Clay was targeted just once in Sunday's win over the Lions and finished without a catch on 41 offensive snaps.
Clay was a good fantasy receiver at one point in his career but those days are long over, at least in this offense. He's simply not being looked at in the passing game, with just five targets over the last three games since he returned from a hamstring injury. Clay has somehow failed to find the end zone all season, while his game high in catches is four and yardage is 40. Ouch. He signed a five-year, $38 million contract with the Bills in March of 2015, but we imagine the relationship may be coming to a close soon.
Though the Bills were without one of the three tight ends on their roster in Jason Croom (groin), Clay still only played 42 of the team's 76 offensive snaps. That translated to a season-low 55 percent offensive snap share for the 29-year-old, who could continue to lose work to Croom and Logan Thomas over the final three weeks as the Bills look to open up opportunities for their younger options at the position. Clay is under contract through 2019 and carries a $9 million cap hit, but his shaky health and diminishing production could result in him getting cut this offseason.
Clay, returning after missing two games due to a hamstring injury, caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
It was the catch that didn't make that stands out, as Clay was wide open in the end zone with seconds left and the Bills training by four. Josh Allen's pass fluttered too much and Clay couldn't come up with, though it would have been a great catch had he dove and help on. Clay may be close to healthy again, but with an awful 20-178-0 line on the season, he can pretty much be safely ignored in fantasy play.
Clay (hamstring) is active Sunday against the Dolphins.
Clay was able to return to practice on a limited basis this week, paving the way for a return to the field for the first time since Week 9. He saw steady work in the offense from Week 2 through Week 8, catching at least one pass in each game, but never surpassing 40 receiving yards and failing to reach the endzone. It's unclear how the Bills plan to work Clay into their game plan at this time, which makes him a bit of a risky fantasy play, though he is listed as a projected starter. The matchup is friendly on paper, at least, as the Dolphins are in the league's top-10 in terms of most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends in standard formats, largely due to the eight touchdowns they've surrendered to the position.
Clay (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday.
Clay looks like a good bet to return to action after missing the Bills' last two contests. Considering he hasn't caught more than four balls or found the end zone even once in 2018, Clay represents little more than a dice roll for fantasy purposes if he achieves an active status come Sunday. At least he's getting healthier again, and Clay did finish the 2017 season strong after a series of disappointing starts earlier in that campaign.
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