With fantasy football drafts scheduled over the next two weeks, it is only appropriate to share some quick hits as you prepare to select your teams. Best of luck!
– Don’t be afraid to target EJ Manuel as a late round flier. He will eventually be the starter, and with his ability to gain some rushing yards could be a nice bye week fill in. This is a no-brainer if you are in a keeper-league as well.
– Repeat after me. “I am not drafting Kevin Kolb. “
– Based on last season, you are not drafting the Bills D/ST unit either. But you do want to keep an eye on them as a potential waiver wire pick-up. Mike Pettine is now in charge of the defense which should take a much more aggressive approach. There is also a wild card with the return team. With Marquise Goodwin, Leodis Mckelvin, and TJ Graham, the Bills ST group will be a threat to take it to the house on every return. Don’t draft this group, but keep an eye on them early this season.
– Fred Jackson is still going to get touches for the Bills this season. Spiller’s workload will increase, but Jackson should still get approximately 10 touches each week. He is an obvious handcuff for Spiller owners, and a possible bye week fill in or flex play. I don’t care how old he is, Fred Jackson is going to get plenty of touches.
– Someone will have to emerge as the Bills #2 wide-out, which is still to be determined. I don’t advocate drafting any receivers outside of Stevie Johnson, but monitor free agency following week 1. Manuel or Kolb will likely develop a rapport with someone in addition to #13, which could make them a breakout candidate. TJ Graham, Marquise Goodwin, and Robert Woods are all prime candidates – and don’t count out Chris Hogan.
– Dustin Hopkins should not be an option at kicker. Let the rookie show what he can do before tabbing him your fantasy starter. If you select him as your back-up kicker you should be banned for the season because there is no need for back-up kickers. Ever.
Best of luck with your drafts this week and “Go Bills!”