Admit it, you thought that starting Scott Chandler today was pretty nails. He was set to oppose a Miami defense that’s allowing 58.4 receiving yards per game to tight ends, which would give him nearly six fantasy points on yardage alone.
There’s also the matter of Chandler still being relatively underrated at his position, the same position where failure is in abundance, which has made the Chandlers of the NFL ideal value mining gold. He’s been quite productive as a mid-tier TE, catching six touchdown passes this year. Sure, only two of those scores have come since Week 4, but Chandler had 129 receiving yards over the last two weeks, and he’s had at least one 20-yard reception in five of his last seven games.
Yeah, that plan was fool proof during fantasy championship week. Until it wasn’t.
Chandler left the Bills’ game against the Dolphins with a knee injury in the first quarter, and he won’t return after being carted off. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Chandler owners now have a meager two-point outing after his encouraging start (he had a 25-yard catch) in their lineup less than an hour into championship Sunday.
By now the bitter taste created by the Bills capitulation in Toronto has subsided for fans of the team that finds new ways to disappoint each week. The players, however, remain angry.
Eric Wood is good. Leading by example — not sucking, basically — is what the best offensive linemen in the league do. Unfortunately Wood’s injury problems over the last few years have mirrored the Bills struggles with staying healthy as a whole. The Louisville alum has missed the past two games with a torn MCL. There’s no reason to rush him back to play in two more meaningless games.
Though he didn’t suit up against the Seahawks, Wood isn’t happy with the Bills in Toronto series. Wood took to 97 Rock — providing all your classic rawk needs in the Western New York area — to air his grievances.
Via the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham:
“You’re making a team from out west travel, and then you give them the comfort a dome, and you don’t make them play in our stadium,” Wood said. “We have no home-field advantage allowed. We travel, too. I just think it’s a joke. “And it’s a bad atmosphere for football. I mean, nobody wants to play there. I guess for opposing teams it beats the hell out of going in somebody else’s stadium and dealing with a bunch of crowd noise.
DJ Jickster gets all the hard hitting quotes. Nothing Wood said was wrong, it’s also nice to see some fire — but the awfulness of this series is the product of more than just the tranquil atmosphere at the Rogers Centre. Save a victory against Washington last year, the Bills have saved their most craptacular performances for Toronto.
The original five-year deal expires this season, though reports of a five year extension appeared in May. “I don’t think it’s turned out they way we wanted, and I hope we don’t renew it. That sucked.”
The goalie from the Big Green is right. Read the rest of this entry »
Psy was the perfect guy for this.
In the beginning Gangnam style was a cute K-pop jingle that everyone could dance to. I requested it at a wedding — everyone did the dance and had a good time. Then I heard it on the radio. On the TV. People sang it on the streets. Ellen danced to it. Psy went on Ellen with Britney Spears. I couldn’t listen to it anymore, but society didn’t care. My mom asked if I had heard it. The end had come.
In the beginning the Bills in Toronto series was a good idea. Mine your biggest non-Buffalo fan base for some extra cash while ensuring the Bills would remain in Buffalo for the foreseeable future — makes sense.
Five years on this needs to end. Read the rest of this entry »
Out of the nuclear waste that is the Bills in Toronto series springs a flower. Imagine Stevie Johnson had a capable Quarterback throwing to him. In hindsight, he wouldn’t have to make spectacular grabs like this one. Hashtag Free Tarvaris.
From another angle:
Nine punts in I was ready to write a different column. Sam Bradford was playing terrible. That wasn’t exactly breaking news but as Bills fans continued to pray for a Quarterback that didn’t induce nausea it was worth noting where the Rams stood.
They have their guy. By default really. Faced with the prospect of cutting bait with Bradford and drafting RGIII to lead their franchise out of the abyss, Jeff Fisher traded the pick. Bradford or bust. Read the rest of this entry »
The weather was perfect.
Faced with what was supposed to be the most unwatchable game of the weekend — Jets/Cardinals, never forget — the forecast called for wet and dreary conditions. The crowd at the Ralph was nonplussed. Well those that showed up were. In an incredible display of self-restraint, a lot of season ticket holders stayed home today. Those that did show were treated to a rarity in the Chan Gailey era — a Buffalo win. Rather than chronicle the Bills performance in usual format, I went a different route this week. Read the rest of this entry »
For the those of you insane enough to trust Ryan Fitzpatrick or Chan Gailey at this point in the season, some bad news is breaking out of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Newly acquired DE Jason Babin will get the start for the Jaguars.
To make matters worse for the Bills offense, Donald Jones has been scratched because of a calf injury. In his place, T.J Graham will get the start while oft-injured Marcus Easley is active.