Buffalo Bills Fantasy Football News 2017

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (groin) and CB Leonard Johnson (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Buccaneers. Neither makes for a strong IDP candidate, but their presence helps the Buffalo team D.

The Bills have ruled out LB Ramon Humber for Sunday's game against the Bengals with his thumb fracture. S Micah Hyde (knee) is questionable.

The Bills announced Monday that OLB Ramon Humber will have surgery on the thumb he injured in Sunday's win over the Falcons. He's out indefinitely. That all but guarantees he'll miss at least Sunday's game at Cincinnati. But we wouldn't be surprised to see Humber back on the field after the Week 6 bye. He's cuttable in the meantime in IDP leagues of shallow to moderate depth.

Bills OLB Ramon Humber is believed to have suffered a broken right hand in Sunday's win over the Falcons. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that he "will miss time." Such an injury doesn't normally keep defensive players out for long, so we'll wait to see a more specific timeline before moving Humber down our Rest of the Season rankings. Any missed games, though, would likely give MLB Preston Brown a bit more tackle upside. The Bills get Cincinnati in Week 5 and then their bye.

The Bills have ruled DT Marcell Dareus out for Sunday's game against the Broncos with an ankle injury. That hurts the Buffalo D-line, but the unit remains an upside play for DFS tournaments.

Bills DT Marcell Dareus missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. HC Sean McDermott said he's "concerned" that Dareus might miss Sunday's game against Denver, according to the Buffalo News. Dareus played just 17 snaps in the Week 2 loss at Carolina. Even at full strength in Week 1, though, Dareus played a smaller share of snaps than in any of the games he played last year. Dareus is only worth hanging onto right now in IDP leagues that play with DT-specific slots.

The Bills sent DT Marcell Dareus home before Saturday's game against the Ravens because of a team rules violation. "Sean and I are going to do things the right way," GM Brandon Beane said, while refusing to specify details. "He violated a team rule, so we sent him home. Disappointing." IDP owners shouldn't worry unless Dareus continues to stay away from the team into next week.

After trading down from 10th overall, the Bills drafted LSU CB Tre'Davious White. He should find an immediate shot to replace CB Stephon Gilmore, who signed with the Patriots in free agency. White picked 6 passes across 4 years, with no more than 2 in any season. He defensed a career-high 14 passes as a senior. White also delivered punt-return TDs in each of the past 3 seasons. Should he start, playing across from CB Ronald Darby might help direct throws to his side of the field. There's fantasy upside here if he starts.

The Bills have hired Rick Dennison as OC. Dennison spent the past 2 years as Denver's OC under Gary Kubiak -- and also coordinated Kubiak's Texans offenses from 2010 to 2013. It's notable that Dennison worked with Tyrod Taylor as Baltimore's QB coach in 2014. We'll see if Taylor is Dennison's QB in Buffalo in 2017 and beyond.

The Bills have hired Sean McDermott as their HC. He's spent the past 8 seasons as a defensive coordinator -- 1st in Philadelphia, then in Carolina -- but has no HC experience. McDermott and the Bills should make an OC hire within the next couple of weeks.

Bills DE Kyle Williams (back) and LBs Preston Brown (foot) and Zach Brown (illness) are active for today's game against the Jets. All 3 entered the day questionable but are good to go in your IDP lineups.

The Bills have fired HC Rex Ryan and DC Rob Ryan. The news is only surprising in that it came before this weekend's season finale. Ryan finishes his 2-year Bills tenure with a 15-16 record. OC Anthony Lynn will take over as interim HC and reportedly has a shot to earn the full-time gig next season.


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