Buffalo Bills: Should you draft Charles Clay in fantasy football?

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Buffalo Bills fans know Charles Clay as a reliable target in the passing game, but should he be considered as a top target in fantasy football?

Fantasy football season is nearing and the Buffalo Bills have several players who can be considered legitimate options in drafts.

LeSean McCoy and Kelvin Benjamin are the top two options, as it may be wise right now to avoid drafting any of the team’s quarterbacks until a starter is named. Even then, it is possible several players line up under center for the Bills in 2018.

One player to also consider in fantasy football is tight end Charles Clay. He showed up as the No. 18 ranked tight end in a FanSided article by Jon Dove ranking the top 25 tight ends available in fantasy drafts this year.

Clay is coming off a season in which he finished with 49 receptions for 558 and two touchdowns in 13 games. This is right about where he has finished each of his three season with the Bills. His high touchdown total came in 2016 when he had four.

Clay has never been a star tight end but he provides consistent production. This makes him useful in PPR leagues or if you have a roster that carries several tight ends.

Going along with Dove’s rankings, I don’t see Clay as one of the initial tight ends off the board. However, he is someone who can still provide value late in the draft if tight end is a position you avoid until the end. That may not be the best strategy but it works out if you can find tight ends of similar value later in a draft.

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One positive from Clay is that he may be relied upon more considering whoever starts at quarterback will be inexperienced and will not have the strongest receiving corps. The tight end has averaged around 80 targets per year during his time with the Bills and if the accuracy is there, he will rack up some easy points all season long.