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NFL Network gives Buffalo little fantasy respect

By Tim Graham

Draft with caution, fantasy owners.

That's the general advice from NFL Network fantasy football fellas Jason Smith, Michael Fabiano and Elliot Harrison when it came to the Buffalo Bills this summer. Their Bills fantasy analysis was posted today at

Bills fans probably are itching to draft running back Fred Jackson this year, but Harrison warns Jackson should be considered a fifth-round player.

Smith says he would prefer to take third-year back C.J. Spiller late before he would use a selection on Jackson.

Fabiano rates Stevie Johnson around top-15 status among receivers, but prefers him as a No. 3 on a fantasy roster. But Harrison notes that owners shouldn't expect Johnson to be available when ready to pick a third receiver.

Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't get much love either. They all considered him untrustworthy and probably undraftable in 10-team leagues. Harrison calls him the "Amish Stifle."

As for the Bills' defense? Sleeper pick, but not a top choice.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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