Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills

AFC East

Jordan Poyer had an INT and a fumble recovery in the loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Poyer has been a bright spot for the Buffalo defense. He has two sacks and two INTs on the year to go along with 18 tackles and a fumble recovery. Owners can feel comfortable starting him at S in IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

The Buffalo Bills defense was all over the field on Sunday, intercepting Andy Dalton twice and recovering a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: The defense for the Bills has been producing all year. They have forced ten turnovers on the season to go along with twelve sacks.

Category: Game Recaps

LeSean McCoy was bottled up by the Bengals on Sunday, being held to 63 yards rushing. He did somewhat save Fantasy owners by catching six balls for 26 yards.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy will look to get back on track after the bye week against Tampa Bay. Owners should still feel comfortable rolling him out as a RB1.

Category: Game Recaps

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Monday he has all the confidence in the world in quarterback Tyrod Taylor. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: That's more than fantasy owners can say. Taylor began the season with a weak receiving corps, and now he's lost his top two downfield threats, Clay and Jordan Matthews, for multiple weeks. He's droppable in one-QB leagues, as there are probably better streaming options if you need a quarterback.

Charles Clay had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will miss multiple weeks, according to Bills coach Sean McDermott. Clay suffered a torn meniscus and a sprained MCL, according to a source. (Source: Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: A typical recovery time for a torn meniscus is about four to six weeks. If you own Clay, chances are you already had a tight end you drafted, so hopefully this won't leave you in a lurch. If it does and there's nothing but long shots on the waiver wire, take a flyer on Clay's understudy, Nick O'Leary, who led the Bills in receiving yards Sunday at Cincinnati. With perhaps the worst group of wide receivers in the NFL, Tyrod Taylor will look for his tight ends no matter what. Clay owners should hold onto him as long as they can, as he was having a top-five year and it sounds like he'll be back this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Bills tight end Logan Thomas caught one pass for 3 yards (the former quarterback's first career NFL catch) on two targets Sunday at Cincinnati, but he could get more looks if Charles Clay misses time with a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Nick O'Leary became the preferred tight end after Clay left the game, so Thomas isn't worth a claim at this time. But keep on eye on him to see if Bills include him in their game plan should Clay miss time after Buffalo's bye next week.

Category: Game Recaps

After Charles Clay left the game with a knee injury, Bills No. 2 tight end Nick O'Leary stepped up and caught five of six targets for a team-high 54 yards Sunday at Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo is off next week, but if Clay is expected to miss time beyond that, O'Leary is worth an add. The Bills simply have no passing game to their wide receivers, and this game proved that Tyrod Taylor will continue to look for his tight ends, no matter who it is.

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Buffalo Bills K Steven Hauschka again converted on each of his attempts in his team's week 5 road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Hauschka connected from 31, 38 and 28 yards, as well as converting on his lone PAT try.

Fantasy Impact: While not called upon to convert any long distance, late game attempts as he was last week, extending his season long streak of attempts without a miss illustrates Haushcka's reliability, both for the Bills and for fantasy. He remains a solid starting option at the position.

Category: Game Recaps

Buffalo Bills rookie WR Zay Jones again failed to make an impact in his team's week 4 contest, a road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite tying for second on the team in targets, with 6, Jones was held to just a single catch for the third time in 5 games this season, this time finishing with just 9 receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: One might have thought that Jones would potentially see an uptick in production with fellow WR Jordan Matthews out of action with a thumb injury, but that proved not to be the case. Jones continues to lead all Bills WRs in targets on the season, but it has not amounted to much in the way of fantasy relevance, as the Bills relatively anemic passing attack continues to run predominantly through the RBs and TEs. Unless any of the aforementioned trends change, Jones should be disregarded in fantasy.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews (thumb) is expected to undergo thumb surgery to repair an injury suffered in Week 4. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Matthews is expected to undergo a procedure this week to have a pin inserted into his thumb to repair an injury suffered in Week 4's surprising win over Atlanta. As a result, Matthews could miss at least one month of football activities. Zay Jones and Charles Clay are now the first-place Bills top pass-catching threats in Matthews' absence.

Category: Injury Updates

Tre'Davious White recorded four tackles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in the win on Sunday against Atalanta.

Fantasy Impact: White showed on Sunday why he was the rookie defensive player of the month in September. He continues to be a productive corner and is a good play in leagues that force you to start CBs.

Category: Game Recaps

Micah Hyde had Matt Ryan's number on Sunday, intercepting him twice. His also recorded seven tackles on the day.

Fantasy Impact: Hyde now has three interceptions on the year with 14 tackles. He is not a must start in most IDP leagues, but is on the radar in leagues that favor turnovers.

Category: Game Recaps

Ramon Humber had eight tackles on Sunday in the win against Denver. He now has 32 on the season, which is good for fourth in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact: Humber has been a pleasant surprise for the Bills and has a firm grip on the starting job. He is a safe weekly IDP start who should continue to rack up the tackles.

Category: Game Recaps

Jerry Hughes had a very good game against Carolina, with six tackles and two sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Hughes now has nine tackles and two sacks on the season. He is a very sack dependent IDP play but becomes a must start in leagues that reward big plays.

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The Buffalo Bills released veteran quarterback T.J. Yates (concussion) from injured reserve, reaching an injury settlement. (Source: Mike Rodak)

Fantasy Impact: None, other than further solidifying rookie Nathan Peterman as Tyrod Taylor's backup in Buffalo. At age 30, this may be the end of Yates' NFL career.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Mike Tolbert scored from the goal line on Sunday against the Jets, stealing a touchdown from LeSean McCoy. He carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards and caught his lone target for 12 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Tolbert saw a good amount of work at the goal-line, but he is by no means the "goal-line back." He did well spelling McCoy on drives, and would be a serviceable RB2 if anything happened to McCoy.

Category: Game Recaps

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Monday morning that if Tyrod Taylor (concussion) can't play in Sunday's opener against the New York Jets, rookie Nathan Peterman is "ready" for an enhanced playbook and workload. "We're confident in Nathan," McDermott said. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: Peterman made some nice throws in the preseason but showed the inconsistent accuracy and conservative tendencies you'd expect from a fifth-round draft pick. That, plus the Bills' banged-up and degraded receiving corps, and the likelihood that a "game" between the Bills and Jets won't exactly light up the scoreboard make any quarterback there one to avoid.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Buffalo Bills have released RB Jonathan Williams. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a surprise move, the Bills cut Williams on Sunday. Once slated to open the year as LeSean McCoy's primary handcuff, Williams will now look for a job one week before the start of the regular season. Barring a roster move, Joe Banyard is the Bills' new RB2.

Category: Transactions

Marcell Dareus was sent home on Saturday, for violating team rules.

Fantasy Impact: Here we go again. Dareus has all the talent in the world to be a top DL in the NFL, but his off field antics continue to pile up. I would wait to see if a suspension happens before drafting him as a DL in IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Preston Brown was good in limited action on Saturday, racking up seven tackles, six of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Brown will be on the field frequently for the Bills, as their starting MLB in Sean McDermott's defense. He should be on the radar as a viable IDP LB who should rack up the tackles.

Category: Game Recaps