The Buffalo Bills will be down another offensive play-maker in week seven, as star wide receiver Sammy Watkins has officially been ruled out of the team’s showdown in London with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watkins was looking at a solid matchup overseas, but his ankle injury has proven to be too severe to get him back a week after hurting it in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: WR Sammy Watkins will not play Sunday
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Watkins has small hopes of overcoming the injury, which can be attributed to rushing back from a previous injury. Watkins was able to score a touchdown in week six, but exited after the score and never returned. He was later seen on crutches after the game and had his ankle wrapped. He’ll be questionable to return following Buffalo’s bye week. Robert Woods and Chris Hogan should see expanded roles with Watkins and Percy Harvin both out this week.
Bummer, but we probably knew this was coming. With both of Buffalo’s top wide receivers out for week seven, Hogan and Woods pick up some interesting value. The Jags are a beatable matchup even with E.J. Manuel under center (Tyrod Taylor is also out this week), so they’ll be worth a look at the WR3 spot or in daily fantasy football leagues. Neither is a total life saver but bigger roles leaves the door open for solid production. Tight end Charles Clay may end up benefiting the most, especially after Manuel dumped off to him 9 times on 13 targets last week.