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LeSean McCoy being shopped?

Wed, Aug 23rd 7:04am EDT
By Anthony Cervino

BUF

Pro Football Talk is reporting the Buffalo Bills are not shopping running back LeSean McCoy. (Source: SNF on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although a tweet surfaced Tuesday suggesting the Bills are shopping McCoy, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio "poked around" to see its legitimacy, and per sources, it's not. Per Florio, "as one source with knowledge of the situation explained it to PFT, the Bills haven’t entertained traded offers for McCoy, the Bills currently aren’t entertaining offers for McCoy, and the Bills won’t be entertaining trade offers for McCoy." Moving McCoy would create roughly $1 million of "net cap space" and save the Bills $6.075 million in cash.

Category: Rumors


Jordan Matthews told reporters that he's "confident" he'll be back for Week 1 of the regular season. Matthews is dealing with a chip fracture in his sternum. (Source: BuffaloBills.com)

Fantasy Impact: While this is the goal, Matthews continues to deal with pain in his chest and during upper-body movements given the injury. Matthews' fantasy outlook received a boost with the retirement of Anquan Boldin, though his ceiling may still be capped by the Bills' offense in general.

Category: Injury Updates


Anquan Boldin to retire

Sun, Aug 20th 8:17pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Jim Trotter is reporting Buffalo Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin has informed the team he is retiring. (Source: Jim Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boldin, who signed with the Bills earlier in the month, told the team he is retiring. From a fantasy perspective, Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews' fantasy stock will rise. They are in line to open the year as the team's WR1 and WR2 respectively. However, the biggest beneficiary could be Charles Clay, who is expected to emerge as one the Bills' top red zone threats in Boldin's absence.

Category: Transactions


Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told the press he "envisions" Tyrod Taylor as the team's Week 1 starter. "I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod," McDermott said Friday. (Source: Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a deflating performance in the Bills' second preseason game Thursday night against the Eagles in which he threw a pair of interceptions, Taylor remains the favorite to open the 2017 season as Buffalo's starting quarterback. Unless Taylor continues to make mistakes in live-action, his job will likely be safe. He'll remain in the middling QB2 conversation entering the upcoming season.

Category: Rumors


Charles Clay has not been the same player since leaving Miami. He has lows in receptions and yards in Buffalo the past two years.

Fantasy Impact: Clay should be on the field a lot in Rick Dennison's new off-season scheme. Whether or not that leads to targets is yet to be seen.

Category: Game Recaps


Tre'Davious White had four tackles, three solo and one for a loss against the Eagles on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The first round pick out of LSU should start at CB after the trade of Ronald Darby. The spot is his to lose.

Category: Game Recaps


E.J. Gaines had three solo tackles and an INT in his Bills debut on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: After coming over in the trade from the Rams, Gaines has the inside track to start at CB opposite Tre'Davious White.

Category: Game Recaps


Lorenzo Alexander had five solo tackles in limited play on Thursday against the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Alexander had 12.5 sacks last year, and seems to be a perfect fit for the new defensive scheme in Buffalo. Alexander is a solid IDP play.

Category: Game Recaps


Fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman was the first to relieve starter Tyrod Taylor on Thursday in Philadelphia, confirming his rise to second on the quarterback depth chart ahead of veteran T.J. Yates, at least for now. Peterman completed 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards and gained 17 yards on two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Peterman drew praise for the second game in a row. His stats through two preseason appearances are 23-of-45 for 279 yards, one touchdown and, perhaps most impressively for a rookie, no interceptions. He's also shown good mobility with 43 yards on six carries. After Taylor's dreadful start Thursday night, the Bills had to clarify that they are not actually considering a switch to Peterman as the starter. His dynasty stock continues to rise, and he could see regular-season action this year, whether because of a Taylor injury or benching.

Category: Game Recaps


Buffalo Bills PK Steven Hauschka maintained his perfect accuracy on the 2017 campaign in his team's road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bills' off-season acquisition connected on all three of his attempts, converting from 26, 30 and 42 yards in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: While not a top tier option at the position, Hauschka remains consistent and reliable, and a perfectly viable option for your fantasy lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


After missing the team's first pre-season game due to injury, Buffalo Bills rookie WR Zay Jones got his first taste of live snaps at the NFL level on Thursday night, making his debut in a road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones tied for the team lead in targets (six), hauling in three receptions for 42 yards.

Fantasy Impact: In addition to it being Jones debut, it was the first look at the Bills' passing offense since the departure via trade of former top WR Sammy Watkins. As the Bills were also missing recent acquisition (and presumed new top WR) Jordan Matthews, who sat out with a chest injury, the rookie figured to get a substantive look. The sample size was small, and the play of starting QB Tyrod Taylor was poor, but Jones looked competent and capable catching passes from both Taylor and second string QB, and fellow rookie, Nathan Peterman - especially on a nice, over the shoulder 22 yard reception along the sideline from Peterman near the end of the first half, which helped set up a Bills FG. Jones' value going into the season hovers somewhere at or around WR50, but don't be surprised if his combination of talent and opportunity propel him higher as the season progresses.

Category: Game Recaps


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have traded away Sammy Watkins and their 2018 sixth-round pick in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and the Rams 2018 second-round pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: Whoa boy. This one is going to take some time to process. Watkins is a difference maker at one of the most important positions on the field. The former No. 4 overall pick will go to Sean McVay's offense to play with Jared Goff. It's not ideal from a fantasy perspective, because Goff doesn't quite fit Watkins' skill-set. As of right now, Watkins should be looked at as a low-end WR2 who'll be even more up and down than he would've been on the Bills.

Category: Transactions


Reggie Ragland is trying working his way up the depth chart during camp. He is currently behind Preston Brown and Gerald Hodges.

Fantasy Impact: Ragland did have a good game on Thursday in the pre-season opener, tallying six tackles. He faces an uphill battle, but if he wins the starting job, he should be a viable LB in IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Eddie Yarbrough is garnering some attention at camp with his play. He followed that up with a solid pre-season debut on Thursday with three tackles, a sack and two QB hits.

Fantasy Impact: It is unknown right now if Yarbrough will make the team, or what impact he will have if he does. The way camp has gone however, owners in IDP leagues should monitor the situation.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonathan Williams left the game on Thursday with a hamstring injury. The extent of the injury is unknown at this time.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was impressive before he left the game, rushing for 39 yards on four attempts and catching one pass for seven yards. If healthy, he should be in line for a big workload this season in a run heavy offense.

Category: Game Recaps


Shaq Lawson has been a terror early on at camp. He has looked like a freak on the field, disrupting plays, and getting to the QB.

Fantasy Impact: Finally healthy, Lawson is primed for a big year. The scheme that Leslie Frazier runs suits Lawson's skill set, and he should be a solid IDP contributor at DE. He could reach double digit sacks this season.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Buffalo Bills have traded quarterback Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers for a seventh round conditional draft pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After signing T.J. Yates in free agency and selecting Nathan Peterman in the draft this offseason, Jones became expendable in Buffalo. For Los Angeles, landing Jones likely means they are out of the Robert Griffin III market. They brought the free agent signal caller in for a visit earlier in the week but did not sign him.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Buffalo Bills have declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that RFA running back Mike Gillislee signed with the New England Patriots. Gillislee is now officially a member of the Patriots' organization. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gillislee is the latest Bills player to sign with New England. The Patriots signed Stephon Gilmore the start of free agency and Chris Hogan last offseason. The 26-year-old running back's acquisition likely spells the end for LeGarrette Blount's tenure in New England. Expect Gillislee to seize the vacant role that Blount has left as New England's short yardage/ goal line back. The Patriots will forfeit their fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in return for Gillislee's services.

Category: Transactions


The Los Angeles Rams have signed free-agent WR Robert Woods. The deal is a 5-years worth up to $39M, with $15M guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Woods finished 2016 with 51 receptions, 613 yards, and one touchdown on 76 targets. Woods adds a blocking element that the receiving corps desperately needs. With Britt out of the picture the 24-year-old WR has an opportunity to become a reliable football player but in fantasy and the NFL. Expect Woods to compete for a starting job as well as being a nice value pick with upside in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting former Buffalo Bills defensive back Stephon Gilmore is expected to sign with the New England Patriots. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots, who will likely lose Logan Ryan in free agency, are expected to sign Gilmore Thursday. The five-year veteran spent his entire career with the division rival Bills and is coming off of a 2016 season in which he intercepted a career-high five passes. Gilmore is one of the top free agent defensive backs on the market and is expected ink a deal that exceeds $14 million per year.

Category: Transactions