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2013 Team Outlook: Buffalo Bills

A fantasy football preview of the Buffalo Bills this season. Profiled players include E.J. Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Kevin Kolb, Matt Leinart, and C.J. Spiller.

Former Bills head coach Chan Gailey had ties to Tashard Choice, having coached the running back while they were both at Georgia Tech. Gailey is gone and Choice's spot on the depth chart will certainly be challenged. The Bills have brought in some practice squad fodder so unless one of them really shines, Choice has an opportunity to provide depth behind RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Update (8-27): Johnson has proven he's got game and makes for a worthy fantasy option. However, like all receivers, he is on some level only as good as those throwing him the ball. For now that coud be undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel or Matt Leinart (or E.J. Manuel whenever the first-round pick returns from injury). Draft Johnson in the WR30-40 range, but that QB scenario makes him a tricky start early in the season.

Preview - Over the last three seasons, Stevie Johnson has very reliably caught around 80 passes for 1,000 yards and at least a half dozen scores. A turbulent quarterback controversy would not help the 26-year-old's draft stock, yet he provides solid value given his consistency and secure role as the Bills' No. 1 receiver. The only real downside is that he has likely plateaued and fantasy owners may feel that as well. On the other hand, Buffalo will be using a new offense and have a new starting quarterback. This could push Johnson's receiving totals up a bit while also increasing his risk. Defenses keyed on stopping C.J. Spiller should create more open spaces for Johnson's superb route-running. He makes for an excellent WR3 or flex play.

Former USC wideout Robert Woods was described as one of the most "ready to play" prospects in this past draft class. This does not necessarily mean he will open the season in the starting lineup though. Woods is currently No. 3 on the Bills' WR depth chart. He will challenge WR T.J. Graham for additional playing time and also needs to fend off fellow rookie WR Marquise Goodwin from Texas. A healthy competition never hurts, but for our fantasy purposes, it makes for an unclear situation.

The Bills' selection of Marquise Goodwin should come as no surprise. A third-round choice out of the University of Texas, Goodwin is a great upside choice who is a bit raw that could eventually be molded into a Percy Harvin or scat-back role. Dynasty owners should consider him because of his tremendous speed and potential to have a high-volume of receptions in the future.

Of Buffalo's many options at the receiver position, T.J. Graham has the best shot to emerge from the group as a solid No. 2 or slot receiver. He has good speed and can work defenses as a deep threat. In three of his last four games, he saw at least seven targets. Unfortunately, the Bills' unproven passing attack leaves much to be desired. Graham is not going to outperform WR Stevie Johnson or even RB C.J. Spiller as a pass-catcher, but he could be a bench player in deeper formats surprising people on a random week.

Scott Chandler tore his left ACL in Week 16 last year. After a long rehab, he is scheduled to see some action during the preseason and looks to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. Chandler has been a red zone monster and could be a good late-round TE who can be plugged in as a backup when you're in a pinch. The key is whether or not he will have the same chemistry with the Bills' new quarterback, whether it is E.J. Manuel or Kevin Kolb as he did with Ryan Fitzpatrick. That remains to be seen.