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3 Bills Players Who Have a Make-or-Break 2020 Season Ahead

Max Staley
Josh Allen is one of three Buffalo Bills with make-or-break seasons ahead in 2020.
Josh Allen is one of three Buffalo Bills with make-or-break seasons ahead in 2020. / Bob Levey/Getty Images
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The Buffalo Bills took many NFL analysts by surprise last season, finishing 10-6. They won't have low expectations again this season, however, especially not after adding Stefon Diggs. That means that everyone on the roster is going to be expected to step up and play at a high level.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three Bills players with make-or-break seasons ahead in 2020.

1. Josh Allen

Josh Allen's play was much improved in 2019, but he needs to take another step forward in 2020.
Josh Allen's play was much improved in 2019, but he needs to take another step forward in 2020. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Josh Allen undoubtedly took a step forward in 2019. He improved his stats across the board, most notably dropping his interception rate from 3.8 percent in 2018 to 2.0 percent last season. Even so, Allen was far from a top-tier passer, posting bottom-12 numbers among qualified starters in adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A), passer rating and completion percentage. In fact, his completion percentage (58.8) was the worst in the league. With Diggs added to the team, Allen is now working with a pretty loaded skill-position group. He's out of excuses and if he doesn't make another stride, it'll be hard to view him as a legitimate franchise QB going forward.

2. T.J. Yeldon

T.J. Yeldon needs a big season to hold onto the No. 2 role in Buffalo.
T.J. Yeldon needs a big season to hold onto the No. 2 role in Buffalo. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

With Frank Gore out of the picture, it looks like the No. 2 role in the backfield is T.J. Yeldon's job to lose. Devin Singletary wasn't exactly a picture of health last season, though, playing in just 12 games. That makes the No. 2 role a valuable one in Buffalo, and the Bills could opt to bring in some competition for Yeldon in the NFL Draft. He hasn't averaged more than 31.0 rushing yards per game since 2015, and unless he can prove he's still got some upside, he could lose that backup role to a younger, cheaper option this season.

3. Star Lotulelei

Star Lotulelei hasn't lived up to the contract he signed when he joined the Bills.
Star Lotulelei hasn't lived up to the contract he signed when he joined the Bills. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

Star Lotulelei has an $8.1 million cap hit this season, and it's tough to argue that his production has lived up to his salary. Since joining the Bills in 2018, he's posted back-to-back seasons with a sub-60.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. The team has an out after the 2021 season, and if he doesn't step up his play in 2020, Buffalo could begin to explore its options with Lotulelei.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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