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LeSean McCoy told reporters that he expected to play the same role that he did in 2018. McCoy said, "I mean, I'm a dominant player. I think that speaks for itself. But I'll be in the same role as last year. And I look forward to putting some numbers up and bouncing back from that last season." (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: By this, McCoy is insinuating that he'll be the leader of the Bills' backfield. While he could enter the season as the team's starter on the depth chart, he should face competition for carries from a number of sources, including veterans Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon as well as rookie third-round pick Devin Singletary. While McCoy was considered a solid RB2 by many entering 2018 drafts, he's now a fringe RB3 as the RB34 in our latest consensus rankings.

Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot on the first day of OTAs on Monday. (Source: Vic Carucci on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a tough way to start kick off the season. Kroft will need to undergo surgery and there's currently no timetable for a return. The 26-year-old signed a three-year deal with Buffalo this off-season but his Week 1 availability is now up in the air.

Category: Injury Updates

Former West Virginia WR David Sills has signed with the Buffalo Bills. (Source: E:60 on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was shocking to see Sills fall completely out of the draft given his elite production as a Mountaineer, as he led the nation in total TD receptions over the last two seasons with 33. At 6’3/210 pounds, Sills is long and lanky and one of the most sure-handed receivers in this draft class. It’s unclear exactly why he went undrafted, but Buffalo got a ton of value with the pickup. Sills will compete for playing time in a crowded receiving corps with Robert Foster and Zay Jones and new additions Cole Beasley and John Brown.

Charles Clay released by Bills

Fri, Feb 15th 11:24pm EST
By Dan Harris

The Bills released Charles Clay on Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clay was a healthy scratch down the stretch for the Bills, and he finished with a career-low 184 receiving yards and just 21 catches. Clay was in the final year of a five-year, $38 million contract, and would have counted $9 million against the Bills' salary cap. Once a fairly reliable low-end TE1, Clay's fantasy prospects are dim, and can only be revived if he signs with a team that has an extremely tight-end-friendly offense.

Category: Transactions

The Bills signed veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to a one-year contract extension through the 2019 season Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth a maximum value of $4.55 million with a base value of $3 million, including $550K to sign. The 35-year-old finished the 2018 season with 74 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 16 games (eight starts).

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The Buffalo Bills allowed just 11 points and 225 yards in their Week 17 win over the Dolphins. The unit racked up four sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

Fantasy Impact: The Bills defense has been strong most of the season, and was often betrayed by offensive turnovers leading to bad field position in their down games. This unit is on the verge of being a top fantasy option if the offense can more reliably stay on the field and sustain drives, so all signs are pointing up if the Bills add offensive talent and if Josh Allen continues to develop. Streaming is still the preferred option by most, but the Bills are a strong option, and will face the Dolphins and Jets twice in 2019, of course.

Category: Game Recaps

Steven Hauschka converted all six of his extra point attempts but missed his lone field goal attempt in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Hauschka has been mediocre all year after being a former fantasy darling at the position in his Seahawks days. As long as Hauschka is on the Bills, fantasy owners will likely have better options on higher scoring offenses. Hauschka should probably go undrafted in most 2019 leagues unless something changes.

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Jason Croom caught two of his four targets for 32 yards in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Croom started out the year as a largely unknown player, but has enjoyed the starting role for much of the second half of the season after Charles Clay did a lot of nothing to start the year. Croom doesn't appear to present much potential as a fantasy starter, so he probably won't be more than a role player. Don't expect him to make noise in 2019 fantasy drafts.

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Zay Jones caught six of his nine targets for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Jones has been a roller coaster ride this season, but has staged a breakout of sorts over the second half of the season after the Bills cleaned house at WR. If Jones can stay out of trouble, he has a solid chance to enter 2019 as the Bills' top possession receiver, which may be less valuable than other teams, but still presents target upside. Expect Jones to be a later-round pick once again.

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Robert Foster caught four of his five targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his normal role as a big-play specialist, Foster made a solid day by converting short receptions, including one touchdown. Foster has been a nice breakout player through the back half of the season, and could return to a starting role next season if the Bills don't add major WR talent (or if Zay Jones has more offseason troubles). Foster will probably enter 2019 as a later-round boom/bust pick.

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Chris Ivory rushed 14 times for 45 yards and caught his only target for 46 yards in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Ivory was woefully inefficient as a runner in this game, but salvaged a decent fantasy line with his long reception. Ivory has been a handcuff for most of his career, and now that he is approaching age 31, his limited appeal is quickly dwindling.

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Josh Allen completed 17-of-26 pass attempts for 224 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins. He rushed nine times for 95 yards and two additional touchdowns as well.

Fantasy Impact: Allen has had a very polarizing rookie campaign, with some boom games and some bust games alike. His rushing upside is tantalizing, though caution should be used, as much of Allen's rushing production is not designed, and therefore likely less sustainable (and perhaps more risky). Allen could well enter the QB1 discussion for next year's drafts if the Bills upgrade at WR, but know that his lack of risk aversion and inaccuracy will counteract his athleticism and rushing ability, making for a potential roller coaster in 2019.

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Buffalo defensive lineman Kyle Williams announced in a statement Friday that he will retire after Sunday’s season finale. The Bills sent him out with a bang as the big man had a nine yard reception in the fourth quarter of the 42-17 win over the Dolphins. It was the first and only catch of his career. On the defensive side, he recorded three tackles including one for a loss.

Fantasy Impact: Williams played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Bills. Buffalo selected Williams in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl five times and was first-team All-Pro once. His best season came in 2013 when he had a career-high 10.5 sacks. Williams described himself as “grateful” for his time in Buffalo. “To have spent this much time with one team,” he said in a statement provided by the Bills Friday. “To have had the opportunity to get to know this organization, this community, and more importantly, the people. To have raised my family here. To have made countless memories and friendships, on and off the field.” He finishes his final season with 34 tackles, five sacks, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and one pass defensed in 16 games. Oh, and one catch for nine yards, and a ton of memories.

Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds recorded a team-high 12 tackles (11 solo) with one sack, one interception, and one pass defensed in Sunday’s 42-17 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie finishes with 121 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed in 15 games this season. He will be one of the better IDP picks heading into 2019.

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Isaiah McKenzie caught one of his eight targets for eight yards in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: After being mostly a special teams player in Denver, McKenzie has become a regular part of the Buffalo passing game. He's too volatile to start for fantasy purposes, but he's a good name to keep an eye on through the coming offseason.

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Keith Ford rushed seven times for 33 yards and caught two of his four targets for 14 yards in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Ford saw some extra work due to a "situation" between RB LeSean McCoy and coach Sean McDermott, but didn't do much with that work. On the plus side, he was near 5 yards/carry, but on the minus side, 9 touches isn't viable for fantasy purposes. Even if McCoy sits out more time, Ford isn't worth pursuing in fantasy leagues.

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Matt Barkley has signed a two-year extension with the Bills. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This means that Barkley will continue to be Josh Allen's backup for the foreseeable future. Barkley played well enough in place of Allen this season, but he's no more than a backup for this team and won't have fantasy relevance unless Allen is injured.

Category: Transactions

Marcus Murphy placed on IR

Tue, Dec 18th 6:25pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

Marcus Murphy suffered his dislocated elbow Week 15 and will be placed on injured reserve by the Bills. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy was filling in for LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory. Both could return Week 16, while Murphy isn't likely to enter 2019 as much more than a role player in Buffalo.

Category: Injury Updates

Taron Johnson placed on IR

Wed, Dec 12th 12:16am EST
By Alex Johnson

The Bills announced Tuesday they have placed cornerback Taron Johnson (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve. (Source: Buffalo Bills )

Fantasy Impact: Johnson underwent surgery on his shoulder last week but the team waited until Tuesday to place him on IR. The rookie slot cornerback originally injured the shoulder in Week 1 but played through it, something head coach Sean McDermott appreciated. “He’s been working through it, which we definitely appreciate,” McDermott said last week. “He got a number of reps. He did play well in there and had a good first season. We just felt it was important for him to get that taken care of, so he could have a productive offseason as well.” The fourth-rounder’s season ends with 42 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and three passes defensed in 11 games (two starts).

Category: Injury Updates

Matt Milano placed on IR

Wed, Dec 12th 12:06am EST
By Alex Johnson

The Bills announced Tuesday they placed linebacker Matt Milano on injured reserve. Milano requires surgery for a broken fibula. His season is over. (Source: Buffalo Bills )

Fantasy Impact: Milano suffered the injury when he got his left leg twisted awkwardly on a goal line play late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Jets. His season ends with 78 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and seven passes defensed in 13 games.

Category: Injury Updates