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Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 2: AFC East - Footballguys

An overview of defenses in the AFC East with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

Welcome to the 2018 Preseason Eyes of the Guru, where you'll get a team-by-team overview of the IDP landscape. Next up is the AFC East.

Buffalo Bills

Defensive Linemen

The Bills defense has not been good in recent years. The team hired Leslie Frazier last season to turn their fortunes but so far that has not worked out well. In 2017 Buffalo was 20th against the pass and 29th versus the run, while they were one of four teams to finish with fewer than 30 sacks. Frazier has been the architect of some excellent defenses over the course of his career, so instead of making another coaching change the organization wisely looked to make significant personnel upgrades over the offseason.

After trading Marcel Darius during the season, Buffalo added Star Lotulelei in free agency then picked up Harrison Phillips in Round 3 of the draft. The 14th overall selection in 2013, Lotulelei spent the first five years of his career in Carolina. The big man made a significant, on-field contribution for the Panthers during his time there but his value never translated to the box scores very well. His career best of 30 solo tackles came as a rookie but he has not reached 20 in a season since. Lotulelei had a personal best of four sacks in 2016 but a total of four and a half in 2014, 2015 and 2017 combined. It seems there is little to get excited about here in fantasy terms, but it is worth mention that Buffalo has a long history of quality production from the tackle positions. While he may not be a draft day target, If Lotulelei comes out of the gate strong we should waste no time picking him up.

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