Usually you can catch my fantasy football writings on FFToolbox, specifically longer articles such as Capitalizing on ADP Value From Last Year’s Injuries Part 1 and Part 2. But sometimes I like to contribute to my own site with relevant fantasy information that can help you win.
Today I want to talk about Scott Chandler of the Buffalo Bills and will mention a few points of why you can grab him for very cheap, but he could turn out to be your solid TE2 option this year.
Getting this out of the way, we all know Chandler isn’t a very sexy TE option in the league. He’s really not great at one thing and kind of flies below the radar on most accounts. However, there are reasons to believe things are looking up for him in Buffalo:
1. Standing tall at 6’7/260, he is easily the Bills tallest receiving option and will definitely have a fair amount of redzone targets.
2. Last year under new head coach Doug Marrone, Chandler had the best statistical season of his career, while actually leading the team in receptions(53) and receiving yards(655).
3. He also led the team with the most 20+ yard receptions with 10 over wide receivers Robert Woods(9) and Stevie Johnson(6).
4. He’s had his fair share of injuries and missed most of 2014 OTAs recovering from surgery on a torn ACL, but Tony Moeaki, his only real competition at tight end, went down in training camp with a hamstring injury and is out indefinitely.
5. In both 2011 and 2012, he had 6 TD’s on the season. Last year he saw a tad of regression but the entire Bills offense saw a regression with the likes of Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin all only seeing a team high 3 TD’s each.
6. He’s basically free right now in fantasy drafts, not even ranked in the top 21 TE’s on Fantasy Football Calculator average draft position nor in the top 27 in FFToolbox’s ADP standings. This is after finishing as a TE13 in 2012 and TE17 in 2013. How does that make sense?
7. Buffalo acquired former Bucs WR Mike Williams in the offseason and added highly talented WR Sammy Watkins in the NFL draft. These two will suck up their fair share of targets but should be able to take safety help out of the middle leaving Chandler with plenty of single coverage opportunities.
In a year where we are desperately searching for value in our upcoming FF drafts, it’s important to find hidden gems like Chandler that may not be flashy, but have the ability to contribute to our fantasy squad for next to nothing.
Ryan Foley is the owner of NFLwildcard.com and can be found talking fantasy football on twitter @NFL_Wildcard and writing articles on FFToolbox. Shoot him a line with any FF related questions!