by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Mike Rodak (via Witter):
“Bills announce that QB Thad Lewis will be promoted from the practice squad and start Sunday against Bengals”
It goes to show just how much the Bills think of Jeff Tuel. Don’t be surprised to see the Bills bring in a veteran in order to fill the void until E.J. Manuel is healthy (which has been heavily rumored in recent days). However, even if they sign one this week, it’s hard to imagine them getting up to speed quick enough to start Week 6 (just look at Josh Freeman in Minnesota as a prime example).
While Lewis has NFL experience (he made a start for the Browns last season), you have to think that the Bills offense will be geared around C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson this week. They will take on a Bengals defense that has been solid against the run, allowing 95.6 rushing yards per game. That said, Buffalo won’t have much of a choice and, if healthy, but running backs should get enough touches to make them considerations in all formats.
As for the receiving corps, it’s hard to expect Lewis to take too many shots down the field. They may go short passes, but that’s going to limit the potential impact of Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods. Johnson has been losing steam as it is, so consider him a desperation play for the coming week.
As for Woods, we obviously can’t expect much from him either. While I do like him slightly better than Johnson, he’s a borderline WR3, at best, and more of a WR4 this week due to the risk. In other words, if a Bills receiver was in your plans, make sure you hit the waiver wire quickly.
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