2020 Fantasy Football Buffalo Bills Preview

by Dennis Sosic
2020 Fantasy Football Buffalo Bills Preview

Welcome back Fantasy friends and foes to the 2020 Fantasy Football Team Previews presented to you by the Fantasy Six Pack. We will be going through the 2020 Fantasy Football Buffalo Bills Preview

in 2019, the Buffalo Bills, finished 10-6 last season and entered the NFL Playoffs as a wildcard team. The Bills lost to the Houston Texans in a crazy Wildcard matchup.

Head Coach Sean McDermott has brought the Bills back to respectability by instilling a defense that has been ranked as a top-five defensive unit over the last three seasons. The Bills improved their defense with off-season additions but the most significant off-season addition was the trading for Stefon Diggs to elevate the receiving core.

The addition of Diggs should assist Josh Allen to continue his ascension as an NFL quarterback. His accuracy is a huge concern and if the Bills want to advance further in the NFL playoffs, they need Allen to improve his accuracy on short and intermediate passes immediately.

Allen is a top 10 Fantasy quarterback now but his development will catapult the Fantasy values of his Bills teammates. Who are these Bills players? What is their value? Who and why should I draft these Bills? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2020 Fantasy Football Buffalo Bills Preview.

2020 Fantasy Football Buffalo Bills Preview

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Josh Allen improved in his second season as the young signal-caller threw for 20 touchdowns to only nine interceptions. However, his most significant Fantasy contribution is with his ability to make plays with his legs. Allen was third in the NFL in rushing yards by a quarterback by scrambling for 510 yards last season.

Allen also possesses elite arm strength which provides the ability to create big plays down the field. However, there is a need for Allen to improve his ability to make routine throws. His mark of 58.8 percent from 2019 was an improvement over his rookie campaign, but his accurate development must continue if the Buffalo Bills want to win their first AFC East title since 1995.

The former first-round pick should be ecstatic over the addition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who will be the most talented wideout that Allen has thrown to in a young career. The insertion of Diggs into the Bills offense will open up this offense and will increase the upside of Allen to be your Fantasy quarterback. His rushing ability provides a very safe floor, while any increase in passing efficiency and production will catapult Allen into the top five at the quarterback position,

Matt Barkley will likely be the backup quarterback, and there are plenty of reasons that he has been a career backup. Former New York Giants third-round pick Davis Webb will battle 2020 fifth-round pick Jake Fromm to be the Bills, third quarterback.

The selection of Jake Fromm did not make much sense. Fromm looks to be a career backup and has minimal upside.

Running Backs

The Buffalo Bills had one-two punch last season with dynamic rookie Devin Singletary and ageless wonder Frank Gore. Gore was released this offseason and now playing with the New York Jets. Buffalo replaced Gore in the draft by selecting Utah running back Zack Moss in the third round. Moss, who compiled three straight 1,000 yard seasons, will likely be used on short-yardage and goal-line runs,

Singletary, who became their featured back as a rookie, averaged 5.1 yards per carry (third among running backs) while adding 29 receptions for 194 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He has quick feet and great vision which led him to pile up 775 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 151 carries. The former third-round pick finished tied for the 14th in the NFL in broken tackles with 20 and second in the NFL in rushes of 10+ yards before contact.

There is a lot to be excited about Moss after he averaged nearly 110 yards a game while scoring 15 touchdowns as a Utah senior. He has a splendid combo of quickness and power who will pair up with Singletary to form a tremendous amount of upside.

Fantasy managers should expect Singletary to continue his ascension behind a revamped offensive line. Our Fantasy Six Pack rankings have Singletary as the 25th ranked running back which makes him an RB2 and that might be too low. Moss is a valuable handcuff and looks to present stand-alone value in the deeper leagues.

Wide Receivers

The addition of Stefon Diggs changes the Buffalo Bills offense dramatically. His presence alone will create open space in the intermediate routes for the remainder of the team's receivers. The former Viking will be the most dangerous receiver that Allen will work with. Diggs is coming off consecutive 1,000 yards receiving yards with the Minnesota Vikings. Diggs will produce huge plays to an offense desperate for some explosion.

John Brown finished as a top-24 receiver in both PPR and standard scoring. Brown had career highs in targets, receptions, and yards and was the go-to receiver for Josh Allen. Brown will not match his volume from last season, however, the addition of Diggs will help Brown do what he does best which is the deep ball. Fantasy managers will shy away from John Brown, please do while I grab him late and reap the benefits.

Cole Beasley was a nice fill-in for Fantasy managers in deeper PPR formats in 2019. Beasley finished his first season in Buffalo by catching 67 catches on 106 targets for 778 yards and six touchdowns. As Allen improves his accuracy, Beasley could even some more targets this season. Beasley finished as the 34th Fantasy wide receiver last season, look for Beasley to jump into the top 30 and an attractive late-round fantasy selection.

Tight Ends

Tight end Dawson Knox finished his rookie season with 28 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns while providing Allen a valuable security blanket. Knox made his fair share of highlight plays as a rookie. However, FOX Sports credited Knox with 10 drops as a rookie. No tight end recorded more drops than Knox. It's difficult to get excited about Dawson Knox.

Know is expected to rotate with former Bengal Tyler Kroft, who spent the majority of the 2019 season on Injured Reserve thanks to a foot injury.

I am staying clear of these tight ends for my Fantasy rosters.

Final Verdict

The season is predicated on Josh Allen improving his accuracy and making defenses fear his passing in short and intermediate passes. The running game will improve with a revamped offensive line and replacing future Hall-of-Famer Frank Gore with rookie Zach Moss. Last season, the team finished eighth in the NFL with 128.4 yards rushing per game.

The Bills added Mario Addison, E.J. Gaines, and Josh Norman to a defense, who finished second in the NFL with 19.6 points allowed per game. The impressive Bills defense makes the Bills a formidable playoff team.

In 2020, the offense led by Allen, Singletary, and newcomer Diggs improve to playoff-caliber while raising their Fantasy stature into the upper echelon at each of their positions.

2020 Final Verdict: 11-5 record. The Bills have made the playoffs in two of the past three seasons but the Bills will enter the 2020 NFL Playoffs with the AFC East title.

Visit the F6P Fantasy Football page for more advice to get you prepared for the 2020 season.

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