1. ESPN offers this opinion on Stefan Diggs' fantasy prospects in Week 8
Mike Clay was on ESPN’s Fantasy Focus and he talked about why Stefon Diggs should be in your fantasy lineups even with a matchup against the Patriots. Through week seven, he is fourth in the NFL in receiving yards with 603. Diggs is also averaging 10.1 targets a game, which is sixth-most in the NFL.
He is wide receiver number four in fantasy points. He's against New England, let's add some context to their passing defense, 6.3 yards per target allowed to wide receivers last season, that was best in the NFL. They are at 10.0 yards this season, that is third-worst in the league, a complete flip flop so far. They have faced 100 targets, which is actually third-fewest, so they haven't faced a lot of volume to that position, but they've allowed seven touchdowns. …And as for Diggs, he's near the top in every category among wide receivers. Only one weekly finish lower than 22nd and that came last week. He has 12 or more targets in three games and there's just so much upside. Honestly, there's a very high floor with Diggs the way he's used in that super pass-heavy offense.
2. Bills special teams will play an important role on Sunday
The Bills special teams unit has been performing well so far this season. Two important pieces of the unit are Andre Roberts and Corey Bojorquez. Roberts ranks fourth in kick return yards with 351 and ranks first in punt return yards with 170. So far this season, Roberts has helped the Bills to have an average starting field position at the 29-yard line. The Bills returner said the team knows how important the field position battle is going to be for their matchup against the Patriots.
"It's very important," Roberts said. "That's going to be a huge key in the game. We don't know exactly how the weather is going to be but it's going to be Buffalo weather with the wind. So, we understand how important field position is going to be early on, most definitely. Just throughout the game, trying to create a field position for our team is going to be huge."
Bojorquez has only punted 16 times through seven games but ranks third in the league in average punt yards with 50.8. He also has the NFL's longest punt of the season, which was a 72-yard punt against the Rams back in Week 3. Bojorquez mentioned how the special teams unit can set the tone on Sunday.
"Special teams is the tone-setter a lot of the time, starting out with a kickoff or kickoff return," Bojorquez stated. "So, getting that field position right off the bat, it'll give you that momentum to keep you going throughout the game."
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3. Marcus Thigpen selected as one of the NFL's Legends Development Program participants
Former Buffalo Bills kick/punt returner Marcus Thigpen was selected as one of this year's NFL Legends Development Program participants. The program is in its fifth year and it provides players with an opportunity to explore careers in football by gaining business experience and exposure in the league office. Thigpen was nominated by the Buffalo Bills, and he will be joining the NFL's Football Operations department. He will focus on player engagement and will assist with upcoming initiatives aimed at supporting current players and NFL Legends in their personal and professional development.
"Being able to serve, empower, and educate current players and NFL Legends brings me such tremendous joy," Thigpen said. "There is an unmatched level of success and fulfillment when you find gratitude in helping others achieve their goals on and off the field."