Bills Defense | D/ ST
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Pettine
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Fantasy Football Outlook: In many ways the Bills remind me of my San Francisco 49ers from about 2007 to 2010. It was in that time you could see the 49ers were putting the pieces together to be a team on the rise to work their way into the playoffs.
It wasn’t until Coach Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff came to town that the 49ers finally had a breakthrough and are now not only going to the playoffs but contending for a championship yearly.
Not sure whether the Bills will do that, but it’s still possible down the road. For that to happen I think new Head Coach Doug Marrone has to give this team a clear sense of who they are on both sides of the football. Turnover has been problematic for this franchise as well as constant change in schemes on offense and defense.
This year the Bills are expect to run a more multiple defense with looks in both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive bases. I think they are best suited for a 4-3 with the front line they have. It’s hard to view the Bills as a draftable defense in the summer, but they are worth a look for matchup play off the waiver wire.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
The Bills have had an opportunistic secondary for a couple of years now, but it appears they are primed to become a relevant defense for fantasy leagues.
The addition of Mario Williams brings in the first big time free agent to this franchise in a long time, and playing opposite Williams, in passing situations will be Mark Anderson. Last year, Anderson was terrific for the Patriots, and he should have a field day with Williams likely getting chipped on the other side of the field.
What really makes these additions even sweeter is that second year all world talent Marcell Dareus can remain inside, and while he can move around on the line, I feel he’s most productive as a tackle.
Buffalo will bring the pressure, will play better against the run, and you know they will make plays in the secondary. The addition of first-round pick Stephen Gilmore at corner gives this team a true future number-one, that can play well in press coverage.
Simply put, this is a defense you’re going to want to keep on your radar, and matchups against the Jets and Dolphins four games out of the year, are looking tasty at this moment.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
While I love the Bills’ selection of defensive lineman Marcell Dareusthis spring, the Bills have much to prove as they tried to switch to a 3-4 defense but moved back to a 4-3 in the middle of last season. It looks like they may try more of the same this year, and I can’t make much of this team from a fantasy perspective, expect to say stay away from this group in fantasy leagues.I’m hopeful the Bills are showing signs of continue progress on both sides of the football, but we won’t know that for sure until the season gets underway. I will continue to view this team as an interesting group but with the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins in the same division, the odds are stacked against this group as anything more than a one week waiver wire pickup.
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The Bills have a very solid pass defense, but they are in great need of a true nose tackle. If you’re going to run a style defense you need a man in the middle that can plug the gaps, or you need one heck of a rotation. Expect the Bills to struggle once again in the run department.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Even with an injury or two in the Bills defensive secondary this group finished a sparkling second overall against the pass. Not only did they stop the passing game, but they had a ridiculous 28 interceptions on the season as well.
While those numbers are top notch, that is about where it ends for the positives on this defense because they were horrible against the run finishing 30th overall. This major flaw kept the Bills’ defense on the waiver wire in many fantasy leagues.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Since the Bills are going with a three – four defenses, they needed a big tackle at this years’ draft. In the second round, they did just that as they acquired Torrell Troup to be the future nose tackle of this team.
Even with this move I believe the Bills will still be bad against the run as they don’t have enough depth on the line and at linebacker to have a truly successful year in this area. The teams secondary will however be strong, but they will probably have a drop off from the turnovers, they got last season.
This group is maybe another year away from being a true fantasy relevant defense. Still, when your fantasy receivers on your team play this group they will probably have down weeks.
– Great Secondary
– Bad Against The Run
– Losing Overall Team