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Buffalo Bills

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones (knee) suffered a sprained knee Tuesday and is expected to "miss some time" as a result. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, the 37th overall pick in April's draft, is considered "week-to-week" with a knee injury suffered at Tuesday's minicamp. Although he will miss time, it is too early to tell how much and if he indeed suffer a sprain or worse. The rookie wideout is expected to open the 2017 season as Buffalo's No. 2 receiver behind the oft-injured Sammy Watkins.

Category: Injury Updates


Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane told the media Tyrod Taylor is "probably" the team's starting quarterback for 2017, but will have to "compete" for the job. "We have open competition everywhere,” Beane said during an interview with Peter King via the MMQB. “Obviously it is a quarterback league, but with Tyrod, . . . He has some tools, his speed, he is tough to game-plan for. He has some strengths and he is still a young starter in this league. It is going to be a competition for every position, to let them fight it out and earn the right to start on this team.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Although the Bills retained Taylor for 2017, and head coach Sean McDermott already deemed him the starter, Beane, Buffalo's new GM, stated Monday that there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback job. Currently, the Bills are carrying five signal callers on their depth chart. Taylor, Nathan Peterman, Cardale Jones, T.J. Yates and Josh Woodrum will all be in the mix, but realistically, it's the former's job to lose. Beane's comments could have been made to light a fire under Taylor, whose shined in the past, but has never carried the team over the proverbial hump. From a fantasy football perspective, barring an unforeseen turn of events in training camp and the preseason, Taylor will enter the upcoming season starting under center for the Bills. Due to his versatility as a passer and a runner, the 27-year-old makes for a reliable fantasy option when presented with a fine matchup. However, because he struggles at times, he will once again open the year in the high-end QB2 tier. Perhaps, if Sammy Watkins' health remains intact, plus, Zay Jones emerges as a rookie, they could be the outside help that Taylor needs to become an every-week fantasy starter.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Buffalo Bills are not picking up wide receiver Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Bills are declining Watkins' fifth-year option. The 23-year-old wideout has battled injuries throughout his three-year career, missing 11 games since the 2014 season. While only playing in eight games last season, Watkins produced a meager 28-430-2 stat line, all career lows. However, with a new regime in Buffalo, Watkins could be in line for a bounce-back year in 2017, especially if his health remains intact. View Watkins as a boom or bust WR2 with for the upcoming fantasy football campaign.

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


Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told the media running back LeSean McCoy is the only player on the team who is not in attendance for voluntary workouts that began on Monday. "It's voluntary," McDermott said. "I'm encouraged by my conversations with LeSean." (Source: Buffalo Bills on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although McCoy is absent from Bills' voluntary workouts that began yesterday, Pro Football Talk is reporting that his absence is not contract related. McCoy is coming off of an outstanding 2016 season which was his best statistical campaign since 2013. He accumulated 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground that includes seven games of at least 100 yards rushing and a 5.4 YPC average. He also caught 50 targets for 356 yards and another score as a receiver out of the backfield. The 28-year-old dual threat rusher is expected to the featured component of Buffalo's offense once again in the upcoming season and is considered a high-end fantasy option at his position as well for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Rumors


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


Details of Marquise Goodwin's deal with the 49ers are coming out. He is expected to sign a two-year deal worth up to $8M with incentives. Reports are that the incentives are reachable. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There have been plenty of reports that Kyle Shanahan loves speed and Goodwin fits that mold better than most. An Olympic sprinter, Goodwin will provide a vertical threat that the team has not had in years.

Category: Transactions


The Buffalo Bills have released kicker Dan Carpenter on Monday. (Source: Buffalo Bills on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter was released Monday after playing four seasons in Buffalo. The nine-year veteran place kicker was only successful on 19-of-25 field goal attempts in 2016, which translates to only 76 percent, his worst season since 2010. He may have a difficult time finding a suitor for 2017.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills beat writer Jay Skurski does not expect the team to retain quarterback E.J. Manuel. "Manuel’s time with the Bills should be over," Skurski said via the Buffalo News. "His legacy will be that of a first-round draft bust, even if it’s not his fault the Bills reached for him." (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: Manuel, an impending free agent, is unlikely to be retained by the Bills this offseason. The former 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft has never lived up to expectations and is labeled by most as a bust. He will likely compete for a backup role with another club for 2017.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay was not able to sustain his recent hot streak of production in his team's Week 17 loss to the New York Jets. Clay was second on the team in targets with seven, but caught just three of them for 20 yards, and no touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: It was virtually impossible for Clay to keep up his solid pace, with the Bills using this game to take prospective looks at QBs EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones, neither of whom saw more than a handful of snaps so far this season. Clay's prospects going into next season will largely be contingent upon the incoming coaching staff, as well as a potential change in personnel at QB. As he showed over his last several games (not including this one), he can be a valuable fantasy asset when given the opportunity.

Category: Game Recaps


The Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver Percy Harvin (head) on the non-football injury list Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harvin has battled migraines and head aches throughout the course of his career and they have reared their ugly head once again in 2016. Harvin's season and perhaps his NFL career is over. A 2017 return is possible but seems unlikely at this point and time.

Category: Injury Updates


For the third time this season, Justin Hunter's only target was a touchdown. This time, it was a 16-yarder Sunday against Jacksonville. He's caught seven passes in seven games this season for Buffalo, and four of them hit pay dirt.

Fantasy Impact: If you're in a touchdown-only league, the ultimate TD specialist has paid off more often than not this year. Otherwise, Hunter doesn't get enough looks to be fantasy relevant. He played just 13 of 55 snaps Sunday, despite Buffalo missing Robert Woods and Percy Harvin, and Sammy Watkins playing part-time.

Category: Game Recaps


With Robert Woods lost to a knee injury, someone had to lead the Bills in receiving yards Sunday, and it was Brandon Tate. The former Cincinnati Bengal caught passes of 34 and 14 yards against his old team on three targets.

Fantasy Impact: The Bills' receiving corps without Woods is a jumbled mess, and none of them can be trusted for fantasy purposes, especially with Sammy Watkins possibly returning soon. Tate can be ignored.

Category: Game Recaps


Reggie Bush suffered a groin injury during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Chris Brown of Buffalobills.com reports. Bush was affected by what is believed to be a minor groin injury during Sunday's tilt, but he still caught two passes for 34 yards to go along with two rushes for a loss of eight yards. (Source: Chris Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bush's days being fantasy relevant are over. He will always be injury prone and the Bills just have him on the team for depth. He is not roster-able in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


With Marquise Goodwin out with a concussion and Robert Woods hobbled by his bad foot, it was Walter Powell who stepped up and led the Bills with 59 yards receiving, as he caught three of his team-high eight targets.

Fantasy Impact: Don't count on Powell to stay atop of the Bills' receiving corps; Woods' foot should improve, Goodwin may return, and the offense faces a daunting opponent next Monday in Seattle. Powell can be left alone in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bills on Friday placed receiver Greg Salas (groin) on injured reserve. He won't be eligible to return for at least eight weeks. (Source: Mike Rodak)

Fantasy Impact: Robert Woods is the team's slot man in sets of three or more receivers. Walter Powell and Brandon Tate are currently the backups behind Woods and Marquise Goodwin, and keep an eye on Justin Hunter as well. For now, Woods is the only Buffalo wideout who should be on fantasy rosters.

Category: Injury Updates


Bills RB Jonathan Williams (ribs) is questionable for Week 1 against the Ravens. Williams practiced in full all week, so he should be available.

Fantasy Impact: Even if Williams is healthy enough to be able to play he might be inactive. The rookie RB is fourth on the depth chart behind veterans LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush, and Mike Gillislee.

Category: Injury Updates


Dezmin Lewis released

Fri, Sep 2nd 2:31pm EDT
By Keith Kraska

BUF

The Buffalo Bills released wide receivers Dez Lewis and Jarrett Boykin on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo's wide receiver depth chart: 1. Sammy Watkins 2. Robert Woods 3. Marquise Goodwin (still in concussion protocol) 4. Greg Salas 5. Walt Powell. Lewis stirred up some buzz during offseason activities, but it didn't continue in pads.


Greg Little was targeted seven times, second on the Bills to Walt Powell's 10, in their preseason game Friday night in Washington. Little caught three of those targets for 27 yards. He had what would have been a game-winning touchdown nullified by an offensive pass interference call with 16 seconds left in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The key fact is that Little got his first target on the Bills' third series, after Sammy Watkins called it a night. Greg Salas opened the game in three-receiver sets, and that's where you want to be on the depth chart. Marquise Goodwin, who's in concussion protocol, had locked down the No. 3 job behind Watkins and Robert Woods, but the pecking order behind him isn't set in stone.

Category: Game Recaps


The Buffalo Bills have released RB Karlos Williams on Saturday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams was released after a tumultuous offseason in Buffalo. The second-year rusher showed up to spring practices overweight which led to his four-game suspension by the NFL. The Bills signed Reggie Bush in the midst of it all and it was all but over for Williams in Buffalo. Williams is a talented running back who will catch on with a new club despite his off the field issues.

Category: Transactions


The Buffalo Bills website was quick to heap praise on tight end Blake Annen, saying how the former practice squad player emerged during spring practices and could be another target in the red zone. (Source: Buffalo Bills)

Fantasy Impact: Annen has never caught an NFL pass, appearing in just five games in his three-year career. But the Bills are enamored with his size (6'4", 247 lbs.) and speed (4.41 40-time at his college pro day). He is the deepest of sleepers, but targets are there for the taking behind Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay.


Leonard Hankerson has been impressive with his new team, according to Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. Hankerson is seeing more reps with the regulars with the injury to fellow WR Sammy Watkins. (Source: BuffaloBills.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hankerson proved productive with the Falcons prior to his release last season, but he'll need to continue to prove his worth on his new team. He'll be competing with several other players, including Watkins when he's healthy enough to return, for reps.


The Buffalo Bills declined "the right of first refusal" on the offer sheet made to Chris Hogan by the New England Patriots officially making the fourth-year wide receiver a member of the Patriots. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hogan signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with $7.5 million of guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Hogan will join a Patriots team that is wide receiver-needy, especially in the wake of Brandon LaFell's release. Hogan finished 2015 with 36 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns. The product of Monmouth University could see a significant increase in playing time this upcoming season and could be worth a late-round flier in fantasy football.

Category: Transactions


It appears that running back Anthony Dixon will not return to the Bills in 2016. Dixon tweeted a farewell message on Tuesday thanking the organization and its fan base saying that his "time is up" in Buffalo. (Source: Anthony Dixon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There already is a void at the running back position due to the unknown outcome of the LeSean McCoy night club altercation in February. With Anthony Dixon leaving, the Bills will likely address the position in the draft or via free agency.

Category: Rumors


Bills cut Dan Herron

Wed, Nov 25th 1:46pm EST
By Keith Kraska

The Bills cut running back Daniel "Boom" Herron on Wednesday. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: With LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams healthy, the Bills decided not to carry a fourth back behind Anthony Dixon, and so Boom's tenure in Buffalo is over.


Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg finished second behind the team's top TE Charles Clay in receiving in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Gragg had five catches for 54 yards - a career high. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gragg's production is sparse, but the Bills utilizing two tight ends may lead to a slight dropoff in Charles Clay's stats as the lead player at that position. It is something interesting to note, but nothing that should be read too far into.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bills have traded QB Matt Cassel to the Cowboys. NFL.com reports the terms of the trade are predicated on a swap of late 2017 picks between the Bills and Cowboys. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Following Tony Romo's injury, Brandon Weeden was the QB next in line. Weeden is still likely to get a first crack at replacing Romo, but now the Cowboys have some additional insurance in case of further injury or ineffectiveness.

Category: Transactions


Bills release Bryce Brown

Tue, Sep 15th 4:47pm EDT
By Keith Kraska

The Bills released Bryce Brown on Tuesday to make room for Marcell Dareus, who returned to the active roster after a one-game suspension. (Source: Buffalobills.com)

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo traded a fourth-round pick for Brown last year, but he never made an impression and was a healthy scratch in Week 1. He ran for 126 yards on 36 carries last year. The Bills' backfield now consists of LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Anthony Dixon. This favors Williams the most, and he should be on fantasy rosters anyway as McCoy's best backup.

Category: Transactions


Bills release Fred Jackson

Mon, Aug 31st 10:35am EDT
By Pat James

The Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back Fred Jackson. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Don't fret just yet if you have Jackson on your roster. He should land somewhere before the season starts.


C.J. Spiller signs with Saints

Fri, Mar 13th 5:18pm EDT
By Matt Muller

KC

Former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has joined the Saints, signing a 4 year / $18 million contract, including $9 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Spiller is talented, but joins a committee that currently includes newly re-signed Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. Rumors of the Saints "hosting a firesale" continue to swirl as they ship off Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Long story short, this offense is in a turbulent state and Spiller's usage for next year remains unclear. A Darren Sproles-esque role apppears to be most likely for Spiller, which would likely push Spiller to the mid-late rounds on draft day in most leagues.

Category: Transactions


After 5 season with the Buffalo Bills Scott Chandler has been released, a move that creates $2.25 million in cap space for the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: With Chandler hitting the open market the New England Patriots will be a team sure to look heavily into Chandler. Bill Belichick has always admired Chandler's talent and would love to pair him up with Rob Gronkowski in New England.


Kyle Orton retires

Mon, Dec 29th 10:07am EST
By Keith Kraska

Kyle Orton announced his retirement Monday morning. “I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day,” Orton said.

Fantasy Impact: Orton departs after an inconsistent season typical of his career. The Bills' options now are to give E.J. Manuel another shot, acquire a veteran such as Jay Cutler, or take a quarterback in a draft in which they have no first-round pick. Or all of the above.


Mike Williams went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday, meaning he is on Buffalo's injured reserve for the rest of the season. He is under contract through 2018, with $5.2 million guaranteed next season. (Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Whether it's with the Bills or another team, it's wait-til-next-year for CaveMan Mike, who was a huge disappointment in his hometown, especially on a team that could have used a big red-zone target.


After gaining 71 yards the previous week, MarQueis Gray was targeted just one time in Week 14 at Denver, and didn’t catch it.

Fantasy Impact: So much for that. Let’s see what he does next week against Green Bay.


Thaddeus Lewis has agreed to terms with the Texans. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Mallet out, the Texan's quarterback position is up in the air. While it is unlikely Lewis would get the job, he is worth keeping an eye on. Lewis played fairly solid for the Bills last year during E.J. Manuel's injury.


One of the Bills' four touchdown passes in Week 8 went to blocking tight end Lee Smith. It was a 1-yarder off a play-action from a goal-line set. He also caught another pass for four yards.

Fantasy Impact: That makes 15 catches for Smith ... in his four-year career with the Bills. It was his first touchdown since 2012, and now he's up to three all-time. That's all the fantasy analysis you need.


Frank Summers bails out Watkins

Mon, Oct 27th 10:52am EDT
By Keith Kraska

Sammy Watkins needs to buy Frank "The Tank" Summers a gold watch or something. The Bills' fullback scored a 2-yard touchdown two plays after Watkins cost himself a TD by showboating at the end of an 84-yard catch-and-run in Week 8.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't really a fantasy blurb; it was Summers' ninth touch of the season and second touchdown in two years with Buffalo. Just a happy ending to the Watkins blunder.


Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane told the media Tyrod Taylor is "probably" the team's starting quarterback for 2017, but will have to "compete" for the job. "We have open competition everywhere,” Beane said during an interview with Peter King via the MMQB. “Obviously it is a quarterback league, but with Tyrod, . . . He has some tools, his speed, he is tough to game-plan for. He has some strengths and he is still a young starter in this league. It is going to be a competition for every position, to let them fight it out and earn the right to start on this team.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Although the Bills retained Taylor for 2017, and head coach Sean McDermott already deemed him the starter, Beane, Buffalo's new GM, stated Monday that there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback job. Currently, the Bills are carrying five signal callers on their depth chart. Taylor, Nathan Peterman, Cardale Jones, T.J. Yates and Josh Woodrum will all be in the mix, but realistically, it's the former's job to lose. Beane's comments could have been made to light a fire under Taylor, whose shined in the past, but has never carried the team over the proverbial hump. From a fantasy football perspective, barring an unforeseen turn of events in training camp and the preseason, Taylor will enter the upcoming season starting under center for the Bills. Due to his versatility as a passer and a runner, the 27-year-old makes for a reliable fantasy option when presented with a fine matchup. However, because he struggles at times, he will once again open the year in the high-end QB2 tier. Perhaps, if Sammy Watkins' health remains intact, plus, Zay Jones emerges as a rookie, they could be the outside help that Taylor needs to become an every-week fantasy starter.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills beat writer Jay Skurski does not expect the team to retain quarterback E.J. Manuel. "Manuel’s time with the Bills should be over," Skurski said via the Buffalo News. "His legacy will be that of a first-round draft bust, even if it’s not his fault the Bills reached for him." (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: Manuel, an impending free agent, is unlikely to be retained by the Bills this offseason. The former 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft has never lived up to expectations and is labeled by most as a bust. He will likely compete for a backup role with another club for 2017.

Category: Rumors


The Bills have traded QB Matt Cassel to the Cowboys. NFL.com reports the terms of the trade are predicated on a swap of late 2017 picks between the Bills and Cowboys. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Following Tony Romo's injury, Brandon Weeden was the QB next in line. Weeden is still likely to get a first crack at replacing Romo, but now the Cowboys have some additional insurance in case of further injury or ineffectiveness.

Category: Transactions


Kyle Orton retires

Mon, Dec 29th 10:07am EST
By Keith Kraska

Kyle Orton announced his retirement Monday morning. “I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day,” Orton said.

Fantasy Impact: Orton departs after an inconsistent season typical of his career. The Bills' options now are to give E.J. Manuel another shot, acquire a veteran such as Jay Cutler, or take a quarterback in a draft in which they have no first-round pick. Or all of the above.


Thaddeus Lewis has agreed to terms with the Texans. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Mallet out, the Texan's quarterback position is up in the air. While it is unlikely Lewis would get the job, he is worth keeping an eye on. Lewis played fairly solid for the Bills last year during E.J. Manuel's injury.


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


Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told the media running back LeSean McCoy is the only player on the team who is not in attendance for voluntary workouts that began on Monday. "It's voluntary," McDermott said. "I'm encouraged by my conversations with LeSean." (Source: Buffalo Bills on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although McCoy is absent from Bills' voluntary workouts that began yesterday, Pro Football Talk is reporting that his absence is not contract related. McCoy is coming off of an outstanding 2016 season which was his best statistical campaign since 2013. He accumulated 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground that includes seven games of at least 100 yards rushing and a 5.4 YPC average. He also caught 50 targets for 356 yards and another score as a receiver out of the backfield. The 28-year-old dual threat rusher is expected to the featured component of Buffalo's offense once again in the upcoming season and is considered a high-end fantasy option at his position as well for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Rumors


Reggie Bush suffered a groin injury during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Chris Brown of Buffalobills.com reports. Bush was affected by what is believed to be a minor groin injury during Sunday's tilt, but he still caught two passes for 34 yards to go along with two rushes for a loss of eight yards. (Source: Chris Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bush's days being fantasy relevant are over. He will always be injury prone and the Bills just have him on the team for depth. He is not roster-able in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Bills RB Jonathan Williams (ribs) is questionable for Week 1 against the Ravens. Williams practiced in full all week, so he should be available.

Fantasy Impact: Even if Williams is healthy enough to be able to play he might be inactive. The rookie RB is fourth on the depth chart behind veterans LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush, and Mike Gillislee.

Category: Injury Updates


The Buffalo Bills have released RB Karlos Williams on Saturday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams was released after a tumultuous offseason in Buffalo. The second-year rusher showed up to spring practices overweight which led to his four-game suspension by the NFL. The Bills signed Reggie Bush in the midst of it all and it was all but over for Williams in Buffalo. Williams is a talented running back who will catch on with a new club despite his off the field issues.

Category: Transactions


It appears that running back Anthony Dixon will not return to the Bills in 2016. Dixon tweeted a farewell message on Tuesday thanking the organization and its fan base saying that his "time is up" in Buffalo. (Source: Anthony Dixon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There already is a void at the running back position due to the unknown outcome of the LeSean McCoy night club altercation in February. With Anthony Dixon leaving, the Bills will likely address the position in the draft or via free agency.

Category: Rumors


Bills cut Dan Herron

Wed, Nov 25th 1:46pm EST
By Keith Kraska

The Bills cut running back Daniel "Boom" Herron on Wednesday. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: With LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams healthy, the Bills decided not to carry a fourth back behind Anthony Dixon, and so Boom's tenure in Buffalo is over.


Bills release Bryce Brown

Tue, Sep 15th 4:47pm EDT
By Keith Kraska

The Bills released Bryce Brown on Tuesday to make room for Marcell Dareus, who returned to the active roster after a one-game suspension. (Source: Buffalobills.com)

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo traded a fourth-round pick for Brown last year, but he never made an impression and was a healthy scratch in Week 1. He ran for 126 yards on 36 carries last year. The Bills' backfield now consists of LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Anthony Dixon. This favors Williams the most, and he should be on fantasy rosters anyway as McCoy's best backup.

Category: Transactions


Bills release Fred Jackson

Mon, Aug 31st 10:35am EDT
By Pat James

The Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back Fred Jackson. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Don't fret just yet if you have Jackson on your roster. He should land somewhere before the season starts.


C.J. Spiller signs with Saints

Fri, Mar 13th 5:18pm EDT
By Matt Muller

KC

Former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has joined the Saints, signing a 4 year / $18 million contract, including $9 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Spiller is talented, but joins a committee that currently includes newly re-signed Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. Rumors of the Saints "hosting a firesale" continue to swirl as they ship off Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Long story short, this offense is in a turbulent state and Spiller's usage for next year remains unclear. A Darren Sproles-esque role apppears to be most likely for Spiller, which would likely push Spiller to the mid-late rounds on draft day in most leagues.

Category: Transactions


Frank Summers bails out Watkins

Mon, Oct 27th 10:52am EDT
By Keith Kraska

Sammy Watkins needs to buy Frank "The Tank" Summers a gold watch or something. The Bills' fullback scored a 2-yard touchdown two plays after Watkins cost himself a TD by showboating at the end of an 84-yard catch-and-run in Week 8.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't really a fantasy blurb; it was Summers' ninth touch of the season and second touchdown in two years with Buffalo. Just a happy ending to the Watkins blunder.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones (knee) suffered a sprained knee Tuesday and is expected to "miss some time" as a result. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, the 37th overall pick in April's draft, is considered "week-to-week" with a knee injury suffered at Tuesday's minicamp. Although he will miss time, it is too early to tell how much and if he indeed suffer a sprain or worse. The rookie wideout is expected to open the 2017 season as Buffalo's No. 2 receiver behind the oft-injured Sammy Watkins.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Buffalo Bills are not picking up wide receiver Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Bills are declining Watkins' fifth-year option. The 23-year-old wideout has battled injuries throughout his three-year career, missing 11 games since the 2014 season. While only playing in eight games last season, Watkins produced a meager 28-430-2 stat line, all career lows. However, with a new regime in Buffalo, Watkins could be in line for a bounce-back year in 2017, especially if his health remains intact. View Watkins as a boom or bust WR2 with for the upcoming fantasy football campaign.

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


Details of Marquise Goodwin's deal with the 49ers are coming out. He is expected to sign a two-year deal worth up to $8M with incentives. Reports are that the incentives are reachable. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There have been plenty of reports that Kyle Shanahan loves speed and Goodwin fits that mold better than most. An Olympic sprinter, Goodwin will provide a vertical threat that the team has not had in years.

Category: Transactions


The Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver Percy Harvin (head) on the non-football injury list Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harvin has battled migraines and head aches throughout the course of his career and they have reared their ugly head once again in 2016. Harvin's season and perhaps his NFL career is over. A 2017 return is possible but seems unlikely at this point and time.

Category: Injury Updates


For the third time this season, Justin Hunter's only target was a touchdown. This time, it was a 16-yarder Sunday against Jacksonville. He's caught seven passes in seven games this season for Buffalo, and four of them hit pay dirt.

Fantasy Impact: If you're in a touchdown-only league, the ultimate TD specialist has paid off more often than not this year. Otherwise, Hunter doesn't get enough looks to be fantasy relevant. He played just 13 of 55 snaps Sunday, despite Buffalo missing Robert Woods and Percy Harvin, and Sammy Watkins playing part-time.

Category: Game Recaps


With Robert Woods lost to a knee injury, someone had to lead the Bills in receiving yards Sunday, and it was Brandon Tate. The former Cincinnati Bengal caught passes of 34 and 14 yards against his old team on three targets.

Fantasy Impact: The Bills' receiving corps without Woods is a jumbled mess, and none of them can be trusted for fantasy purposes, especially with Sammy Watkins possibly returning soon. Tate can be ignored.

Category: Game Recaps


With Marquise Goodwin out with a concussion and Robert Woods hobbled by his bad foot, it was Walter Powell who stepped up and led the Bills with 59 yards receiving, as he caught three of his team-high eight targets.

Fantasy Impact: Don't count on Powell to stay atop of the Bills' receiving corps; Woods' foot should improve, Goodwin may return, and the offense faces a daunting opponent next Monday in Seattle. Powell can be left alone in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bills on Friday placed receiver Greg Salas (groin) on injured reserve. He won't be eligible to return for at least eight weeks. (Source: Mike Rodak)

Fantasy Impact: Robert Woods is the team's slot man in sets of three or more receivers. Walter Powell and Brandon Tate are currently the backups behind Woods and Marquise Goodwin, and keep an eye on Justin Hunter as well. For now, Woods is the only Buffalo wideout who should be on fantasy rosters.

Category: Injury Updates


Dezmin Lewis released

Fri, Sep 2nd 2:31pm EDT
By Keith Kraska

BUF

The Buffalo Bills released wide receivers Dez Lewis and Jarrett Boykin on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo's wide receiver depth chart: 1. Sammy Watkins 2. Robert Woods 3. Marquise Goodwin (still in concussion protocol) 4. Greg Salas 5. Walt Powell. Lewis stirred up some buzz during offseason activities, but it didn't continue in pads.


Greg Little was targeted seven times, second on the Bills to Walt Powell's 10, in their preseason game Friday night in Washington. Little caught three of those targets for 27 yards. He had what would have been a game-winning touchdown nullified by an offensive pass interference call with 16 seconds left in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The key fact is that Little got his first target on the Bills' third series, after Sammy Watkins called it a night. Greg Salas opened the game in three-receiver sets, and that's where you want to be on the depth chart. Marquise Goodwin, who's in concussion protocol, had locked down the No. 3 job behind Watkins and Robert Woods, but the pecking order behind him isn't set in stone.

Category: Game Recaps


Leonard Hankerson has been impressive with his new team, according to Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. Hankerson is seeing more reps with the regulars with the injury to fellow WR Sammy Watkins. (Source: BuffaloBills.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hankerson proved productive with the Falcons prior to his release last season, but he'll need to continue to prove his worth on his new team. He'll be competing with several other players, including Watkins when he's healthy enough to return, for reps.


The Buffalo Bills declined "the right of first refusal" on the offer sheet made to Chris Hogan by the New England Patriots officially making the fourth-year wide receiver a member of the Patriots. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hogan signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with $7.5 million of guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Hogan will join a Patriots team that is wide receiver-needy, especially in the wake of Brandon LaFell's release. Hogan finished 2015 with 36 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns. The product of Monmouth University could see a significant increase in playing time this upcoming season and could be worth a late-round flier in fantasy football.

Category: Transactions


Mike Williams went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday, meaning he is on Buffalo's injured reserve for the rest of the season. He is under contract through 2018, with $5.2 million guaranteed next season. (Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Whether it's with the Bills or another team, it's wait-til-next-year for CaveMan Mike, who was a huge disappointment in his hometown, especially on a team that could have used a big red-zone target.


Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay was not able to sustain his recent hot streak of production in his team's Week 17 loss to the New York Jets. Clay was second on the team in targets with seven, but caught just three of them for 20 yards, and no touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: It was virtually impossible for Clay to keep up his solid pace, with the Bills using this game to take prospective looks at QBs EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones, neither of whom saw more than a handful of snaps so far this season. Clay's prospects going into next season will largely be contingent upon the incoming coaching staff, as well as a potential change in personnel at QB. As he showed over his last several games (not including this one), he can be a valuable fantasy asset when given the opportunity.

Category: Game Recaps


The Buffalo Bills website was quick to heap praise on tight end Blake Annen, saying how the former practice squad player emerged during spring practices and could be another target in the red zone. (Source: Buffalo Bills)

Fantasy Impact: Annen has never caught an NFL pass, appearing in just five games in his three-year career. But the Bills are enamored with his size (6'4", 247 lbs.) and speed (4.41 40-time at his college pro day). He is the deepest of sleepers, but targets are there for the taking behind Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay.


Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg finished second behind the team's top TE Charles Clay in receiving in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Gragg had five catches for 54 yards - a career high. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gragg's production is sparse, but the Bills utilizing two tight ends may lead to a slight dropoff in Charles Clay's stats as the lead player at that position. It is something interesting to note, but nothing that should be read too far into.

Category: Game Recaps


After 5 season with the Buffalo Bills Scott Chandler has been released, a move that creates $2.25 million in cap space for the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: With Chandler hitting the open market the New England Patriots will be a team sure to look heavily into Chandler. Bill Belichick has always admired Chandler's talent and would love to pair him up with Rob Gronkowski in New England.


After gaining 71 yards the previous week, MarQueis Gray was targeted just one time in Week 14 at Denver, and didn’t catch it.

Fantasy Impact: So much for that. Let’s see what he does next week against Green Bay.


One of the Bills' four touchdown passes in Week 8 went to blocking tight end Lee Smith. It was a 1-yarder off a play-action from a goal-line set. He also caught another pass for four yards.

Fantasy Impact: That makes 15 catches for Smith ... in his four-year career with the Bills. It was his first touchdown since 2012, and now he's up to three all-time. That's all the fantasy analysis you need.


The Buffalo Bills have released kicker Dan Carpenter on Monday. (Source: Buffalo Bills on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter was released Monday after playing four seasons in Buffalo. The nine-year veteran place kicker was only successful on 19-of-25 field goal attempts in 2016, which translates to only 76 percent, his worst season since 2010. He may have a difficult time finding a suitor for 2017.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills have hired former Rams OC Rob Boras as their TE coach. The Bills are also scheduled to interview Greg Olson for their OC job later this week. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills TEs were nowhere to be found in fantasy football this year. Granted, it was a down year for all TEs, but hopefully Boras will do a better job coaching them than he did with the Rams.

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


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Buffalo Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson (knee) underwent a knee scope shortly following the 2016 season. The network insider said that the "team projects him to be fine for all offseason activities." (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lawson underwent a knee scope in January, which is considered a minor procedure and is expected to be a full-go for all of the team's offseason work. Lawson tallied 13 total tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble while playing in only 10 games in his rookie year due to a lingering shoulder injury sustained during his senior season at Clemson. He'll look to make a greater impact in 2017 playing under new Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who is considered one of the brightest defensive minds in the NFL.

Category: Injury Updates


Aaron Williams was officially placed on injured reserve in order for the Bills to sign WR Percy Harvin. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a big blow to the Bills defense which we should all see come to fruition this week in Sunday night's bout against the Seahawks. Seahawks receiving options should see a slight bump.

Category: Injury Updates


Buffalo Bills LB Zach Brown continued his torrid pace in his team's week 8 home loss to the New England Patriots. He tied for the team lead in total tackles with 11 total (seven solo), adding one sack on the afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is averaging double digit tackles per game on the season, and extended his league leading numbers in that category on Sunday. He is a rock solid LB1 in IDP formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander added another sack to his season total in a home win against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, leaving him with the league lead in that category with two games remaining on the Week 6 schedule.

Fantasy Impact: Alexander's sack total for the season (eight) is now just one fewer than his career total entering this season. Clearly, he has value in IDP leagues which award extra scoring for sacks, but his relatively low volume in overall tackling numbers make him less valuable in standard IDP scoring, where teammates Zach and Preston Brown (no relation) would be much more viable options.

Category: Game Recaps


Marcell Dareus did not practice on Friday due to a hamstring injury, leaving his status for Sunday doubtful. (Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dareus has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he suffered prior to Week 5, and was unable to practice for the entirety of this week. It is unlikely that Dareus will play against San Francisco, but his absence will have little impact on the Bills' defensive performance. When available, Dareus is a valuable weapon, but he has yet to play this season, and the Bills' defense has been performing well without him.

Category: Injury Updates


Buffalo cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman had a big day Sunday in his former college stadium at Los Angeles, first jumping a sideline route and returning an interception 41 yards for Buffalo's go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, then sealing the game with another pick on the Rams' final drive.

Fantasy Impact: They were Robey-Coleman's first two interceptions of the season, and his second touchdown, as he returned a fumble all the way in Week 2. He's a playmaker when on the field, but as Buffalo's nickel corner (playing 58 percent of defensive snaps coming into the Rams game), he depends on big plays to get on the fantasy scoresheet.

Category: Game Recaps


Bills cornerback Corey White started Sunday against Arizona in place of injured Ronald Darby, and came up big with eight tackles and an interception.

Fantasy Impact: Carson Palmer had to throw 50 passes in catch-up mode, and he picked on White, resulting in a big fantasy day for him. If Darby misses more time, White will likely get more volume as opponents avoid Stephon Gilmore.

Category: Game Recaps


CBS's Jason LaConfora tweeted Sunday morning that the Bills do not plan to have cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) available Sunday against Arizona. (Source: Jason LaConfora)

Fantasy Impact: If you have him in an IDP league, take him out now.

Category: Injury Updates


Preston Brown productive again

Fri, Sep 16th 9:44am EDT
By Mike Mahern

BUF

In his team's week 2 home loss to the Jets, Bufflalo Bills LB Preston Brown led the team in total tackles, finishing with 16 (seven solo), including a forced fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Brown seems to be the centerpiece of the Bills defensive unit, and his production reflects that. He remains a solid LB2 in IDP formats.

Category: Game Recaps


The Buffalo Bills have released LB Manny Lawson on Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lawson's release is a bit of a surprise as Buffalo was plagued by injury on their defensive front seven this offseason. Reggie Ragland will miss the entire season and Shaq Lawson is expected to miss most, if not all of the upcoming campaign due to their respective injuries making (Manny) Lawson's release an even bigger shock. Buffalo's D/ST should remain on the waiver wire to start the 2016 fantasy football campaign and avoided in the draft.

Category: Transactions


The MRI has confirmed that Buffalo Bills LB Ikemefuna Enempkali has torn his ACL, he is out for the season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to many Enemkpali would have really helped the Bills defense. Unfortunately, the Bills linebacking core keeps taking on big injuries which will lead them to taking a hit in their ranking. When all is said and done, let's see what they look like come draft day.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland is "expected" to miss the entire 2016 regular season due to a torn ACL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills suffered a tremendous blow to their defense as Ragland could now miss the entire 2016 regular season. The rookie linebacker's initial diagnosis had a brighter outcome, but the worst possible scenario appears to be rearing its ugly head. Ragland is expected to be placed on IR and undergo surgery to repair the knee in the coming days. Buffalo's D/ST is shaping up to be a risky fantasy option in 2016.

Category: Injury Updates


The Buffalo Bills and LT Cordy Glenn agreed to terms on a five-year, $65 million deal with $36 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills locked up Cordy Glenn on Tuesday awarding him with a huge five-year, $65 million deal. Glenn anchored a Bills' offensive line that finished the 2015 season with a league leading 2,432 total yards on the ground.

Category: Transactions


The Buffalo Bills re-signed G Richie Incognito to a three-year deal worth "roughly" $15 million according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buffalo made their latest roster move on Tuesday re-signing Richie Incognito. The Bills are keeping their offensive line in tact by making this move and also placing the franchise tag on LT Cordy Glenn earlier in the month. Bills' HC Rex Ryan has a run-first philosophy which is why these transactions are so crucial.

Category: Transactions


The Buffalo Bills are expected to release Leodis McKelvin according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leodis McKelvin has been a solid corner throughout his NFL career and will garner interest from numerous defensive back-needy teams during the free agency period.

Category: Transactions


Bills cut Mario Williams

Tue, Mar 1st 12:51pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have released DE Mario Williams per sources. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mario Williams did not fit into Rex Ryan's system in Buffalo and recorded only five sacks in 2015. Williams was slated to earn $19.9 million in 2016. Williams will be signed at a lower price tag, or a deal with incentive's built in elsewhere.

Category: Transactions


Bills starting LB Nigel Bradham has been ruled out for Week 15. He's been out since Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Consider this an upgrade for RB Matt Jones this week. I could foresee a high scoring affair against the Redskins.

Category: Injury Updates


Kyle Williams done for season

Fri, Nov 27th 2:15pm EST
By Keith Kraska

BUF

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was injured Oct. 18, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee, he said Friday. (Source: Mike Rodak )

Fantasy Impact: One of the Bills' top players for the past decade, Williams is 32 but said he intends to return next year. Corbin Bryant has been starting in his place and is not an IDP option.

Category: Injury Updates


Bacarri Rambo blows up the Jets

Thu, Nov 12th 11:38pm EST
By Keith Kraska

MIA

Bills safety Bacarri Rambo did it all Thursday night against the Jets, forcing a fumble that Duke Williams returned for a touchdown, forcing and recovering another fumble, and sealing the game with a last-minute interception.

Fantasy Impact: They were Rambo's first turnovers of the season, so count this as his blowup game of the year, similar to his two interceptions of Aaron Rodgers last season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jerry Hughes had two sacks Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, leading the defense in this category. His first sack resulted in a game-changing Ryan Tannehill fumble that Hughes recovered, and his second one resulted in a 11-yard loss. (Source: Yahoo!)

Fantasy Impact: Hughes now has three sacks on the season, which, along with the Bills' defense as a whole, is a disappointment considering he had 19.5 QB takedowns over the past two seasons. He has more personal-foul penalties this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Due to a groin injury, Corey Graham was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but participated fully on Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. (Source: BuffaloBills.com)

Fantasy Impact: Graham has been a big part of the Bills' defense this year. Having him in the game on Sunday at safety will help improve the strength of the defense against Miami's passing game.

Category: Injury Updates


The Patriots have signed free agent LB Brandon Spikes to a 1-year deal. Spikes spent the 2014 season Buffalo. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Spikes spent his first four years in the NFL with New England before leaving last season to play with Buffalo last season. Spikes give the Patriots depth at linebacker which will help as Jerrod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower recover from injuries. Spikes will play mostly early downs as he is a dominant run stopper but struggles in pass rush.


The Cowboys are trying to rebuild what could be a very different defense in 2015, adding veteran linebacker Keith Rivers. The Cowboys could lose Rolando McClain, Bruce Carter, and Justin Durant in free agency, but have Sean Lee returning from injury in the linebacker corps. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys did rank eighth in rush defense in 2014, but they struggled with pressuring the QB and in passing defense. Rivers may not be able to provide stability, he has only played 74 games in seven years, but his veteran presence could provide support and depth for the Cowboys. If all things work out for the Cowboys, Rivers should be a backup linebacker, providing depth to what can be a strength for the Cowboys. Rivers' best season was 2010 with the Bengals where he had 77 tackles and a sack.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Buffalo Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson (knee) underwent a knee scope shortly following the 2016 season. The network insider said that the "team projects him to be fine for all offseason activities." (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lawson underwent a knee scope in January, which is considered a minor procedure and is expected to be a full-go for all of the team's offseason work. Lawson tallied 13 total tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble while playing in only 10 games in his rookie year due to a lingering shoulder injury sustained during his senior season at Clemson. He'll look to make a greater impact in 2017 playing under new Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who is considered one of the brightest defensive minds in the NFL.

Category: Injury Updates


Marcell Dareus did not practice on Friday due to a hamstring injury, leaving his status for Sunday doubtful. (Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dareus has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he suffered prior to Week 5, and was unable to practice for the entirety of this week. It is unlikely that Dareus will play against San Francisco, but his absence will have little impact on the Bills' defensive performance. When available, Dareus is a valuable weapon, but he has yet to play this season, and the Bills' defense has been performing well without him.

Category: Injury Updates


The Buffalo Bills have released LB Manny Lawson on Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lawson's release is a bit of a surprise as Buffalo was plagued by injury on their defensive front seven this offseason. Reggie Ragland will miss the entire season and Shaq Lawson is expected to miss most, if not all of the upcoming campaign due to their respective injuries making (Manny) Lawson's release an even bigger shock. Buffalo's D/ST should remain on the waiver wire to start the 2016 fantasy football campaign and avoided in the draft.

Category: Transactions


Bills cut Mario Williams

Tue, Mar 1st 12:51pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have released DE Mario Williams per sources. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mario Williams did not fit into Rex Ryan's system in Buffalo and recorded only five sacks in 2015. Williams was slated to earn $19.9 million in 2016. Williams will be signed at a lower price tag, or a deal with incentive's built in elsewhere.

Category: Transactions


Kyle Williams done for season

Fri, Nov 27th 2:15pm EST
By Keith Kraska

BUF

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was injured Oct. 18, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee, he said Friday. (Source: Mike Rodak )

Fantasy Impact: One of the Bills' top players for the past decade, Williams is 32 but said he intends to return next year. Corbin Bryant has been starting in his place and is not an IDP option.

Category: Injury Updates


Buffalo Bills LB Zach Brown continued his torrid pace in his team's week 8 home loss to the New England Patriots. He tied for the team lead in total tackles with 11 total (seven solo), adding one sack on the afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is averaging double digit tackles per game on the season, and extended his league leading numbers in that category on Sunday. He is a rock solid LB1 in IDP formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander added another sack to his season total in a home win against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, leaving him with the league lead in that category with two games remaining on the Week 6 schedule.

Fantasy Impact: Alexander's sack total for the season (eight) is now just one fewer than his career total entering this season. Clearly, he has value in IDP leagues which award extra scoring for sacks, but his relatively low volume in overall tackling numbers make him less valuable in standard IDP scoring, where teammates Zach and Preston Brown (no relation) would be much more viable options.

Category: Game Recaps


Preston Brown productive again

Fri, Sep 16th 9:44am EDT
By Mike Mahern

BUF

In his team's week 2 home loss to the Jets, Bufflalo Bills LB Preston Brown led the team in total tackles, finishing with 16 (seven solo), including a forced fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Brown seems to be the centerpiece of the Bills defensive unit, and his production reflects that. He remains a solid LB2 in IDP formats.

Category: Game Recaps


The MRI has confirmed that Buffalo Bills LB Ikemefuna Enempkali has torn his ACL, he is out for the season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to many Enemkpali would have really helped the Bills defense. Unfortunately, the Bills linebacking core keeps taking on big injuries which will lead them to taking a hit in their ranking. When all is said and done, let's see what they look like come draft day.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland is "expected" to miss the entire 2016 regular season due to a torn ACL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills suffered a tremendous blow to their defense as Ragland could now miss the entire 2016 regular season. The rookie linebacker's initial diagnosis had a brighter outcome, but the worst possible scenario appears to be rearing its ugly head. Ragland is expected to be placed on IR and undergo surgery to repair the knee in the coming days. Buffalo's D/ST is shaping up to be a risky fantasy option in 2016.

Category: Injury Updates


Bills starting LB Nigel Bradham has been ruled out for Week 15. He's been out since Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Consider this an upgrade for RB Matt Jones this week. I could foresee a high scoring affair against the Redskins.

Category: Injury Updates


Jerry Hughes had two sacks Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, leading the defense in this category. His first sack resulted in a game-changing Ryan Tannehill fumble that Hughes recovered, and his second one resulted in a 11-yard loss. (Source: Yahoo!)

Fantasy Impact: Hughes now has three sacks on the season, which, along with the Bills' defense as a whole, is a disappointment considering he had 19.5 QB takedowns over the past two seasons. He has more personal-foul penalties this year.

Category: Game Recaps


The Patriots have signed free agent LB Brandon Spikes to a 1-year deal. Spikes spent the 2014 season Buffalo. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Spikes spent his first four years in the NFL with New England before leaving last season to play with Buffalo last season. Spikes give the Patriots depth at linebacker which will help as Jerrod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower recover from injuries. Spikes will play mostly early downs as he is a dominant run stopper but struggles in pass rush.


The Cowboys are trying to rebuild what could be a very different defense in 2015, adding veteran linebacker Keith Rivers. The Cowboys could lose Rolando McClain, Bruce Carter, and Justin Durant in free agency, but have Sean Lee returning from injury in the linebacker corps. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys did rank eighth in rush defense in 2014, but they struggled with pressuring the QB and in passing defense. Rivers may not be able to provide stability, he has only played 74 games in seven years, but his veteran presence could provide support and depth for the Cowboys. If all things work out for the Cowboys, Rivers should be a backup linebacker, providing depth to what can be a strength for the Cowboys. Rivers' best season was 2010 with the Bengals where he had 77 tackles and a sack.

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


Aaron Williams was officially placed on injured reserve in order for the Bills to sign WR Percy Harvin. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a big blow to the Bills defense which we should all see come to fruition this week in Sunday night's bout against the Seahawks. Seahawks receiving options should see a slight bump.

Category: Injury Updates


Buffalo cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman had a big day Sunday in his former college stadium at Los Angeles, first jumping a sideline route and returning an interception 41 yards for Buffalo's go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, then sealing the game with another pick on the Rams' final drive.

Fantasy Impact: They were Robey-Coleman's first two interceptions of the season, and his second touchdown, as he returned a fumble all the way in Week 2. He's a playmaker when on the field, but as Buffalo's nickel corner (playing 58 percent of defensive snaps coming into the Rams game), he depends on big plays to get on the fantasy scoresheet.

Category: Game Recaps


Bills cornerback Corey White started Sunday against Arizona in place of injured Ronald Darby, and came up big with eight tackles and an interception.

Fantasy Impact: Carson Palmer had to throw 50 passes in catch-up mode, and he picked on White, resulting in a big fantasy day for him. If Darby misses more time, White will likely get more volume as opponents avoid Stephon Gilmore.

Category: Game Recaps


CBS's Jason LaConfora tweeted Sunday morning that the Bills do not plan to have cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) available Sunday against Arizona. (Source: Jason LaConfora)

Fantasy Impact: If you have him in an IDP league, take him out now.

Category: Injury Updates


The Buffalo Bills are expected to release Leodis McKelvin according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leodis McKelvin has been a solid corner throughout his NFL career and will garner interest from numerous defensive back-needy teams during the free agency period.

Category: Transactions


Bacarri Rambo blows up the Jets

Thu, Nov 12th 11:38pm EST
By Keith Kraska

MIA

Bills safety Bacarri Rambo did it all Thursday night against the Jets, forcing a fumble that Duke Williams returned for a touchdown, forcing and recovering another fumble, and sealing the game with a last-minute interception.

Fantasy Impact: They were Rambo's first turnovers of the season, so count this as his blowup game of the year, similar to his two interceptions of Aaron Rodgers last season.

Category: Game Recaps


Due to a groin injury, Corey Graham was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but participated fully on Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. (Source: BuffaloBills.com)

Fantasy Impact: Graham has been a big part of the Bills' defense this year. Having him in the game on Sunday at safety will help improve the strength of the defense against Miami's passing game.

Category: Injury Updates