The Buffalo Bills snagged a road win on Thursday night as they topped the New York Jets 22-17, moving both teams to 5-4 in the AFC wildcard race. Thursday’s game was a sloppy affair, with Buffalo tallying just 280 total yards and the Jets turning the ball over four times on the evening. Both quarterbacks failed to crack the 200-yard mark in this game, with running backs LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory doing the heavy lifting.
McCoy racked up 159 total yards on the night, with 112 coming via the ground game where he looked quick and decisive as he carved up the front end of the Jets’ defense. McCoy has looked like the Shady of old in recent weeks, running for 382 yards with a 5.5 yards per carry average over his last four games and is a weekly RB1 in Rex Ryan’s run-heavy offense. Fellow Buffalo running back Karlos Williams made his weekly impact as he always does, catching a 26-yard touchdown pass that kept his scoring streak alive. Williams now has scored in all six games he has played as a pro and has seven total touchdowns on the season. Williams has become a weekly flex option even with McCoy healthy.
Chris Ivory snapped out of a recent funk, running for 99 yards on 18 carries and chipping in 36 yards in the receiving game. This was Ivory’s best performance since Week 6, so it was nice to see the focal point of the Jets offense move the ball with ease. Eric Decker led the way for New York’s passing game, catching six of a team-high 11 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown. Decker has now caught a touchdown in seven of eight games this season and is one of the most reliable fantasy options on the planet. Decker needs to be started each and every week, and as an added bonus, the Jets’ fantasy schedule looks juicy down the stretch.
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Bills at Jets Quick Slants
Charles Clay bounced back from two duds with five catches for 52 yards and remains a low-end TE1 option. … Sammy Watkins looked healthy on Thursday but could not overcome Darrelle Revis, catching just three of seven targets for 14 yards. … Brandon Marshall found the end zone, but hauled in only three passes for 23 yards. … Stevan Ridley served as Chris Ivory’s backup, but saw just three carries and produced -1 yards on his chances. … Ryan Fitzpatrick will undergo surgery on his injured left thumb on Friday in hopes of getting back before the Jets travel to Houston in Week 11.
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In Other News…
Ben Roethlisberger (foot) got in some practice action on Thursday and was officially listed as a “limited” participant as the Steelers prepare to face the Cleveland Browns. An “active” tag this week for Ben would be huge for the fantasy options from the Pittsburgh offense, but Roethlisberger’s Week 10 status is still dicey at best. With a bye week looming in Week 11, the Steelers would be wise to sit Roethlisberger but fantasy owners should get their answer on Friday.
Alshon Jeffery (groin) missed practice on Thursday as he reportedly “tweaked” his groin in Chicago’s Wednesday session. Jeffery has been a beast since his return from early season injury, racking up 28 catches on 42 targets in just three games, so a potential Week 10 absence would be a gut punch to fantasy teams. The good news regarding Jeffery’s health is that he was seen walking through Chicago’s locker room with no noticeable limp on Thursday, which indicates that his groin injury isn’t of the severe variety. In any event, more news on Jeffery’s status should surface on Friday so be sure to stay tuned to Rotoworld for updates.
Matt Forte (knee) was limited in practice on Thursday and is a curious case as we head into the weekend. Prying accurate injury news from Chicago coach John Fox is a difficult task, so getting a handle on the health status of Forte is tricky at the moment. If Forte does indeed have a shot to play in Week 10, he will most likely be a Sunday morning active/inactive candidate so fantasy owners should be equipped with a backup plan in case Forte sits. Rookie Jeremy Langford turned in an admirable performance in Week 9 with Forte out, and will be worth a start on Sunday as a low-end RB2 due to a tough matchup at St. Louis.
Injury Quick Slants
Dez Bryant (knee) was limited on Thursday but it was due to his knee, not his troublesome foot. No worries about Week 10 for Dez. … Peyton Manning (foot) made a limited appearance at practice on Thursday and is expected to start this week. … DeAngelo Williams (foot) practiced in full on Thursday, quieting concerns about a foot injury that would have left Pittsburgh scraping the bottom of the barrel at running back. Williams should be safe to start in a great matchup. … Latavius Murray (concussion) got in some practice work on Thursday but his Week 10 status is still in question. Murray’s status will be determined in coming days but he is start-worthy if healthy. … Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) missed practice on Thursday, but coach Gary Kubiak expects him to play on Sunday at home against Kansas City. … Jonathan Stewart (ankle) was limited at practice on Thursday but shouldn’t be in any danger of missing Week 10. … Allen Hurns (foot) didn’t practice on Thursday but reports have surfaced stating he should be good to go on Sunday. … Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) will be starting in Week 10, according to Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer. It’s a decent matchup but Bridgewater hasn’t been lighting up the scoreboard this season. … Willie Snead (knee) missed practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for more news on Snead’s status in coming days. … Kendall Wright (MCL) has yet to practice this week and will likely miss Week 10. Expect rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to continue his climb in the Tennessee passing game. … Josh McCown (ribs) was limited on Thursday and a decision regarding his health and injury status should come on Friday. … Vincent Jackson (knee) hasn’t played since Week 7 and appears likely to miss Week 10 as he did not practice on Thursday. Another giant target total for Mike Evans should be coming. … Larry Donnell (neck) has been declared out for Week 10, leaving Will Tye to start at tight end for the Giants.