CharlesClay has his Breakout Year in 2017, Going into his 3rd year since the Bills signed him away from Miami it’s hasn’t been easy for him to prove to Bills fans he was worth the money. This despite the fact that he led the team in receptions last season, was second in receiving yards and tied for the club lead in receiving touchdowns.Entering 2017 with a new offensive coordinator in Rick Dennison, to Clay’s defense he was open in 2016 a lot where Tyrod Taylor didn’t even see him! Yet he still has to prove himself this year to Rick Dennison. Here’s why!Taylor’s improvementA common complaint among Bills fans the past two seasons with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, was his perceived inability to consistently find targets in the middle of the field. This was often where Charles Clay was running free and ready to make a play. Buffalo’s quarterback did appear to improve his field vision between the numbers toward the end of the 2016 season.In Taylor’s last two starts, he targeted Clay 17 times, mostly in the middle of the field. Buffalo’s top tight end was extremely productive in those two games with 15 receptions for 157 yards and three touchdowns.It would’ve been nice to witness further progress in the season finale, but Taylor was not given the start in Week 17 against the Jets.Though it was only two games, it looked like Taylor’s passing exploits had taken a noticeable step forward, so there’s no reason to think the tandem can’t pick up where they left off.

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Fantasy Football Sammy Watkins to # 1 WR

 

 

The Fantasy Footballers provide in-depth analysis to their fans in an effort to help them study for their leagues. With league drafts right around the corner, it’s time to get to business. Sammy Watkins has been dealt injuries in his career but, when on the field, he is explosive.

Kyle Borgognoni of the Fantasy Footballers recently wrote a column “The Path to a WR1 Fantasy Season: Sammy Watkins” where he looks at his chances of taking that next step.

Here is a tidbit of what he had to say:

“In order for Watkins to shake the injury bug and ascend to WR1 territory, there are a number of statistical benchmarks he must meet to become truly an elite fantasy option.

Target Share: For Watkins to sustain a WR1 season, he needs to grab hold as the mainstay target hog in Buffalo. With little ancillary pieces other than Zay Jones, Charles Clay, and Andre Holmes, it’s possible Watkins can see upwards of 23% to maybe even a quarter of the volume of targets. This total may seem daunting but let’s put this in perspective: when Watkins did see the field last year (8 games), he saw 23.1% of those Taylor pass attempts.

In 2016, WR1-ville began with players who saw upwards of a 22% share with Davante Adams being the major outlier in last year’s top 12 at 20.03%. His fantasy numbers were fueled by 12 TDs. Remember that in Watkins’ breakout 2015, he held a 26.7 share of the team’s targets in those 12 games. Unless you’re welling to lay claim to another pass catcher stealing looks, I can see a high-end of 130 targets if health is assumed at a 23% target share.”

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