2022 Week 2: Bills 41, Titans 7 (Dynasty/Fantasy Analysis Game Report)
There’s not a lot to be said here. There was a reason why I had this in my Blazing Five/top 5 bets (#2 best bet of the week) with the Bills laying -10.0 and why Buffalo was my Survivor Pool pick. The Bills are clearly the best team in the NFL…the top defense, the top offense. And Tennessee came into this game not near as good plus missing several players due to injuries. At Buffalo on a Monday night…this was over before it started.
The Bills only challenge now is -- will they go undefeated?
The Titans are only one game out of 1st-place in the AFC South, behind Jacksonville…so, they’ll find a way to win this sad division in the end…even if that means with a (7-10) record.
Anything facing Buffalo is in for a bad FF-event right now, so not a lot of cleverness to discuss here. Do I really need to talk about how good Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs was/is? I’m glad I didn’t like the early Diggs schedule for performance in August! Didn’t matter, I would always take Tyreek over Diggs.
But there are some things that I noticed within this massacre…
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Could Ryan Tannehill (11-20 for 117 yards, 0 TD/2 INT)? Could the Titans turn to Malik Willis (1-4 for 6 yards, 4-16-0)?
No. Not in 2022, on purpose.
The Titans can still win this division, easily…no reason to panic. They blew the NYG game Week 1, a game they had control of. And then facing BUF right now is an automatic loss. I guess, if TEN went like 0-5 or 0-6 then maybe things would be in turmoil/up for QB change…but not now.
Willis came in for late game play and looked lost, as you would expect. I mean…it was his forced NFL debut facing Buffalo on MNF with a rocking Buffalo Bills fanbase going nuts. No one on Tennessee did anything good this game…nor did Willis in his appearance. We got another year or two until Willis takes over, unless injury to Tanny launches him…and that’s always possible. Tannehill’s contract is a big question/final year 2023…they could cut him and eat $18M, or pay him $36M for one more year…or re-do his deal for two more years. I think they will move on and be game-on with Willis in 2023.
I want in on 4pts pass TD Willis for FF in the future…when he’s starting.
-- And you can’t throw away Derrick Henry (13-51-1) because of a down game here…Buffalo is just too strong, PLUS when the games get out of hand, the stars go sit to fight another day. Henry only played 26 snaps here.
Dontrell Hilliard was hurt, so Haason Haskins (9-37-0, 1-0-0/1) got in some work, and he looked fine. I still think Julius Chestnut is better, but it’s not over-the-top better…but right now the more experienced Haskins is ahead of Chestnut.
-- The Bills are throttling teams behind Josh Allen’s arm, as they should -- so the backfield is once again FF-irrelevant. The Bills are running an offense KC should but isn’t…which is why Allen will win MVP not Mahomes. And why Buffalo is pulling away from the pack and KC will fight to win their division.
Devin Singletary (6-19-0, 2-2-0/4) starts and then starts rotating in and out. The game gets out of hand, so the other guys get work, and in this game that meant plenty of action for James Cook (11-53-0, 0-0-0/1), who displays real speed when he’s out in space. The Bills haven’t even started exploring/unleashing Cook on the world yet.
There will come a time when Cook is a key weapon in this offense…making it more dominating. Cook could be a 2-4 catch for 50+ yards RB in limited time/snaps because he’s so quick out in space. In a couple weeks, the Bills RB to FF-own will likely be Cook…not because he’ll take over the main role, but because his output in limited time on the field will be stellar.
If you have Josh Allen, given all the context of what this team has/is capable of…you have a huge advantage over the pack…especially in 6pts per pass TD leagues.
-- Better game for Dawson Knox (4-41-0/5) this week but no TDs again…oddly. Two games without a TD is weird for Knox in this explosive offense. He’s been near them but not getting one yet. I think he’ll be fine -- you want the starting TE on the best offense in football, right?
-- Kyle Philips (1-15-0/1) fumbled away another punt and got benched for it. Two weeks in a row…and thus this nothing FF-effort. He has a bum shoulder and now the punt fumbles…he’ll be punished for a few weeks, so now we’re stuck waiting or just dropping him to come back later in redraft.
Treylon Burks (4-47-0/6) looked good considering the Bills defense, but he’s moving well and gaining confidence and now will be the top producer in PPR with Philips quasi-benched.
-- I wanna say the Bills-DST is untouchable, flawless for every FF week…but they go into Week 3 possibly missing another corner (Dane Jackson) and will start two rookie CBs plus possibly missing Micah Hyde…and going to face Tyreek-Waddle Week 3.
However, the Bills have owned Tua in his career…not sure why it would change now. Tua doesn’t throw downfield well. Tua’s 4th-quarter miracle last week was shocking and not normal…he was pretty rough for 3+ quarters until the fireworks started with Baltimore’s wounded secondary. I’ll take the Bills-DST over Tua, but it may not be Buffalo’s best DST scoring game of the year…but still good, possibly great…always this season.
-- Titans Rookie CB Roger McCreary (11 tackle) is in over his head right now…but that means he gets some good opportunities to tackle the pass catchers all around him…especially in a game like this, an aerial assault. I would not expect McCreary to have too many more double-digit tackle games ahead…if not ever again.
Snap Counts of Interest:
37 = Singletary
18 = J Cook
13 = Z Moss
37 = Woods
34 = Westbrook-Ikhine
25 = Burks
19 = Hollister
18 = J Gordon
13 = K Philips
28 = Haskins
26 = D Henry