You know it was a rough day for the Bills when the best news of the day was that RB CJ Spiller came back from what initially looked like a bad leg injury. As it turns out, it was only a cleat to the leg and a minor cut – Spiller checked back into the game and escaped without further problems. Spiller remains a high 1st round pick in all formats, probably between 1.2 – 1.6
The Bills were not so lucky with QB Kevin Kolb who sustained a concussion- or something very concussion-like in this game. There’s some talk out of Buffalo now that Kolb may retire – since he has had many previous concussions. And with rookie QB EJ Manuel also sidelined with a knee injury, things at the QB position are down to QB Jeff Tuel who was an undrafted rookie free agent.
Tuel is not going to be an answer for them – he has a light arm, questionable accuracy, and (as with most rookies) problems going through his progressions. Does he ruin the Bills offense for fantasy in 2013? I don’t think so for a few reasons:
1st he shouldn’t be the QB that long, Manuel will probably be ready to go by week 2 or 3(if he can’t go week 1).
2nd Spiller appears immune to questionable QB play, since he is a rare combo of big play and workhorse – meaning that if the offense stalls, he could still rip off a 50 yard TD on reduced attempts.
3rd The passing game value does take a hit, but even if Kolb was ready to start the season, at some point Buffalo would be turning to a rookie QB in Manuel to play anyway, and that carries a lot of risk in itself. So you shouldn’t have rated any WR’s or TE’s too high in your draft targets anyway.
While the Bills went with Tuel for most of the game, the Redskins countered with a rotation of QB Rex Grossman and QB Pat White. White has been interesting this preseason and went from “camp body” to in a battle for the QB 3 job. It’s just a nice story and doesn’t mean much for fantasy in 2013 and probably beyond.
The Redskins took their opening drive marched down the field and targeted WR Pierre Garcon twice in the redzone, connecting with him the 2nd time on a slant for a td. Garcon has super upside this season and while his ADP is the 4th rd in 12 team leagues – he has a shot to outproduce that as a borderline fantasy WR 1. He’s someone you should target “sneakily” in drafts and def pounce on if you find him sitting there in the 5th or 6th rounds.
RB Roy Helu had 13 carries for 70 yards, and added 1 catch for 21 yards in what is becoming a very productive preseason. The Redskins will find a way to use Helu this year behind Alfred Morris – so keep him in mind as a late RB stash in drafts, he could be a very nice RB 5 or 6 on your team this year.