Bills DE Jerry Hughes (shin, calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He returned to limited practices the past 2 days after sitting out Wednesday. He has been a poor IDP producer for weeks now, though, and isn't worth waiting on -- especially for a negative matchup.
Bills DE Jerry Hughes is "day to day" with a shin injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Saints, HC Sean McDermott told reporters Sunday. It doesn't sound serious, so Hughes might be ready to play against the Chargers this Sunday. But he hasn't given IDP owners much in a while, so there's little reason to wait for him and/or take on any added risk.
Bills edge rusher Jerry Hughes will be moving back to a primarily OLB role in 2016 as Buffalo plans to play a truer 3-4 front, according to the team website. That's not surprising, given Rex Ryan's history of favoring such a system. He likely leaned 4-3 in 2015 to leverage a defensive roster that better fit that formation. Hughes underwhelmed as a 3-4 OLB in Indy after arriving as a 1st-round pick, but we'd bet on Ryan being able to put him in position to make plays -- as well as Hughes having grown in general since those days. The more important factor for IDP owners will be whether Hughes switches to a LB designation for 2016. That would lower his fantasy football value, though his double-digit sack potential will keep him relevant either way. Keep an eye on the potential position switch in your league as we head into drafting season. Ditto for Marcell Dareus and a potential switch from DT to DE in leagues that split those positions.
The Bills have re-signed DE Jerry Hughes a day before he was to reach unrestricted free agency. “Yeah there (were other teams calling), but we were still listening to Buffalo,” Hughes told the team website Monday. “I made it clear to them especially from my point of view I made it clear to my camp that (Buffalo) was the place I wanted to be.” His deal reportedly calls for $45 million over 5 years, with $22 million guaranteed. Hughes broke through for 19 sacks with the Bills over the past 2 seasons after beginning his career as a disappointing 1st-round pick in Indy. Staying in a loaded Buffalo front 7 can only help his value going forward. We'll see, however, if Rex Ryan's scheme changes Hughes' position from DL to LB for IDP purposes. We'd bet that it will, which will hurt his fantasy value in most IDP leagues.