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Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews

12 August, 2017, 23:42 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Now, let's not forget that he is appealing this so it could be 3-to-4 games instead. His talent provides enough reason to be optimistic in any situation, but a tougher schedule (four games against Arizona and Seattle, with Week 17's game against San Francisco not counting in most fantasy leagues) certainly doesn't help matters either. We're building a football team. But this appeal could go into the middle of the season and into your fantasy playoffs. Mathews' production and the fact that he's only 26 during the 2018 season might make him the most attractive of the bunch considering Watkins' durability issues. In exchange, Buffalo is getting cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick from the deal. "If you compare the two, it's obvious you can agree who is better". Woods, Watkins and Austin is a more interesting mix at the receiver position than the Rams has previous year, should present more opportunities for the Ram's quarterback to make big plays, and should open up the field for Gurley. The first thing people have to remember is Jeff Fisher isn't the coach anymore.

The to-do list was daunting as the Rams trudged off the field at the Coliseum on New Year's Day to end the 2016 season. McVay had DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder last season and you may wonder which one of those will Watkins be. He has the speed of Jackson, the sure hands of Garcon and the route running of Crowder. He's got a lot of Favre-esque tendencies to him. Rookie seasons aren't an end-all measuring stick for quarterbacks, but Goff's rookie campaign wasn't very good. Once again this was with Fisher. He has at least 103 targets in each of his first three seasons in the league.

Everything here is a significant advantage to Matthews, who has been a more consistent part of the offense in Philadelphia in spite of quarterback changes and has been on the field more than Watkins during the three years since they were drafted.

There's no doubt Watkins is an outstanding receiver, but his career numbers are underwhelming for a player taken with the fourth overall pick in 2014. Agholor, mostly a slot receiver, will play all across the formation for head coach Doug Pederson and get increased targets with Jordan Matthews in Buffalo.

McDermott has a general manager as a tag-team partner in Brandon Beane, who had been with the Carolina Panthers, another team whose confounding personnel approach raised eyebrows in recent seasons.

Shady McCoy will remain a key component of their passing game as well, and we already mentioned Boldin. Tavon Austin's outlook remains the same considering his role isn't that of a traditional wide receiver. Matthews can do all these things to an above-average level and with his 11th round price tag (fantasyfootballcalculator.com) is a guy everyone should be drafting with confidence.

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