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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the Buffalo Bills will start Tyrod Taylor in Week 15. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Taylor will start in Sunday’s matchup against the Dolphins after an inactive designation sidelined the signal caller for last week’s win over the Colts with a knee injury. While his presence will give Zay Jones and Charles Clay’s fantasy values a boost, they are nothing more than shot in the dark deep sleeper options at the Flex for Week 15. Facing an inconsistent but talented Dolphins defense, it is difficult to trust any Bills player not named LeSean McCoy.

Category: Injury Updates


LeSean McCoy carried the ball a career-high 32 times on Sunday in the win against the Colts. He had 156 yards on the ground and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy failed to catch a pass on Sunday, but with the harsh elements during the game, that was to be expected and his 156 rushing yards well made up for it. He is a safe RB1 play against Miami next week.

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Buffalo Bills K Steven Hauschka saw his opportunities limited by severe winter weather conditions in his team's week 14 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts. Both offenses struggled to move the ball, and the Bills elected to keep their offense on the field on two fourth down plays in Colts territory in circumstances where they might normally have brought in the kicking unit. Hauschka was able to convert a PAT after the Bills only regulation TD late in the first half.

Fantasy Impact: Any kick made in this game is worthy of adulation, given the conditions. Hauschka remains a middle of the pack fantasy kicker, with his potential being muted by his team's general inefficiency on offense.

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Buffalo Bills WR Deonte Thompson, who was not targeted at all for the entirety of a snowy, sloppy regulation period, came up with a huge play to help seal an overtime victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts in week 14. Thompson hauled in his only target for a 34 yard gain in the extra period, the longest pass completion of the day for either team, which led to teammate LeSean McCoy's 21 yard game clinching touchdown run three plays later.

Fantasy Impact: On a day when passing yards were hard to come by, Thompson's big play was thrilling. That said, He remains too inconsistent on too unstable a passing offense to be considered for your fantasy lineups.

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Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones, who leads the team in targets on the season, was not listed in the box score in their week 14 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Some of this can be chalked up to the conditions, as much of the game was played in heavy snow and low visibility, which stifled the passing offenses of both teams. Despite his high target share this season, Jones' production has been underwhelming in what has been an been a below average passing offense, one which doesn't project to be improved by the likelihood of further volatility at the QB position in the next couple of weeks. Owners would be well served to seek other options for their lineups/rosters.

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Despite playing in wintry conditions which stifled the passing offenses of both teams, Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin managed his first receiving touchdown since being traded to his new team on Halloween, in their week 14 overtime win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts. It was a good news/bad news day for Benjamin. The good: Three receptions on eight targets for 38 yards and the aforementioned score, each of which led the team. The bad: He re-aggrivated a knee injury which kept him out of action for the team's last two games. His status for the Bills' week 15 contest with the Miami Dolphins is unclear as of this posting.

Fantasy Impact: It's hard to properly evaluate Benjamin off of this game due to all the mitigating factors at play, between the conditions, his injury, and the uncertainty at the QB position. Benjamin is a talented receiver and situationally worth a spot in your lineup, but the variables influencing his playing status and/or viability makes it wise to explore other more reliable options, especially in a playoff matchup in season-long leagues.

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Charles Clay caught two passes for 11 yards Sunday in Buffalo's snowy overtime victory over Indianapolis. He was targeted five times.

Fantasy Impact: The lake-effect snow squall that dumped a foot of snow on the field rendered both teams' passing games virtually non-existent, so no fantasy production should have been expected. The good news is he got a third of the Bills' targets, but his numbers have not been fantasy starter-worthy since he returned from a torn meniscus (14 catches, 120 yards, no touchdowns in four games before Sunday). He cannot be trusted in the fantasy playoffs, especially with multiple injuries now among the Bills' quarterbacks.

Category: Injury Updates


Third-stringer Joe Webb came in at quarterback in the third quarter of the Bills' overtime victory Sunday over Indianapolis after Nathan Peterman was knocked out of the game. Webb completed 2 of 6 passes for 35 yards and an interception. He ran five times for 27 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Webb isn't even a full-time quarterback, as he actually came into the game leading the Bills in special-teams snaps. It showed, until he dropped a 34-yard dime to Deonte Thompson in overtime during the Bills' game-winning drive. With Tyrod Taylor's knee not ready for action and Nathan Peterman in concussion protocol, it's conceivable that the eight-year veteran could get his first NFL start since 2013 next week at home against Miami. Regardless, fantasy owners shouldn't even give him a thought.

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Nathan Peterman completed 5 of 10 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown Sunday before leaving Buffalo's snowy game against Indianapolis after a hard hit to the head in the third quarter. He also ran four times for 10 yards. Coach Sean McDermott said after the game that Peterman is in concussion protocol.

Fantasy Impact: The best thing that can be said about Peterman was that he didn't throw any interceptions, after tossing five picks in the first half of his one previous NFL start a few weeks ago against the Chargers. He did as well as could be expected in a game that was played on the planet Hoth, as a lake-effect squall dumped a foot of snow on the field. His touchdown was a nicely thrown 8-yarder to Kelvin Benjamin. With the Bills still in the playoff hunt, Peterman's status for next week depends more on Tyrod Taylor's health than his own. Fantasy owners can still ignore him.

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Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews continued his underwhelming 2017 fantasy campaign with another disappointing stat line in his team's week 13 loss to the New England Patriots. Matthews finished the contest with a single reception on three targets for just 14 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The Bills passing offense is currently inept, and their inability to constructively utilize their playmakers at the WR position is a huge reason why. As long as this remains the case, Matthews can't be trusted for any meaningful fantasy production until further notice.

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Nick O'Leary caught one pass Sunday against New Orleans, a 7-yard touchdown. He was targeted twice.

Fantasy Impact: It was the garbagiest of garbage touchdowns, as it narrowed the score to 47-10 with 1:54 left in the game. If you think the Bills will get blown out again -- they still play the Patriots twice -- maybe O'Leary can be a desperation dart throw, but otherwise, he can be ignored.

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The Buffalo Bills defense was a mess against the Jets on Thursday. They failed to record a turnover for the first time this season, and allowed 334 total yards.

Fantasy Impact: Prior to this game, the Bills defense was stout, forcing multiple turnovers and keeping their opponents out of the end zone. Owners have to hope that they get it back together before facing the Saints in week 10.

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Mike Tolbert was some what involved in the offense in the second half on Thursday but he only managed to rush for three yards and catch three passes for 13 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to see here. Tolbert is not worth a roster spot at this point.

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Buffalo Bills WR Andre Holmes was held to one catch on three targets for a meager 14 receiving yards in his team's week 9 road loss to the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Holmes is too inconsistent, and too far down the pecking order on a below average passing offense to justify fantasy consideration. Look elsewhere.

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Logan Thomas, who scored a 22-yard touchdown last week, caught one pass for seven yards Sunday against Oakland. It was his only target.

Fantasy Impact: This normally wouldn't warrant a fantasy update, but what's amazing about it is that he did it less than a week after the death of his baby daughter one day after she was born. Coach Sean McDermott gave him the game ball afterward. If heart and inspiration were fantasy categories, Thomas would've been a game-winner this week. But as it is, he has no fantasy value in a Buffalo offense that continued to trend away from its tight ends.

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Marcell Dareus was traded to the Jaguars Friday in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick. The Jaguars will be on the hook for the remaining three years and 49 million owed to Dareus.

Fantasy Impact: This trade is no surprise. Dareus' off-field issues and suspect work ethic put him in the doghouse with the new regime in Buffalo. He became a rotational player only seeing 34% of snaps. The Bills 4-3 defense should maintain their elite play without Dareus going forward.

Category: Transactions


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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