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Fantasy football Week 2: Buffalo Bills passing game targets

Do you have a Bills skill player on your fantasy team? Wondering how he fits into the bigger picture of the Bills' offense? Our running series examines that very topic.

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Throughout the 2014 season, we're going to be keeping track of some statistics for fantasy football players that might be looking into playing a Buffalo Bills player in a specific week. The statistic we're talking about this week? Passing game targets per snap played.

The Bills are a run-first offense, so in most weeks, the number of team carries will seriously dwarf the number of passing attempts in that contest (in Chicago, the Bills logged 33 rushes as a team, while EJ Manuel only threw 22 passes). The percentage of targets a receiver draws ("%Tar" in the table below) remains the best indicator of how a player fits into a team's passing offense, but the percentage of targets per team snaps (%Snap) is an indicator of that player's role within the entire offense, as well.

Sammy Watkins is a good example of the difference through one game. He saw the second-highest number of passing targets for the Bills against Chicago, but the bigger picture shows that he was not as emphasized in the passing game as originally thought. (One could argue that that needs to change, though it may not until his rib injury is fully healed).

Here's the chart, sorted by the %Snap stat. We'll update this once per week.

Pos. Player Snaps Tar %Snap %Tar
WR Robert Woods 52 6 11.5% 27.3%
RB Fred Jackson 26 3 11.5% 13.6%
RB C.J. Spiller 30 3 10.0% 13.6%
WR Mike Williams 30 3 10.0% 13.6%
WR Marquise Goodwin 11 1 9.1% 4.5%
WR Sammy Watkins 54 4 7.4% 18.2%
FB Frank Summers 17 1 5.9% 4.5%
TE Scott Chandler 37 1 2.7% 4.5%
TE Chris Gragg 19 0 0.0% 0.0%
RB Boobie Dixon 11 0 0.0% 0.0%
OT Chris Hairston 3 0 0.0% 0.0%