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Fantasy Football Throwback: 90s Bills square off

Posted Aug 29, 2013

We tested the fantasy football strength of the '90-'93 Buffalo Bills, with the winners of this opening round of Bills Throwback Fantasy to face the '64 and '65 AFL Championship winning teams next week.

You’ve wondered. We’ve wondered. And we won’t have to go back in time for the answer. How prolific would the Bills all-stars of the early ‘90s be on your fantasy football team?

To find out, we've pitted the Bills four Super Bowl teams against one another, with the winners facing off against Buffalo's 1964 and '65 AFL Championship squads next week. With Jim Kelly at the helm and a slew of Wall of Famers on both sides of the ball, these fantasy battles - using standard scoring rules from NFL.com/fantasy - are sure to settle the score on which Bills squad is the best of all time, right? Let the debate begin.

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It’s just a shame the internet wasn’t invented sooner, or you could have run the table on the web while your team achieved unprecedented success on the field. Eat your heart out, Bills fantasy fans, and check back next week as Jack Kemp's AFL Championship return from their "bye week" in the Throwback Fantasy semifinal.

Fantasy stars Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly, and Andre Reed (keeper league, anyone?) might not assemble to score you any points next week, but the Wall of Famers will be back together on September 15th in a special halftime ceremony at Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Bills-Panthers game. Get your tickets today.

Here's the scoring breakdown for the opening round:
1990 Buffalo Bills (13-3) 81%
Points G Average
QB Jim Kelly 189.46 14 13.53
RB Thurman Thomas 248.9 16 15.56
WR Andre Reed 142.8 16 8.93
TE Keith McKellar 74.4 16 4.65
K Scott Norwood 110 16 6.88
D/ST 146 16 9.13
RB Kenneth Davis 58 16 3.63
WR James Lofton 95.2 16 5.95
Total: 68.26
1991 Buffalo Bills (13-3) 81%
Points G Average
QB Jim Kelly 250.26 15 15.64
RB Thurman Thomas 265.8 15 17.72
WR Andre Reed 182.9 16 11.43
TE Keith McKellar 61.4 16 3.84
K Scott Norwood 114 16 7.13
D/ST 139 16 8.69
RB Kenneth Davis 104.2 16 6.51
WR James Lofton 151.2 15 10.08
Total: 81.04
1992 Buffalo Bills (11-5) 69%
Points G Average
QB Jim Kelly 187.58 16 11.72
RB Thurman Thomas 214.5 16 13.41
WR Andre Reed 107.8 16 6.74
TE Pete Metzelaars 65.8 16 4.11
K Steve Christie 121 16 7.56
D/ST 161 16 10.06
RB Kenneth Davis 95.3 16 5.96
WR James Lofton 114.6 16 7.16
Total: 66.72
1993 Buffalo Bills (12-4) 75%
Points G Average
QB Jim Kelly 169.48 16 10.59
RB Thurman Thomas 194.2 16 12.14
WR Andre Reed 117.5 15 7.83
TE Pete Metzelaars 82.9 16 5.18
K Steve Christie 107 16 6.69
D/ST 182 16 11.38
RB Kenneth Davis 84.6 16 5.29
WR Don Beebe 86.4 14 6.17
Total: 65.27

Seeded based on their squad's regular season winning percentage (90-91-93-92), the 1990 Bills beat the 1992 Bills, 68.26 to 66.72. Fantasy owners everywhere know what it's like to sweat out a win (or loss) like that, so let's just be happy this is fake fantasy football and move on.

The 1991 Bills were far and away the most prolific, with 81.04 points, beating out the 1992 team’s 66.72.

Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly were consistently the MVPs, as expected for Hall of Famers, earning bragging rights across the board. The ’90 and ’91 teams did well to win their first games, but what happens next week when the ’64 and ’65 AFL Championship squads led by QB Jack Kemp enter the equation?