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Josh Allen needs to be the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills. End of story. Period.Quarterback Matt Barkley Buffalo Bills T-Shirt , signed off the scrap heap two weeks ago and starting his first game in more than a full NFL season, came in for the Bills and played a great game. He pushed the ball down the field. He gave receivers a chance to make plays. He caught a couple breaks when balls he threw weren’t intercepted. It was your replacement-level type of NFL start. That’s great, but he’s not the future of the organization. He shouldn’t be the present, either.Once the Bills made the decision to put Allen into the starting lineup, it needed to be permanent. You can’t insert him then take him out and rattle his confidence. If you were worried about his readiness, that was a conversation for roster cutdowns when you traded AJ McCarron and didn’t sign another vet or Week 2 when you put him in the starting lineup. Now that’s he’s been in the lineup, you roll with him or he’ll begin questioning everything that’s made him the guy you wanted him to be when you traded premium assets for him. Think of a time when you’ve been in over your head, probably at work but it could be at home or somewhere else. You jump in with both feet, realize the water is too deep, and you hopefully get helped out of the water. Next time you jump in, you’re a little more prepared to swim because you don’t have the surprise of the water being so deep. Allen has that chance following his elbow injury. He’s had a chance to see how Derek Anderson works. He’s had a chance to see Barkley come in and be successful. He’s more prepared to swim.With seven losses on their ledger in 2018, the Bills are likely not destined for the playoffs. They would need to run the table and get some help. So if we’re turning the page to 2019, it only makes sense to put in Allen and let him learn on the job. When things slow down for him, Buffalo will be able to take the next step and keeping him out of the lineup will only delay that.Jason Wolf at The Buffalo News not only disagrees with me, he called people who think like me crazy. CRAZY!“After the offensive eruption we just witnessed... the only sane option Buffalo Bills Hats , if the Bills, indeed, are not just chasing the highest possible draft pick, is to ride the hot hand,” wrote Wolf after the game.“It’s also not fair to Allen throw him back out there with Barkley coming off this performance, because if and when the rookie struggles, some fans and even teammates might prefer the backup who lit up the Jets,” wrote Wolf later.First, the Bills brass should not be worried what fans or the media think. Secondly, they’ve proven several times that they do things their way regardless of the locker room (or the fans). It wasn’t popular to trade super-talented players last year, but the team stayed together.As for Barkley, who has been with four teams in six seasons after being a fourth-round pick, he is not the QB the team is building around. He has a career TD-to-INT ratio of 10-18 even after Sunday’s big win and a career passer rating of 68.3. And he’s been with the team for six whole practices, so he’s already the most popular person in the locker room?It’s also interesting to note how the players around the QB performed. Allen has hit Robert Foster in the hands plenty of times, but the UDFA rookie receiver dropped them early in the season. On Sunday Buffalo Bills Hoodie , he topped 100 yards after being added back to the main roster. Zay Jones has been gaining separation. The offensive line opened holes for LeSean McCoy. With the players around the QB improving, or at least having a better game, wouldn’t Allen have the same opportunity for success? This is a long-winded way of saying that Buffalo needs to go back to Allen whenever he’s healthy. But maybe Sean McDermott and I are just insane.Buffalo Bills fantasy football preview, Week three: Chris Ivory could be a flex sleeper If you’re a fantasy football player who is still looking to play Buffalo Bills players in your lineup, allow me to congratulate you on your extreme fandom. The Bills aren’t exactly a hotbed for fantasy studs right now, but there are some players on the roster who could sneak up and have big weeks under the right circumstances.In this week’s fantasy football preview, we’ll see some of the usual suspects, but there might be one player who could surprise if given the opportunity. RB Chris IvoryThe other veteran in Buffalo’s backfield seems to have slipped to third on the depth chart behind starter LeSean McCoy and return man Marcus Murphy. Why, then, would you bother considering him for your fantasy lineup? Well, McCoy is dealing with cracked rib cartilage, and while it looks like he’s going to attempt to play on Sunday, he has not been very effective this year when fully healthy. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll may be forced into using more of a backfield-by-committee approach than he has so far this year, and Ivory is both a capable receiver and a load around the goal line. He caught a pass and turned it into a 30-yard gain last weekend, and he also scored a touchdown on one of his two carries (on the other Cheap Customized Buffalo Bills Jerseys , he gained 6 yards). If the Bills are going to keep the offense on the field, they need to find some success in the running game, thereby keeping rookie quarterback Josh Allen out of third-and-long. Ivory isn’t flashy, but he could be in line for an increased workload Sunday. I think he will lead the Bills’ backfield in scoring for the second consecutive week.QB Josh AllenIf you really want to roll the dice against a stout Minnesota Vikings defense, you could roll with the Bills’ leading fantasy-point scorer through the first two weeks of 2018. While this play is reserved only for the desperate and those who play in two-QB leagues, Allen does have the potential to rack up some points in garbage time if the game is out of hand. Of course, if the game stays close, he’ll probably be having a good day, as well. He also might hit on a few big bombs and quickly accumulate yardage that way. He managed 15 points last week, and a similar outing isn’t out of the question this week.K Stephen HauschkaWith an offense that hasn’t done much, and the prospect of playing a tough Vikings defense, the kicker is a solid play. Hauschka scored 10 points last weekend after a poor showing against the Baltimore Ravens. He could be in line for another solid day this weekend.
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