The contender: Are the Buffalo Bills on the verge of becoming Super Bowl contenders? Running back C.J. Spiller thinks so. Speaking to NFL Sirius XM radio, the back stated “We split with New England. We had the Giants on the ropes. We are close to being a Super Bowl team.” Spiller has been showered in praise from coach Chan Gailey and GM Buddy Nix, who referred to the back as a “workhorse.” Every team expects to make that “turn” and take their game to the next level, but there are still more questions than answers for the Bills. Despite the votes of confidence and new-found swagger, Spiller is still safest taken as a borderline No. 3 or 4 running back in fantasy drafts. Fred Jackson will still be the lead-back, and the passing game will have to be effective in order to keep defenses on their heels. There’s good value here, but temper expectations.
Cowboy up: The elite quarterbacks will be taken early in fantasy drafts, but there are still options once they go off the board. As Michael Fabiano points out in his Cowboys 2012 fantasy outlook, Tony Romo finished sixth among QBs in fantasy points last season and could be a real bargain if selected after the fourth-round this year. Romo finished only 68 points behind Matthew Stafford in 2011, a player who is likely to be one of those selected early. Despite the gap in points, waiting on selecting a quarterback can allow owners to focus on getting an elite running back and wide receiver. Whatever your strategy, knowing there is value to be had at the position serves as a good safety net in case your draft-day plans go off the rails.
Lion-cub: Wide receiver Nate Burleson is doing what he can to mentor younger players on the team, even if it means losing his job. Speaking to NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus, Burleson talked about his role in guiding Titus Young; “I told Titus, I said, ‘Look. There’s no question that you’re brought here to take my position. That’s what you’re brought here to do. And by the time I’m done, you should be ready to take that and you should be on your way to a new contract. And if you’re not in those two positions, I don’t think I did my job well enough.’” Burleson may be doing too good of a job, as Young is expected to play a bigger role in the offense this season. Both players finished with exactly the same total point score in fantasy land last year (100.20), but Young clearly has more upside as a sleeper candidate. Still, each is safest selected for depth in the later-rounds.
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