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What They're Saying | 7 fantasy football opinions on the Bills heading into the 2021 season


1. The Athletic has WR Emmanuel Sanders as a fantasy sleeper

Given his consensus ADP is undrafted in standard 12-team leagues, Emmanuel Sanders sticks out quite a bit here. As long as he is healthy, the Bills seem intent on Sanders starting as part of the primary trio with Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. Sanders can play all three receiver positions in the Bills offense and will likely see a heavy snap percentage role. Even at 34 years old, he still separates extremely well on intermediate routes — and targeting that area is among Josh Allen's strengths as a passer.

With likely increased attention on Diggs and Beasley, Sanders will likely have some substantial games against an opponent's second or third-best cornerback. And should anything happen to Diggs this season, Sanders' role in the offense would skyrocket. That potential in a high-powered passing attack is worth a minor investment. —Joe Buscaglia

2. CBS Sports has Josh Allen ranked as fantasy QB1

#1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: Allen took a major leap forward last season, setting career-highs in passing yards (4,544), passing touchdowns (37), completion percentage (69.2) and total completions (572). He also finished the 2020 season with 421 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Allen's dual-threat ability allowed him to put up big numbers on a weekly basis. That's one of the main reasons why SportsLine's model has pinpointed him as its Fantasy QB1 for the 2021 season.CBS Sports Staff

3. Bleacher Report says WR Stefon Diggs is a top player to target in fantasy drafts

A strong argument can be made for Diggs to be the first wide receiver chosen in fantasy drafts.

The former Minnesota Vikings player led the NFL with 127 receptions and 1,535 receiving yards. He should at least meet those numbers, or eclipse them, with an extra game added to the schedule. In 2020, Diggs averaged 12.1 yards per reception, and he had a 76.5 catch percentage rate, which was the highest total of his career in that category.

The only knock on Diggs' production was the eight trips to the end zone that he made. He has not had a double-digit receiving touchdown season in his six-year career. With the added game, Diggs will have a strong chance of breaking that mark for the first time. Another set of personal bests in the top receiving categories should accompany that number.

Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams had much larger scoring rates in 2020. That could be the number that puts Hill and/or Adams above Diggs in fantasy drafts. Even if Diggs is the No. 3 wideout off the board, he will not be available for long. Diggs is a late first-round pick, or a second-round selection on every draft board. – Joe Tansey

4. Pro Football Network labeled Gabriel Davis as a fantasy sleeper

One of the most notable sleepers in fantasy right now is none other than Bills' WR Gabriel Davis. The Bills' offense exploded last year under the command of QB Josh Allen and stud WR Stefon Diggs. But they didn't really have a solid WR2 option outside of John Brown, who left to join the Raiders in Las Vegas, and aging veteran Cole Beasley, who is still on the team. With the departure of Brown, the Bills signed free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders to fill his role. However, Sanders is more of a slot receiver than a deep threat like Brown was last season. Therefore, this opens the door for Davis to step up in Year 2.

Davis did well last year as the team's third receiving option. He finished as the WR56 with 136.9 PPR points (8.6 ppg, WR72), while Brown finished as the WR83 with 96.8 PPR points (10.8 ppg, WR52) in only nine games. I expect Davis' targets in 2021 to be at or above his targets when Brown missed time last year. Even with the addition of Sanders, Davis is a prime choice as one of fantasy football's WR sleepers.Andrew Hall

5. PFF predicts a breakout fantasy season for RB Zack Moss

The team's success will create scoring opportunities for Moss. When available last year, he got the nod in terms of goal-line touches over the rushing quarterback. He had more carries inside the five-yard line (eight versus six) and inside the 10-yard line (14 versus nine) than Allen. The Bills quarterback has also performedwell above expectationin the rushing touchdowns department over the past two seasons, leaving some room for regression that could benefit Moss.

Just be wary of Buffalo's tough early-season schedule. With matchups against thePittsburgh Steelers,Miami DolphinsandWashington Football Team(top-13 run defenses in 2020) followed by three plus-matchups, Moss seems destined to be a late-bloomer in 2021.Andrew Erickson

6. Pro Football Network explains WR Cole Beasley's fantasy outlook

Unless you paid attention, Beasley's last campaign could have slid under the radar. While Stefon Diggs rightfully stole the show, Beasley was having a career year. Playing in 15 games, Beasley commanded a 20.1% target share on what was a surprisingly pass-heavy offense. In total, he caught 82 of 107 targets for 967 yards and 4 touchdowns. Beasley played 66% of the Bills' offensive snaps, ending the season as the WR27 overall and 31st in fantasy points per game (13.8).

He recorded double-digit fantasy points in nine of his 15 games (60%), including six straight from Weeks 2-7. The issue during all of this was that Beasley was simply middle of the road in weekly standings. He was a WR3 or better in just six games (40%) and inside the top 24 five times (33%), 35th amongst WRs. While heavily targeted, Beasley's lowly 7.0 aDOT (average depth of target) led to an even worse 1.89 fantasy points per target (34th among WRs with at least 40 targets).

I do not expect Beasley to maintain his 22% market share average since joining the Bills (24% of WR targets). Still, there should be enough for him to be a reliable bye week fill-in as a WR3 or flex option, as all signs point to the Bills having another explosive season in 2021.Tommy Garrett

7. ESPN has Bills D/ST as a solid option for 2021


Sean McDermott continues to get the job done, as the Buffalo D/ST has now ripped off three consecutive top-nine fantasy campaigns. The Bills have finished no lower than eighth in both INTs and forced fumbles each of the past four seasons but have struggled to generate sacks during the stretch and fell outside the top 13 in both yardage and points allowed last season. On paper, this is a good unit, with Tre'Davious White, Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde leading a solid secondary and Jerry Hughes and Matt Milano joining youngsters Tremaine Edmunds and Ed Oliver in the front seven. The unit's top-10 players in 2020 snaps all remain on the roster. Buffalo's D/ST is a solid starting option in fantasy.ESPN Staff

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