Bills vs. 49ers Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Predictions
Here are some Bills vs. 49ers fantasy football wide receiver and tight end predictions for Week 6.
Owning a Buffalo Bills or San Francisco 49ers wide receiver or tight end this year in fantasy football is a very poor strategy. Sammy Watkins was the only wide receiver or tight end on either team that was a must draft player in fantasy leagues.
With Watkins out for the Bills, and with poor quarterback play by the 49ers, both teams have struggled to pass the ball. They are the bottom two ranked teams in net passing yards per game and the only teams averaging less than 200 yards in that category.
Fantasy managers who thought Robert Woods would be a great pickup after Watkins went down have been disappointed so far. At first, it looked promising when Woods had his best two weeks of the season catching six balls for 51 yards Week 3 and seven passes for 89 yards Week 4. Last week, however, he put up a stinker with just 26 yards on two catches. He dropped passes that could have significantly added to his production. So far with Watkins out of the lineup, Woods is averaging 55 yards per game and has yet to score a touchdown all year. Not exactly what fantasy owners were hoping for.
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Marquise Goodwin continues to frustrate Bills fans. He looked very promising in the offseason after returning from a failed attempt at making the Olympics. When Watkins went down fans hoped Goodwin would finally step up and show what he can do but he’s only had one good game this year and that was due to a long touchdown catch against the Jets. Including that game, his highest reception total this year is two and if you don’t include that game, his highest yardage total is 13 yards. In other words, he should be on the waiver wire.
The one Bills wideout who does offer some hope is Justin Hunter. The speedy, 6’4″ receiver played his first game for the team last week and used his size to haul in a four-yard touchdown pass on a play that Tyrod Taylor extended with his legs. It’s just one catch so far but if he ends up being the Bills consistent red zone target he offers some upside in fantasy leagues.
At tight end, Charles Clay put up his best performance of the year last week with five catches for 73 yards. Still, despite that performance, he is averaging just over 37 yards a game and has no touchdowns on the year. It doesn’t help that he’s been struggling with knee issues. The Bills passing attack is limited and Clay, at this point, is not someone who can be relied on to be productive on a regular basis.
The best receiver in this game for fantasy football is Jeremy Kerley. So far this season he has 304 yards receiving on 26 receptions. However, he’s been targeted a solid 46 times. If he can build better chemistry with Colin Kaepernick than he had with Blaine Gabbert and haul in more of his targets, that production will go up.
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Kerley has really turned it on the past two weeks getting 88 yards on six receptions against Dallas Week 4 and 102 yards on eight receptions against the Arizona Cardinals last week. He also put up a touchdown each of the past two weeks. He’s got a tough matchup with Buffalo’s secondary this week but Arizona has a great secondary too and he still managed over 100 yards with a touchdown.
If you have Kerley you can start him as a WR3 or in a flex spot but he doesn’t have an ideal matchup. If you have other options you should strongly consider them.
Just like the Bills, the 49ers passing game is inept and only has room for one productive player. For the Bills since Watkins has been out, it was Robert Woods for two weeks and Charles Clay last week.
For the 49ers it’s been pretty much Kerley and no one else. Their second-leading receiver on the team is their tight end Garrett Celek with 135 receiving yards. Quinton Patton and Torrey Smith follow up with 122 yards and 106 respectively for the year. None of these three players warrant being on a roster in fantasy leagues and so there is no reason to waste any more time writing about them.
Having a wide receiver or tight end on either of these teams can’t get you excited if you are starting them in your fantasy lineup. If you’re looking for a player at that position you’re better off looking for someone who is on a team with a more prolific passing attack.