Bills Fantasy News

Browns 'alarmed' by Johnny Manziel's antics
Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:11pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

The Browns have been 'alarmed' by some of Johnny Manziel's antics since the draft -- especially a photo of him rolling up a $20 bill in the bathroom of a bar -- and some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp, sources have told Northeast Ohio Media Group.

After the suspicious photo of Manziel tightly rolling up the bill surfaced on July 7, Browns coach Mike Pettine called Manziel from his vacation in Hawaii and addressed it, he told NEOMG on Monday. The conversation was 'positive' but he also planned to talk to Manziel face-to-face when he arrived for the rookie portion of camp on Wednesday. Tightly-rolled Bills are typically used to snort cocaine, and the Browns wanted some answers.

In fact, NFL chemical dependency consultant and former Browns team physician Dr. Gregory Collins of the Cleveland Clinic told NEOMG that such a photo would warrant a league inquiry and drug test to make sure the player is okay, even though it's not proof of use.

Fantasy Impact:

If Manziel wins the starting job this summer -- and that's looking less likely, per reports -- he'll be an intriguing QB2 who should be available in the 9th-11th rounds given all the depth at quarterback. He has a good situation brewing with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in his receiving corps, and the newly-signed Ben Tate as a threat in the running game. (Gordon’s looming suspension is an obvious concern.) Manziel’s durability is a question mark given his propensity for taking chances by leaving the pocket.

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Sammy Watkins off to a 'great start' at camp
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:05pm

WGR 550 - [Full Article]

WR Sammy Watkins picked a great day to have his best practice as a member of the Buffalo Bills. With the bigwigs at ESPN, NFL Network, FoxSports1 and the MMQB all in attendance on Monday afternoon, Watkins put on a show for all to see. The crowd 'oohed,' 'aahed,' and cheered anytime the first-round selection touched the ball... and it happened quite a lot. He burned Leodis McKelvin very early on in the practice deep, he caught a pass tight in coverage with a defender on his way to him and then he jumped up on a tipped pass to bring it in over three defenders, all while getting poked in the eye. It's been a great start for Watkins to say the least.

Fantasy Impact:

He’s not landing in a good situation, since the Bills are run-heavy and E.J. Manuel is his quarterback. But with Stevie Johnson out of the way, the potential is there for solid production. By all accounts he has shown a great work ethic, so if he’s a target-hog, he should be a fantasy starter (top 36) in 2014.

Monday, July 21, 2014, 11:15am

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Quarterback EJ Manuel had some good connections with WR Sammy Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the draft. Watkins caught four passes from Manuel in full team or 7-on-7 work, the nicest a 20-yard corner route on the right sideline.

“I really want to get it to him in a spot for him to catch it and get some yards after the catch,” Manuel said.

Manuel had a good escape of the pocket at one point and found Robert Woods open for about 15 yards along the right sideline. Manuel threw one interception. Safety Aaron Williams picked off a deep ball for Woods that hung in the air a bit too long.

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 10:21am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel.

Injuries kept him from practicing fully leading up to his rookie season and then cost him six games during the season, leaving the Bills unsure whether their 2013 first-round pick could be the long-term starter that they have been looking for in Buffalo. With a new owner coming soon, there’s a chance that the front office and coaching staff could be shaken up so Manuel will have to offer more convincing evidence that he can be that guy during his second season or run the risk that the franchise will start looking in other directions.

Manuel says that he has more confidence in himself as he moves toward the 2014 season and that he’s learned some things about staying healthy that leave him feeling like a stronger player than he was a year ago.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say there were some shaky reports about Manuel’s play during the spring, particularly when it came to accuracy, and Manuel says he’s been working on developing chemistry with new wideouts Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams. The hope is that increased familiarity will help Manuel’s passes find their target more frequently because anything less will leave the Bills with bigger questions to answer next offseason. Right now we rank Manuel 27th among our QBs and he's not getting drafted at this point in the summer. We think he has committee-potential with the weapons around him. He's probably best as a waiver wire pickup in typical leagues.

Bryce Brown could be Bills' RB1 in 2015
Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:03pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Plugged-in beat writer Mike Rodak of ESPN.com wrote this week that the Bills "would like (Bryce Brown) to develop into one of their lead backs" as the resilient Jackson begins his age-33 campaign.

With C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both entering contract years, planning for tomorrow makes plenty of sense.

Brown is a decade younger than Jackson and comes to the team after piling up 4.6 yards per carry in limited action over 32 games for the Eagles. He plowed for 347 yards in back-to-back starts for Philly in 2012 but saw his snaps wither away last season under coach Chip Kelly.

Fantasy Impact:

He may not have much value in 2014, but Brown is shaping up to be a good dynasty acquisition, especially if Spiller and/or Jackson do not return next season.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:06pm

WGR 550 - [Full Article]

When the Bills sent away their first round pick in 2015 to move up to take Watkins, there was little doubt that he would step in right away and be not only the team’s starter, but their top wideout. His blend of explosiveness, hands and physicality make him a rare find from a talent perspective, so expect the Bills to have him on the field in bunches.

He’ll pair with Robert Woods in sets with only two wide receivers in hopes that they form a very dynamic duo. The Bills are still very high on Woods, believing that he is as good of a number two target as they can find.

Fantasy Impact:

When the Bills go to three wide receiver sets, expect to see Mike Williams. The story says they view Williams as a potential instant contributor, and someone who could help QB E.J. Manuel in both the red zone and as a player with high pointing ability on all areas of the field. Marquise Goodwin will be the change of pace wide receiver just as he was last year when healthy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bills RB C.J. Spiller's cap number is 416 percent higher than the NFL average at his position.

This all sets the table for the Bills' upcoming negotiations with Spiller, who can become a free agent after this season. Are the Bills willing to pay Spiller top-five money for his position? Or can they get by with a rotation of younger players? I think the Bills would love to have Spiller's speed and big-play ability around for several more years, but he might still need to prove that he can be the lead horse in the backfield.

Fantasy Impact:

That could be tough for Spiller to prove this year, especially if he can't stay healthy. Even if he does, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown could all be in the mix for carries, and in a previous news item here at 4for4, it sure seems like Dixon is going to be the goal line and short yardage back. The writer also thinks the team wants to develop Brown as one of the lead backs. Spiller is ranked 24th among our RBs, but his ADP is the fourth round. That all equals a pretty big risk. The later you can draft Spiller, the better value he'll be.

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 2:23pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

One of the few guys on offense who can expand his role in 2014 is Eagles RB Chris Polk, and given the success he had last year, I’d expect Polk to produce even more as LeSean McCoy’s backup than Bryce Brown did last year.

Part of the reason the Eagles were willing to part ways with Brown was the emergence of Polk, who made the most of his very limited opportunities on offense last year. Polk only got the ball 11 times, but he rushed for three touchdowns and 98 yards, averaging just under nine yards per carry. He scored a touchdown against Denver in Week 4 on his first carry as a pro, a 4-yarder.

Fantasy Impact:

Polk also plays special teams which is another reason the Birds could part ways with Brown. Mosher feels the team would give a lot of work to Polk if McCoy were ever to miss time, even though the team is going out of its way to say newly-acquired RB Darren Sproles isn't a receiver. Polk is someone to keep in mind as a handcuff to McCoy and we should get a better feel as to what his role will be this season during camp.

Beat: Sammy Watkins should have an A.J. Green-like rookie season
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 10:42am

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

When asked about Sammy Watkins' potential production as a rookie, Bills.com writer Chris Brown used A.J. Green as a benchmark: "He is dependent on quarterback play and such, but I think A.J. Green is a good indicator as to what Sammy can be in his rookie season. Green was also the fourth pick in the draft and he played with a young quarterback at the time in Andy Dalton. Green had 65 catches for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns as the number one receiver in the Cincinnati offense. I don’t think those are unrealistic numbers for Watkins."

Fantasy Impact:

While a 1,000-yard season is certainly in the realm of possibility, seven touchdowns may be a stretch for the Bills, who had 16 passing touchdowns in all of 2013. We currently have Watkins projected for 70.7 catches for 989 yards and 5.3 touchdowns.

Friday, July 4, 2014, 4:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chiefs would like to use a lot of two-tight end formations. They planned to do more of that last season, but Travis Kelce and Tony Moeaki missed all season and Anthony Fasano missed half of it, so they were limited in what they could do there. You mentioned Demetrius Harris and he might help. But the guy who would make a two-tight end formation work for the Chiefs is Kelce. He's 260 pounds but is also a deep threat. If he's healthy, I could see the Chiefs using a lot of two tight ends. The Chiefs got 53 catches from their tight ends last season. That number needs to increase greatly this season.

Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:25pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Who will become the 49ers slot WR? Former Bills WR Stevie Johnson along with former Patriot Brandon Lloyd are on the 9ers roster and look to be two of the favorites.

Fantasy Impact:

Odds look to favor Steve Johnson in the end, as Lloyd is coming off a year where he didn't even play. The 9ers still have Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin on the outside with Vernon Davis the TE, so the position winner will have to fight for targets. Just one of many upcoming camp battles to monitor...

Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:10pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Former Eagles, Cardinals and Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb was arrested on Saturday for boating while intoxicated in Willacy County, Texas, according to a report by 956sports.com.

Sammy Watkins 'looked the part' of 'true' WR1
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 10:19am

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

All eyes will be on Bills WR Sammy Watkins as he continues to develop chemistry with E.J. Manuel and transition to the pro game. He has already been possibly the most impressive player on the field throughout OTAs and minicamp and has looked the part of a true No. 1 wide receiver. Now that defensive backs will have more freedom to jam receivers at the line and get away with more contact during practice, will Watkins continue to impress?

Fantasy Impact:

He’s not landing in a good situation, since the Bills are run-heavy and E.J. Manuel is his quarterback. But with Stevie Johnson out of the way, the potential is there for solid production. By all accounts he has shown a great work ethic, so if he’s a target-hog, he should be a fantasy starter (top 36) in 2014.

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 9:04am

buffalobills.com - [Full Article]

When it came to converting third downs in the red zone or goal to go situations Buffalo all too often found themselves settling for field goals. The Bills converted just 31 percent of their third downs in the red zone last year to rank 24th in the NFL.

Enter RB Anthony Dixon. A short yardage and goal line specialist, Dixon is both nimble and a load at 6-1, 233 pounds.

“That’s one of the things I did in San Francisco and the last few years I was perfect on it,” said Dixon. “I had a goal line touchdown in the NFC Championship game last year. I feel like I’ve got that down pat. If he wants me to do that then I’m definitely capable of fixing that problem, short yardage and goal line.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Bills also have a bolstered offensive line this season, but the news here is Dixon's presence won't help owners of RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. WRs Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams could also be targets as the Bills look to improve their poor red zone numbers from last year. Despite Dixon likely stealing some short TD runs, he won't have a lot of fantasy value.

Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:05am

WGR 550 - [Full Article]

Bills TE Tony Moeaki got a ton of time with the first-team over the three-day minicamp and was relatively impressive. Scott Chandler was the leading receiver on the Bills last year and was excused from the minicamp to tend to a family matter, but will see some stiff competition from Moeaki during training camp. Don’t be shocked to see some two tight-end sets featuring both players, because Chandler has proved to be a consistent target in his own right. Moeaki created a bit of a rapport with E.J. Manuel over the last few days and would likely need a big training camp to unseat Chandler. However, it’s worth monitoring for two reasons. First, the Bills were very much considering using the ninth overall selection on Eric Ebron had they stayed at their selection. And secondly, they’ve been talking up Moeaki since the end of last year. It’s not an outright competition, but keep an eye on this one.