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RB Anthony Dixon - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 233Born: 9-24-1987College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Dixon got the most carries of the Bills backfield, but the Jets kept him from having much of an impact. He'll share with Bryce Brown in any event, and the Bills will welcome back Fred Jackson eventually. Dixon might give you a few spot starts with weaker opponents coming up, but his value isn't that of a potential season-changer.

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Recent Stats and Projections

5 at DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 vs NE 7 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs MIN 13 51 0 4 3 15 0 0
8 at NYJ 22 44 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NE (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Not asked to do much more than blast Vince Wilfork and the middle of the Patriot defensive line, Dixon flashed some tremendous athleticism on his third carry. With one his blockers being driven into his lap as he took the handoff, Dixon bounced off the contact and got wide. Alfonzo Dennard had backside contain and understandably went low as Dixon approached. With almost no forward momentum, Dixon shockingly went vertical and cleanly leapt over the diving Dennard. Maybe the fanciest one-yard gain of the season, the run could have easily been a four-yard loss.

2014 Week 7 vs MIN (13 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

After both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson went down, and Bryce Brown was a healthy scratch, the Bills were forced to turn the running game over to Anthony Dixon. Uninspiring for the most part, the Bills kept Dixon between the tackles as the glorified fullback looked his best when he stayed on a straight line and was getting downhill right off the handoff. His long went for 12 yards where he showed decent vision, but there is zero wiggle to his game and barring a defensive breakdown it's hard to envision Dixon doing anything more than the 3.9 yards per carry he averaged on Sunday. Dixon also caught three passes, but lacked the fluidity necessary to excel in open space as any throw that wasn't put on him turned the bruising back into a stalled tank in the middle of an F-1 Grand Prix. Not built to shoulder the load, Dixon was sucking air by the end of the game and missed a blitz pick-up late in the game that resulted in an Orton sack/killed the drive. Look for Dixon to return to his role of spell back and for the Bills to activate, and lean on, Bryce Brown in Week 8 against the Jets.

2014 Week 8 vs NYJ (22 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon received 22 carries on Sunday, but that was entirely due to game flow and given his performance it's difficult to envision another game going forward with similar volume. Plodder, glorified fullback; they all apply to Dixon who was at his best when he was downhill immediately (even that was unimpressive to be honest). The Jets have arguably the best rush defense in the NFL, so it was no easy task for Dixon and put simply he just doesn't have the skillset to carry the running game outside of extended use as a clock killer. Imagine a blind bull trying to smash its way through a doggy door and you get an idea of Dixon's running style. Dixon's one carry where he did try to create and bounce the run outside went exactly as one would expect it to given the talent. Dixon bounced the run wide, but looked like he was traversing the Sahara as David Harris easily caught him from behind before he could get to the edge. Dixon did get one carry inside five-yard line, but after picking up three yards ultimately had his touchdown vultured by fullback Frank Summers on the following play.


Latest News

Bills | Anthony Dixon starting (Sun Oct 26, 12:09 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon will start for the team Sunday, Oct. 26.

Our View: Neither of Dixon or Brown is a great play against the Jets run defense, but their performances could give us a good clue who will be the better play in Week 10 after the Bills bye.
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Bills | Anthony Dixon working with starters (Wed Oct 22, 01:53 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is working with the starters in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. RB Bryce Brown is working with the second-string offense.

Our View: Those rushing out to get Brown on the waiver wire may be chasing fool's gold. Sure, Brown is an incredibly talented runner, but he lacks discipline and tries to bounce too many runs outside. Dixon is more of a disciplined runner, and he should be the lead back while Fred Jackson is out.
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Bills | Anthony Dixon likely the guy (Wed Oct 22, 10:26 AM) - The Buffalo Bills love RB Anthony Dixon, and he's likely to lead the way at running back over RB Bryce Brown.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to realize this Bills RB situation will be split between two backs. Dixon is a power back with determination in the middle of the line. Brown is a more explosive player, but he lacks discipline as a runner and tries to bounce too many runs outside.
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Bills | Anthony Dixon in line to start (Mon Oct 20, 09:21 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is likely to start against the New York Jets in Week 8.

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Bills | Anthony Dixon pressed into duty (Sun Oct 19, 05:54 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was pressed into duty in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings due to injuries to RBs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone). Dixon finishes with 13 carries for 51 yards, and he added three receptions for 15 yards.

Our View: Dixon will get a chance to make his mark next week, along with Bryce Brown, although they draw the tough Jets run defense. Both should be lower on your waiver priority list than Tre Mason or Denard Robinson.
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