By The Hudsonian, Joshua Hudson
I stand corrected. An AFC East battle it certainly was.
68 points these two teams combined to score! That’s what fantasy football players want to see!
If you missed my Thursday Preview, see what I predicted and where I went wrong. Truth be told, I wasn’t far off on most of my predictions.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had himself a field day facing the Bills defense. I think I remember reading that somewhere. 374 passing and 1 TD and an additional 21 yards rushing. The TD went to Decker, who also caught 6 for 126 yards, but Brandon Marshall added another 6 catches for 101 yards. The 2 biggest surprises? Matt Forte totaled 109 yards from scrimmage (nailed it!) and 3 touchdowns! The other? How about Quincy Enunwa with 6 catches for 92 yards! Who?! Believe it or not, he’s second on the Jets in receiving yards (more than Brandon Marshall!) and is owned in 5% of leagues. I’m going out on a limb, but in The Commish’s “Pick ‘Em Up!” column next week, Enunwa’s name may be on it.
I said Sammy Watkins wouldn’t play. Well, he did, but he only had 2 catches for 20 yards and was in and out of the lineup due to the foot injury, so you could say he didn’t really play. There was a reason I had him ranked 50th amongst WRs going into this week.
I’ll admit, I whiffed badly on QB Tyrod Taylor. The first Bills drive, Taylor heaved an 84-yard bomb to WR Marquise Goodwin for a TD. Over Darrelle Revis (someone give that guy a hug). He later added a 71-yard TD to Greg Salas. But. Take those two throws away from his day, and Taylor has 142 yards passing, 1 TD and 1 INT and 25 rushing yards, for a grand total of 11 pts. A couple lucky bombs and I look like an idiot.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy paced the offense with 90 total yards on 19 touches, including 4 catches, but the rest of the offense really was underwhelming. TE Charles Clay was a no show with only 27 yards on 7 targets and Robert Woods had 1 catch on 2 targets. Taylor can still throw deep, as witnessed this week, and there’s bound to be some anomalies to players like Goodwin and Salas, but I’d be hard-pressed to maintain confidence in any player on this offense going forward. If you have Watkins, I wouldn’t be starting him until he shows me he’s healthy and the offense he plays in can get him the ball regularly. I don’t even think Taylor is a must-start either. (I have some changes to make in a few of my leagues. Ugh.)
Tyrod Taylor – 34.4
Matt Forte – 32.9
Eric Decker – 24.6
Ryan Fitzpatrick – 23.1
Marquise Goodwin – 21.2
Greg Salas – 20.9
Brandon Marshall – 16.1
Quincy Enunwa – 15.2
LeSean McCoy – 13
Bills D/ST – 7
Sammy Watkins – 4
Jets D/ST – 0