Kraig Urbik - #60 - Guard - 6'5" - 324lbs
Wed. Dec 11, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Urbik, the team's starting right guard, did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury and looks to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: With the Bills out of the playoff chase the team is angling to get J.J. Unga some playing time anyway, so they may not push it too much with Urbik at this stage of the season. Urbik is a pretty solid interior lineman, so if he doesn't play Sunday give the Bills' running game a very small knock downward.
Kiko Alonso - #50 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 238lbs
Wed. Dec 11, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Alonso (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Impact: With 131 tackles, two sacks and four picks in 13 games to date, Alonso has been quite a find for IDP owners, so his status will be worth tracking in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Jonathan Meeks - #36 - Safety - 6'0" - 209lbs
Tue. Dec 10, 2013 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Bills have activated rookie defensive back Jonathan Meeks off the injured reserve/designated for return list.
Impact: The move on Tuesday came on the first day Meeks was eligible to be activated after missing eight weeks with a sprained right ankle. Meeks was a fifth-round pick out of Clemson, and had appeared in Buffalo's first six games.
Jamaal Westerman - #93 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 255lbs
Tue. Dec 10, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Westerman was released by the Bills on Tuesday.
Impact: The 28-year-old played a minimal role with Buffalo this season, recording nine tackles (six solo) and 0.5 sacks in 12 games. He was cut in order to clear room for safety Jonathan Meeks (ankle), who was activated from IR.
Marcell Dareus - #99 - Defensive Tackle - 6'3" - 331lbs
Tue. Dec 10, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Dareus had three tackles and a sack in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. He now has a career-high seven sacks on the season.
Impact: As trying as the season has been for the rebuilding Bills, the team actually has four players with seven or more sacks and enters Week 15 with an NFL-leading 44 sacks. It's been a fine season for Dareus as well, as the third-year interior lineman has a very impressive 60 tackles and a forced fumble to go with those sacks. While the Bills aren't offering much fantasy-wise on the offensive side of the ball, you can do pretty well by using Dareus, Kyle Williams, or Mario Williams in IDP leagues.
News: Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he hopes to get Goodwin -- who hasn't caught a pass in the last two games -- on the field more during the team's final three games, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said the coach, "I think Marquise Goodwin - and I talked to coach Hackett about this I think we have to get him in there more."
Impact: We'll have to see how this plan develops, but it sounds like Goodwin could see some more snaps at the expense of T.J. Graham, who has been very inconsistent over his first two NFL seasons. We'll also watch Goodwin's snap count this week, though we're going to have to see something first to up his recommendation, because if you take away a six-catch outing three games ago, the rookie has only 10 catches in the other eight games he's played. That all said, we like Goodwin's long-term fantasy upside, as he may be one of the NFL's fastest players and has a good pair of hands as well.
T.J. Graham - #11 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 188lbs
News: Graham failed to record a catch for the second straight game in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He was targeted just three times.
Impact: While Graham continues to stay on the field in most of the team's offensive packages, he's still way down in the pecking order, as Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, tight end Scott Chandler, and two running backs are all ahead of him. Unless an injury strikes either Johnson or Woods, the only minor value Graham holds the rest of the way will be the occasional home run look.
News: Goodwin failed to record a catch for the second straight game in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He also wasn't targeted on any plays.
Impact: As suggested earlier, Goodwin has clearly fallen back in the pecking order now that Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are healthy again. Unofficially, Goodwin also appeared to be on the field for only about a third of the team's offensive plays, whereas third receiver T.J. Graham -- who also didn't catch a pass -- saw far more action. The bottom line is the burner Goodwin is a home run threat every time he goes out for a pass, but with everyone healthy, he's about the seventh option in a struggling offense.
News: Bills coach Doug Marrone inferred after Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay that the team may do some scaling back with Manuel - who threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times - the rest of the way, The Buffalo News reports. Said the coach, "We've been giving him more and more and now it's a point where you have to re-evaluate that. We've been going fast with his progression and now we just have to look at it and get him started again. It's not starting over, don't get me wrong. We've got to look to see what we can do and probably cut down on what we're doing."
Impact: Manuel has done some good things in his rookie season, but one thing that seems to be setting him back is his play on the road, which has been simply awful at times. In five games at home, Manuel has seven touchdowns and three picks and a 91.8 rating, while in the team's four road games, those numbers drop to a sad 2/5/57.2. With the team 4-9, he's in no jeopardy of being benched, but it'll be interesting to see how he does in the last three games, which could determine if the Bills draft another quarterback somewhat high in April in case Manuel doesn't take the next step in 2014. We'll at least note that he's shown some good skills such as protecting the ball (until Sunday, at least) and a strong arm, with a decent offensive nucleus being put together, so don't let a few rough games as a rookie sway your long-term outlook on Manuel too much.
News: Chandler had two catches on three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Chandler, who had missed practice earlier in the week due to the birth of his child, hasn't been as much of a red zone factor this season. In fact, he has just two touchdowns this year, after scoring six in each of the previous two seasons.
News: Johnson had five receptions on 11 targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 27-6 loss at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Johnson squared off against Darrelle Revis and didn't fare too badly, especially given that EJ Manuel really struggled, tossing for just 184 yards with four interceptions. The groin injury that Johnson dealt with a few weeks ago appears to be a thing of the past. He should post decent numbers against Jacksonville in Week 15.
Fred Jackson - #22 - Running back - 6'1" - 216lbs
News: Jackson had five carries for 12 yards and caught four passes on seven targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 27-6 loss at Tampa Bay.
Impact: The Buffalo offense struggled and fell behind early and in turn, Jackson didn't get much work. Meanwhile, C.J. Spiller had 11 carries for just 22 yards. Jackson should find things a little easier next week, although Jacksonville has defended the rush better in recent weeks.
News: Spiller had 11 carries for 22 yards and caught the lone pass thrown his way for 26 yards in Sunday's blowout loss at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Spiller was coming off of his best game of the season, but put up a dud in Week 14. EJ Manuel, who also struggled, attempted 33 passes, yet Spiller was targeted just once. In any event, Spiller will look to rebound in Week 15, against a Jacksonville rush defense that had all kinds of problems early in the year, but has been better lately.
News: Manuel completed 18-of-33 passes for 184 yards with zero touchdowns and four interceptions, while being sacked seven times, against the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also added 29 yards rushing on five carries.
Impact: The rushing yards are of little consolation to those that used Manuel this week. The Bucs have a solid secondary, but it was an awful game for Manuel anyway you slice it. He also had all of his receivers for a second straight week, so he should have fared better, at least in theory. Manuel will look to get back on track in Week 15, against a below average Jacksonville secondary.
News: Williams (Achilles) is active for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Impact: Williams has been a solid IDP producer as of late, recording 4.5 sacks in his last five games.
News: Goodwin (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Impact: Goodwin may be out there, but his fantasy value is limited, given that he sits behind Steve Johnson and Robert Woods, both of whom are active Sunday, on the depth chart.
News: Johnson is likely to see plenty of Tampa Bay's Darrelle Revis this week, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: These two have had several great battles dating back to Revis' AFC East days, and you could argue Johnson may have given the standout corner the most trouble of any big-name receiver he's faced in his fine career. That's because, while Johnson isn't a burner, he has plenty of unorthodox moves that have at times given Revis some trouble. In his last four meetings against Revis teams, Johnson has 17 catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns. That all said, Johnson isn't the same lead dog he was in previous Buffalo offenses any more, and he's scored just once in his last eight games. So while you shouldn't let a Revis red flag cause you to sit Johnson if you'd normally start him, expecting big games against any team these days -- no matter who's covering him -- has become a dicier prediction.
News: Goodwin, who left practice early Thursday due to a minor calf muscle injury, practiced fully on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Goodwin may be able to shake loose for a home run, but with Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods both back from injury -- which pushes Goodwin back to a reserve role -- it's doubtful he'll see enough looks to give you confidence that he can have a big day Sunday unless you want to throw a dart that he and EJ Manuel can connect on another long one.
News: Chandler, who missed Thursday's practice so he could be present for the birth of his third child, was back at practice Friday, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Chandler once drove 12 hours each way to Buffalo to practice with his teammates because tornadoes prevented him from flying, so there was little doubt he was going to miss the team's game Sunday with the baby being born on a Thursday. Congrats to papa, who will now try to find his way into the end zone for the first time since Week 6 when the Bills take on the Buccaneers.
News: Coach Doug Marrone said Thursday that he doesn't think Moeaki will suit up Sunday against Tampa Bay. The team signed Moeaki on Wednesday after cutting running back Tashard Choice.
Impact: There's simply not enough time to get Moeaki familiar with the offense for him to do anything meaningful on the field a few days in. He's got a decent fantasy pedigree, but we're probably looking at next season for any of that to develop with the Bills even though he might get a few looks down the stretch.
News: Goodwin injured his calf during Thursday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Coach Doug Marrone relayed that Goodwin left the remainder of practice following what he deemed was a "tweak." If the injury is minor, Goodwin could make a return to drills Friday, but the final injury report of the week will relay his prospects of taking the field Sunday in Tampa Bay.
News: Chandler missed Thursday's practice due to the imminent birth of his child, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Due to the personal nature of his absence, it wouldn't surprise if Chandler misses drills Friday as well, and currently, it's unclear if he'll remain away from the team through the weekend. As game day approaches, expect his situation to be clarified further.
News: Chandler is not present during the media portion of the Bills' Thursday practice.
Impact: We won't assume an injury just yet, as Chandler did practice fully Wednesday so perhaps it's a personal day or a veteran in need of a day off. But the Bills did sign Tony Moeaki after cutting Tashard Choice on Wednesday, so we'll check back in later regarding Chandler's availability for this week's game in Tampa Bay.
Wed. Dec 4, 2013 | STATS
News: Tight end Tony Moeaki will get what's essentially a four-week tryout in Buffalo to show he's healthy after being signed by the Bills.
Impact: The former Chiefs player has been out since breaking his shoulder in Kansas City's preseason win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 23. He was then released by the Chiefs after reaching an injury settlement in October.
Wed. Dec 4, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Moeaki signed a two-year contract with the Bills on Wednesday, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: While he probably won't pass Scott Chandler in the pecking order with only four games remaining, Moeaki was a productive player in Kansas City before knee and shoulder injuries derailed him. He's healthy now, and with the Bills out of the chase this season and not really certain what the TE position will look like in 2014, they might give him and rookie Chris Gragg a few looks as an early audition for next season.
Ronnie Wingo - #42 - Running back - 6'3" - 231lbs
Wed. Dec 4, 2013 | RotoWire
News: With the release of Tashard Choice on Wednesday, Wingo will now be bumped up to No. 3 in the Bills' running back pecking order.
Impact: Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will remain the main ball carriers as the Bills try to remain competitive down the stretch, but there's also a good chance the team tosses Wingo a few carries as an audition for next season. Jackson and Spiller have both struggled with injuries the past few seasons - Spiller especially with his ankle woes in 2013 - so Wingo at least bears watching as a possible Week 16 or Week 17 dart should the chips fall a certain way, as the Bills have a decent running game no matter who's toting the rock.
Alan Branch - #90 - Defensive Tackle - 6'6" - 325lbs
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Branch had nine total tackles in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
Impact: Branch hasn't come close to that total in any other game this season, but it's by far his best performance as a Bill and he could continue to get semi-normal playing time. Branch saw the field for 57 percent of the team's defensive snaps this week and 22 percent of the special teams snaps, higher than his respective season averages of 49 percent and 18 percent.
Leodis McKelvin - #21 - Cornerback - 5'10" - 185lbs
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | RotoWire
News: McKelvin had 10 total tackles and three passes defensed in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
Impact: That's his biggest tackle total by a good margin this season, as the Falcons chewed up a lot of clock and threw a number of short passes. Typically, McKelvin should not be expected to put up more than 4-6 tackles per game in this defense. His numbers overall are pretty decent by IDP standards for corners: 50 tackles and 14 passes defensed. However, he's still looking for his first pick and his punt return numbers are way down (6.7 average vs. 18.7 and 19.5 the last two seasons), but him remaining the main punt returner still provides an added bonus in IDP formats.
T.J. Graham - #11 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 188lbs
News: Graham had zero catches on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
Impact: With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) both back in the starting lineup, Graham's opportunity for production will revert back to the occasional deep shot. The same holds true for teammate and fellow speedster Marquise Goodwin.
News: Goodwin had zero catches on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
Impact: With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) both back in the starting lineup, Goodwin's opportunity for production will revert back to the occasional deep shot, after he put up a strong 6/81/1 line in Week 12.
News: Chandler caught four balls on six targets for 63 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
Impact: It was Chandler's fumble on the Bills' drive in overtime that was a major factor in the loss. That hasn't been a problem for him with the team, so don't expect one play to start affecting his future production. The bigger concern is that he's supposed to be an excellent red-zone target, yet only has two touchdown catches all season, and none over his last six games. Chandler only has five red-zone targets all season.
News: Although Spiller said his ankle, which has given him trouble all season, was fine after Sunday's loss to Atlanta, he was noticeably limping at times and also took himself out of the game on occasion to have the ankle looked at, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Doug Marrone: "He goes in there and makes the big run and gets nicked up. Starts limping a little bit, and gets himself back in there."
Impact: It sounds like the ankle won't be 100 percent until after the season, while at least we can say Spiller ran very well Sunday and easily put up his best game of the campaign. That said, it's troubling that it still continues to nag Spiller to such a degree, even after the bye week. Perhaps he'll have that extra burst we saw Sunday for the rest of the season, but it also sounds like we won't see Spiller at 100 percent until 2014.
News: Woods (ankle) had two receptions on three targets for 39 yards in Sunday's overtime loss to Atlanta.
Impact: Woods, along with Steve Johnson, returned from a one-game absence, although neither made much of an impact. Woods has shown some flashes in his rookie season, but Buffalo's passing game has been very inconsistent this year, making him a risky fantasy option.
News: Johnson (groin) had five receptions on eight targets for 55 yards in Sunday's overtime loss to Atlanta.
Impact: Johnson, who missed Buffalo's Week 11 game before it's bye, led the team in targets. Assuming Johnson didn't suffer any setbacks, he should be safe to use moving forward.
Fred Jackson - #22 - Running back - 6'1" - 216lbs
News: Jackson carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also caught four passes on four targets for 36 yards, which included another score.
Impact: Both Jackson and teammate C.J. Spiller were productive in this one, a promising sign that there still might be enough touches to go around, even with both players finally close to full health. That said, the most carries you can expect Jackson to get in any given week is about 15, and even that could start to drop off a bit, if Spiller (15/149/1) shows he has his explosiveness back, after dealing with an ankle issue most of the season.
News: Spiller ran 15 times for 149 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also caught two passes on four targets for just eight yards.
Impact: By far Spiller's best fantasy game all season, as the bye week clearly did his wonky ankle plenty of good. It was also the first time since Week 4 that Spiller reached the 15-carry mark, a good sign as the team finishes its stretch run.
News: Manuel completed 18-of-32 passes for 210 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He had one touchdown pass and no interceptions, while carrying an 86.7 passer rating. He also rushed for three yards on four carries with one touchdown.
Impact: A so-so fantasy outing for Manuel once you factor in the rushing score, but he managed the game well and put the team in position to win a few times, while it was his receiving crew that fumbled the game away on two occasions. Manuel and the Bills will travel to Tampa Bay for Week 14, where he should at least have his full complement of receivers in good health for a second straight game.
News: Williams (back) is listed as active Sunday against the Falcons.
Impact: Great news for the Bills' defensive front line as a whole, as well as fantasy owners enjoying Williams' solid numbers out of the defensive tackle spot. He has 48 tackles and seven sacks in 11 games overall, with three of his sacks coming over his last two outings.
News: Johnson (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: While Johnson's numbers are bit down this season, averaging 52.3 receiving yards a game, he does have a solid track record in the Bills' Canada games, with 317 receiving yards over his last three contests played in Toronto.
News: Woods (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Stevie Johnson is also back this week, following the team's Week 12 bye, providing the Bills with a full set of receivers Sunday. Though Woods possesses some long-term potential, his production as a starter has been modest, and it's unclear how heavily he'll be utilized in his return with the likes of fellow wideouts Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham also in the mix.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | STATS
News: Williams is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta with a lower back injury.
Impact: Williams says he woke up with spasms in his lower back Friday morning. He did not practice Friday. The 30-year-old Williams has been one of Buffalo's best players this season, posting a career-high seven sacks through 11 games. Williams also has 48 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
News: Woods (ankle) practiced fully for the third straight day Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: With Stevie Johnson also listed as probable, the Bills will have their full arsenal of receivers for what's pretty much a must-win game against the Falcons. We like Woods' long-term potential, but we're a little leery about using him now that bye weeks are over, as his production as a starter is modest, and the Bills have started to have some success with receivers after Johnson and Woods. Perhaps the ball will get spread around a bit down the stretch in the passing game, and that's considering the Bills are already one of the league's most run-heavy teams.
News: Johnson (groin) practiced fully for the third straight day Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: There's no doubt Johnson is playing this week after missing his second game of the season last time the Bills played in Week 11. While Johnson's numbers are down this season and his role has become a bit diminished, we'll at least note he has a strong track record in the Bills' Canada games, with 317 receiving yards over his last three Toronto outings.
News: Williams' back locked up Friday morning and he is questionable to play Sunday against the Falcons.
Impact: Usually it is Williams' feet/Achilles that give him troubles, but we'll see if he can get the back into playing shape for Sunday's game in Toronto. Owners of the Atlanta running game may want to take note, as Williams is one of the best defensive tackles in the league and things would be a little easier for the Falcons offense if Williams isn't able to play.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: The Bucs have worked out Moeaki, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: After placing Tom Crabtree on IR, the Bucs are thin at the tight end position and adding Moeaki -- provided he is healthy -- would give the team an experienced backup option behind Timothy Wright.
Nickell Robey - #37 - Cornerback - 5'8" - 165lbs
News: Robey was back practicing fully Wednesday after being limited earlier in the week due to a minor ankle injury.
Impact: The undrafted rookie free agent from USC has been a nice revelation for the Bills this season, already working his way into the No. 3 cornerback role. There's no IDP value yet, but if anything were to happen to Stephon Gilmore or Leodis McKelvin, the Bills may think enough of the youngster to let him start.
News: Spiller says his ankle is feeling better following the team's bye week, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said the running back on Wednesday, "I feel good. I definitely feel like I'm getting back to my old self, making the cuts, making that explosion, so just looking forward to seeing how Sunday goes."
Impact: Spiller wouldn't say he's 100 percent, but given that the injury has been hampering him much of the season the one-week rest can only do some good. While Fred Jackson's strong play will keep Spiller in a timeshare, if you're feeling like throwing a dart at a good buy-low opportunity Spiller does have an easy schedule (Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Miami, New England) to go along with possible improved health.
News: Johnson (groin) continued to practice on a full basis Wednesday.
Impact: With Robert Woods (ankle) back as well, the Bills should have their full complement of receivers back for this week's game against Atlanta as they try to keep alive their long shot hopes in the AFC playoff chase.
News: With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods expected back from injury absences this week against Atlanta, Manuel should have his full complement of offensive teammates.
Impact: Manuel hasn't done much from a fantasy perspective this season, mostly due to his own injuries and those of his teammates, but things are starting to trend in his direction. He may have had his best game as a pro in his last outing against the Jets, completing 20 of 28 passes for 245 and no touchdowns. Also, he's starting to develop a rapport with receivers other than Johnson and Woods, so he'll have several different viable options to choose from each time he drops back. Then there's the fact Buffalo has an easy schedule the rest of the way, which includes Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Miami. So while Manuel still has a long way to go before being up there with the fantasy elite, he may be worth looking at for a spot start down the stretch as lineups get weird based on injuries or playoff spots being locked up. Lastly, we'll remind everyone that if you see Buffalo on the national weather reports during this snow-filled week, "home game" this time around means suiting up comfortably in a dome in Toronto.