Shark Bites

The Bills named QB Derek Anderson their starter for Sunday's game against the Colts. There's no way they could go back to Nathan Peterman after he tossed 2 more INTs -- including a pick-6 to lose the game -- in Houston last week. Anderson was signed just 8 days ago and attempted only 67 passes over the previous 3 seasons. Continue to avoid the Bills passing game in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Bills QB Josh Allen is expected to miss "at least 2 or 3 games" with the sprained UCL in his throwing elbow. Allen is dealing with a partial tear in the ligament and doesn't need surgery. This doesn't sound like a long-term concern, but the Bills figure to play it safe with their 1st-round rookie. We'll see whether they turn to Nathan Peterman or Derek Anderson against the Colts this weekend.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Bills QB Josh Allen has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow. The team is sending MRI results to Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd opinion. We don't have an official timeline for Allen's return, but former NFL head team Dr. David Chao considers the rookie "week-to-week" and believes "a good outcome for the Bills would be a return by Allen some time in November." Buffalo recently signed veteran QB Derek Anderson. We'll see if they roll with him or QB Nathan Peterman, but neither guy is a fantasy option.

Bills QB Josh Allen injured his right elbow or forearm in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Houston. We'll look for an update on his status. Nathan Peterman is in the game for Buffalo.

UPDATE: Allen is officially questionable to return with an elbow injury.

11:10am EDT 10/7/18

Bills S Micah Hyde is out for today's game against the Titans with a groin injury. He has endured a slow statistical start anyway and would only have been a low-level IDP option.

Bills S Micah Hyde is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans with a groin injury. He missed practice all week, though, and looks risky for the game. Keep him out of IDP lineups, especially after a slow statistical start to the season.

11:09am EDT 9/30/18

Bills TE Charles Clay (shoulder, hip) is active for today’s game against the Packers. With just 4 catches for 47 scoreless yards through 3 games, he’s not a viable fantasy option.

11:09am EDT 9/30/18

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) is active for today’s game against the Packers. The rib issue and Buffalo’s offense adds risk to his outlook — but the matchup is good against a Green Bay defense allowing 5.0 yards per carry to RBs.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) is on track to play against the Packers today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy has said all week that he'll play and got in 3 limited practices. There's some risk that the rib cartilage injury limits him today, but McCoy is ok to get into fantasy lineups as a lower-end RB2.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers after 3 limited practices this week. McCoy has said he expects to play, but HC Sean McDermott said "we'll see" when asked about McCoy's status on Friday. We'll find out whether he's active by noon ET on Sunday. If he is, he'll be a low-end RB2 option.

Bills TE Charles Clay (shoulder, hip) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. With just 4 catches for 47 scoreless yards through 3 games, Clay shouldn’t be in your fantasy plans.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) said Wednesday that he expects to return for this weekend's game against the Packers. He was officially limited in today's practice. We'll monitor McCoy's progress over the next couple of days. Buffalo's offense has shown some signs of life, and Green Bay is allowing 5.0 yards per carry to RBs so far. McCoy will be a low-end RB2 if active on Sunday.

11:09am EDT 9/23/18

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Vikings. That leaves Buffalo’s backfield to Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy. Neither is a recommended fantasy play.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) will "push" to play today, but "the likelihood is he’ll have to wait until next week," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He's in a lot of pain," Rapoport adds. We'll find out McCoy's official status by noon ET, but he should be on fantasy benches now. His absence would leave Buffalo's backfield to Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy. Neither is a recommended fantasy play.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings after a limited week of practice. It sounds like he sported a non-contact jersey all week. We’re expecting McCoy to play on Sunday, but he’ll be a high-risk, low-reward fantasy start.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he did anything this early in the week means he's planning on playing against the Vikings on Sunday. Banged up and in a brutal matchup, McCoy will be no more than a RB3 for Week 3.

ESPN's Adam Schefter calls Bills RB LeSean McCoy "questionable" for Week 3 after suffering cracked rib cartilage in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. "McCoy should not miss more than one game, if that," Schefter adds. We'll track his practice participation this week. If McCoy is out, Buffalo would be down to RBs Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy. This whole backfield is best off avoided this week in a brutal matchup against the Vikings.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy suffered fractured ribs in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy will reportedly try to play through the issue against the Vikings in Week 3. So a matchup that already looked terrible now includes further downside risk for McCoy. Through 2 games, Marcus Murphy ranks 2nd among Bills RBs in rushing attempts (9, to McCoy's 16). Chris Ivory has carried 5 times for 10 yards and the team's lone rushing TD.

UPDATE: Tests on McCoy' ribs Monday morning revealed no fracture, according to Rapoport. So it sounds like he's just dealing with a bruise. It's an injury McCoy should be able to play through.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy injured his ribs in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Chargers. We'll look for an update on his severity. It was another dud from McCoy, who mustered just 68 scoreless yards before exiting. His absence would leave Chris Ivory as Buffalo's lead back.

The Bills have named QB Josh Allen their starter for Week 2, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's no shock after Nathan Peterman's indefensibly bad start against the Ravens in Week 1. If Buffalo's willing to insert its 1st-round pick into that environment, why not go ahead and kick off the Allen Era officially against the Chargers? This, of course, remains a hands-off fantasy situation. Allen, though, brings much more fantasy upside than Peterman with his combo of arm strength and rushing ability. The latter, in particular, makes the Bills rookie stash worthy in 2-QB leagues. Allen's skill set also looks like a better fit for WR Kelvin Benjamin, though we'd like to see Benjamin actually do something before using him in fantasy lineups. Benjamin managed 1 catch on 7 targets at Baltimore.

 
 
 

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