Bills Fantasy News

Bills sign WR Andre Holmes

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 2:41pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

For the Bills and new WR Andre Holmes, it's a 3-year deal worth $6.5M total, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

This is an intriguing signing for a couple of reasons. Holmes had a semi-breakout season in 2014 (his third year) with 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns. Then, both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree joined the team and he even fell behind Seth Roberts on the depth chart. His targets dropped from 99 in '14 to 33 in '15 and then to 25 last year. Still, even with just 58 targets, he caught seven touchdowns in the last two years, so his 6-5 frame is useful around the end zone. The Bills are struggling to put a receiving corps together, so it's feasible that Holmes could ultimately start opposite Sammy Watkins. Warning: his career catch rate (48.3%) is terrible.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:11am

Ed Bouchette - [Full Article]

Steelers land their first free agent, speedy WR Justin Hunter.

Monday, March 13, 2017, 3:52pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Chargers receiver Jeremy Butler is signing a one-year deal today with the Bills, per source.

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5:41pm

Bills Wire - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills finally made a move to bolster their skill position group four days into the 2017 NFL free agency period, signing former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown.

Rams to sign WR Robert Woods

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:23am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Barring any snags, Robert Woods intends to sign a 5-year, $39 million deal, including $15 million guaranteed, with Rams, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

With Kenny Britt out of the picture, there are a ton of (poor quality) targets available with the Rams, and Woods is still just 24 years old. (He's turning 25 in April.) Woods has at least 550 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons and is a solid real-world WR2. His departure leaves a hole in Buffalo, so the Bills have some work to do to surround Tyrod Taylor with capable pass-catchers.

49ers to sign speedy WR Marquise Goodwin

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 3:36pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

WR Marquise Goodwin is headed to the 49ers. Kyle Shanahan loves speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Goodwin is a burner (4.27 40-yard dash). He's built in the same mold as Taylor Gabriel, who thrived under new 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan last year in Atlanta.

Bills announce that they're keeping QB Tyrod Taylor

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:05pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

Bills announce that Tyrod Taylor agreed to stay with them on a restructured contract.

HC Sean McDermott: "We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills. I've gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug and I are confident that this was the best move for the Bills at this time."

Fantasy Impact:

Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was also a top 8 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. The question in Buffalo is what sort of receiving corps will Taylor have to throw to? If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy it would be a big boost, but the promising Robert Woods is a free agent.

Schefter: Tyrod Taylor medically cleared from groin surgery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 10:02am

Adam Schefter

Bills' Tyrod Taylor, who has $27.5M option bonus due March 11, has been medically cleared from last month’s groin surgery, per team source.

Fantasy Impact:

Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was a top 10 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. His age 26-27 numbers closely compare to Russell Wilson’s, so we’re very interested to see where he lands this offseason.

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

NFL.com - [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.

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