Fantasy Football 2015: Bills at Patriots Week 11 Preview
Buffalo Bills (5-4) at New England Patriots (9-0)
Monday, November 23, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 11 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” the NFL has an intriguing AFC East matchup in store for us with the Bills heading to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots. Buffalo (5-4) is coming off a close win over the Jets, while the Patriots (9-0) stayed unbeaten in Week 10 by eking out a win over the Giants. The Patriots won these teams’ earlier matchup 40-32 back on September 20.
There will be several notable fantasy football names on the field here, so let’s check out some key players on both sides to see what we should be expecting from our lineups.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: Taylor didn’t put up that great of a statistical game against the Jets, but he remained mistake free. He went 17-of-27 for 158 yards and had a touchdown pass.
Taylor now has just one touchdown pass in two straight games. He’s more of a matchup-based play, but keep in mind he doesn’t throw a whole lot. This game’s not a horrible matchup, but it’s not great for him either.
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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Brady was pretty solid as usual in Week 10, posting 334 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second straight two-score, one-pick game.
Brady has been playing with a chip on his shoulder following all the Deflategate stuff this off-season. He’s got at least two passing touchdowns in every game and is a no-duh start in every fantasy capacity.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: McCoy ran all over the normally stout Jets run defense in Week 10, logging 112 yards on 19 carries. He also caught five passes for 47 yards. It was a great evening for him, even though he didn’t get into the end zone.
McCoy probably saw the bench in many fantasy leagues, given the tough matchup and his injury situation. Provided he’s healthy this week, he’s a full-go for this game.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: For what it’s worth, Blount has emerged as the Patriots’ go-to guy in a normally hard-to-predict backfield. He posted 19 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown, adding two grabs for 11 yards in Week 10 against the Giants.
That’s the second-straight double-digit scoring outing for Blount, who had 129 yards and a TD against the Redskins. It’s hard knowing what to expect from New England from week to week, but Blount appears as safe as any back gets for the Pats.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills: There’s not a whole lot to get excited about in the Bills receiving corps, and that includes Clay. He led the team with five catches for 52 yards in Week 10, and couldn’t find the end zone.
Clay has just two touchdowns on the year with 40 receptions and 408 yards all together. In fantasy terms, you probably want to stay away unless you’re really desperate. That goes for all of the Buffalo receivers.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Now that Julian Edelman is sidelined, Gronkowski’s role is going to become that much more important. He’s coming off five receptions for 113 yards and a score of 76 yards in Week 10.
Danny Amendola will probably benefit the most from Edelman’s absence, but Gronkowski will probably see a few more balls as well. Regardless, he’s an integral part of the Pats game plan, and has been great so far this year.
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