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2014 Team Outlook: Buffalo Bills

A fantasy football preview of the Buffalo Bills this season. Profiled players include Thaddeus Lewis, E.J. Manuel, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, and C.J. Spiller.

While the sky's the limit for Watkins, Woods represents a steady presence for this receiving corps. A fundamentally sound player at just 22 years old, Woods posted a relative nondescript stat line as a rookie last season -- 40 catches for 587 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games -- and didn't catch more than five passes in any week. He may never record impressive season totals, but Woods will see plenty of playing time as he can line up out wide and in the slot. He is worth a stash late in point-per-reception drafts. He is a critical cog in Manuel's progression as they enter their second year together.

Like Bryce Brown, the Bills acquired Williams knowing that he is a player with some red flags, but also a player who could pay considerable dividends if they can get him to play up to his potential. Williams has had a peaks-and-valleys career since catching 11 touchdowns as a rookie in 2010 with the Buccaneers. Last season was his rockiest yet as he was put on injured reserve in October because of a torn hamstring. Then it was learned that he accumulated more than $200,000 in fines for missing or being late to mandatory meetings and rehab sessions. He landed in Buffalo via trade in April. Williams may turn into the Bills' second-best wideout or he may be cut before the season begins. Peaks and valleys, indeed. Williams has been largely forgotten in re-draft leagues. The 27-year-old has a lot to prove.

Injury Status: Injured Reserve

Graham wrapped up last season with three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 17. Unfortunately for him, that may be the last contribution he makes to this team. He is competing against Marcus Easley, Kevin Elliott and Chris Hogan for the No. 5 WR gig, and his future with the Bills has basically been in doubt since the clock hit all zeroes in that final game. He hasn't topped 400 yards in either of his first two seasons.

Goodwin is an interesting dynasty bet if only because of his pure speed and athleticism. A former track and field Olympian in the long jump, he ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the 2013 combine. After one season, Goodwin has done little to distinguish himself as anything more than a situational deep threat, but he's got youth and time on his side. Goodwin added some muscle which should aid him gaining separation at the line. He should also continue to showcase his skills on kick returns. Those in redraft leagues can keep him in mind, but he isn't worth a pick yet.

Although Watkins definitely fills a need at wide receiver, the Bills have another glaring one at tight end. Yet they did nothing to address it in the draft or free agency, and it looks like Chandler will be their lead option once again. To his credit, Chandler came back from a 2012 ACL tear to set career-highs in receptions (53) and yards (655). However, he is slower than government decision-making and underwent another knee surgery this offseason from which he has not fully healed. Even if he keeps his starting job, he is a low-end TE2.

Moeaki's once-promising career has been wrecked by injuries. He suffered an ACL tear that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season and another knee operation, along with a fractured shoulder limited Moeaki to just two games last season. He is a better offensive producer than Chandler, but it's gotten to the point where you're just waiting on the next body part to give. Moeaki will be given an opportunity to become the Bills' starting tight end. Fantasy owners should keep their distance until he proves he can stay in one piece.