Did Buffalo Bills Draft Elite Fantasy Football Class?

The Buffalo Bills may have improved their roster at several key positions via the NFL Draft. However, did they add a significant fantasy-impact player?

 

 

As the NFL universe continues to evaluate each team’s performance in April’s NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills’ 10-player class of 2024 is being met with mostly positive reviews. 

 

That is, unless, it is being viewed through a fantasy football lens. 

 

Though many pundits appear to agree that Buffalo adequately addressed their pre-draft needs on both sides of the ball, FTN Fantasy Network remains skeptical that they did enough to “bolster their offensive weaponry with an impact player — or someone who can directly improve the fantasy production of a teammate. 

 

 

The rookie pulled up listed the Bills’ biggest needs as receiver, secondary and offensive/defensive line, FTN Network provided an overall “B” grade, while evaluating their fantasy impact at “C+.”

 

“Keon Coleman is a superb all-around athlete, having played basketball for Tom Izzo at Michigan State before arriving at Florida State,” wrote FTN’s Mike Randle. “But Coleman is very raw as a receiver, which makes an even bigger disparity as the potential “replacement” for elite route-runner Stefon Diggs. The Bills do not have the most accurate quarterback in Josh Allen, who now adds an inexperienced wideout to a below-average core with Curtis Samuel and Khalil Shakir.” 

 

Despite FTN’s doubts, Coleman’s selection continues to generate excitement throughout Bills Mafia. The 6-4, 215-pounder has good size with quickness, athleticism, and exceptional ball skills. Though some have questioned whether his size could impede his ability to get separation at the pro level, Coleman moves well for a big wideout and presents size-mismatch problems for opposing defensive backs. Still, Randle is seemingly convinced that Texas’ Xavier Worthy — who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with Buffalo’s original No. 28 pick — would have been a more pro-ready fit for Allen and the Bills’ offense. 

 

Still, the overall on-field impact of the Bills’ draftees appears to have caught favor with the Network, especially those on the defensive side of the ball. 

 

“The Bills traded back with the Chiefs and passed on the fastest receiver in NFL combine history, Texas’ Xavier Worthy,” Randle concluded. “But, I like Ray Davis more as a versatile clone to James Cook. I like their non-fantasy picks very much, led by safety Cole Bishop in Round 2. Buffalo added five defensive pieces but still has clearly downgraded in their offensive passing attack.” 

 

The process for Buffalo’s rookie class to change the opinion of the fantasy football faithful will begin on May 10, when the Bills host rookie minicamp at Highmark Stadium. 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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