TE Dawson Knox - Buffalo Bills
|6-4, 254||Born: 11-4-1996||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2019|
Week 14: vs Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Buffalo's passing attack grades as an average-to-slightly-below-average unit across the board this season. The Bills lean towards a run-heavy approach, ranking 24th in total pass attempts this season, producing medial yardage, touchdown, and interception numbers to go along with their 6.3 net yards per attempt, ranking 17th in the NFL. Josh Allen has proven to be a competent quarterback here in year two, with definitive strengths and weaknesses to his game. Allen's athletic ability enables him to run frequently and successfully, yet remains behind the expected learning curve processing opposing defenses and making the proper reads. When Allen does air it out, he funnels the ball to John Brown and Cole Beasley the majority of the time. Brown leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards, making him the most valuable fantasy asset on the team. However, Beasley has emerged in recent weeks as a viable fantasy receiver, tallying back-to-back 6-catch, 75+ yard, 1-touchdown performances. Moving forward, these two should continue to dominate the production through the air, even in an unimpressive passing attack as a whole. Baltimore's pass defense grades as an almost perfectly-average unit this season, defending almost exactly the league-average number of pass attempts and allowing the 15th-best net yards per attempt mark in the NFL. The Ravens have, however, excelled in preventing touchdowns through the air and forcing turnovers, with a 10-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio allowed, that ranks 3rd-best and 7th-best in the league, respectively. On the season, the Ravens rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, which makes it exceptionally difficult for wide receivers to flourish as well. A more nuanced feature of a pass-defense, tight end coverage, is another place that the Ravens accel, also posting the fourth-best fantasy defense in that regard. Along the defensive line, Matthew Judon stands out as the team's most feared pass-rusher. Judon leads the team in sacks, with seven on the season, and he has more than twice as many pressures on opposing quarterbacks as any other Baltimore defender. Then, in the secondary, Marcus Peters and Earl Thomas top the charts as the team's best defensive backs. Peters, a mid-season acquisition, leads the way with five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the NFL, with three coming in a Ravens' uniform. Thomas, an offseason free agency acquisition, grades as one of the NFL's best pass-defending safeties once again this season, rounding out one of the NFL's best secondaries. In all, this is a unit that should give Josh Allen fits in Week 14, making Buffalo's quest to lock up a wild card spot exceptionally difficult down the stretch.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Dawson Knox's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Dawson Knox had a quiet statistical day with only three short receptions for 17 yards, but his usage was notable. Knox was twice split out on the outside and thrown balls deep on the perimeter. He dropped the first one along the sideline but drew a defensive pass interference penalty on the second deep target. Knox adds a big body and physical element to passing game which has gradually been more incorporated as his season has progressed. He faces a tough Baltimore defense on Sunday.
2019 Week 12 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Dawson Knox had two short receptions against the Broncos on Sunday. He is Buffalo's biggest receiving option and is strong after the catch, but was only targeted twice as the Bills only threw 25 times. He will get a matchup against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
2019 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 32 / 1 rec)
Dawson Knox had a touchdown against the Dolphins on Sunday. He was targeted over the middle in man coverage in the red zone and able to beat a safety with an athletic run after the catch for the score. He also had a quick flat route that he turned upfield for a run after the catch, while adding a drop. Knox is a big-bodied target in the offense with good athleticism and has shown the ability to make plays after the catch this season. He will face the Dolphins next week at home.
2019 Week 10 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Dawson Knox had a good game against the Browns in a loss on Sunday. Knox was split out regularly in the formation as a pass receiver during the game with Lee Smith serving as the primary blocking tight end. Knox had a strong reception on a play action crossing route and had two opportunities for a bigger game. The first was a back shoulder throw that was too wide along the sideline and the second a target in the end zone that was broken up. Knox adds a physical and athletic element to the offense that Buffalo does not have a receiver and should continue to see occasional if unpredictable weeks where he gets six targets like he did this week. He will face the Dolphins next week.
2019 Week 5 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Dawson Knox had a down game against the Titans on Sunday. He had two short catches but dropped two third down targets. He will look to bounce back after a bye in week seven against the Dolphins.
2019 Week 4 vs NE (3 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
Dawson Knox continued his strong play against the New England Patriots in week four. Knox made a strong catch along the sideline and added two other catches that had strong run after the catch efforts. Knox will face a tough Tennessee defense next week.
2019 Week 3 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Dawson Knox had the best game of his young career against the Bengals. The breakout game included his first career touchdown on a goal-line play-action pass into the flat. Knox also had a highlight run after the catch where he broke multiple tackles to set the Bills up for their game-winning touchdown. Knox is consistently physical with the ball in his hands and adds an additional element to the Buffalo offense that has had limited tight end production in the first two weeks of the season. He will look to continue his strong play next week against the Patriots.
Latest NewsBills | Three receptions for Dawson Knox (Thu Nov 28, 08:16 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox caught three passes for 17 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. He was targeted four times during the game. link to story Bills | Dawson Knox held in check (Sun Nov 24, 05:19 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox caught two passes for 11 yards against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. He was targeted two times during the game. link to story
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