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The Bills selected Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Epenesa delivered strong production in college, with 30.5 tackles for loss and 22 sacks over his 2 seasons as a starter -- plus 6 pass deflections and 8 forced fumbles. But then Epenesa went to the Combine and posted a 40 time that would have been unimpressive for a DT. He looks slow on tape as well, winning on power rather than beating tackles around the edge. Epenesa goes to a well-coached defense in Buffalo, though, and might present the versatility to play some DE and DT. Buffalo signed a similar player in free agency: Quinton Jefferson from Seattle. We're not excited about Epenesa's fantasy outlook, but he'll find a place in dynasty rookie drafts.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Bills have worked out a trade for WR Stefon Diggs. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds that Diggs and a 7th-round pick will go to Buffalo in exchange for 1st-, 5th- and 6th-round picks from the Bills plus a 4th-rounder in 2021. (Buffalo's Round 1 pick is #22.) Diggs won't turn 27 until late November and still has 4 years left on his current contract. He's coming off consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, with a career-best 17.9 yards per catch in 2019. Diggs should challenge John Brown for the role of top WR in Buffalo, but the move isn't likely to help his fantasy outlook. The Bills have ranked among the league's most run-heavy offenses since before HC Sean McDermott arrived in 2017. In addition to Brown, WR Cole Beasley remains to eat up some targets. Add in QB Josh Allen's accuracy issues, and you get a potentially frustrating fantasy outlook for Diggs. The new guy's arrival also dings the fantasy outlooks for Brown and Beasley, though Diggs can only help Allen's upside. Minnesota, meanwhile, finds a gaping hole in its WR corps opposite Adam Thielen. We'll see how the Vikings address that need this offseason.

The Browns agreed to a 3-year, $18 million deal with QB Case Keenum on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $10 million guaranteed and likely locks Keenum in as Baker Mayfield's backup for at least the next couple of seasons. Keenum played for new Cleveland HC Kevin Stefanski in Minnesota in 2017, when Stefanski served as the Vikings' QBs coach.

The Dolphins have reached a 3-year, $30 million deal with former Bills DE Shaq Lawson, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lawson spent his 1st two seasons looking like a 1st-round bust but improved over the past 2. His final Bills campaign included 18 QB hits, tied for 25th in the NFL. Lawson also saw his playing time grow to starter-level over the final third of the 2019 season. He joins a Miami defense in dire need of edge help. The Dolphins' scheme shouldn't alter his position designation for IDP purposes.

Bills DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Texans. CB Levi Wallace (ankle) is OUT. Both players entered the day questionable. Wallace's absence leaves Buffalo without its starting outside CB opposite Tre'Davious White. That's good news for Houston WR Kenny Stills (with Will Fuller out).

Bills lead CB Tre'Davious White is inactive for today's game against the Jets. He's a healthy scratch, sitting out a game with no meaning for Buffalo. White's absence boosts the matchup for Jets QB Sam Darnold and WR Robby Anderson.

Bills WR Cole Beasley, WR John Brown, RB Devin Singletary and TE Dawson Knox are all inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Don’t expect to see much of QB Josh Allen or RB Frank Gore. Top CB Tre’Davious White is also inactive for Buffalo.

The Bills have ruled DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Here's what Bills HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday about how he'll handle his team's meaningless Sunday finale against the Jets, according to SNY.tv: "We're going to play a majority of the guys. To go into detail will take some time, but the majority of guys will play, not all of them. Josh (Allen) will play. They're not all going to play the same amount in the game. We're going to be smart with that, but it's important that we get work in fundamentally and in terms of execution and we stay as sharp as can be." Translation: Expect most starters to play. Don't expect any key guys to make it past halftime. We'd plan on not using QB Josh Allen, RB Devin Singletary or the WRs, if you can help it.

Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. It's an upside sack matchup for the pass rusher, though there's also still risk to Miller's injury situation. Fellow OLB Malik Reed (ankle) is inactive for the game.

Broncos OLB Von Miller is "trending in the right direction" but still no lock to return for today's game against the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Adam Schefter, meanwhile, reports that Denver expects Miller to play. Miller's knee injury cost him last week's game, the 1st he had missed since 2013. We'll update his status later this morning, when the inactives come out. But even an active Miller looks like a risky IDP bet this week.

Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Miller put in limited practices all week. We'll check his status Sunday. Fellow OLB starter Malik Reed (ankle) is also questionable. He started the week not practicing but put in limited workouts Thursday and Friday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Broncos OLB Von Miller is "considered 50/50" to play through his knee injury against the Chargers today, "though it's trending in the right direction." That obviously points to Miller likely playing, but he'll be a low-floor option for IDP lineups.

Bills TE Dawson Knox (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 11 injury report. He was added to the injury report and sidelined on Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. The rookie is a viable fantasy flier in this weekend’s plus matchup against the Dolphins.

Bills TE Dawson Knox missed Thursday's practice with what HC Sean McDermott labeled a "sore knee." McDermott expects the rookie back on Friday, but we'll keep an eye on him.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. Ditto for TE Cameron Brate (ribs), who should be back to his usual role after being limited to 11 snaps last week. Howard is the ultimate risk/reward Week 10 fantasy play against the Cardinals’ 32nd-ranked TE defense.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he'll return for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. Howard, averaging just 3 targets per game this season, is tough to feel great about. But he remains a big talent and draws 1 of the league's worst TE defenses on Sunday.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) "should be ready to roll" for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. That's a dream matchup, but Howard still figures to land on the TE1 fringes in our Week 10 rankings after averaging just 3 targets across his 6 games this season.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) remained sidelined on Thursday, but TE Cameron Brate (ribs) returned to a limited practice. We're tentatively expecting Brate to play against the Seahawks this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

11:10am EDT 10/27/19

Bills LB Matt Milano (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Eagles. He entered the day as a game-time decision. That makes him still a risky IDP option. We’d try to lean elsewhere if you can.

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