Robert Woods, WR, Bills
|WR - #65||187.34||BUF||Active||2 years||22||6'0||190||@robertwoods|
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-06-2014 by Brian Murphy
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.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will be the team's starting quarterback going forward. Marrone said he came to the decision to bench 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel in favor of the 31-year-old Orton this afternoon. According to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News, Marrone didn't declare Orton will be the starter for the rest of the season but "indicates it's not a one-week move either." Marrone did say Manuel "has got a tough road ahead of him."Fantasy Analysis:
This move was all but assured once Buffalo handed Orton, a quarterback who was heavily considering retirement, an $11 million, two-year contract right before the season started. Manuel expedited the change with his usual brand of bad quarterbacking. He was competent when asked to throw the ball only 20-25 times per game. But once the Bills fell behind in their past two games, Manuel fell apart. In Weeks 3 and 4 combined, Manuel completed 53 percent of his passes, averaged 5.6 yards per throw and took five sacks.
Perhaps the Bills are pulling the plug on Manuel a little early -- he has played in just 14 career games. But at 2-2 and in a division without a clear power, the Bills think they can win now and that Orton gives them the best opportunity to do so. Maybe, but Orton is far from an ideal fantasy option. This move has greater fantasy impact on the likes of Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, who will both benefit without Manuel's horrid accuracy. Orton's aim isn't much better, but at least it is better.
The Bills, with Orton under center, will go on the road to face the Lions in Week 5. Even with the new quarterback, this offense is still one to target if you're into streaming defenses.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/29 - Bills bench QB E.J. Manuel for Kyle Orton
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July 14, 2014
|14.03||Draft Sharks - Woods showed nice chemistry with E.J. Manuel last year, totaling 26 catches, 406 yards and 3 TDs in 8 games with Manuel. Those numbers over 16 games would have made him a top 35 WR. He's capable of finishing that high in 2014.|
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