Buffalo Bills 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We continue our tour around the AFC with the suddenly wide-open AFC East and the Buffalo Bills.

There hasn’t been an AFC team that I’ve been able to say “oh yeah I like them!” more than the Buffalo Bills. The lovable underdogs started to turn it around over the last couple of years. Bills Mafia is breaking a record number of tables, and they have a chance to become the new toast of the AFC East without Tom Brady kicking around. They added Stefon Diggs and took three weapons for Josh Allen in the NFL draft and a baffling backup quarterback. Will the newest Buffalo Bills help you in your 2020 fantasy football leagues?

FULL BUFFALO BILLS DRAFT RESULTS
Rd Pick Team Player Pos School
2 22 BUF A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa
3 22 BUF Zack Moss RB Utah
4 22 BUF Gabriel Davis WR UCF
5 21 BUF Jake Fromm QB State Farm
6 9 BUF Tyler Bass K Georgia Southern
6 28 BUF Isaiah Hodgins WR Oregon St
7 25 BUF Dane Jackson CB Pittsburgh
Round 3, Pick 22: Zack Moss, Running Back, Utah (5’9” 223 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.65s (u) 19 reps 33.0 in 4.37s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
RB1        Devin Singletary
RB2        Zack Moss
RB3        T.J. Yeldon
RB4        Taiwan Jones
TALENT

Zack Moss is a big honking boy who just cannot be tackled. He has a good dance & go procedure behind the line of scrimmage. Moss’s good vision can see the lanes and his body control can hit them. No loss of processing speed along the way. He takes good body angles into contact to get extra yards and is a patient runner. Moss’s contact balance is insane, and he keeps churning when hit. He runs hard and tough, and nobody can, or wants to, tackle him. He’s patient, with a great stiff arm. He has lots of chunks due to contact balance but a lack of top-end speed prevent them from becoming long house calls. Moss carried one of the highest broken tackle rates in college football last year.

He’s a Pinball Wizard.

I like Moss a ton, the problem is his landing spot.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

This is where things get muddied for Zack Moss, Devin Singletary, and the whole Buffalo Bills backfield. Moss is a bowling ball who the Bills will likely turn towards in short yardage and goal-line situations. Remember Mike Tolbert for the Panthers? Like that. He will likely get the short end of a two-thirds/one-third platoon with Devin Singletary, vulturing touchdowns and only getting enough work to be a fantasy nuisance. Frank Gore was top-25 in rush attempts last year. Frank Gore.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

Zack Moss has a lot of talent, and enough talent to challenge Devin Singletary for touches and looks. I’m on board with Moss as a double digit-round target dart throw upside pick. If he gets ten carries a game (Gore had 166 carries last season), he could return a lot of weekly viable flex value.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Round 4, Pick 22: Gabriel Davis, Wide Receiver, UCF (6’2” 216 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.54s (u) 14 reps 35.0 in 124.0 in 7.08s 4.59s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Stefon Diggs
WR2       John Brown
WR3       Cole Beasley
WR4       Gabriel Davis
WR5       Isaiah McKenzie
WR6       Andre Roberts
WR7       Robert Foster
WR8       Isaiah Hodgins
TALENT

Davis’s game is completely built around hauling in deep shots, which is a big feat given his size. He has limited yards after the catch ability but his build-up speed, size, and good hands make for a nice deep receiver. Davis will thrive in the Bills offense as a rotational deep threat behind John Brown and Stefon Diggs—where coverage forgets about him. He wins 1-on-1 with no help over the top but could be unlocked with a strong gravitational player to pull defenders away from him for best results. I had a team reaching for him late in round three, so his round four pick is not too crazy, all things told.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

The Buffalo Bills have a lot of good wide receivers on the depth chart ahead of Gabriel Davis. Here’s the rub: Stefon Diggs, at 6’0” and 194 pounds, is the biggest of those receivers. Davis gives them a bigger weapon to help Josh Allen be more productive. Josh Allen threw the ball just 461 times last year, and while that number will undoubtedly increase, the Bills have a long way to go to reach the passing volume to support a third or fourth receiver.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

The Buffalo depth chart is very shallow, and John Brown has a long injury history. He has a shot of doing something this year, but

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Round 5, Pick 22: Jake Fromm, Quarterback, State Farm (Georgia) (6’2” 219 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
5.01s (u) 30.0 in 111.0 in 7.27s 4.51s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
QB1        Josh Allen
QB2        Jake Fromm
QB3        Matt Barkley
TALENT

I’m not entirely sure what to say about Fromm. There’s nothing impressive in his throws. He seems to bail on plays more often than he should, but also he tries to YOLO it into tight coverages more than he should. It feels like he decides presnap where he thinks a play should be, not where a play actually is. He was varied in his usage in college (lots of play action/shotgun/under center looks) which will allow him to leap right in at the NFL level. He’s not physically exciting but efficient. Could step right into the Andy Dalton Line in the NFL. Understands what is happening, so that puts him ahead of Herbert.

He’s the exact opposite of starter Josh Allen.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

If Jake Fromm takes over for Josh Allen, then things have gone horribly wrong in Buffalo.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

There is no reason for the Bills to put Fromm on the field, you should consider Fromm persona non grata.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Round 6, Pick 28: Isaiah Hodgins, Wide Receiver, Oregon State (6’4” 210 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.61s (u) 9 reps 36.5 in 124.0 in 7.01s 4.12s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Stefon Diggs
WR2       John Brown
WR3       Cole Beasley
WR4       Gabriel Davis
WR5       Isaiah McKenzie
WR6       Andre Roberts
WR7       Robert Foster
WR8       Isaiah Hodgins
TALENT

Hodgins is tall and lanky. He isn’t astonishing in any area but he has soft hands and he makes it work. He pops around and expends a lot of excess energy throughout the game. Hodgins feels like he’s best suited as the WR3 or WR4 in a deep receiving corps. He takes amazing catches and follows them up by complete blunders. He reminds me a ton of San Francisco’s Kendrick Bourne if Bourne grew three inches overnight.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

I’m not entirely sure Hodgins makes the roster (huge practice squad energy). If he does, he is extremely far down the pecking order in Buffalo, who is in the bottom half of the league in pass attempts.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

He might have a role but fantasy relevance looks unlikely. The Buffalo WR corps is too top-heavy for him to matter in fantasy football.

TALENT: <0 burrows>
OPPORTUNITY: <0 burrows>
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK: <0 burrows>
For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

The Rookie Roundup… Roundup
Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap

 

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