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Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills

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Draft: 2014 Round 1 (4)
College: Clemson
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 205 DOB: 1993-06-14 Age: 21
WR Rank Tier ADP-12
#37 5 9.07

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2014 BUF 7 - 61 35 433 12.4 4 0 0 - 0 67.3 9.6
2014 (Projected) BUF       62 822 13.3 5 0 0 - 0 112.2  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
In a bold draft-day move the Bills traded their eighth overall pick and their 2015 first-round pick to move up to the fourth pick in order to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. That should tell fantasy owners all they need to know. Watkins will be heavily targeted even as a rookie. Recent trends have shown that rookie wide receivers have been better suited in making the jump from the college game to the professional game than in the past. Nevertheless fantasy owners will still need to temper expectations. Watkins has rare acceleration after the catch. The Bills could use him in many of the same ways his college team used him – on bubble screens and shorter pass routes. The offense will rely on him to make plays after the catch. Watkins is not physically imposing at 6'1” and 210 pounds, but he does have tremendous leg strength and excels at breaking tackles. He should immediately step into the Bills' starting lineup, so the opportunity will be there for him to produce. Don't reach for him, but if he does fall in drafts he'll likely be a better option than a mediocre veteran who may be left on the board when it's time for you to make a selection.

Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Sammy Watkins
WR2WR2 Robert Woods
WR3WR3 Marquise Goodwin
WR4WR4 Mike Williams
WR5WR5 Chris Hogan
WR6WR6 Marcus Easley
Bills Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Watkins, Woods already notice change at QB
Bills' top WRs react to Orton as the new starter
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 2, 4:50 pm

Buffalo Bills
We're just one practice into the Kyle Orton era, but the Buffalo Bills' top receivers have already noticed a difference in Orton from former starter EJ Manuel. "We just had a different approach to practice. [Orton] demands what he wants out of us," rookie Sammy Watkins said. "He reads it quicker, the ball is coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to." Fellow receiver Robert Woods saw the same: "His directness in the huddle, telling us what to look for and be ready for when we're breaking the huddle when he calls the play." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This isn't exactly a shocking revelation, but notable that both receivers were so quick to say something to the media about it. Orton isn't going to turn this offense into a passing-game juggernaut, so the numbers of Watkins and Woods aren't going to skyrocket. However, both players should see a noticeable rise in fantasy value with a more consistently accurate quarterback.


Injury Sammy Watkins practices in full
Rib injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 3, 1:00 pm

Buffalo Bills
Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a full participant in practice, after a pair of rib injuries in the preseason knocked him out of two games and forced him to miss a third. “We’re just going to wait and see for the game [on Watkins],” Marrone said, when pressed for more information. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: The head coach isn't going to give anything away but all indications are that Watkins will be able to play on Sunday against the Bears. Watkins was dinged twice in the ribs this preseason. The Bills looked shaky on offense which has deflated Watkins' value over the last couple weeks. His Week 1 matchup frightening, but the Bills quarterback play is.


Injury Sammy Watkins leaves with rib injury
Bills receiver suffers yet another rib injury this preseason
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 28, 6:58 pm

Buffalo Bills
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) downgraded to out for the game. (Tim Graham via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Watkins initially injured his ribs earlier this preseason and it appears the hit he took was on the same side (left). Watkins and starting QB EJ Manuel started the fourth preseason game because the Bills No.1 offensive unit has been putrid this preseason. More to come on the severity of Watkins' injury...


Watkins no longer limited at practice
Missed Bills' last preseason contest with rib injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 25, 4:25 pm

Buffalo Bills
Buffalo HC Doug Marrone said that Sammy Watkins (ribs) practiced Monday without any limitations. Presumably, this means Watkins will be healthy and ready to play in Week 1. Watkins practiced last week, but he was limited and he didn't play vs. the Buccaneers in preseason game No. 3. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: The injury and the Bills' reluctance to throw the ball downfield this preseason has effectively quieted the offseason buzz on Watkins. Still, the No. 4 overall pick is one of the more complete receivers to enter the league in recent years and should be able to perform at a low-end WR3 level in 2014 - even if QB E.J. Manuel fails to show much improvement - thanks to his unique run-after-catch skills.



2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at CHI W 23-20 4 3 31 10.3 0 0 0 - 0 3.1
2 MIA W 29-10 11 8 117 14.6 1 0 0 - 0 17.7
3 SD L 10-22 8 2 19 9.5 0 0 0 - 0 1.9
4 at HOU L 17-23 9 4 30 7.5 1 0 0 - 0 9.0
5 at DET W 17-14 12 7 87 12.4 0 0 0 - 0 8.7
6 NE L 22-37 3 2 27 13.5 0 0 0 - 0 2.7
7 MIN W 17-16 14 9 122 13.6 2 0 0 - 0 24.2

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