Big NFL news often comes out on Friday afternoons, particularly suspensions – as if they’re being hidden – so it’s unsurprising that it this was the timing of the announcement that Ezekiel Elliott would face a six-game ban to start the 2017 season for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, arguing there was “substantial and persuasive evidence” supporting domestic violence accusations against him dating back to last July.
This Friday bombshell was quickly followed by two more from the Buffalo Bills, as the NFL newswires went nuclear in what can only be hoped to not be a piece of geopolitical foreshadowing. The career of Sammy Watkins has been filled with excellent play in between injuries, but the Bills made it clear they didn’t trust in his durability when they declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, and now he has been traded to the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams send back corner E.J. Gaines – himself affected by a major injury in 2015 – along with a 2018 second-round pick, with the Bills throwing in their sixth-rounder.
The Bills then announced another trade with the Philadelphia Eagles – acquiring Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick for rising young corner Ronald Darby. Effectively, the Bills have made swaps at two positions and gained draft capital in the process.
All of these developments have torn apart fantasy draft boards. How should you react? Here’s the fantasy fallout from this frantic Friday…