The Buffalo Bills had a very busy morning making not one but two trades. First, they sent WR Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. Then they sent CB Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for Jordan Matthews and a third round pick. It seems as though the Bills were working on two trades simultaneously, knowing it was not reasonable to have Zay Jones and Anquan Boldin as the WR1 and WR2 in their offense.
For J Matt this move is huge for his fantasy potential this season. He goes from being buried on the depth chart behind Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor to being the WR1. He should play out of the slot on most occasions, a place where Matthews has excelled.
It was just two seasons ago when Matthews had 85 catches for 997 and 8 touchdowns. The second season in a row that he hit eight touchdown mark. The total took a dip in year three. Matthews has kept a 60% or better catch rate over his three year career. Assuming he maintains that and gets 120ish targets Matthews should be able to get back inside the top 30 at WR this year especially in PPR.
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Jones and Boldin should see the majority of the snaps on the outside for Buffalo. Their value along with Charles Clay‘s value should stay the same. Tyrod Taylor should have a little more consistency with less deep shots.
For the Eagles this move helps eliminate the guess work for fantasy owners. Obviously Jeffery will be the WR1 in this offense and should garner a ton of targets. Smith should lineup on the outside and be the vertical spacer.
This trade shows the belief Philadelphia has in Agholor who should be the primary slot guy. Obviously it hasn’t been a great start to his career but the drum beat has been building all offseason. He is guy to keep on your watch list.
After trading Darby and letting Pro Bowl CB Stephon Gillmore leave town this summer the Bills have some question marks in their secondary. Rookie Tre’Davious White and free agent Jordan Poyer will help but there are still more questions than answers.
There will be growing pains in the short term for a secondary that already had issues last season. Their front seven will have to create more pressure to give their DBs a chance. I will be targeting the Bills defense in DFS and season long formats.