Evans, Bills offense looking up with Fitzpatrick
October, 29, 2009
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
The Buffalo Bills have certainly played better offensively with Trent Edwards out of the picture, though I think it's a bit premature to say all is well with this team. Once-moribund wide receiver Lee Evans has seen a jump in his fantasy value, Marshawn Lynch is pointing in the right direction ... and could there be a new quarterback for us to think about?
A year ago, the Cincinnati Bengals were an atrocious team once Carson Palmer got hurt, though obviously his injury wasn't the lone reason. When most observers picked on the lack of fantasy value for Chad Ochocinco -- wait, wasn't he Chad Johnson then, I can't recall -- and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, they pointed to poor Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Harvard-schooled backup quarterback who rarely threw effectively downfield. Between them Johnson and Houshmandzadeh averaged less than 10 yards per catch, which is a stunning, telling stat. Fitzpatrick was seen as the reason why, fair or not.