Need some Jaguars vs. Bills WR & QB Fantasy Football Advice? You’re in luck. Read on.
There were two injuries that Bills fans were monitoring very closely this past week. One of those injuries involved LeSean McCoy and his thumb, but the major injury news is that Sammy Watkins began practicing again this week after dealing with a foot injury. He was activated off the practice squad and is expected to play on Sunday on a snap count.
Watkins hasn’t seen the field since Week 2 against the Jets and is still not quite 100 percent. Rotoworld quotes Anthony Lynn as saying, “As far as implementing him in the game plan, I don’t know about that yet. We’ll evaluate the tape and we’ll see. … He wasn’t quite 100 percent, and after eight weeks [away], his conditioning is not where it needs to be. So we’ll see.”
Watkins return will be a huge boost to Tyrod Taylor who has dealt with injury after injury to his wide receivers this year. It’s one of the reasons the Bills have struggled to pass the ball effectively this season. This might not be the week that they bounce back with Watkins limited but that could happen soon.
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Watkins coming back is good news but the bad news is the Bills leading receiver on the year Robert Woods was ruled out for the game after spraining his knee last week against Cincinnati. Buffalo had an additional setback this week when Percy Harvin was unable to practice on Thursday or Friday due to an illness. He is questionable for Sunday but he should end up playing.
Marquise Goodwin is the Bills second-leading receiver on the season but he has no fantasy value. Most of his points have come on two plays which account for 48 percent of his yards this season. Charles Clay is the third leading receiver for Buffalo and he continues to struggle to find a connection with Tyrod Taylor and, more broadly, a role in the offense.
Jacksonville lets up the fifth least passing yards per game but that also plays into their bad record. When you are losing games, teams don’t need to pass on you as much. They are usually trying to run out the clock which could skew the numbers a bit but Jacksonville still has a good secondary.
They also have a very talented receiving corps but they aren’t performing quite as good as they were last season. Part of the reason is that quarterback Blake Bortles has struggled this year. He tends to pad his stats in garbage time so he currently ranks as the 13th best quarterback in average points per game but last year he averaged 1.94 touchdowns per interception while this year it’s dropped dramatically to 1.38.
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Allen Robinson is the Jaguars best wide receiver both in talent and production. He has 51 receptions for 567 yards and six touchdowns on the season. He’s not having nearly as good of a year as last season when he put up 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns but he should still be putting up better numbers than he currently is doing.
Another guy who’s not doing as well as they should be is their number two receiver Allen Hurns. He has 34 receptions this season for 465 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he had better numbers finishing with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns.
One pleasant surprise for the Jaguars this season has been their second leading receiver, Marquise Lee. The third-year player out of USC is having his best season in the NFL with 544 yards on 42 receptions with a touchdown. He has seven plays of over 20 yards and is the only member of their passing game playing above expectations.
At tight end, Julius Thomas was ruled out of the game which should be a big relief for Buffalo. They have struggled to cover tall athletic tight ends at times. Marcedes Lewis will be the Jaguars top tight end but he doesn’t have any value in fantasy leagues.
Neither quarterback should inspire a start this week in fantasy football. It’s a week too early to start Sammy Watkins as he won’t see enough snaps. The other Bills receivers do not merit much of a thought to play either. The only player you should start in the passing game this week is Allen Robinson. I would leave the rest of the wideouts in this game on the bench.