The Bills have declined the 5th-year option on WR Sammy Watkins' contract. That year -- along with the $13 or so million it would have paid him -- is guaranteed for injury only prior to the start of the 2018 league year. So Buffalo is (perhaps rightfully) worried that Watkins will suffer another serious injury. He's now set to become a free agent next offseason. Getting out of run-heavy Buffalo might help Watkins' fantasy stock. Rookie Zay Jones, meanwhile, could find himself as the Bills' #1 WR as soon as next year.
Baltimore spent a 2nd-round pick on OLB Tyus Bowser from Houston. Bowser didn't post big numbers in college but did crack 5 sacks in 3 of his 4 seasons. He topped out at 8.5 sacks and 12 total tackles for loss in his senior campaign. He'll need to fight through a fairly crowded edge group with the Ravens.
The Ravens spent the 16th pick on Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey. There's room for Humphrey to quickly grab a large role and potentially start right away. There's nothing in his college stat line, however, to suggest that we should bet on big IDP production.
S Tony Jefferson signed a 4-year deal with the Ravens on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The agreement averages a reported $9 million a year, which is obviously full-time starter money. Starting next to Eric Weddle could mean some in-the-box time for Jefferson, though he's not in special spot for IDP value based on recent seasons. Expect Jefferson to land in DB2 territory in our 2017 IDP rankings.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that DE Calais Campbell has decided to sign a 4-year deal with the Jaguars. Wednesday night reports had Campbell likely to sign there, but the Broncos reportedly made a late push for the former Cardinal. Campbell reportedly chose Jacksonville's offer of about $2 million more per year and $6 million more in guaranteed money. (The fact that Florida residents pay no income tax likely factored in as well.) Campbell joins an ascending defense and what could be a stellar line. The Jaguars added DT Malik Jackson in free agency last year, got solid production from rookie DE Yannick Ngakoue and are still waiting on 2015 first-round DE Dante Fowler to reach his potential. Campbell's best IDP days might be behind him, but he should remain at least a solid D-line play in tackle-friendly fantasy football leagues. The Jacksonville team D carries interesting upside in early 2017 fantasy drafts.
The Ravens have added Greg Roman to their coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. No word yet on Roman's official title, but he'll certainly have a say in the offense. He's spent the past 6 seasons as an OC -- the first 4 in San Francisco and the last 2 in Buffalo. All 6 of those offenses finished among the top 9 in rushing attempts and top 8 in rushing yards. Roman's arrival is good news for RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins will undergo another foot surgery this week, according to the Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Watkins went under the knife to repair his fractured foot back in April and was reportedly playing through a still-broken foot when he returned in Week 12. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined this go-around, but Watkins will be 1 of the biggest injury risks in 2017 fantasy drafts. On top of the foot, he's dealt with rib, groin, hip, calf and ankle issues through his first 3 NFL seasons.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe (neck) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. He's fine to use as you normally would in your IDP league.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins managed just 1 reception for 10 yards among 4 targets in Sunday's win over the Browns. Tyrod Taylor attempted just 24 throws in the game (plus 1 more from EJ Manuel), but Watkins still saw WR Marquise Goodwin match his target count and TE Charles Clay beat it by 3. Watkins also saw his playing time dip to 63% of the offensive snaps after he topped 90% the week before. He remains in play for a Week 16 battle with Miami, but keep the risk in mind as you weigh Watkins against your other options.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe left Sunday's game early with a neck injury and did not return. We'll see what his outlook is for next Sunday night's game at Kansas City.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins saw just 6 targets but caught 4 for 54 yards and 1 TD vs. Pittsburgh. Watkins scored on a pass over the middle on 3rd and goal. Game flow set up favorably here — Buffalo played from behind in the 2nd half — but Tyrod Taylor labored through another shaky outing. Watkins does retain major fantasy upside next week against the lowly Browns.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins feels healthier this week than he did last. “I feel great for this week,” Watkins said after Thursday's practice. “I think it’s just the routine and the reps and things. I’m more comfortable running routes full speed. It’s more a game plan thing now, not a foot issue or body issue I can’t just go out there and play. No limitations. My body had to get used to the workload. Now I’m out there during practice I’m running 30 to 40 plays. So I’m feeling good.” After playing just 45.5% of the snaps in Week 12, Watkins was out there for 68.1% this past Sunday and saw 9 targets. The foot and Buffalo's low passing volume add risk, but Watkins has breakout potential in a home game against the Steelers this weekend.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is active for today’s game against the Raiders. He dealt with soreness in that foot early this week and figures to be on a snap count again today. Of course, Watkins racked up 80 yards on limited snaps last week. He’s a risk/reward WR3.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. But HC Rex Ryan said Friday that his #1 WR will play. The question now becomes exactly how much Watkins will play. He was limited to 45% of the snaps last week and then dealt with soreness in that troublesome foot on Wednesday. OC Anthony Lynn revealed that Watkins is playing through a broken bone in the foot. He's obviously a risky Week 13 fantasy play -- although there's a decent ceiling vs. a burnable Raiders secondary.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to a limited practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's workout. HC Rex Ryan said afterward that he expects Watkins to play against the Raiders this weekend. OC Anthony Lynn was less optimistic. "I don't know if he's gonna play 1 play or 20 plays," Lynn said. Watkins is shaping up as an extremely risky Week 13 fantasy starter.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins did not practice on Wednesday after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired foot. He, of course, just returned last week after missing the previous 8 games. We'll see whether this is just regular early-week soreness or a real setback. Check back tomorrow for another update.
The Ravens will have DE Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), DL Brandon Williams (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) active for today's game against the Bengals. All 3 entered the weekend questionable. Jernigan's the only real IDP option among the trio for most fantasy outfits.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He’s expected to be limited in his 1st action since Week 2 — insider Joe Buscaglia guesses 50-60% of the snaps — and Jacksonville has been tough against the pass all year. But Watkins has the raw talent to do damage on just a few targets. He’s a risk/reward WR3.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins' playing time against the Jets today "will depend on how his foot feels," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport adds that Watkins will start, which doesn't necessarily mean much for his playing time. We'd still try to avoid using Watkins in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 2, but he's capable of posting nice fantasy numbers on limited snaps.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He practiced all week, though, and HC Rex Ryan said Friday that Watkins is "good to go." Ryan said earlier in the week that Watkins will be on a pitch count in his 1st action since Week 2. That, plus a matchup with the league's 8th-ranked WR defense, makes Watkins just a WR3 flier for Week 12.
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