Monday Night Football Preview: Bills at Patriots
Monday November 23, 2015
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
The Patriots have just been running through teams this season. However, they squeaked out a win last week and are down to of their top playmakers. Dion Lewis is on I.R. with a torn ACL and Julian Edelman broke his foot last Sunday and is likely out for the remainder of the regular season. Their offensive line has also been in shambles from a health standpoint. It will be interesting to see how they manage without so many key players moving forward … Ohh yea, the Bills are a team, too.
Buffalo Bills: Key Players
QB Tyrod Taylor
This is not a terrible matchup for Taylor. The Patriots score a ton of points and are slightly below average when it comes to slowing down fantasy QBs. Still, the Bills weapons in the passing game are a bit overrated and Bill Belichick knows how to scheme up a defense. This is actually a tough call.
Verdict: Sit Taylor. He’s tough to start unless it’s a two-QB league. Leave him on the bench this week unless your options are limited.
RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy has been very good of late and is seeing plenty of touches. He’s seen at least 20 touches in two of the last three games. Shady has topped 100 yards in each of those games
Verdict: Start McCoy. Not only is McCoy a solid start, his running mate Karlos Williams has been great as well. He certainly deserves flex consideration.
WR Sammy Watkins
Watkins has been an inconsistent option throughout his young career. He’s really a tough guy to rely on. Also, Malcom Butler is developing to a sensational young cornerback. Butler should do a solid job on Watkins.
Verdict: Sit Watkins. He hasn’t been particularly impressive to this point, so I’d leave him out of your lineup.
TE Charles Clay
Clay has been a solid but not great option this season. Nonetheless, the Pats are a bit thin at linebacker without Jamie Collins and an athletic TE like Clay could take full advantage.
Verdict: Start Clay. I have a good feeling about Clay this week. It’s a bit of a gut call, but I’d roll with him on Monday night.
New England Patriots: Key Players
QB Tom Brady
Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time and having arguably the best season of his career. Currently he’s the top fantasy QB in the league. Need I say more?
Verdict: Start Brady. He’s a must-start every single week.
RB LeGarrette Blount
Blount is back to being the closest thing to a feature back they have in New England now that Dion Lewis is out. The Bills tend to struggle against powerful down-hill runners. Blount is just that.
Verdict: Start Blount. He should see an abundance of carries this week. Also, he’s the closer late in games when the Pats are up. There’s a good chance they’ll be up again on Monday.
WR Brandon LaFell
LaFell is pretty much all the Pats have left on the outside. He should see plenty of targets simply by default. Still, you never know with Belichick.
Verdict: Start LaFell. Start him for the upside but limit expectations. He’s not a great player, nonetheless he should be good with Edelman out.
TE Rob Gronkowski
Gronk is barely human. He is the biggest mismatch in the league and is matchup proof. Gronk could be the greatest TE the world has ever seen.
Verdict: Start Gronk. Because he’s Gronk. No matter what the scenario, he should be in your lineup each and every week.
New England: 35