Anthony Dixon - RBPosted 10/22/14 4:05pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is working with the starters in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. RB Bryce Brown is working with the second-string offense.
Huddle Up: It's sounding like Dixon is headed toward a start Sunday for the Fred Jackson- and C.J. Spiller-less Bills, but do expect Bryce Brown to get a cut of the work as well.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/21/14 2:47pm ET
The Buffalo Bills placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: Spiller's season may not technically be over, but for the majority of fantasy purposes it is as he wouldn't be able to play until Week 17 at the earliest, provided all goes well with his recovery.
Phillip Tanner - RBPosted 10/21/14 2:47pm ET
The Buffalo Bills are signing free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) on Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: Tanner, whose last rushing attempt came almost a year ago (Oct. 27), is simply added depth insurance behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.
Anthony Dixon - RBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is likely to start against the New York Jets in Week 8.
Huddle Up: The Bills lost both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller to injuries on Sunday, Spiller for the season and Jackson for at least a couple weeks. Dixon was the only other back on the active roster, and he'll get the nod with Bryce Brown likely his backup.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is out for the season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Spiller's injury came after Fred Jackson had already exited the game with a groin injury, leaving the Bills with only Anthony Dixon at running back. As there were already trade rumors regarding Spiller, he may have played his last game in a Bills' uniform.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) had an MRI Sunday, Oct. 19, and he will be out at least two weeks due to the groin injury he suffered in the Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The team has a bye in Week 9, so it is possible he returns in Week 10 and misses just one game.
Huddle Up: One game is a best-case scenario for Jackson; don't be surprised if it's closer to a month before he's back on the field. With CJ Spiller also out, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are left to handle the Bills' backfield workload.
Bryce Brown - RBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Bryce Brown was inactive for the seventh time this season in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. However, with injuries to RBs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone), head coach Doug Marrone said Sunday, Oct. 19, that he would 'have no problem bringing up Bryce.'
Huddle Up: Brown's activation is almost a given with both Spiller and Jackson sidelined. Anthony Dixon will be the starter, but Brown has flashed in the past and could carve out a role at least until Jackson returns from his groin injury.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/17/14 10:14am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is pressing, which presents part of his problems right now, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Spiller is looking to hit the proverbial home run with every play.
Huddle Up: Spiller is a home-run back whose opportunities have been cut dramatically; what did you expect him to do? Unless Spiller is dealt before the upcoming deadline or there's a reshuffling of duties in the Bills' backfield, it's difficult to see anything changing in Buffalo--and until Spiller actually starts hitting some home runs, that's bad news for his fantasy prospects.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 10/17/14 10:14am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is getting better each week, according to head coach Doug Marrone. The team made a concerted effort to get him the ball in the second half of the Week 6 game. Watkins was shut out in the first half and finished with three catches for 27 yards.
Huddle Up: Plenty of learning for the rookie to do, but he's proven to be a dynamic playmaker and the Bills--from the coaching staff down through the quarterback--remain focused on getting him the football.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/16/14 9:58am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller said he's not worried at all about playing just 12 snaps in Week 6. "I always said you take advantage when you're in there, do everything you possibly can to make plays for your team," Spiller said. "So I'm not caught up in how many snaps I get. Obviously you want to play more, but certain things happen throughout the game, and you have to go to different packages. I'm not concerned."
Huddle Up: Spiller is doing a fine job of toeing the company line, but the reduction in touches is taking a big bite out of his fantasy value.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/13/14 10:42am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller played just 12 offensive snaps Sunday, Oct. 12, and had six rushes for 19 yards.
Huddle Up: A banged up Fred Jackson didn't see a whole lot more work, with 10 carries and four receptions, but he was clearly on the field much more frequently than Spiller. Spiller is still a home run threat, but right now he's basically a pinch hitter with limited opportunities.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/10/14 4:28pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ankle, illness) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Jackson got in limited work Wednesday and Thursday before a fever kept him out Friday, and he's expected to play Sunday against the Pats. Of course, check back in before kickoff with the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report to get the final word.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 10/9/14 4:37pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said he's prepared to be shadowed by New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis in Week 6. 'We actually found he's gonna be following me around the field, so I'm gonna have to be prepared for his jams,' Watkins said. 'He's very smart. I have to be very competitive and smart off the ball.'
Huddle Up: The rookie has been targeted 21 times over the last 2 weeks and has come through with 11 catches for 117 yards and a TD. He'll definitely find the going, though, a little tougher against Revis, who did a good job on Cincy's A.J. Green in Week 5.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/9/14 10:38pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ankle, knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Jackson, who tweaked his ankle in the Week 5 win over the Lions, been limited in both of the Bills' practices this week, but much to the chagrin of C.J. Spiller owners, he's not believed to be in any real danger of missing Sunday's clash with the Patriots.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/7/14 9:31pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller managed just four yards on six first-down carries in Week 5. For the year, he has nine negative runs and is averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry.
Huddle Up: Spiller only has 1 TD so far and has been outgained, in terms of total yards, in 4 of 5 games this season by veteran backfield mate Fred Jackson, who is averaging 4.7 yards a carry. Keep your fantasy expectations lowered until you start to see Spiller's stats start trending in the other direction.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ankle) left the Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions due to a sprained right ankle. He said Sunday, Oct. 5, that he should be fine.
Huddle Up: If Jackson is at all limited the Bills could give more work to CJ Spiller. It's a situation that bears watching.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 9/29/14 4:02pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will start Week 5 in place of QB EJ Manuel, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: The ineffective E.J. Manuel has benched just four games into his second season after a miserable performance in Houston. Orton will be asked to lead an offense that relies heavily on the run and to not turn the ball over. At 32, Orton is a game manager who starts out as a low end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 9/22/14 10:36pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel struggled with deeper passes in Week 3, completing just three of his 12 attempts. He didn't have a completion for more than 16 yards. Prior to Week 3, just 17 percent of Manuel's pass attempts had traveled more than 10 yards.
Huddle Up: Despite his struggles, Manuel had his best passing-yards outing (238) of the season Sunday and still ranks as a high-end QB2 (13th with 54 fantasy points) coming out of the weekend. The bottom line is that Manuel might be a better fantasy QB than real-life one at this point.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 9/19/14 6:01pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods (ankle) is listed as probable, and he'll be available for Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Woods, the Bills' second-leading receiver, has shown late-week improvement and will be available for starting consideration in deeper leagues.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 9/18/14 11:01pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods (ankle) would not be able to play in Week 3 at this point because of his injury, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Woods is the Bills' 2nd-leading receiver with 5 catches for 83 yards but it looks like Mike Williams and Marquise Goodwin might be in for some extra work this Sunday against the visiting Chargers.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:18am ET
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) will be available to practice Friday, Sept. 5, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said there is no verdict on whether Watkins will play in Week 1.
Huddle Up: The injury, his quarterback, the NFL learning curve... lots of factors working against Watkins as he (maybe) makes his NFL debut this weekend. Keep all of that in mind as you're setting your lineups; perhaps the best course of action is let Watkins get his feet wet before plugging him into your fantasy lineup.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/5/14 2:11pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) will be available to play in Week 1, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Having the rookie available doesn't mean you need to start him by any means. His snaps and targets figure to be limited, so weigh your roster options carefully.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 9/5/14 9:21pm ET
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone recently had a testy exchange with team officials within earshot of players, and it apparently stemmed from his unhappiness with the decision to sign QB Kyle Orton so late in the calendar, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: This report could mean a longer leash for E.J. Manuel. That's not great news for Sammy Watkins owners. It sounds like things could unravel in Buffalo if the team gets off to a slow start this season.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 9/4/14 2:09pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is the team's primary kickoff returner.
Huddle Up: This likely isn't what Spiller owners had in mind when hoping for an increased workload this season. Spiller last returned kicks full time in his rookie season of 2010, and -- make of it what you will -- had a career-low 98 offensive touches that season.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/4/14 6:14pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: It's the second-straight full-participation day for Watkins, but be wary of counting on him Sunday given the recency of the injury and the limited work he had in the preseason.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/3/14 3:27pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: Encouraging sign for Watkins, who's on track to play Sunday in Chicago, but the rookie is a risky fantasy start if you have other options given that the WR is one solid hit from re-aggravating the issue.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/29/14 10:14am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in the same area as his previous one, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Watkins has already missed time with the rib injury, and aggravating the injury in the same spot isn't going to help. The rookie already has an uphill battle for fantasy relevancy given the struggles of EJ Manuel and the typical adjustment curve for a first-year wideout; throw a nagging injury into the mix and his immediate fantasy future becomes even more bleak.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/29/14 4:53pm ET
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins did not suffer a serious rib injury in the team's final preseason game, and reportedly will be good to go for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Good news for the first-round pick, but still be very wary as the another hit in the wrong place could send Watkins right back to the sideline. In the meantime, the team's QB situation hasn't gotten any better, either, with second-year QB EJ Manuel now taking his struggles into the regular season.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/28/14 6:36pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) could play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, though it likely wouldn't be for long.
Huddle Up: Watkins sat out last week's preseason game, but the Bills would like to get the rookie some more work with only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets so far this preseason.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/28/14 10:54pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins has now been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday night's game with a rib injury after originally being ruled as questionable.
Huddle Up: Watkins needed the work with EJ Manuel and Co. after entering the game with only 3 preseason receptions, but then here's the flip side: Possibly re-aggravating the injury. Not good with the season opener only 10 days away.
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