Charles Clay was the Bills' leading receiver in 2017, which says more about the state of Buffalo's offense last year than it does about Clay. He had 49 catches for 558 yards and two touchdowns on 74 targets, and he was the No. 18 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues. Clay was limited to 13 games because of a knee injury, but he played well at times for Fantasy owners with at least six points in a standard league in six games. He was better for PPR owners since he had seven games with at least four catches, and hopefully he can build off this performance. Buffalo will have a new starting quarterback with either rookie Josh Allen or free agent A.J. McCarron after Tyrod Taylor was traded to Cleveland, but Clay should prove to be a reliable weapon in an offense in desperate need of talent. Clay is a No. 2 Fantasy tight end in the majority of leagues, and he's only worth drafting with a late-round pick. His value is slightly higher in PPR leagues since he's scored four touchdowns or fewer in each of the past four seasons.
Clay is the leader of a Buffalo tight end group that didn't add any new players during the offseason, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo New reports. Clay has been oddly consistent through three seasons of a five-year, $38 million contract, landing in the range of 13-15 games, 49-57 catches, 528-558 yards, 74-87 targets and 2-4 touchdowns each year. He was slightly more productive his final two seasons in Miami, but it was essentially the same idea with a bit more target volume. While the 29-year-old could push for six or seven looks per game in a Buffalo offense devoid of other options, it won't come as any surprise if his efficiency suffers while the team works in new players at quarterback and along the offensive line. There's also some chance backup tight end Nick O'Leary takes on a slightly larger pass-catching role, after hauling in 22 of 32 targets for 322 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Clay brought in three of five targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card loss to the Jaguars. Clay was able to overcome an in-game hamstring injury and finish out the contest. His catch total was a team high, but his middling 5.0 YPC spoke to the minimal impact he had overall. The modest numbers represent an underwhelming finish to a strong season for Clay, one that saw him bring in 49 of 74 targets for 558 yards and two touchdowns while fumbling once over 13 games.
Clay returned Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars after previously exiting with a hamstring injury. The Bills' offense Sunday has largely been driven by running back LeSean McCoy, who is toughing things out through an ankle injury. The return of Clay, however, does at least give QB Tyrod Taylor another familiar option in the passing game.
Clay (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars. Clay's practice limitations this week were nothing out of the ordinary and maintenance-related, so his removal from the Bills' final injury report in advance of wild-card weekend was fairly routine. With running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) banged up, Clay figures to be a key cog in the Bills attack Sunday, though it's hardly a cake matchup for the tight end against the rugged Jaguars passing defense.
Clay (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's contest in Miami. Since sitting out three games midseason due to a knee injury, Clay's practice reps have been monitored weekly with game day in mind. Consequently, he's been able to handle at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in six of the last seven contests. Tyrod Taylor has looked Clay's way 19 times over the last two games, including a Week 15 matchup against the Dolphins in which the tight end hauled in five of nine passes for 68 yards.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||15||6.42|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||23||7.25|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||23||7.25|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||15||6.42|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||80||52||546||3||26||10.50||72|