Buffalo Bills: A potential fantasy football sleeper in 2018
The Buffalo Bills have some intriguing fantasy options on the roster. While one choice is obvious, there is more than one running back that stands out.
The Buffalo Bills are already nearing their second preseason game. Where has the summer gone?
Each passing day brings us closer to the start of the NFL season which means the start of the fantasy football season as well. Time to spend hundreds on buy-ins that only lead to stress throughout the fall and winter. All part of the fun.
The only obvious draft pick on the Bills is LeSean McCoy, but guys like Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay stand out as potential late-round picks, depending on the size of the roster.
But we all know that while McCoy is with the team now, it is possible his situation changes based on the allegations against him that are still being investigated. That makes him a somewhat risky pick this season.
If one is not willing to use a high pick on McCoy, there are still some other options in the Bills backfield whether McCoy plays or not.
One of those options is Chris Ivory, who showed up as a potential fantasy sleeper in a recent FanSided article written by Grant Tuttle.
From the article:
"The team plans on McCoy being the starter week one. However, he is in the center of an investigation that has serious allegations. This, as well as McCoy’s age, gives good reason to look to Chris Ivory for some production. In Jacksonville, Ivory was utilized as a change of pace running back and had some very good production at times. Ivory could see a lot of time on the field in a Bills uniform."
Ivory has only eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark once in his career and is coming off a 2017 season in which he only recorded 382 rushing yards. But that came as a backup.
Ivory enters the year as a backup once again but if something does happen with McCoy, Ivory immediately figures to have much more production. Even if McCoy plays every game, Ivory should still be featured in the offense often.
Another potential sleeper and steal is Marcus Murphy who had a solid debut last Thursday. He could end up as the third back on this team, and also the youngest. With the relative uncertainty in the passing game coupled with McCoy’s age and his legal situation, the other backs in Buffalo could be good players to take a chance on in fantasy this year.