Bills Fantasy News

Bills WR Andre Holmes getting first team reps

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:27pm

WKBW - [Full Article]

Of the horde of receivers that are trying to break through, Andre Holmes seems to have stood out the most. It was a slow start, fighting the ball a little bit early on, but he's settled in nicely -- and is even leading a lot of the positional reps during individual work. He's consistently worked with the first-team offense, and Sean McDermott made it known that he felt really impressed by Holmes with both his offensive and special teams work. On Tuesday, he was smooth with his hands and made a couple of tough catches during team drills. He's positioning himself to be a contender for a roster spot in 2017.

Fantasy Impact:

Most of the blurb sounds like Holmes is penciled in as a starter, but then the writer (Joe Buscaglia) says that Holmes is positioning himself for a roster spot. Holmes is turning 29, and had a mini-breakout in his third season (2014) with 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns, but the Raiders added both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and Holmes only saw 58 targets in his final two seasons in Oakland. Holmes has a career 48.3% catch percentage, so it's important not to get too excited, but if he's playing starter snaps and seeing plenty of red zone targets (he's 6-5), he could work his way into fantasy relevancy.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy expects to catch the ball more

Monday, May 29, 2017, 8:14pm

PFT - [Full Article]

As the Bills implement a new offense, questions remain regarding whether running back LeSean McCoy will be able to adjust his running style to the one-cut approach that coordinator Rick Dennison employs. There’s no question about McCoy’s level of excitement regarding the new air attack in Buffalo.

“The running backs getting the ball in the passing game,” McCoy told reporters on Thursday. “That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air.”

Fantasy Impact:

Dennison's offenses in Denver didn't feature the running back in a big way over the last two seasons, but while he was the OC in Houston, Arian Foster averaged 3.1 receptions per game from 2011 to 2013. That's a 50-catch pace, which happens to be how many receptions McCoy had last year under offensive coordinators Greg Roman and Anthony Lynn. In other words, we're not expecting a sea change in McCoy's involvement in the passing game. (McCoy does have big upside as a receiver -- he caught 78 passes in his second season in Philly.)

Bills 'concerned' about TE Charles Clay's knee

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:33pm

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Charles Clay has had chronic knee trouble since joining the Buffalo Bills as a highly paid restricted free agent in 2015.

The problem has persisted during the team's current offseason workouts, and it is something that coach Sean McDermott is worried about.

"We are concerned with Charles' knee situation," McDermott told reporters Thursday before the Bills took the field for an OTA workout. "It's something we have to manage moving forward in order to have him on the field for us, which is important moving forward. He's a weapon for us."

McDermott did say that Clay has taken part in drills, but the team is being cautious about how much work he receives.

Fantasy Impact:

Hobbled by injuries most of the year, Clay finished strong, catching 21 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns in his final four games. He was the #12 TE in the second half of the season and averaged the 9th-most targets in that span. His ADP is unlikely to rise given this report.

Bills WR Zay Jones 'week to week' with a knee sprain

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 2:17pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

The early signs were encouraging from Bills second-round pick Zay Jones. But Jones sustained an injury in Tuesday’s OTA practice and did not participate Wednesday and again today (Thursday).

The Bills have confirmed that Jones sustained a knee injury and is week to week. It has been described as a knee sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones has a great opportunity to see big snaps immediately, but missing multiple weeks due injury is obviously not a good thing.

Bills fire GM Doug Whaley

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1:27pm

Albert Breeer - [Full Article]

The Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley.

Fantasy Impact:

New head coach Sean McDermott is calling the shots for now.

Bills don't match offer sheet for RB Mike Gillislee

Monday, April 24, 2017, 4:40pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Bills declined to match two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that RB Mike Gillislee signed with Patriots, per source. Gillislee now a Pat.

Related players: LeSean McCoy, Rex Burkhead

Fantasy Impact:

Over the past two seasons, he has gained 844 yards on 148 carries (5.7 YPC) and found the end zone 12 times (11 rush, 1 rec). In fact, among running backs with at least eight rush attempts inside the opponent's 5-yard line over the past two seasons, Gillislee is tied with LeVeon Bell for the highest touchdown conversion rate (70.0%) in the league. Gillislee's arrival takes a lot of the wind out of Rex Burkhead's sails. Burkhead was probably going to see most of the goal line work, but given Gillislee's talents in that are, he'll probably handle those duties. Double digit touchdowns are possible if Gillislee holds down that role for the entire year. It's going to be tough to predict the Patriots' backfield on a weekly basis. In Buffalo, this cements LeSean McCoy's status as a top 5 fantasy back since he's now likely to see an increase in goal line attempts. Jonathan Williams likely serves as his primary back up, though the Bills may address the position in the draft.

Patriots sign RFA RB Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 2:16pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Patriots extended an RFA offer sheet to Bills RB Mike Gillislee. It’s for 2 years, $6.4M, source said. $4M in the 1st year.

Joel Corry: The Bills are lousy at giving RFAs tenders. A $1.797M tender instead of a 2nd tender round for Mike Gillislee was inviting an offer sheet.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bills have five days to match the offer or lose Gillislee for a 5th round pick. Over the past two seasons, he has gained 844 yards on 148 carries (5.7 YPC) and found the end zone 12 times (11 rush, 1 rec). In fact, among running backs with at least eight rush attempts inside the opponent's 5-yard line over the past two seasons, Gillislee is tied with LeVeon Bell for the highest touchdown conversion rate (70.0%) in the league. If the Bills decline to match the offer, it should free up red zone touches for LeSean McCoy. In New England, Gillislee's arrival would put a serious dent in Rex Burkhead's upside, since he's currently first in line for goal line duties. Gillislee could conceivably assume LeGarrette Blount's role in the offense.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor running again

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:54am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is back.

"This was my first time actually sprinting and actually doing full movement things," Taylor, who had groin surgery shortly after the 2016 season, told the team's official site after voluntary workouts on Monday. "I've felt great since the surgery and the doctors here and the training staff have done a great job of getting me to 100 percent and I feel real good. I feel very explosive."

Fantasy Impact:

His comments are good news on multiple levels. Taylor wasn't treated like a face-of-the-franchise quarterback down the stretch in 2016 and the new regime dragged their feet on re-working his deal for 2017. He is still paid less than Mike Glennon, Brock Osweiler, Sam Bradford and others despite one Pro Bowl season under his belt.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy no-show for offseason program

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:55pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

It’s still unclear why running back LeSean McCoy was the lone member of the Bills to not show up for the first day of the team’s offseason program. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, however, McCoy didn’t stay away due to his contract.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bills, despite a potentially significant change to the rushing philosophy under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, have made it clear they want McCoy. And McCoy apparently isn’t trying to send them a message. The workouts are voluntary and he risks losing $250,000 worth of workout bonuses if he doesn't meet the threshold specified in his contract.

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.

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