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.
Jordan Palmer - QBPosted 8/26/14 2:34pm ET
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent QB Jordan Palmer (Bears) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: The Bills released Thaddeus Lewis and signed the well-travelled Palmer who will add some experience to Buffalo's young QB corps headed by second-year players EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/25/14 8:01pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 25. Watkins said he will be able to play in the final preseason game if needed.
Huddle Up: Even though the Bills have already played 4 games, some extra work definitely wouldn't hurt Watkins and the rest of the Buffalo passing-game components as the highly touted rookie only has 3 receptions for 21 yards in 7 targets to show for the preseason so far.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:18am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not take part in practice in routes against defenders Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: The Bills aren't providing a timetable for Watkins' return to full contact, but he's been back at practice so the injury doesn't seem to be one that would cause him to miss the start of the regular season.
Stevenson Sylvester - LBPosted 8/20/14 5:51pm ET
The Buffalo Bills have placed LB Stevenson Sylvester (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: The free agent was line in get some snaps with Kiko Alonzo's season-ending injury, but the good-health gods certainly haven't been beneficiaries to the Bills' LB corps this summer
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, Aug. 19. Watkins said he could play in a game, but head coach Doug Marrone said he hasn't decided if Watkins will play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: The preseason hasn't gone as hoped for the fourth overall pick who has only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets. Yet he's going into the season as the Bills' clear No. 1 WR and currently owns the 25th-best ADP among all wideouts.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/18/14 6:57pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not practice Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: The prize rookie just has bruised ribs from a hit Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but they're obviously sore enough to keep him sidelined for the time being. Coach Doug Marrone doesn't know -- or at least isn't saying -- when he'll return, but there's no need to adjust your WR draft board in the meantime.
Thaddeus Lewis - QBPosted 8/17/14 11:35pm ET
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said he was not happy with the play of QBs Thaddeus Lewis and Jeff Tuel during the second preseason game. Lewis went 1-for-6 for 18 yards and an interception, while Tuel went 5-for-9 for 48 yards and a fumble. The competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is still considered open.
Huddle Up: Not a good situation for the Bills' pass-catchers if starter EJ Manuel underperforms or gets hurt again this season.
T.J. Graham - WRPosted 8/15/14 10:06am ET
Buffalo Bills WR T.J. Graham, TE Tony Moeaki and LB Jimmy Gaines are possible cuts as the deadline looms to trim rosters down from their current 90-player limit.
Huddle Up: With Mike Williams added to the mix, Graham is falling towards the bottom of the receiver rotation and fighting for a job. Since it remains to be seen how much fantasy value EJ Manuel has to spread around his receiving corps, and what kind of bite Sammy Watkins takes off the top, Graham was fighting an uphill battle for fantasy relevancy anyway.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 8/13/14 4:18pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Mike Williams said he believes he is 65 percent recovered from his offseason leg injury but should be 100 percent for the start of the regular season. Williams has been able to participate during training camp.
Huddle Up: The former Buc only has been targeted 3 times in 2 games this preseason, netting 2 receptions for 28 yards. He has some work to do to hold off Robert Woods (13 targets, 8 receptions, 80 yards) for the starting gig opposite Sammy Watkins.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 8/13/14 7:36pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller has not been talked about with other teams, according to general manager Doug Whaley. "Again, no one, I'll tell you guys and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams. I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has contacted us," Whalen said.
Huddle Up: Spiller is a free agent at the end of the season and with Bryce Brown waiting in the wings, this could be his last year in Buffalo. However, unless a strong offer comes the Bills way in the next couple of weeks, expect Spiller to remain with the team for the 2014 season as part of a talented backfield committee. Spiller is currently a bit overvalued with an ADP of late Round 3.
Bryce Brown - RBPosted 8/9/14 5:47pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Bryce Brown was praised by head coach Doug Marrone, who said he thought he could be a starter in the league. Brown had 64 yards on 11 carries in the first preseason game. 'I think, in my mind Bryce Brown is a very talented running back that has the potential to start in the NFL,' Marrone said. 'So I think what happens a lot, when he is in the game I think he is one of the better players on the field. So, his production is not surprising for any one of us.'
Huddle Up: Brown is listed as fourth on the depth chart behind C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon but that's a bit misleading. If something were to happen to Spiller or Jackson, Brown would be the beneficiary. Also, there's a chance neither of those two are on the Bills' roster in 2015, so Brown could be Buffalo's starting running back next season. Brown has a shot to contribute this year with injuries and he's also a great stash in dynasty leagues.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 8/8/14 12:31am ET
Buffalo Bills RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will likely see the bulk of the action in Buffalo's backfield this year, barring any roster changes. Head coach Doug Marrone recently frowned upon the idea of utilizing three running backs.
Huddle Up: There has been talk that free-agent acquisition Bryce Brown will get his fair share of the action but fantasy GMs might have to be content to deal with the Jackson-Spiller RBBC for a 5th straight season.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 8/8/14 11:59pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Mike Williams started ahead of WR Robert Woods in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Friday, Aug. 8. Williams had one grab for 28 yards, while Woods led the team with four grabs and he posted 31 yards.
Huddle Up: Williams and Woods will both be on the field in three-receiver sets, along with rookie Sammy Watkins. Woods offers more upside at his Round 14 ADP. Williams is currently going undrafted. He could carve out a role as a red zone threat but it's hard to imagine Williams catching a ton of passes in Buffalo's run-heavy offense.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 8/6/14 10:22am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods had limited snaps with QB EJ Manuel Tuesday, Aug. 5, and he wasn't on the field during a red zone drill.
Huddle Up: Former Buc Mike Williams has been seeing increased reps with the ones, and Sammy Watkins has the other spot sewn up. Curious development, since Woods was Manuel's favorite target last season. It's definitely a situation to keep an eye on, especially if Manuel is able to develop as a quarterback this season and provide the Bills with passing game productivity.
Ramses Barden - WRPosted 8/6/14 3:49pm ET
The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign free-agent WR Ramses Barden (Bills).
Huddle Up: With Justin Blackmon and Ace Sanders opening the regular season on suspension, and Cecil Shorts and Allen Robinson currently dealing with injuries, the Jags need WRs, and the 6-foot-6 former Giant & Bill will get a chance to make a preseason impression.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 7/30/14 5:10pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson signed a 1-year contract extension worth $2.6 million on Wednesday, July 30, according to a source. Jackson could earn an additional $1 million in incentives.
Huddle Up: Jackson turned 33 in Feb. and the Bills' backfield is more crowded than ever with the free-agent signing of Bryce Brown, but expect the vet to be a big part of the team's 2014 plans coming off his 253-touch season of a year ago -- the second-highest single-season total of his 7-year career.
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