Bills Fantasy News

Bills WR Sammy Watkins undergoes second foot surgery, should be ready for camp

Friday, January 20, 2017, 3:18pm

WGR 550 - [Full Article]

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins underwent a second foot surgery earlier this month, performed by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Fantasy Impact:

Watkins had three usable fantasy lines in his last six games, posting 3-80 against the Jagaurs, 4-54-1 against the Steelers and 7-154-1 against the Dolphins. He had a total of 79 yards in the other three games. His fantasy value will be a hot topic heading into the 2017 season.

Bills tab Leslie Frazier to run the defense

Friday, January 13, 2017, 12:45am

Jamison Hensley - [Full Article]

Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier has been hired as the Bills defensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Frazier has 12 years of experience as a defensive coordinator or head coach. His best years were in Minnesota when he guided the defense to a top eight finish in yards allowed in three straight seasons (2008-2010).

Bills hire Sean McDermott as head coach

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bills ended their latest head-coaching search Wednesday, agreeing to hire Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to succeed the fired Rex Ryan, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

McDermott is expected to bring a 4-3 defensive scheme back to the Bills, who finished fourth in yards allowed in 2014 while using former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system.

Fantasy Impact:

The hire is a good sign for the Bills' defense, but more importantly, who will McDermott hire as offensive coordinator? And will the franchise keep Tyrod Taylor?

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor 'elected' to have surgery on injured groin

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 11:17am

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills confirmed in a team statement Thursday that quarterback Tyrod Taylor chose to have surgery after seeking a second opinion this week. The statement read as follows.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning. The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning’s procedure.

No other details on the procedure were provided.

Fantasy Impact:

There's some drama regarding Taylor's contract. If he can't pass a physical on March 11, the Bills are "stuck" with Taylor and a contract number of $27.5 M. Pro Football Talk: "The Buffalo predicament is the direct result of a convoluted contract extension aimed at giving Taylor a bump for 2016 along with the promise of a big payday in 2017, while protecting the Bills against a Kirk Cousins-style franchise tag dilemma after what would have been the last year of Taylor’s contract. If that device blows up on the Bills, with Taylor getting the $27.5 million at a time when the Bills would have liked to pull the plug and move on, the blame will fall on the two men who have managed to work their relationships with ownership into a high degree of job security: G.M. Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon." We're very interested to see where Taylor lands. From a fantasy standpoint, he should get out of Buffalo and start fresh elsewhere.

Report: Bills WR Sammy Watkins needs surgery on foot

Monday, January 2, 2017, 7:49pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Sammy Watkins can't catch a break. The wide receiver battled back from a broken left foot to play in the Bills' final six games of the season, but he isn't done dealing with that injury.

Citing two sources, the Buffalo News' Tim Graham reported Monday that Watkins will need to undergo another surgical procedure on that foot.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the opposite of a report we had earlier today that said Watkins was going to avoid foot surgery. Watkins' foot issues began in the offseason when he broke his foot and had surgery to repair it, which was reported in May. He recovered in time for the regular season but was shut down in September. He returned in late November, but eclipsed 100 yards in only one game. It's worth noting that Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn revealed in early December that Watkins was playing despite a broken bone. So, pain tolerance appeared to be the biggest issue.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor feels starting job was taken from him

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:46pm - [Full Article]

A year after making the Pro Bowl in 2015, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor found himself in an unenviable game of organizational ping pong this season, which eventually led to him watching the season finale on the sidelines.

The Bills classified his absence, which gave way to an EJ Manuel / Cardale Jones combination on Sunday against the Jets, as injury-related and a "business decision" before more was known about a potential hernia surgery this offseason. Taylor told reporters on Monday that his job was taken from him.

Fantasy Impact:

While it's easy to understand the Bills wanting to see one more performance out of Manuel and a first performance from Jones, they are putting a lot of pressure on general manager Doug Whaley to nail the quarterback position this offseason, the story said. Taylor was not a top 10 quarterback but he was more than replacement level. In two seasons, he completed an average of 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for another 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Bills Sammy Watkins injures hip; doesn't think he needs foot surgery

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins does not believe that he will need another surgery on his broken left foot this offseason.

"As of right now, no," he said after Sunday's season-ending loss to the New York Jets. "I think the biggest thing was finishing the season, and probably Monday when we do physicals or whatever, they'll basically give me the outline on my offseason, whether I should get surgery or not. I'm leaning towards not."

Watkins left for the locker room to be evaluated for a hip injury in the second half of Sunday's finale; he did not return. Watkins said he "got popped pretty hard" earlier in the game and began feeling tight at halftime.

Fantasy Impact:

If Watkins can avoid surgery this offseason, it will be his first full offseason in the NFL without undergoing a medical procedure.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy suffers high ankle sprain

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:24pm

Mike Rodak on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills HC Anthony Lynn says RB LeSean McCoy has a high ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports said McCoy wanted to get back in the game but there was no reason for that. McCoy had a great fantasy year and should be a top back next summer when drafts come around.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (groin) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. For whatever reason, the Bills are apparently moving on from Taylor. We’re very interested to see where he lands.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday. McCoy should play on Sunday, but the game isn’t meaningful, so he’s not as solid of a start as usual.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. It looks like Watkins will play in a meaningless game. With E.J. Manuel under center, he’s not a great start despite a nice matchup against the Jets.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bills TE Charles Clay (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. Clay should play. He has seen more targets (7.4 T/G) with E.J. Manuel under center over the last two seasons.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bills TE Nick O'Leary (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor 'may need surgery' on groin

Thursday, December 29, 2016, 1:51pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

Tyrod Taylor may need surgery to repair a groin/sports hernia injury. Shouldn't impact free agency at all once Bills decline his option.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bills have seemingly chilled on Taylor, benching him in Week 17 in favor of E.J. Manuel to protect themselves from a Taylor injury that would cost the franchise millions. Taylor is reportedly (and wisely) preparing his exit strategy out of Buffalo. In 19 games over the last two years with a semi-healthy Sammy Watkins, Taylor has averaged 8.8 YPA (which is elite), 1.47 pass TD and just 0.42 interceptions. It will be interesting to see where he lands in 2017.

Source: Bills to sit QB Tyrod Taylor Week 17

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are planning to bench Tyrod Taylor in their regular-season finale against the New York Jets and start EJ Manuel at quarterback, league sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

After Rex Ryan made it publicly clear Monday that he intended to start Taylor in Week 17, the Bills management had a decision to make, sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. Buffalo could allow Ryan to coach against the Jets for his "revenge game," which was the original plan in recent weeks, or fire him to avoid the potential risk of an injury to Taylor.

Ultimately, management felt it was wise to fire Ryan now, keeping Taylor off the field, because of the injury guarantees that would be owed to Taylor if he was hurt and could not pass a physical March 11 -- the day when he'd be owed guarantees valued at $27.5 million.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the team also does not want to take any chances with Taylor's health, especially after Oakland's Derek Carr and Tennessee's Marcus Mariota suffered season-ending leg injuries in Week 16.

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