Devin Singletary Fantasy Value Still Clouded by Low Preseason Usage

Jason Schandl
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The Buffalo Bills clearly believed they needed to upgrade their running back room heading into the 2019 season. Even with last year's starter LeSean McCoy still in town, they went out and signed both T.J. Yeldon and Frank Gore in free agency while also spending a third-round pick on Florida Atlantic's Devin Singletary.

Singletary rushed for 4,287 yards and 66 touchdowns across three college seasons, doing exactly what you want to see from a skilled player in a weak conference.

All the talent in the world doesn't mean anything for fantasy football if a player isn't getting the ball though, and that's where the concern arises for Singletary.

Considering how crowded the Bills' backfield is, early signs are positive. There's still a ton of competition though, and it doesn't look like Singletary's value is going to come early in the season.

Buffalo appears happy to roll into 2019 with McCoy as its starting running back, so even a fairly late average draft position (ADP) of RB50 (138th overall) could prove too expensive for Singletary in typical 12-team leagues.

The Bills are not expected to be good this season though, with a win total set at only 6.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook. With a playoff berth not likely to be on the table once we get into the heart of the season, it would be no surprise at all if they began to dial back the work for their veterans to see what they have in their young players. That's where Singletary's value kicks in.

If you're in a deep league with bench space to stash a speculative player, RB50 isn't as crazy a cost for him — you will likely have the roster space to keep him around until the bye weeks hit. He's also a player to keep an eye on in 12-team leagues once the season gets underway. If his usage starts to trend up and the Bills start to struggle, a speculative waiver wire add could get you ahead of the crowd and allow you to reap the rewards of a potential mid-season breakout.

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