Game status: Both receivers are active, but the Bills have deactivated several healthy defensive players. Don’t expect a full game from either receiver.
My understanding is Matt Barkley will get “meaningful snaps” per source. Starter Josh Allen is just 40 yards away from breaking the team’s single season passing record. Bills also following similar formula to last year’s week 17, when they rested key starters.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 3, 2021
Game day update: It’s not entirely clear what the Bills plan on doing in terms of resting starters. This report from Jeff Darlington suggests the first team players would start but could get rest in the second half depending on how things are going in their game and the Steelers-Browns game in the competition for the No. 2 seed.
Based on my conversations here in Buffalo, some info: The Bills are keeping their plans for the starters close to the vest, and there’s a few different factors in play, but the most important thing to understand... They want the 2 seed.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 3, 2021
They are playing for the 2 seed.
Another week, another HUGE game for Stefon Diggs. The Buffalo Bills wide receiver went off for his best game of the season last week, catching nine passes for 145 yards (eight yards off his season-high) and three touchdowns. He’s once again a lock for a WR1 in fantasy this week. As a bonus, his teammate John Brown will suit up this week for the first time since mid-November, and actually offers some fantasy upside as well as the Bills, fighting to lock down the AFC’s second seed, take on the Dolphins.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bills WRs Stefon Diggs, John Brown
Diggs has now posted at least 130 yards for three games in a row. He has four touchdowns over that span too, and this week he’ll be looking to top his career-high for scores in a season. In his last game against the Dolphins, back in Week 2, Diggs had 152 yards, a season-high, and a touchdown.
Brown has been out since Week 10, on injured reserve with an ankle injury and then a stint on the COVID/reserve list. He’s back this week just as the team will be without Cole Beasley, opening up additional target opportunities. Brown had a pretty good game against Miami this season too, with 82 yards and a touchdown.
The Dolphins have allowed two receivers to break the 100-yard mark in their last two games, and they’ve surrendered 11 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Diggs remains an obvious pick for a WR1 in your lineup. He’s likely to be one of the most-owned receivers in DFS leagues this week—he’s $8,100 in DraftKings—but there’s a great chance the numbers will be there. Brown makes a sneaky good WR3 play, and at just $5,900 in DraftKings, he’s a smart addition to your lineup there.