Woods caught three balls on nine targets for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. The Bills looked Sammy Watkins' way for the entire first half - even when Watkins was double-teamed - and then couldn't seem to get the Kansas City offense off the field for much of the second half. Still, Woods did manage the nine targets around all that, but it was a sloppy day in KC and, as usual, he didn't have much to offer the fantasy world. Woods' 36/383/2 line is quite lackluster for a guy who mostly stays healthy and sees the field all the time.
Woods, who has a very modest 3/19/0 line when you combine the last two games - to go with eight targets (one and seven, respectively) - sounded resign to a reduced receiving role when speaking with The Buffalo News this week. "That's my role here - blocking receiver," said the third-year wideout. "Get these guys going. Other teams, other roles, everything's different. But this role here for me is to get these guys free." The Bills are definitely a run-oriented team, and as long as Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay are healthy, Woods seems slotted toward the third or fourth option in the receiving game, one that won't come with a lot of looks even though he sat out just one offensive snap over the past two empty weeks. Making matters worse, Woods still doesnt seem entirely on the same page with new QB Tyrod Taylor. If you're looking for a silver lining, Woods rarely draws double teams so he could have a decent game here or there if the opponent simply gives too much attention to Watkins or Shady McCoy.
Woods failed to catch a pass for the first time in his NFL career during Sunday's win over the Dolphins, and was targeted just once. So much for Woods continuing a short hot streak, as the Bills ran the ball all over Miami on Sunday, and when they didn't it was the Sammy Watkins Show. We wouldn't worry too much about this, as it was an odd game in which QB Tyrod Taylor threw only 12 passes. Woods is still the clear-cut No. 2 receiver and will have games where the ball comes his way often, though a healthy Watkins will be a clear-cut No. 1.
Woods' teammate Percy Harvin went on injured reserve Saturday due to hip and knee issues. That should keep Woods on the field pretty much all the time. In the past two games that Harvin didn't play, Woods has received 19 combined looks, and he put up a 9-84-1 line in the team's most recent contest. Some of that has to do with Sammy Watkins also missing time as well (Watkins will return this week), but Woods is starting to merit a good look in mid-sized to deeper formats, and with Harvin no longer in the picture there's little reason that can't continue.
Bills wideout Robert Woods had nine catches on 13 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Jaguars in London. Woods led the team in all three receiving categories. His 13 targets were more than he's had in any two games combined this season, though much of that could be attributed to his familiarity with backup quarterback EJ Manuel, who got the start Sunday in place of the injured Tyrod Taylor (knee). With Taylor expected back in Week 9 following their Week 8 bye, it's unlikely Woods has another breakout performance like Sunday, though a continuance of a decent number of targets could continue.
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