With football season right around the corner, that means Fantasy Football season is also right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re most likely in a couple of fantasy football leagues with your buddies for all the bragging rights. It’s great because you are not solely focusing on your favorite team throughout the year, but you’re also very intrigued by other games and players. I look forward to it every year and my fantasy football draft, along with the trash talk that comes with it. In this article we’re going to take a look at the best Bills players to target in fantasy football:
Of course, our quarterback Josh Allen will come in at number one in terms of who is going to get you the most points in fantasy football this year. It’s going to be number 17. Allen finished the season with over 4,400 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, meanwhile on the ground, he ran for 763 yards and six touchdowns. A career-high for him in terms of yardage. Allen has also been number one in total fantasy football points the last two years.
This is what makes Allen so special and so valuable in a fantasy football league. Not only is he an elite quarterback and passer, but he can also run the ball better than a lot of running backs can. You’re getting a dual-threat at quarterback and two ways to get points from Allen. Allen always accounts for the majority of the team’s total yardage. The offense runs through him.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Allen going ahead of Mahomes this year as the number one ranked quarterback in the fantasy football projections, solely because of the fact that he can hurt you with his legs almost as well as he can hurt you with his arm. Allen’s rushing totals could decline a little bit this year, as he has taken some big hits over the years and the coaching staff has already said that Allen may not be running as much as they are looking for longevity out of him.
While he will still be a weapon running the ball in open space, we may not see as many designed runs for him this year as we have in years past, which will limit his fantasy football numbers. The Bills want to keep him as healthy as possible and don’t want him taking an unnecessary hits
Allen should have another fantastic year and will finish in the top three quarterbacks on the board. He’s projected again to have around 4,400 yards and 33 touchdowns as well as 650 on the ground and six touchdowns added to that as well. He will more than likely be a first-round pick unless you’re like me and I wait on my quarterbacks early. If you are lucky enough to snag Allen, then you are in good hands as he will more than likely be a top performer each week.
Devin Singeltary is the unanimous number one running back for the Buffalo Bills this year. He is going into his fourth year with the team and a lot of people think this will be a prove it or lose it type season for him. Especially now with new rookie running back James Cook looming over his shoulder. Singeltary rushed for 870 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 40 receptions for 228 yards, one receiving touchdown as well, and was a solid fantasy football addition late last season.
Singeltary struggled at the beginning of the season, there is no denying that, but he started to find his way towards the second half of the season when he stepped into the leading back role and Zack Moss and Matt Brieda took a back seat to him in week 14.
He went on to score at least one touchdown in six straight games and averaged 19.7 fantasy PPG (that would’ve ranked fourth among backs during the full regular season). Though he may defer passing work to second-round rookie James Cook this season, Singletary has proven an effective and reliable back and remains positioned for a sizable role in an elite offense. He’s a fringe top-25 RB option.
James Cook is going to be an interesting player to watch this year. His fantasy football impact will depend on how much the Bills decide to utilize his talents and attributes. He is in line to be the back behind Singletary and receive most of the workload on passing downs. He is the younger brother to Dalvin Cook, star running back for the Minnesota Vikings.
James Cook has a very similar skill set as his brother. Both are very fast, great in the passing game, explosiveness and power you want to see in a running back. He averaged an insane 6.5 YPC in college at his time in Georgia and not dropping a single one of his 78 targets as well.
Cook should see a pretty decent workload in this pass-heavy offense for Buffalo; however, being second to Devin Singletary will certainly limit his touches. It will be up to Cook to see what kind of magic he can make with those limited touches and when the ball is in his hands. He is a must-add handcuff option in most fantasy football leagues, if you grabbed Singeltary in the earlier rounds, as we know how easy it is for running backs to get injured in this league.
This offense is explosive and as long as Cook gets some touches and sees the field regularly throughout the game, I think we can see Cook work his way into a bigger workload as the season goes on. Make no mistake though, Singeltary is the lead back for this offense, but it may not be long before Cook shines and overtakes him.
Diggs is the number one wide receiver on one of the best offenses in the league, which is fantasy football gold. That bodes well for Diggs and a guy of his skill set as well. Diggs will be one of the top wide receivers taken off the board in this year’s fantasy football drafts. Tallying over 100 receptions, 1,200 yards, and ten touchdowns, Diggs is set to see another great year.
The only concern that may come to Diggs and threaten his target share is the emergence of Gabriel Davis and new additions such as Jamison Crowder, OJ Howard, and even Isaiah Mackenzie becoming more involved in the offense.
We saw last year against the Chiefs what happened when teams took Diggs away, Allen just flooded the ball to Davis and he burned them. The emergence of Davis can be worrisome to Digg’s owners; however, Diggs is still poised to have another tremendous year. He is currently projected at 97 catches, just under 1200 yards, and nine TDs according to ESPN. So even the experts are projecting a semi-decline year for Diggs.
While those are still incredible numbers, we may see the ball being spread around more in Buffalo. There are a lot of mouths to feed on that offense, but of course, Diggs is still going to eat. Expect Diggs to go towards the back end of round one to the early portions of round two. Many fantasy football players are going to be waiting to get the Allen/ Diggs combo.
As I previously mentioned, Gabe Davis is poised to have a big breakout year this year. We saw him explode for over 200 yards and four touchdowns in his last game of the season against the Chiefs. He is stepping solely into the wide receiver two role and most think he is more than ready. It is his time, and he is going to be a very vital part of this offense, which bodes well for his fantasy football potential. In his limited opportunities, Davis has always made the most of them. Grabbing 35 receptions for 549 and six touchdowns last year in a very crowded offense with limited chances.
This year he is getting a lot more playing time and he and Josh have already built a connection and a level of trust as well. ESPN has Davis projected for 63 receptions, 918 yards, and nine TDs. I happen to believe that he will exceed all these marks. We’ve seen him play, we know how talented and explosive. In the big moments, he can step up and make a play as well. I like Davis to go off for 75+ receptions, over 1000 yards, and nine or ten touchdowns. This is the year Davis breaks out.
He’s on a strikingly similar trajectory to Chris Godwin and is a major year-three breakout candidate. He’s worth a look as a wide receiver three or flex option, with upside and potential to move into a wide receiver two role as the year goes on.
Speaking of year three breakouts, Dawson Knox was a prime example of one. A lot of people expected him to make the leap this past year and emerge as a true threat in the Bill’s passing game. While Knox had some spectacular moments, he’s also known for dropping very routine passes; however, last year he caught 49 passes for 587 yards and nine touchdowns. These were all career highs for him and he also missed 2 games last year. I’m expecting Knox to be up there again this year for the tight ends and exceed those numbers he had last year.
Knox finished in the top nine of all tight ends last year in fantasy football and he is projected to fall just shy of his numbers in 2022. While I do think the added skill position players could take away targets from Knox, and the signing of OJ Howard as well, he is definitely still going to be a big part of this heavy pass-first Buffalo offense. ESPN has him projected just under 49 receptions, 550 yards, and six touchdowns.
While I do believe Knox’s touchdowns may regress a little bit this year, he will still be a go-to target around the goal line. Look for him to have seven or eight touchdowns this year. Knox should be a top 12 tight end this year and one you can start; however, he is pretty touchdown-dependent. In an offense that’s going to score a lot of touchdowns, Knox will certainly get his fill as well.
Bass finished as the seventh-ranked kicker in fantasy football this past year and he’s projected to be in the top ten once again. Bass is a terrific young kicker sitting at an 84% conversion rate on field goals, which puts him just around league average. He is terrific on extra points, at a 98% conversion rate. Bass kicks for one of the best offenses in the league so he is absolutely a viable fantasy football starter.
The Bills’ D/ST has finished no worse than ninth in fantasy football points each of the last four seasons. That includes a second-place finish in 2021 (including a league-best 11 top-ten weeks). Buffalo has finished top ten in forced turnovers each of the last five seasons and in the upper half of the league in sacks, yards allowed and points allowed each of the last three seasons.
The Bills staff only lost two defensive starters in Jerry Hughes and Levi Wallace this past off-season and you can actually make the case that the unit is better on paper. After Von Miller, DaQuan Jones, and first-round pick Kaiir Elam was added to a group that includes elite playmakers like Tre’Davious White, Jordan Poyer, and Micah Hyde, there is a belief this unit will be better than 2021. We’re all expecting some breakout campaigns as well along the defensive line from recent first-round picks Ed Oliver and Gregory Rousseau.
With the addition of Von Miller, and other offenses having to scheme around him, that will open up more opportunities for these young guns to be able to make a play and get to the quarterback. They’ve learned a lot from Miller over the last couple of months and it’ll be interesting to see if they can put these new tips and techniques into action.
The Bills’ defense remains stacked and primed for another elite fantasy football campaign.
Thank you all for reading, for any fantasy football advice, please feel free to reach out to me via Twitter @am_star5 and I will be happy to give advice where I can. Go Bills!
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