The Buffalo Bills are one of the hottest teams in football and are riding a four-game winning streak ahead of their Week 16 matchup against the struggling New England Patriots. Buffalo is running away in the AFC East and a win against a divisional rival would help it hold off the Miami Dolphins.
Josh Allen has thrown at least one touchdown pass to six different players during his team’s winning streak. Gabriel Davis and Dawson Knox have picked things up with John Brown on the IR while Zack Moss and Devin Singletary are splitting the running back work fairly evenly. The Patriots are no slouches on defense but could have a difficult time keeping up with the Bills’ scoring.
New England got some help scoring from special teams in Week 13 but has been held under 21 points in four of its last five games. Its passing attack has been stagnant all season and Damien Harris’s ankle injury limits the Patriots’ options on offense. Cam Newton, Sony Michel, and Jakobi Meyers could have to be firing on all cylinders to make this game competitive.
Date: Monday, Dec. 28
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Bills: #7 Overall — #6 offense, #14 defense, #5 special teams
Patriots: #21 Overall — #24 offense, #23 defense, #1 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Josh Allen, QB, $7,300
It’s hard to justify not considering a top-three fantasy quarterback against any defense and Allen is on a roll. He ranks fourth in passing yards, sixth in passing touchdowns, and second in rushing touchdowns at his position. Allen’s versatility makes him a constant threat to be involved in touchdowns.
Stefon Diggs, WR, $8,000
The NFL’s most targeted player should be active in this game despite suffering a foot injury his last time out. Buffalo has announced that the injury isn't serious. He’s eclipsed 100 receiving yards in two straight games and caught at least 10 passes in four of his last five appearances.
Cam Newton, QB, $5,400
Newton is the Patriots’ most promising fantasy option almost every week. That won’t change unless he’s benched for Jarrett Stidham down the stretch. It’s difficult to guess what wideouts will show up in most weeks but Newton is sure to pick up passing yards and be New England’s favorite goal-line option for runs.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, $4,900
Meyers just dusted one of the best secondaries in the league and the Bills are significantly worse. New England doesn’t have much reliability at wide receiver so expect Newton’s favorite pass-catcher to command a hefty share of the targets.