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|Charles Clay was another big money off-season acquisition by the Bills that did not quite live up to expectations last season. The team paid him as an elite tight end, but Clay missed the team’s last three games with a back injury and finished the season with only 51 receptions for 528 yards and 3 touchdowns. The coaching staff has lamented the fact that he wasn’t targeted enough, and would like that to change in 2016. That could lead to Clay being a value play in fantasy football this season. Clay came into the league as fullback/tight end hybrid, and showed run after the catch ability while putting up some productive seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He should be a valuable piece in the Bills conservative offense as he has the size to play underneath and can make plays in the open field. He agreed to restructure his contract this off-season, but still carries a hefty price tag, and with very few options behind Sammy Watkins, the staff’s promise to get him more involved is likely genuine as he’s the team’s second most dangerous option in the passing game. The conservative nature of the Bills passing game doesn’t help his fantasy prospects leaving Clay’s ceiling at a backend TE1 level. You could do worse as a depth option at the position though.
|Charles Clay likely to be more involved in 2016|
OC pleased with TE's ability as a receiver and blocker last year
By: Doug Orth | Mon May 23, 12:10 am
|In weekly film analysis during the season, Buffalo coaches saw numerous instances where Charles Clay was open or in single coverage and Tyrod Taylor didn't look in his direction, even though Clay had a higher rate of receptions on his routes (15.4, per ESPN) than fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert. That's something OC Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee are setting out to change through offseason workouts and training camp. Clay also needs to be healthier than he was in 2015, when he had a knee and calf issues on top of the back injury that ended his season prematurely. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Roman has gone on record to say Clay will be more productive in 2016 than he was last year (51 catches, 528 yards and three touchdowns), and that could especially be the case if Sammy Watkins has any kind of setback with his foot injury. For now, treat Clay as a low-end TE1 with considerable upside, likely to be limited mostly by the run-heavy nature of the Bills' offense.