons making him a prime candidate for an injury or lack of production with his new team. You do not want to reach for Freddy, but if you can snag him later in your draft you could reap the benefits.
Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin might be receiving all the headlines, but third-year wideout Robert Woods could steal the show in 2015. While I expect Watkins to improve off of his solid rookie campaign, Woods is capable of taking a leap himself. In 2014, Woods posted career highs with 65 receptions 699 yards and five touchdowns, while being in a mediocre passing game. Now in a new offense with weapons around him, Woods will be able to fly under-the-radar of opposing teams game-plans and receive single-coverage with Watkins or Charles Clay getting bracket coverage. Woods is being drafted outside the top 75 wide receivers in fantasy drafts, meaning he provides little risk and you can wait until the end of your draft to snag him with his potential being a solid #3 WR on your fantasy team.
Dan Schalk covers Fantasy Football for MyFantasySportsTalk, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk