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Bills free agent acquisition RB Matt Breida will have to impress at training camp to earn his roster spot. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Breida brings an element to the Bills' RB room that they currently lack: speed. However, one of the NFL's fastest backs will have to prove his worth this offseason to secure a spot on the roster. Antonio Williams looked solid in a limited fashion in 2020 and will likely be his main competition. Breida's league minimum contract by no means guarantees his place on the roster and could make him a cut candidate if he doesn't show out at training camp.

Category: Rumors


The Bills are will deploy Emmanuel Sanders in a large role this season. The team is expected to use him in the role that John Brown filled for several years, according to Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: This is significant news considering fellow receiver Gabriel Davis has also received hype in the fantasy community as of late. Instead, it appears Sanders will open the season ahead of Davis on the depth chart. As Buscaglia notes, the Bills are likely hesitant "to put those [large] responsibilities on a first-time starter like Davis in a Super Bowl-contending year." He added that "Sanders specializes in separation on intermediate routes, a trait found with both Diggs and Beasley. Davis isn’t as capable in this area yet in his career." He also explains that the Bills tried to trade for Sanders in 2019 but were unsuccessful, which is another indication that they are very high on the wideout. Finally, Buscaglia wrote that "[Josh] Allen often looked for Sanders during spring workouts, trying to establish a rapport with him through meaningful reps." All in all, it appears Sanders might be a better option than Davis in redraft leagues this year. The former Bronco, 49er, and Saint ranks 70th among receivers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Rumors


Joe Buscaglia of the Athletic is reporting that Buffalo Bills TE Jacob Hollister could be the team’s starter in 2021. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Hollister could be the Bills starting tight end this season if Dawson Knox struggles. “Hollister’s athleticism, connection with Allen and the potential opportunity if Knox falters in the first two months should keep Hollister on the watch list for now, ” per Buscaglia. The 27-year-old signed a one-year deal with Buffalo during the offseason. He hauled in 25 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games for the Seahawks in 2020. The former Seattle Seahawk will be reunited with Buffalo’s star QB Josh Allen, who played with Hollister at Wyoming. Hollister is currently 49th among all tight ends in the latest expert consensus draft rankings, but expect that number to rise if he's able to win the Bills starting TE gig over Knox.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills second-year RB Zack Moss could take over the majority of carries for the Bills if he keeps improving, per Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic. (Source: Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moss is a better runner between the tackles than his counterpart Devin Singletary and is an underrated pass catcher. He's a big powerful back who averaged over four yards per carry in his rookie season and will benefit from big leads and frigid temperatures in Buffalo. The biggest threat to his fantasy upside is that QB Josh Allen is the primary goal-line threat on the team. However, if Moss secures the lion's share of rushes, he can be a solid RB2. He's being drafted as RB40 right now but expect him to rise on draft boards by the time the season starts.


Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox reportedly worked with a vision specialist to improve his pass-catching ability through hand-eye coordination and depth perception training. (Source: Kevin Petra of NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Knox played 12 games for the Bills in 2020, turning 44 targets into just 24 receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Currently, Knox has the opportunity to be the Bills' TE1 in the 2021 season but he has acknowledged his need to eliminate dropping touchdowns, an issue that surfaced several times throughout last season. The third-year tight end worked with a vision specialist to improve his hand-eye coordination and depth perception that lies at the foundation of catching passes. Rumors of the Bills showing interest in veteran and former All-Pro TE Zach Ertz have been circulating, to which Knox responded, "No matter who they bring in, whether it's a rookie or All-Pro like Zach, I think it'll be great just to elevate the competition." Knox could wind up being a great streaming tight-end in redraft leagues based on his current ECR at TE28 given the extra work he is putting in to improve as a pass-catcher this offseason.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills rookie DE Gregory Rousseau has agreed to terms with the team on a standard four-year deal with a guarantee of $11.3M, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rousseau was the 30th overall pick and the top selection made by the Bills in the 2021 NFL Draft. He didn't play in 2020 due to COVID-19 but recorded an impressive 15.5 sacks during his 2019 season at the University of Miami. The massive 6'7", 265-pound defensive end also racked up 34 tackles, two forced fumbles, and a pass deflection in the same 2019 season and will likely earn reps along a stout Bills' defensive line throughout his rookie year.

Category: Transactions


Buffalo Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds will have his fifth-year option picked up by the team, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Edmunds just turned 23 years old, he will return to Buffalo for his fourth season in 2021 with hopes of reaching his third Pro Bowl. Edmunds has recorded at least 115 tackles in each of his three seasons in Buffalo, sometimes operating as a coverage linebacker or hybrid safety, using his massive 6'5", 250-pound frame to track down the ball carrier with punishing strength and deceptive speed. Bills' head coach Sean McDermott will be happy to reunite with the two-time Pro Bowl nominee, as he brings continuity and familiarity within the system to lead the linebacker corps.

Category: Transactions


Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will have his fifth-year option picked up by the team, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen had a breakout campaign for the Bills in 2020, completing 396 passes for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns. The addition of WR Stefon Diggs provided Allen with a versatile, explosive playmaker to connect with on numerous deep throws down the sideline. The franchise quarterback enters his fourth season with renewed confidence and will look to replicate his sensational 2020 season in hopes of representing the AFC in Super Bowl LVI.

Category: Transactions


Bills General Manager Brandon Beane held a Zoom conference call with local reporters Tuesday, saying, "I don’t think either one of our backs are home run hitters, so is there an elite trait that this [potential rookie back] has and says, ‘Man, he’s got something we don’t have.’ That’s probably the conversation, versus, ‘OK, are we going to take the same type of back as Devin, are we gonna take the same type of back as Zack? Because even those two guys have different skill sets.” (Source: NewYorkUpstate.com)

Fantasy Impact: Beane added, "I’m not going into this draft going, ‘Man we got to find some back here in the top few rounds or anything like that.'" If the Bills add a home run hitter at back, though, Josh Allen's rushing touchdowns could decrease. The rookie back would be able to score from further out, potentially decreasing Red Zone trips. In this scenario, we'll have to wait until training camp to gauge if one back has a path to be the clear-cut dominator of the team's backfield touches, though.

Category: Rumors


Former Buffalo Bills TE Tyler Kroft has agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets, per Rich Cimini. (Source: Rich Cimini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kroft will stay within the AFC East and give Jets QB Sam Darnold a new weapon within the offense alongside WR Corey Davis. The seventh-year tight end out of Rutgers had 12 receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns across 10 games for the Bills in 2020. Kroft becomes a valuable red-zone target for the Jets, as his 6'6 250-pound frame is difficult to cover in tight spaces. He flashed his upside with the Bengals in 2017, totaling 42 receptions for 404 yards and seven touchdowns. In a new offensive system without the influence of previous Jets head coach Adam Gase, Kroft could become the team's TE1 over the oft-injured Chris Herndon in 2021.

Category: Transactions


Taiwan Jones and the Bills agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. (Source: Team)

Fantasy Impact: Consider Jones solely a depth piece behind Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, as he plays mostly on special teams. Jones totaled four offensive snaps last season, as opposed to 209 (47%) on special teams.

Category: Transactions


Lee Smith traded to the Falcons

Tue, Mar 16th 8:33pm EDT
By Brad Camara

The Bills traded TE Lee Smith to the Falcons in exchange for a 2022 late-round draft pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith spent six seasons of his career in Buffalo and was mainly used as a blocking tight end. He hauled in four receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns across 16 games for the Bills in 2020. Smith is expected to be the Falcons TE2 behind starter Hayden Hurst.

Category: Transactions


Veteran defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is expected to return to the Buffalo Bills in 2021. He opted out of last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Matthew Fairburn on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prior to 2020, the fomer first-round pick had missed just two games in his career. He opened his career with five seasons in Carolina before joining Buffalo in 2018. He has posted 177 career tackles and 13.5 sacks. His return should drastically aid the cohesiveness of a Bills run defense that struggled during his absence.

Category: Rumors


Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports the Texans reached a two-year contract agreement with Andre Roberts. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Roberts is primarily deployed as a kick returner and punt returner these days. Pelissero adds the contract can be worth up to $5.95 million. He won't be a fantasy factor in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Per Matt Parrino, the Bills have re-signed OG Jon Feliciano to a three-year, $17M deal. (Source: Matt Parrino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Add Feliciano to the list of Buffalo offensive line free agents that have decided to re-sign with the team. The three-year deal is reportedly worth $17M and will ensure continuity along the offensive line for the Bills. Feliciano is 29-years old and played in nine games in 2020 after returning from a torn pectoral.

Category: Transactions


Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bills and LB Matt Milano agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $44 million. $24 million of the deal is guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: After a career year in 2019 and a solid season in 2020 in which Milano posted a career-high in sacks and interceptions, the Bills rewarded the veteran LB with a four-year deal. Milano will turn 27 before the season starts, he was ranked as PFF's 41st LB last year.

Category: Transactions


Bills DT Vernon Butler restructured his contract with the team. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In other words, he took a pay cut to remain in Buffalo. Butler will once again operate as a rotation player for the Bills' defensive line in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Bills released WR John Brown on Wednesday. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Brown recorded his best season of his career with Buffalo in 2019, but was limited to nine games in 2020 due to a sprained ankle. The 30-year-old WR hauled in 105 receptions on 167 targets for 1,518 yards and nine touchdowns across 24 games for the Bills. He will look to latch onto another team during the offseason. Buffalo will turn to Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis as it’s top wideouts for 2021.

Category: Transactions


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Bills have signed Micah Hyde to a two-year extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hyde played well for the Bills last season and was rewarded with a two-year extension. He appeared in 15 games and had 48 solo tackles to go along with one interception.

Category: Transactions


Bills WR Cole Beasley said he played through a broken fibula during the postseason. (Source: Marcel Louis-Jacques on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley was on the injury report with a "knee" injury for most of the playoffs. He suffered it in Week 16 and was apparently more impacted by it during the Wild Card Round and Divisional Round. He hauled in 7-of-9 targets for 88 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, however. Beasley could undergo offseason surgery at some point, depending on how bad the break is.

Category: Injury Updates