QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB - #23) - Quality Backup
Ryan Fitzpatrick can be useful as a fill-in starter for bye weeks or in a pinch if your QB1 is injured, but he shouldn't be considered a regular starter. He began the 2011 season red hot with nine passing touchdowns coming in Buffalo's first three games. After that, he was hit or miss and unreliable during the fantasy playoff season. This inconsistent production limits his upside and should push him into the later rounds. Fitzpatrick is a known commodity now, which should limit many owners from having the opinion he has some untapped potential. Consider him a low-risk, low-end QB2 in 12-team leagues.
Update (8/12): The Bills' offense will likely transition to more spread looks this season which would give Fitzpatrick's more opportunities to throw it around.
QB Tarvaris Jackson (QB - #48) - Not Draft Worthy
The Bills seem interested in keeping the pressure on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although Jackson has now replaced QB Vince Young, this is still Fitzpatrick's team. Since leaving Minnesota, Jackson had his most productive season in 2011 with the Seattle Seahawks. He had career-high numbers with 3,091 passing yards, 14 TD passes and his 60.2 completion percentage. Unless Fitzpatrick really struggles, Jackson is relegated to being a backup.
RB C.J. Spiller (RB - #11) - Sleeper (undervalued)
C.J. Spiller was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and expectations were very high. They should still be, considering Spiller will only be 25 at the start of season and he's one of the faster backs in the NFL. Once Fred Jackson (the Bills' regular starter) went down for the season before Week 11, Spiller seemed to put it all together. He averaged 105.5 total yards per game in the final six contests of the season to go along with five TDs. Spiller may be Buffalo's No. 2 running back, but he proved last year he can produce when given touches. At his best, Spiller has the natural ability to put up Jamaal Charles-like numbers because of his elite speed. The risk of course is whether or not he will ever be able to fully tap into his talent and potential. A split backfield will hurt his stats, but he could emerge as a serious talent this season.
Update (8/12): The Bills have made it very clear they plan to use Spiller far more often despite of the healthy return of Jackson.
RB Fred Jackson (RB - #24) - Solid/Safe Pick
When it was announced that Fred Jackson would be placed on injured reserve last season, he was a Top 5 running back. Through the first 10 games, he averaged 92 rushing yards per game and solid PPR numbers. Despite the late emergence of C.J. Spiller last season, make no mistake, Jackson is Buffalo's lead back. The Bills drafted three offensive linemen this offseason, two of which have a decent shot to begin the year as starters which can only help when he returns. Jackson may be 31 years old, but only he and Dallas' DeMarco Murray had over 150 carries and averaged 5.5 yards per carry last season. Due to his injury, Jackson is a great value selection if he slips into the fifth round.Injury Status: Injured Reserve