Don't be shellfish...
We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2010 fantasy football questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2010 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Football Preview comes courtesy of Buffalo Rumblings.
1. Is there a real competition at QB between Edwards and Brohm? What does Brohm bring to the table that Edwards doesn’t?
There supposedly is a real competition between Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm, with Ryan Fitzpatrick sprinkled in for fun. Whether or not Chan Gailey has already picked out the starter in his head or if he’ll allow a full fledged battle royale for the job is something we’ll just have to wait to find out. He’s spoken about developing a pecking order for camp all off-season, but I’m not sure if that’ll include a predetermined starter. Right now it’s really difficult to figure who might be the favorite, but I’d have to go with Edwards based on experience. We haven’t seen enough out of Brohm to know what he can or can’t bring to the table. One thing he does possess that neither Edward or Fitzpatrick have is intrigue and a sense of the unknown. We’ve only seen Brohm play in one regular season game, albeit a horrible performance against the Falcons last year, so there is still a glimmer of hope that he can step forward. One thing many Bills fans can agree on is that none of these guys have looked like a long-term solution.
2. Does Chan Gailey improve the offense and if so, who do you think he helps the most fantasy-wise?
He better. He has to. I hope so! The Bills offense has been one of the worst in the league for so long now that any minor improvement will be welcomed. He will be the third play caller (Curtis Modkins is the official Offensive Coordinator) the Bills have had in the last year. The constant influx of turmoil hasn’t helped the young players on the Bills offense, so hopefully a steady hand with a plan and some job security will help this unit develop a little bit of consistency. Gailey’s history seems to indicate the avoidance of a running back by committee approach, so that could be helpful for Fred Jackson or Marshawn Lynch. There won’t be one RB garnering the majority of the touches, but there will be a significant chunk of the work up for grabs this preseason. I am of the opinion that CJ Spiller will see carries and touches no matter what this year, but he’s not an every down back. Jackson and Lynch will have the opportunity to seize control of the starting job and likely the 15 or so carries that will come with it. I just don’t see Gailey splitting carries between these two. One will get a large dose of work, while the other is likely to languish as the 3rd RB. Right now, I’d have to believe Jackson has the advantage and will be given every opportunity to keep the job. As a result, I think he might benefit most from the hiring of Gailey, at least in the sense of remaining productive and the lead horse at RB.
3. Lee Evans continues to be the best WR not allowed to reach his full potential. Do you believe that? Is there any reason to hope he can break out this season?
I don’t necessarily believe that. I certainly believe his career to this point would have been much more productive with better QB play in Buffalo, but at the same time, Evans has never really proven he is consistently capable of being much more than he has been thus far. He’s a dynamic deep threat, one of the best in the NFL, but he’s not a possession receiver, he’s not a guy that works the middle and he’s not a guy that breaks tackles and pick up yards after the catch. He’s essentially a #2 WR that is the #1 in Buffalo. I don’t see him breaking out this year simply because I think the quarterbacks in Buffalo aren’t good enough to get the job done. Evans will provide the occasional deep ball, but will be plagued with the inconsistent statistical performances that have defined his fantasy career.
4. C.J. Spiller has tons of talent, but often it seems that players like him sometimes get lost in the shuffle, ala Reggie Bush. How do you see him being used? Do you think he can be fantasy relevant this season?
I think Spiller can come in and have a significant impact right away. Without knowing how Gailey plans to use him, my expectations would be for him to receive roughly 250 touches. I think we’ll see him getting 10-12 carries a game, though not necessarily right away as he transitions to the NFL. He’ll be used in the passing game catching passes out of the backfield, as well as lining up in the slot. I wouldn’t be shocked if he added 40-50 catches. The area where he should have the most immediate impact is in the kicking game. One of the best return men in college football history, Spiller is likely to get a chance to return kicks right away, and potentially punts as well. Overall, I believe Spiller will certainly be fantasy relevant this year. His impact might not be that big right away, but he will be a major part of the Bills offense and will be used in a variety of ways to get touches. Any fantasy player that competes in a league that awards points for return yardage should certainly have Spiller on their radar.
5. Not too long ago it looked like Marshawn Lynch was out the door, but now he looks to be staying to help muddle the running back situation for us fake footballers. How do you see the running back situation playing out?
I mentioned above that I believe Spiller will have a defined role and Fred Jackson will be the first in line to receive a large workload. After that, I’m not sure how much of the pie will be left for Lynch. I believe he’ll be the third running back and isn’t likely to receive many touches, barring injury. If he has a really strong training camp and preseason, he could definitely earn some of those carries back that he lost last year to Jackson. At this point, Jackson is the better RB and it’s likely Gailey will ride that alongside Spiller. Lynch will have his work cut out for himself if he wants to see much playing time this year.