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QB AJ McCarron - Buffalo Bills

6-3, 220Born: 9-13-1990College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 5, pick 0 (2014)

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Summary

McCarron may be competing with a rookie in Josh Allen, but we really don't know any more about him than we do Allen. While McCarron has wanted to be a starter for a while, he was stuck behind Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, hence the lack of meaningful reps to examine. Early on he was splitting reps in OTAs with Nathan Peterman, which certainly gives him the edge in capturing the starting job considering what we saw from Peterman last season. McCarron has a decent arm and looked OK in 2015 when he had to step in for Dalton, but we don't know what to expect here in Buffalo, where the weapons are worse and he's been on the shelf for two years. Right now he's the front-runner for the starting job, but even if he wins it, there's a strong chance we see the rookie late in the season if the Bills struggle. That makes McCarron a shaky fantasy option even as a backup option and really puts him in QB3 territory. (May 31)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 36, 27, 31, 32, 32, 32, 33, 35
QB Dynasty - 36, 28, 33, 33, 35, 38, 39, 40, 44

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2015 CIN 7 79 119 854 6 2 14 31 0 1
2016 CIN 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 CIN 3 7 14 66 0 0 0 0 0
2018 PROJ-Dodds 9.4 192.0 291.0 * * * 20.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 5.0 57.0 95.0 * * * 3.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 10.0 208.0 336.0 * * * 20.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 11.2 211.0 333.0 * * * 69.0 * * *

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Latest News

Bills | Josh Allen to start with third-team offense (Wed Jul 18, 06:44 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is slated to start with the third-team offense when the club begins training camp Thursday, July 26. That's 'the plan as of now, per head coach Sean McDermott,' while QBs AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman both play with the first-team offense.

Our View: That's to be expected, not only because Allen is a rookie but because he primarily ran the third-team offense during OTAs and minicamp. Allen is the quarterback of the future, but if he wins the job for Week 1 of the regular season he's not going to be working with a great group of WRs...and the offensive line has been rebuilt...and who in the world knows what's going on in the LeSean McCoy situation. As you can see, we don't like Allen in redraft leagues but still appreciate his skill set in dynasty formats.
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