Charles Clay Fantasy Football News 2018

2:11pm EST 11/19/17

Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. He was reportedly a game-time decision, so that knee is still a concern. Clay is more of a TE2 for Week 11.

ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) will be a game-time for today's tilt with the Chargers. He's listed as questionable after a limited week of practice, but we assumed he'd be fine after returning last week. It sounds like he may have suffered a setback with that knee. With Bills-Chargers not kicking off until 4:05 pm ET, Clay probably belongs on fantasy benches unless you have a viable late-game alternative.

11:11am EST 11/12/17

Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He’s been out for a month and was limited in practice all week, so it’s possible that he’s on a snap count today. Consider Clay a low-end TE1 for Week 10.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) "likely" to play against the Saints today. He got in 3 limited practices this week. Clay has been out for a month, though, so there's certainly a chance he doesn't play his full allotment of snaps today. Consider him a low-end TE1 for Week 10.

Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints after a limited week of practice. HC Sean McDermott has been optimistic about Clay's status, so we're expecting him to play. It's possible that he's limited in his 1st action since early October, though, making him more of a low-end TE1 for Week 10.

Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. It gives him a shot to play against the Saints this weekend. Clay averaged 4.5 catches and 56.8 yards per game through the season's first 4 weeks. He'll be back in the TE1 mix as soon as he's ready to play a full complement of snaps.

Bills HC Sean McDermott said Friday that TE Charles Clay (knee) is "on track" to return for Week 10. He's missed the past 3 games -- plus a bye week -- with a torn meniscus and sprained MCL. Clay averaged 6.3 targets, 4.5 catches and 56.8 yards per game through the season's first 4 weeks. He was sitting 4th among TEs in both PPR and non-PPR points during that stretch. Clay will return as a weekly TE1 -- even with the addition of WR Kelvin Benjamin.

Bills HC Sean McDermott announced that TE Charles Clay had a "procedure" on his injured knee on Monday and will be out "several weeks." We don't have any other details on the injury, but fantasy owners obviously need to find a replacement. The relative good news is that Buffalo has a Week 6 bye, so it's possible he only misses a couple of games. Clay -- who had emerged as an every-week fantasy starter -- is worth stashing if you have room on your bench.

Update: Clay suffered a torn meniscus and sprained MCL, according to both Pro Football Talk and ESPN's Adam Schefter. Expect him to miss at least a month.

Bills TE Charles Clay hurt his knee in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Cincinnati. He was limping heavily on the sideline and was carted back to the locker room. Don't expect to see him back on the field today.

Update: The team announced he's questionable to return.

WR Anquan Boldin has informed the Bills that he's retiring, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter. "My life's purpose is bigger than football," Boldin said in a statement. Or, he simply decided against a season with a Bills team that's clearly in rebuilding mode. Boldin's departure leaves Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones as the team's clear-cut top 2 WRs. Both guys get a boost up the WR rankings -- although we're finding it tough to get excited about any member of this Buffalo passing game.

Chris Brown of the Bills' official website expects TE Charles Clay to be busy in new OC Rick Dennison's offense this season. As Brown points out, a TE finished top 2 on the team in catches and/or TDs in 5 of the last 10 seasons Dennison has served as an OC or QBs coach. Also working in Clay's favor is Buffalo's question mark at WR. Sammy Watkins has had trouble staying on the field, and the group behind him is unproven. Clay has finished 16th and 17th among TEs in PPR points in his first 2 seasons with the Bills. While his ceiling might not extend much higher, he's a big value at his current TE26 ADP.

Bills HC Sean McDermott admitted that he's "concerned" with TE Charles Clay's knee. "It's something we have to manage moving forward in order to have him on the field for us, which is important moving forward," McDermott said. "He's a weapon for us." Clay has dealt with knee trouble since arriving in Buffalo back in 2015. It didn't cost him any games last year, but he was a regular on the injury report. A coach admitting concern this early in the year is certainly worrisome. Clay ranked 16th among TEs in PPR points last season and shouldn't be drafted as more than a TE2 this summer.

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.

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.

Bills TE Charles Clay caught a season-high 7 balls for 72 yards and his 2nd TD in 2 weeks in Sunday's win over the Browns. Clay's score came on a terrific adjustment to an underthrown pass after he broke open behind coverage in the end zone. The 2 straight games of 50+ receiving yards and 6+ targets in 3 of his past 4 games make Clay a solid bet for fantasy football lineups in Week 16 against a Dolphins defense that has allowed 5 TE scores among the past 6 games.

The forecast for today's Browns-Bills game calls for a slight chance of snow but winds of 20-30 mph. That's certainly enough to impact the passing games. Hopefully you're not relying on any part of Cleveland's passing attack. Downgrade Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins a tad, but both are still fine fantasy starters. Expect a heavy dose of RB LeSean McCoy today.

Bills TE Charles Clay won't play against the Raiders today, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. He stayed behind for the birth of his child. That takes away another weapon for QB Tyrod Taylor, who's also missing WRs Robert Woods and Percy Harvin.

Bills TE Charles Clay did not travel with the team to Oakland as he awaits the birth of his child. "His game status remains questionable," the team tweeted. It sounds like there's a chance he meets up with his squad before kickoff. We should get an update on Clay on Sunday morning

Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is questionable for Monday night's game at Seattle. He's been questionable for every game since Week 2, listed with the knee for all but 1 of those. Clay has yet to miss a game, though, and we'd bet on him playing against the Seahawks.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He didn't practice all week and has no timetable for return. HC Rex Ryan admitted Friday that there's "major concern" that this could be a "long-term issue." Buffalo figures to ride RB LeSean McCoy for as long as possible in New England. WR Robert Woods and TE Charles Clay are the best bet for targets, but neither is a strong fantasy play.


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