WR Ramses Barden - Buffalo Bills
|6-6, 229||Born: 1-1-1986||College: Cal Poly||Drafted: Round 3|
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Week 15: vs Miami Dolphins
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FBG says: Good matchup. It's been a rocky ride, but Tyrod Taylor is likely the Bills' unquestioned starter again. Rookie Nathan Peterman has been abjectly terrible, posting a league-worst 1.24 adjusted net yards per attempt (factoring in sacks, touchdowns, and interceptions). Third-stringer and ideal Wildcat specialist Joe Webb could be even worse. So, assuming he's recovered adequately from his knee injury, Taylor will be back under center in Week 15. That's nice, and it's helpful to us as fantasy owners, but it may not mean too much for start/sit purposes. Taylor is an exceptionally one-dimensional fantasy producer; he'll generally either run for 60+ yards and pay off for owners or fail to bring value. He's only reached 225 passing yards twice thus far in 2017. It certainly doesn't help that he throws to virtually no starting-caliber talent. Kelvin Benjamin remains hurt - he's caught just seven passes over three appearances as a Bill, anyway - while Zay Jones has suffered through an atrocious rookie season (68 targets but just 291 yards), and Deonte Thompson isn't anyone's idea of a WR1. Frankly, the only worthwhile pieces of the Bills passing game are running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay, and both have capped upsides as receivers in this offense.
Is it possible to wash away a season's worth of poor pass defense with just one masterpiece against Tom Brady? Probably not, but it's worth noting just how great of a game this unit played last week. Second-year cornerback Xavien Howard, one of the league's least effective cover man for most of the year, was thoroughly dominant against the Patriots, refusing to allow a catch and picking off two passes. And there's even further reason for optimism, as the Dolphins have now slotted T.J. McDonald into the lineup to construct a top-tier safety tandem. McDonald and Reshad Jones should discourage downfield throws to a degree, and while Howard's aggressive playing style won't always win out, it's a nice weapon to have. There's still tons of reason for concern here, especially with the team's pass rush still not showing up. But there are steps being taken in the right direction, and the Dolphins may not be an eminently targetable matchup anymore.
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