Bills Fantasy News

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon is first to work with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson should be fine to disappoint fantasy owners against a tough Bills rush defense.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Decker should be fine to play against the Bills. It’s a good matchup, so Decker should produce as long as he stays healthy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bills WR Marcus Easley (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Given the full participation, Watkins is looking good for Week 8.

Bucs Beat: 'Wouldn't surprise' if team goes back to QB Josh McCown

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buccaneers beat writer Pat Yasinskas: Coach Lovie Smith has been coy about his plans. My best guess is Mike Glennon will get at least one more start because Josh McCown returned to practice only this week and was out for more than a month. I think Glennon has played well enough to be the full-time starter, but I'm not sure Smith sees it that way. McCown was Smith's hand-picked quarterback and the two have history together from their Chicago days. Smith's history has shown he prefers to go with veterans. Back in Chicago, he once benched Kyle Orton, who was playing well, as soon as Rex Grossman got healthy. It wouldn't surprise me if Smith goes back to McCown.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the way that Glennon has played (solidly), this move wouldn't make much sense, but it's something for Glennon, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans owners to file away.

Zimmer: Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon 'did better' in pass pro and 'ran the ball physically' in Week 7

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:54pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Vikings have said they want to give Matta Asiata a similar number of carries, but Jerick McKinnon has made that difficult. McKinnon has 30 carries over the last two weeks, and Asiata has eight.

"Jerick has played well. I thought he did better in pass protection last week, I thought he ran the ball physically last week and he has a chance to make explosive plays, and that has nothing to do with Matt," HC Mike Zimmer said.

Pass protection, in many ways, is the most important part, and an area in which rookies, especially smaller ones like McKinnon, often struggle. While he has yielded plenty of pressure from opposing rushers, he made strides against the Bills.

Perhaps the Vikings have found their permanent replacement for Adrian Peterson, rather than just a complement.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that McKinnon is on solid ground as the Vikings' starter. Owners should treat him as a RB2 moving forward.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon was working with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson should be fine to face the Bills. It’s a bad matchup.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Decker should be fine to play against the Bills. It’s a good matchup, so Decker should produce as long as he stays healthy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Given the full participation, Watkins is looking good for Week 8.

Bills RB Anthony Dixon gets first team reps at practice

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Questions have coming streaming in this week, especially from a fantasy perspective, about how the Buffalo Bills will use Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

In the portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday -- essentially just warm-up drills -- Dixon lined up with the first-team next to Kyle Orton, while Brown was paired with EJ Manuel and the second team.

That doesn't mean Dixon will receive more touches than Brown but it's further indication he's ahead of Brown on the depth chart.

Fantasy Impact:

This indicates that the Bills don't currently view Brown as the "starter," and that Dixon is likely to get first crack at the carries in the Buffalo backfield. The team has split carries between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, and is likely to do so again with Dixon and Brown. We're expecting Brown to be more active than Dixon in the passing game, but Dixon may see more carries and get the goal line work. In short, it's unclear which back has more fantasy value, and it may depend on your league format (i.e. Dixon in standard, Brown in PPR).

Bills Beat: RB Anthony Dixon could lead way vs. Jets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:14pm

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter - [Full Article]

Everyone is waiting for Bills RB Bryce Brown to be unleashed. Don't be surprised if Anthony Dixon leads the way against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Buscaglia added the Bills love Dixon. And it makes a lot of sense given C.J. Spiller's recent struggles and the team still not playing Brown. As we stated before, Brown may be the more talented back but is still a bit raw. On top of all of that, it's not a great matchup against the Jets.