Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins both made the trip to London to try to suit up for the Buffalo Bills in week seven. Unfortunately, neither will face the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. Taylor missed week six with a knee sprain and despite reportedly doing better over the past week, will be unable to take the field overseas. The same goes for Watkins, who suffered an ankle injury last week.
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: Tyrod Taylor did not practice, and will not play on Sunday
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) October 22, 2015
Taylor’s absence is much more troubling, as Buffalo’s offense wasn’t very effective with E.J. Manuel running the show last week. The Bills ended up getting blown out at home by the visiting Bengals. Manuel was fine by the numbers last week and even led an opening-game touchdown drive. He fell apart from there, however, and the Bills have to be at least slightly concerned something similar could happen on Sunday against the Jags.
E.J. Manuel passing the ball 42 times like he did last week is not a recipe for success, so the game plan going in has to be short, quick throws and a lot of LeSean McCoy. Shady is insanely cheap at DraftKings this week (just $5.5k), so he’s worth a shot as one of your running backs and is obviously a must-start in redraft leagues, as well. Manuel did end up putting up solid numbers for fantasy football last week, but he just can’t be trusted. On top of that, he doesn’t get the ball to his wide receivers consistently enough and will be without both Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins. That leaves him with Chris Hogan and Robert Woods, who could both end up being sneaky fantasy sleepers but will be tough to trust. The only guy you can trust is tight end Charles Clay, who Manuel targeted 13 times last week and should go after quite a bit again this week.