Anthony Dixon RB BUF 1 Day2 Comments
During the media access portion of practice Wednesday, which ESPN's Mike Rodak noted is "essentially just warm-up drills," Dixon lined up with the Bills' first-team, along with starting QB Kyle Orton.
Meanwhile, fellow RB Bryce Brown, who has yet to see a regular season snap to date, lined up with EJ Manuel and the Bills' second-team. In any case, with both Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone) out, both Dixon and Brown are in line for an expanded workload, beginning Sunday against the Jets. For his part, WGR's Joe Buscaglia indicated that he wouldn't be surprised if Dixon, who carried 13 times for 51 yards when pressed into added action in Week 7, leads the replacement committee initially, but we expect that Brown will see his share of Week 8 opportunities as well, with both players having quickly transitioned from fantasy afterthoughts into potentially valuable in-season pickups, as a result of Jackson and Spiller's injuries.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 1 Day
Dixon lined up with the first-team offense next to Kyle Orton during Wednesday's practice, while Bryce Brown was used mostly with the second team, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Running backs are gold this time of season once injuries strike - and the last few weeks have certainly a bloodbath for the position - so people all over are trying to play hunches on the Buffalo situation following injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the same half. The truth is we won't know for sure until the Bills line up to play the Jets this week, and even that could change as soon as game flow kicks in. So we'll give you the knowns in as simple a fashion as possible: Dixon is the likely starter and the surer thing. He beat out Brown for the No. 3 spot for a reason and the team brass seems to love his attitude and all-around game. He's going to get his chance, and one of his skill sets lies around the the goal line. So there's some safety in picking Dixon if you're hurting at running back. Brown, on the other hand, is the upside play. We've seen what he can do while LeSean McCoy was hurt, and simply put he's a better athlete than Dixon. There's a chance Dixon has trouble behind an offensive line that's struggling and the quicker-bursting Brown takes the job and runs with it for four weeks. To sum it up, we like Dixon by a slight margin as a short-term play and he could end up being a nice plugger/chugger for your lineup for a month, but if you're filling bench spots and looking for a lottery ticket, Brown probably has more upside.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 3 Days1 Comment
Dixon is in line for an expanded role with the Bills in the coming weeks, with both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller out indefinitely, the team's official site reports.
Following Jackson and Spiller's injuries Sunday, Dixon was pressed into the Bills' lead role, but moving forward, he figures to work in combo with Bryce Brown. While Brown has yet to suit up in a regular season contest for the Bills to date, it wouldn't surprise us to see him move into a big role in Week 8's game against the Jets, given the the flashes of potential he displayed when handed increased duties during his (2012-13) stint with the Eagles. While Dixon is no doubt in line to factor in as well, notably in short-yardage situations, and thus merits a speculative add to see how the situation plays out, Brown would appear to offer more fantasy upside to those looking to replace Jackson and/or Spiller.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 4 Days
Dixon had 13 carries for 51 rushing yards and three catches on four targets for 15 receiving yards Sunday against the Vikings.
Dixon's fantasy value exploded during the game, as Fred Jackson was forced out with a groin injury and C.J. Spiller suffered a broken collarbone. Jackson is slated to have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injury, though it's expected to be serious, and Spiller will have surgery Monday that will keep him out indefinitely. Dixon is likely to get plenty of carries now, though he could lose some to Bryce Brown, who was inactive Sunday.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 10 Days
Dixon, who didn't log a carry for three straight games before Sunday, ran the ball seven times for 23 yards in the Week 6 loss to the Patriots.
The Bills haven't been able to get much of a running game going lately, so they tried something different and used Dixon for more runs than a disappointing C.J. Spiller. Dixon is still third in the pecking order, but the Bills seem to be phasing Spiller more and more out of the game plan, so the situation at least merits watching.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 18 Days2 Comments
Dixon, playing as the third running back behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, did not register a carry for the third straight game Sunday against the Lions.
Coach Doug Marrone said before the season he preferred to use a two-back rotation, and so far he's stuck to his word, as Dixon has just seven rushing attempts all season. Jackson did leave Sunday's game with what looked like a painful leg injury, so there's a chance Dixon could have a bigger role next week against the Patriots.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 2 Months2 Comments
Dixon had five carries for 60 yards in Sunday's overtime win at Chicago.
Dixon ripped off a 47-yard run late in the second quarter, and had one carry inside the red zone. Bryce Brown was a healthy scratch Sunday, so it appears as though Buffalo is comfortable using Dixon behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The veteran runner is a bruiser, so it's possible he sees some goal line work certain weeks.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 2 Months
Dixon (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears, the Bills' official site reports.
C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are ahead of him on the Bills' depth chart, which caps his fantasy utility, but it's still possible that Dixon could see some short-yardage work for the team.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 2 Months
Dixon (hamstring), who didn't practice Friday, is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, the Post-Standard reports.
Having missed practice both Thursday and Friday, Dixon looks to be truly questionable for Sunday's game. If he does suit up, he could perhaps vulture a touchdown, but any other production would come as a surprise.
Anthony Dixon RB BUF 2 Months
Dixon (hamstring) did not participate in Friday's practice.
Dixon was added to the injury report Thursday with a hamstring ailment, and it appears the injury is significant enough to hold him out for an additional day. Both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are ahead of him on the Bills' depth chart anyway, so even if Dixon does turn things around and suit up Sunday, he likely won't see a heavy workload.