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By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Sat, Jul 25th 8:01am EDT

The Buffalo Bills' offensive a scheme is designed to make the tight end a prominent part of the offense, reports Buffalo News Bills beat writer Vic Carucci. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: That tidbit came in a report downplaying Percy Harvin's role in the offense, suggesting Charles Clay, whom the Bills made one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL, may be the No. 2 passing target in the offense after Sammy Watkins. That would be consistent with most of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's time in San Francisco, where Vernon Davis was the second-most targeted receiver from 2011 to 2013. Clay is a sneaky TE2 in PPR leagues.

 

By Blaine Blontz, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Jul 13th 9:46am EDT

Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay will likely be lining up in several places across the course of the year in new OC Greg Roman's system. “Whether it’s running routes or catching as receivers out of the backfield, he does a good job of moving guys around,” said Clay. “I can’t think of any position where I’m lined up at more than another. The receivers will tell you the same thing. They’re moving around as much as I am.” (Source: Chris Brown)

Fantasy Impact: While he's been fantasy relevant in the past, Clay is likely to be hampered this season by Buffalo's expected offensive ineptitude. He could be a backup or more likely bye week fill in, but he's not expected to be a TE1 in this system.

 

By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Mar 19th 12:31pm EDT

Per multiple reports, the Miami Dolphins have already decided not to match the Bills' five-year, $38 million contract with Charles Clay. He will become the Bills' top tight end. (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: With productive games here and there, Clay has never been a consistent fantasy starter. There's no reason to think that will get any better in Buffalo, which also has Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Robert Woods, LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson to feed in a run-heavy offense. Clay was signed as much for his blocking as for his receiving. Unless you have two-TE rosters, he can be passed on in redrafts.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Tue, Mar 17th 7:45pm EDT

Clay has reportedly signed the Bills offer sheet for a five year deal worth 38 million with 20 million guaranteed. The Dolphins now will get to decide whether they want to match the offer or allow Clay to walk away. (Source: PFT)

Fantasy Impact: Clay would be added to an offense with some weapons, however the QB position is a big question mark. If allowed to leave Clay would remain a low end TE1 will a chance to surprise if he can get decent QB help.

 

By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Tue, Mar 17th 7:33pm EDT

The Buffalo Bills signed tight end Charles Clay, a Miami Dolphins restricted free agent, to an offer sheet of five years for $38 million, with $20 million guaranteed. The Dolphins have five days to match the offer, but they are not expected to. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: Clay is a better "real life" tight end than fantasy asset, as he is being sought for his versatility as a receiver and blocker. Last year with Miami, he scored three touchdowns and was the kind of borderline fantasy starter who would bounce on and off the waiver wire during bye weeks. In Greg Roman's run-heavy offense, there's no reason to think his upside is any higher. He has averaged a little over four catches a game over the past two years, so he does have PPR relevance.

 

By Brian Tesch, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Mar 15th 11:19am EDT

The Buffalo Bills have not yet extended an offer sheet to Charles Clay, but expect to do so shortly. Clay had the transition tag placed on him by Miami. (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills are biding their time, possibly finding the most savvy provision to make the contract utterly unmatchable by the Dolphins. Either way, Clay, while an interesting player, probably will not get enough work to be a weekly fantasy contributor. He would have more value in Buffalo as he would be the only TE on the roster, he would most likely have to move into a hybrid FB/TE role in Miami.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 9:00pm EDT

It appears that Jordan Cameron is joining the Dolphins after it initially appeared he was returning to the Browns. This likely signals the end of Charles Clay in Miami who now will have the Bills and Browns competing to sign him. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Impact: Clay had a nice report with Tannehill but will have to go forward with a less stable QB situation. His value will likely take a hit.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Mar 9th 8:44pm EDT

Despite having the transition tag on him, Charles Clay is expected to have the Buffalo Bills chase after him. The Dolphins have the option to match any deal that is offered but could be in a tough situation if the Bills choose to front load the deal. (Source: Sun Sentinel )

Fantasy Impact: If Clay departs the Dolphins will still have Dion Sims who could fit into the role with better blocking than Clay could offer. However Clay offers more athleticism than Sims. Clay is likely to retain low end TE1 value regardless of location.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Mar 2nd 3:23pm EST

Charles Clay was expected to receive a 6 million a year deal and today the Dolphins placed a 7 million transition tag on him instead. It will give the Dolphins no compensation if he goes elsewhere but will allow them to match any deal if they so choose. It is very likely that Clay will remain a Dolphin now. (Source: Andrew Abramson)

Fantasy Impact: Clay returning with this tag points to the Dolphins' feeling that Clay is an asset that will perform as he did to finish the season. Clay should be a great bounce back target in re-drafts.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Feb 23rd 6:52pm EST

Charles Clay is expected to get a six million a year deal in FA. While the Dolphins have interest to bring him back, it is unknown if they will want to pay the price tag. (Source: Adam Beasley)

Fantasy Impact: Clay is coming off a slow season due to an knee issue that hampered him. Teams are expecting to see the Clay that appeared in 2013.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Feb 12th 3:30pm EST

As Omar Kelly breaks down possible draft options, he states that he finds it unlikely that the Dolphins allow Clay to walk in FA. (Source: Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Clay struggled for most of the season due in part to lingering injuries. However Clay did turn it on to finish the season strong. If that is the Clay we will get next year then Clay should be viewed as an undervalued TE1.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 4:32pm EST

Clay had five catches for 45 yards and a TD. Clay finished the year very well as he put together strong PPR games for the final three weeks.

Fantasy Impact: Clay is a free agent and with the way he rebounded from his injury, it is likely the Dolphins will try to bring him back. Clay has said that he wants to return but with Dion Sims it is unknown whether or not the Dolphins will want to pay Clay. If he is a Dolphin next season, Clay will be an undervalued TE1.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 12:09am EST

As expected Charles Clay was listed as probable and will look to continue his impressive play.

Fantasy Impact: Clay has improved his numbers every week since resting his knee/hamstring. Clay will have an opportunity to continue the trend Sunday against the Jets.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Dec 25th 5:45pm EST

Charles Clay has had limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Clay is still likely to be probable and figures to continue to be involved heavily as he has been since his return.

Fantasy Impact: Clay will be a borderline TE1 against a Jets defense that allows big plays in the secondary.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 4:51pm EST

Charles Clay exploded for six catches for 114 yards. Clay made multiple big plays down the field showing that he has moved past his knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Clay has improved in every game he has played since sitting out with his injured knee/hamstring. A healthy Clay has been a major part of the passing game and next week will leave Clay as a high-end TE2/low-end TE1.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 9:42am EST

Despite having been limited in practice this week, Charles Clay has escaped another questionable tag. Clay was listed as probable and will look to continue where he left off last week when he was once again a key piece of the passing game.

Fantasy Impact: Clay has been very inconsistent this year mainly due to a nagging knee injury, a probable listing is good news for owners as this is likely the healthiest he has been in a while. Clay will be a TE2 against the Vikings and a decent option in most fantasy championship games.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 3:46pm EST

Once again Charles Clay was listed as limited, at this point he likely will be limited often but still play with his knee/hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: Clay has been involved often since his return. Clay is a solid TE2, owners could do much worse in the final week of playoffs.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 4:38pm EST

Charles Clay caught six passes for 59 yards. The passing game is the only thing that helped fantasy owners in the second half blowout. Luckily Clay was involved and put up a decent game for s fantasy TE this year.

Fantasy Impact: Clay wasn't a complete loss for owners who gambled with him. Next week will be another gamble, Clay is a TE2 who needs to score to have a good game for fantasy.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 12:06pm EST

Charles Clay is active and will get his second straight start.

Fantasy Impact: Clay is playing with an injury so he lacks some explosion, he will be a risky TE2 for desperate owners.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 7:05pm EST

According to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel, Charles Clay has been playing with a knee injury that may require surgery to repair. Clay has been battling through it and has likely seen his production dip because of the limitations. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Charles Clay has become a very inconsistent TE to play and with Dion Sims improving and getting called on to help pass and run block, it will continue to be an issue for Clay. While Clay gets much credit for playing hurt it doesn't help fantasy owners, Clay is a low TE2.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 4:17pm EST

Charles Clay made his return against the Ravens and had two catches for 41 yards. Clay saw a good amount of snaps go to Dion Sims and appeared to still be slightly hampered by his injury.

Fantasy Impact: Overall Clay did decent in his return, as he flashed his big play ability. Clay however failed to really get involved in the game limiting his production. Clay will be a TE2 for owners going into the crucial final two games of the fantasy playoffs.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:35am EST

Charles Clay is active and will play after missing the last two games. He will get the start over Dion Sims

Fantasy Impact: Clay will be a risky play after missing two games and having been very inconsistent before being held out. Clay is a TE2 that you don't feel well playing.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 7:00pm EST

Charles Clay took part in practice with his injured hamstring. He was only taking part of a limited practice but being able to get out there is a positive sign. It's still to early to say whether Clay will be able to go, but if not, Dion Sims is a viable replacement. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: If Clay plays he would only be a TE2 as he has played most of this season on one leg.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 7:11pm EST

Charles Clay will miss his second game. As expected Clay is not active after logging some limited practice during the week.

Fantasy Impact: Dion Sims will make his second start in place of Clay.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sat, Nov 29th 4:20pm EST

James Walker of ESPN doesn't expect Charles Clay to play Monday Night against the Jets. Clay is listed as doubtful and would miss his second straight game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: If Clay is out it will be Dion Sims getting the start once again. Sims will be a gamble but in a shallow TE pool Sims could help some one in a jam.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 1:31pm EST

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Charles Clay returned to practice today. A good sign for Clay who missed the game against the Broncos. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Impact: Clay will have an extra day since it is a Monday night game, improving his chances of playing against the Jets. His return to practice is a good sign that he will be available.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 3:10pm EST

Clay has been hampered with a newly injured hamstring to go with a nagging knee injury that's been bothering him all season.

Fantasy Impact: Dion Sims will get the start.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 3:20pm EST

According to James Walker of ESPN, Clay is hampered with a newly injured hamstring to go with a nagging knee injury. It seems that Clay will miss the game against the Broncos. (Source: James Walker on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Clay down it will likely be Dion Sims taking most of the TE snaps. Sims is the best blocking TE but lacks Clay's big play ability. He will be a high-risk low-reward play that should be avoided.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 6:29pm EST

Clay has another injury bothering him. He did not practice with the team on Thursday due to a hamstring injury. Couple that with the knee (that's been bothering him all season) that limited his practice on Wednesday, and we have a pending game day issue of limited snaps, or possibly not playing at all. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Watch this situation closely. Owners who are depending on Clay for bye week relief may want to consider backup options. If Clay doesn't play on Sunday, Jarvis Landry may benefit with increased targets, as both are big parts of Tannehill's short ball game.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:04am EST

Clay joined six other Dolphins who were also held to limited roles in practice on Wednesday. (Source: Dolphins.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's likely that Clay is a bye week fill-in for Greg Olsen or Heath Miller in many leagues this week. Tannehill looks for Clay in the red zone, but Clay has been subject to near misses and dropsies. However, the Broncos are a borderline favorable matchup for opposing tight ends so Clay could do some damage. Weigh the risks accordingly.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 12:55pm EST

Charles Clay was second in targets (6) only behind Mike Wallace (7) as he totalled 31 yards in catches Thursday night against Buffalo. Season stat line: 39-346-2.

Fantasy Impact: Tannehill looks for Clay in the red zone and most of his looks came once Miami entered Buffalo territory. His longest reception of the night was only 12 yards. Clay is becoming more active in the Miami offense, but owners need to have limited expectations and hope to be surprised by any upside.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 9:58pm EST

Clay was targeted with nine passes, and caught seven for 45 yards in a losing effort versus the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This is the fourth time in his career that he has recorded seven receptions in a game. (Source: Dolphins.com)

Fantasy Impact: Clay could have had a better day, a running theme for a number of the Dolphins receivers, had he not dropped a pass in the end zone. Clay continues to be a vexing play for any owners brave enough to keep starting him.

 

By Jeff Wilbur, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Nov 5th 7:56pm EST

Charles Clay was limited in practice today with a knee injury. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Charles Clay gets a slight upgrade due to last weeks performance. He could give you top 10 TE points with the 6 teams on BYE this week. Clay has been an inconsistent fantasy starter, and is not much more than a BYE week fill in.

 

By Jeff Wilbur, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 4:33pm EST

Charles Clay caught 5 passes for 65 yards and 1 touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Charles Clay had his best game of the season today and looked fantastic against the San Diego defense. He's been so inconsistent as a fantasy start that it's hard to trust this as something we'll see going forward. He's worth a pick-up if you're desperate, but you may just be disappointed after next week in Detroit.

 

By Jeff Wilbur, Bills Correspondent, Fri, Oct 31st 12:39am EDT

Charles Clay was limited in practice today with a knee injury. (Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This has little to no fantasy impact, as Clay can be dropped in all leagues. Clay followed up his best game of the season with a disappointing 1 catch for 1 yard on 3 targets. He was overthrown on a TD pass late in the 4th quarter, but would need a serious bump in targets to be a viable fantasy option going forward.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 4:56am EDT

Clay's season has been hampered by injury and was pretty much forgettable until last week where he posted a 4-58-1 stat line in Miami's win over Chicago. This week he was targeted three times, but only caught one ball for one yard.

Fantasy Impact: There's a good chance that Clay made his way onto lineups this week, based on his emergence last week. There's also a good chance he'll get tossed back from whence he came based on this week's play. Clay's fantasy reality is that he's a TE2 that is suitable as a bye-week fill-in or nothing at all. He's a high-risk weekly play at this point. Owners can find a more steady fantasy play than the one that involves finger-crossing with Clay.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 5:26pm EDT

Charles Clay had his first game in which he made a positive impact in the passing game. He caught 4 passes for 58 yards and an TD and he looked quicker than usual as the Dolphins abused the linebackers of the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: If Clay has moved past his pesky injury he has favorable matchups upcoming that the Dolphins should target. However until he shows that he is capable of this on a weekly basis he will be a risky boom or bust TE.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 3:57am EDT

TE Charles Clay has practiced all week without any limitations. He's been bothered by a knee injury that has hindered him since the preseason. The brace he's been wearing recently hasn't really helped him with his game performance. Clay's longest reception for the year is 24 yards. (Source: Dolphins.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins just enjoyed a bye week. Owners with a deep bench may want to pluck Clay off the waiver wire before the Green Bay game and cross their fingers to see how much the time off has helped him heal. If he appears to be "new and improved" then the aforementioned early bird shoppers will look really smart, and at the very least have a capable bye week replacement for their TE1.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 10:02pm EDT

Clay was only able to get 2 catches for 32 yards. Clay has yet to make an impact so far and has been dealing with a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: As long Clay fails to be a deep seam threat he holds very little value. The bye week should hopefully help Clay get back to form as a low end TE1 but until he shows something he can't be trusted as a TE starter.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 11:31pm EDT

Charles Clay led the Dolphins in receptions with a career high of seven for 31 yards in Week 2. He also tied Mike Wallace for a team-high 8 targets. Unfortunately, he was hampered by his knee injury and spent time on the sideline with trainers. He played the latter part of the game at Buffalo wearing a brace. (Source: Dolphins.com)

Fantasy Impact: Full-point PPR players could offer up a weak smile, but that's about it. Clay was obviously bothered by his knee, and injured knees don't get better while a player continues to force the issue - even with a brace. There are better fantasy options.

 

By Reginald James, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 1:32am EDT

Clay made one catch for 18 yards for a third-down conversion, during the opening drive. Clay had missed two previous preseason games tending to a knee injury. (Source: Dolphins.com)

Fantasy Impact: The running theme when describing the integral parts of the Miami offense is: How well and how quickly will the offense acclimate to Lazor's new scheme? Clay may prove to be the most versatile player in this offense, and a sneaky PPR play.

 

By Jeffrey Lee Colavecchio, Bills Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 5:49pm EDT

As noted earlier: Palm Beach Post… (Charles) Clay has been out two weeks with a knee injury after reportedly re-tweaking it following a recent scope. Coach Joe Philbin today (8/14) said he didn’t know if Clay would be ready for the start of the regular season. “He’s day-to-day,” Philbin said. “We’ll see how it goes.”” (Source: Palm Beach Post )

Fantasy Impact: “Big Play Clay” is looking to build on last season’s 69/759/6 bottom line and this “re-tweaking” setback is somewhat worrisome. When deciding who I am going to draft as my starting TE, I can comfortably pass on Clay at this point. He still holds value for all the reasons we love him, but only at the right price. While I am confident he will return at some point, I would wait to draft my backup TE till late in the game.

 

By Brian Ruiz, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 12:49pm EDT

Joe Philbin said today that he was unsure whether or not Clay would be ready by the start of the regular season. According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Clay re-tweaked his knee after a recent scope. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Impact: Clay is a major part of the Dolphins offense, he is the only tight end on the roster who can stretch the field and be a threat in the passing game. After a huge improvement last year, it seemed that he was on track to improve in the new offense. This setback shouldn't affect his value too much, but does need to be monitored as it could linger through the beginning of the season.

 
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
There is a decent chance that Clay and Sammy Watkins are the two most targeted Bills' receivers this season. Clay was hurting most of last year which really depressed his stats, but he's a good all around player and if healthy has a decent amount of upside at his ADP.
Breaking Football | Jul 29th
Situation downgrades in Buffalo but he's fairly reliable and should get 55-60 catches and 5-6 scores
The NY Times | Jul 29th
Will spend plenty of time blocking in Ryan's run-first scheme but expected to operate on all three downs.