The Buffalo Bills had themselves quite the 2020 campaign. They added Stefon Diggs, and 105 additional wide receiver targets, to the situation, and made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game. They spent the offseason swapping out John Brown for Emmanuel Sanders and seemed poised to add to their lackluster running back room. Except… they didn’t. The Buffalo Bills took exactly one fantasy football-eligible player in the 2021 NFL Draft. What can we expect from Marquez Stevenson for 2021 fantasy football leagues? Hint: not much.
FULL BUFFALO BILLS DRAFT RESULTS
|1||30||Gregory Rousseau||DE||Miami (FL)|
|2||61||Carlos Basham Jr.||DE||Wake Forest|
|3||93||Spencer Brown||OT||Northern Iowa|
|5||161||Tommy Doyle||OT||Miami (OH)|
|7||236||Jack Anderson||OG||Texas Tech|
Round 6, Pick 203: Marquez Stevenson, Wide Receiver, Houston (5’10” 180 pounds)
WR1: Stefon Diggs
WR2: Cole Beasley
WR3: Gabriel Davis
WR4: Emmanuel Sanders
WR5: Marquez Stevenson
WR6: Isaiah Hodgins
Imagine Gabriel Davis. Okay, are you picturing him? Now make him four inches and 36 pounds smaller. Now make him slightly less athletic (5.39 RAS to Gabe Davis’ 6.88). Okay, that’s Marquez Stevenson. Nothing about Stevenson wowed me on tape. He had one pretty fancy catch against Tulane going back against his momentum but that’s it. He’s fast(ish) but not fast enough to be a burner, and he isn’t strong enough to be anything but a burner.
There’s a term in baseball where a runner steals a base because the catcher just can’t care enough to throw the ball: catcher indifference. Most of his plays come down to defensive indifference. He just sort of lazily floats through the defense until someone stops caring, then he’s suddenly open. Stevenson also flails through his moves on his routes.
He’ll find a role on the Bills’ offense as the new Gabriel Davis (with Davis becoming the new John Brown, and Sanders & Beasley splitting underneath). He’s just… nowhere near Davis’ skillset. He’s also absolutely buried on the depth chart in Buffalo, and I would count on targets diverting to Dawson Knox before thinking that Stevenson could get reliable passes from Josh Allen.
2021 FANTASY OUTLOOK
I can’t exactly say it will be a rosy outlook for Stevenson. He is playing the fifth fiddle in the offense, and even if he moves up to fourth, that still isn’t enough for fantasy football relevance. He doesn’t have any traits that really pop off the film, so it’s doubtful he claws his way past both Gabriel Davis and Emmanuel Sanders into three-wide receiver sets.