2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Buffalo Bills

- Updated: Saturday, August 27th


In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Buffalo Bills.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tyrod Taylor273422340619.810.11126163.9290.34
Averaging 8.0 Y/A and posting a 20:6 TD-INT ratio, Taylor averaged a mere 27.14 pass attempts per game. More than likely, the Bills will once again rank near the bottom of the league in pass attempts, but Taylor is a high-upside QB2 due to his rushing ability. Finishing as a top-10 weekly fantasy quarterback in half of his 14 starts in 2015, Taylor rushed for 568 yards and four touchdowns in his first year as an NFL starter.
E.J. Manuel21342241.11.212440.519.56
Cardale Jones23240.10.12501.76

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeSean McCoy25010886.5352771.4183.9
Missing four games in his first season with the Bills, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game. Assuming good health, McCoy should rank near the top of the league leaders in usage and YFS in 2016 for the run-heavy Bills.
Reggie Bush652471.3161250.648.6
Signing with the Bills on August 1st, Bush has emerged as the primary backup to McCoy. From 2011 to 2013, Bush rushed for 1,000-plus yards in two of three seasons. That said, he won't have much stand-alone fantasy value without an injury to McCoy.
Mike Gillislee592361.210650.238.5
With Karlos Williams released and Reggie Bush signed, Gillislee appears to be third on the depth chart behind McCoy and Bush in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses. In 2015, Gillislee averaged 5.7 yards per carry on his 47 rush attempts and it wouldn't surprise me if he eventually was second on the depth chart.
Jonathan Williams281230.86450.222.8
James Wilder Jr.280.10001.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Sammy Watkins7512307.9130170.7
Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games. During that six-game span, Watkins caught 35 of 57 targets for 679 yards (19.4 Y/A) and six touchdowns. The talent is elite; the only concerns is the run-dominant Bills offense and it took some public complaining/whining for his volume of targets to spike last season.
Robert Woods475412.800070.9
With more than four catches in only two games, Woods had 47 receptions for a career-low 552 yards and three touchdowns. Given Buffalo's low-volume passing attack, it's hard to support two fantasy-relevant wide receivers.
Marquise Goodwin162431.300032.1
Dezmin Lewis151981.200027
Greg Salas111430.600017.9
Kolby Listenbee4640.30008.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Charles Clay575993.983.3
Missing the final three games of first season with the Bills, Clay had 51 catches for 528 yards, both of which were three-year lows, and three scores. Scoring the 20th-most fantasy points among tight ends following back-to-back top-15 seasons, Clay is expected to be more involved in the offense in 2016. I expect Clay to finish second on the team in receptions behind Watkins.
Nick O'Leary8680.610.4
Jim Dray6570.16.3

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