Week 5 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Football Preview: A Look at Robert Woods

When the Bills drafted Robert Woods in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, fans and experts alike lauded the team as it looked like they had selected the most “NFL-ready” receiver in the entire draft. As we are now four weeks into his rookie season, let’s take a closer look at Robert Woods to date.

(Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)
(Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

The Numbers

In PPR leagues, Robert Woods rates out as a top 35 receiver at this time. He has 11 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns, along with two rushes for 16 yards. Not bad through the first four games of your pro career, as Woods clearly has developed a rapport with EJ Manuel.

The Good

With an average of 18.3 yards per reception, Woods ranks as one of the top 15 receivers in the NFL. He is playing close to 100% of the snaps on offense, and has flashed big play ability – especially with Sunday’s 42-yard touchdown. With two rushes in four games he may be used in different gadget situations, which adds a new wrinkle with the chance for end arounds or reverses when he is on the field.

The Bad

For Woods it really comes down to the Jets game. He finished the day with only 2 catches on 10 targets against New York, it was a tough day for the USC product. Fans also will recall the play where he prematurely stepped out of bounds, when there was no receiver within 15 yards of him along the sideline. On the season he only has 11 receptions on 26 targets, thanks to that tough day at the Meadowlands.

The Recommendation

If you have a space on your roster, Robert Woods is the type of player you may look to stash. While he currently rates out as a WR4, it is evident that 1) Woods is a favorite target of EJ Manuel, and 2) isn’t coming off the field on offense. He is a great free agent pick up in keeper leagues, as Woods should continue to progress throughout the season.

Best of luck in your match-ups this week, and as always – Go Bills!