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TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

6-3, 245Born: 2-12-1989College: TulsaDrafted: Round 6

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Clay is getting a steady helping of targets without Sammy Watkins in the lineup, providing PPR consistency, but he left the Week 6 game with an ankle injury. Stay tuned for his Week 7 status in a good matchup against Miami.

General News (Fri Oct 21): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 19): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins

All TE vs MIA

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tyrod Taylor and company poured 45 points onto the 49ers' defense last weekend, and Taylor accounted for 12 of them with 17/26 for 179 yards passing, two TDs thrown and zero interceptions handed over (three sacks taken for zero yards lost). He also added 8/68/0 as the Bills trampled the 49ers for 312 yards on the ground. Charles Clay (seven targets for 5/52/0 receiving) and Robert Woods (six for 5/44/1) were the top targets last week, but Justin Hunter also got into the end zone with two targets for 1/30/1 receiving. The Bills are winning games with a modest passing attack. The Dolphins upset the Steelers 30-15 last week, holding Ben Roethlisberger and company to 19/35 for 169 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -20 yards. This after Miami allowed 20/29 for 163 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks generated to Marcus Mariota two games ago. The Dolphins' secondary elevated their game in Week Six. To date, the team averages 236.7 net passing yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL), with nine passing scores handed over vs. three interceptions and 12 sacks generated to date (in the middle of the league in both latter categories). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Miami has averaged 20.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-most in the NFL); and 25.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (12th-most); with 6.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-least). Any way you slice it, this is a middle-of-the-road, average pass defense entering Week Seven. This is a neutral matchup between divisional rivals.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs ARI 53 0 0 0 0 0
4 at NE 69 5 47 0 0 4.7
5 at LA 50 5 73 0 0 7.3
6 vs SF 61 5 52 0 0 5.2
7 at MIA PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
7 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
7 at MIA PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs SF (7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay continued his decent season against the 49ers. With a team-high 7 targets, Clay was able to make a few plays after the catch including one 3rd down conversion when he sped to the edge. Clay will continue to be a steady force on this offense, assuming the ankle injury that forced him from the game is not a long-term issue.

2016 Week 5 vs LA (5 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay ended the day with the lion's share of the Bills' receiving yards, bringing in 73 of 124 total. He was able to get open, make defenders miss, and pick up some extra yardage. His one negative mark on the day was a play where he ran his route just inches short of the first down marker and his reception did not result in a conversion. However, this was a small thing in an otherwise good day. With Sammy Watkins out, Clay is the Bills' best receiver. But that may not mean much when the passing game sputters along like it has.

2016 Week 4 vs NE (7 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay maintained his quiet season so far, playing well but not in a very impactful way. He gets open with his route running and can make sideline catches but is not being used a strong weapon in this new offense. Clay did see the second most targets on the team so it is possible that big weeks are in his future but he is not an inspiring player at the moment.

2016 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In the first game with a new OC, Charles Clay only had two targets. Clay is a decent player but if he is not involved next week he may not be relevant in this new offense.

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay had the most targets of the game but did not do a lot with them. They were mostly short yardage plays and were not followed up with a lot of yards after the catch. Clay is still the second best WR/TE that the Bills have but he was not used to do damage downfield.

2016 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was part of two highlight-reel plays but had a small game beyond them. In a play that may be in the "end-of-the-year highlight package" for the Bills, Tyrod Taylor escaped a sack and found Clay open in the middle of the field. Clay caught the ball, stepped out of a leg tackle, spun off of a body tackle, and almost made it through a third defender into the endzone. It showcased just how hard the TE is to tackle. Later in the game, Clay managed to steal an interception from a breaking corner but was unable to convert. Clay will only get his targets after Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy get theirs.


Latest News

Bills | Charles Clay questionable (Fri Oct 21, 04:10 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.

Our View: Clay should play and lead the Bills in targets with de facto #1 wide receiver Robert Woods out.
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Bills | Charles Clay limited Thursday (Thu Oct 20, 06:38 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 20.

Our View: Clay should be good to go and with LeSean McCoy likely out and Robert Woods hurt, could see a lot of targets. We like him as a sneaky TE2 play with some upside in Daily Fantasy.
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Bills | Charles Clay misses practice (Wed Oct 19, 07:01 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Bills | Charles Clay catches five passes (Sun Oct 16, 05:20 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay caught five passes for 52 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.

Our View: Clay is shaping up as a high floor/low ceiling TE option in PPR leagues with Sammy Watkins out, but he left this game with an ankle injury. He's not a bad play against the Dolphins middling linebackers next week if he can get healthy enough to be active.
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Bills | Charles Clay will play (Sun Oct 16, 12:22 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.

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