News: Watkins (groin) practiced on a full basis for a third straight day Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Impact: The Jets don't have much of a pass defense this season and don't really have anyone capable of consistently covering Watkins 1-on-1, so there's certainly some opportunity for the productive rookie. That said, Rex Ryan has put together a decent scheme or two in his day, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see whoever gets the task of covering Watkins get plenty of over-the-top safety help. With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller out, Watkins makes for a good play as he continues to build a good rapport with Kyle Orton; just don't be surprised if the Bills are forced to work in Robert Woods, Chris Hogan, and Scott Chandler into the passing plan as well.
News: Williams (thumb) practiced on a full basis for a third straight day Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Impact: He's certainly playing Sunday against the Jets, a team which he hasn't had much luck against since he joined the Bills. That said, New York has a reshuffled offensive line that's allowed Geno Smith to be sacked 15 times this season, so newfound opportunity may be there for the taking. Williams has three sacks in his last three games, and 5.5 on the season to go with 18 tackles.
News: Jackson (groin) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Impact: Just in case you're in some super deep league and were hoping for a miracle, it's not going to happen this week. That said, Jackson has always been a fast healer and he may not be out as long as some people fear. In fact, there's a chance his fantasy value could be even higher pre-injury should it not nag him when he returns, as he wouldn't have to share time with C.J. Spiller any more. In the meantime, hopefully you were able to pick up Boobie Dixon or Bryce Brown.
News: Goodwin (hamstring) did not practice for the third straight day Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Impact: Goodwin's injury two weeks ago came at a horrible time with Mike Williams seemingly on the outs, but he's got yet another injury to move past and Chris Hogan has been looking good as the team's No. 3 wideout.
News: Easley, who hasn't played since Week 3 due to a knee injury, is listed as questionable this week, Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com reports.
Impact: Easley always gives the Bills' special teams a boost should he be able to go. Longer term, he doesn't offer much, but with Marquise Goodwin struggling with a hamstring injury and Mike Williams in the doghouse, there's a shot he could work his was up to the No. 4 receiving spot down the road. That said, Goodwin seems to offer the offense a more dynamic weapon with his world class speed.
News: Williams, who re-injured his neck in last week's win over Minnesota, is listed as questionable this week, Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com reports.
Impact: Buscaglia later quoted coach Doug Marrone as saying only rest will help Williams get past the nagging injury, but we'll see if the team's best safety is able to push through for one more week in an important game for the 4-3 Bills, at which point he'd have a week to rest during the team's bye.
News: Orton, who has thrown for 283 yards or better in his three starts for the Bills, faces a Jets defense this week that allows the second-highest opponent passer rating in football (108.3), BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: We're not going to pretend Orton will put up Philip Rivers/Tony Romo type numbers all season, but he's definitely given the Buffalo offense some life compared to what EJ Manuel was (or wasn't) doing earlier in the season. With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller out this week and then some, Orton may be forced to push the ball through the air a bit. We'll also note Scott Chandler has been better with Orton out there, and Chris Hogan is emerging as a viable No. 3 wideout. Again, you can't expect the world with a journeyman quarterback running an offense that's struggled and has a coordinator that still seems overmatched at times, but Orton seems like a decent bet to put up, say, 275 yards and a TD this week, if that helps you.