The Buffalo Bills surprised everyone by defeating the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco had 347 yards, 166 of them to Torrey Smith. The Bills’ win can be contributed to one person. No, not Flacco and his five interceptions. It was the great game from Bills’ rookie receiver Robert Woods.
Woods hauled in four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown last week. He had 18 targets in the last two games and is building up a nice rapport with rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. For the season, Woods has 11 receptions, 201 yards and two touchdowns, second to only Stevie Johnson. Johnson had only one catch for -1 yards in Week 4.
In Week 3, Woods played every snap against the New York Jets. He then played 80-of-84 snaps against the Ravens. The fact is, Woods is getting the playing time necessary to become a viable roster addition.
Johnson has been dealing with a hamstring injury all season, but has played every game so far. He was limited in Monday’s practice, but should be good to go on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns. However, with Joe Haden most likely covering Johnson for the duration of the game, Woods should be a candidate for another breakout game.
With all of the wide receivers on bye this week — Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerome Simpson, Greg Jennings, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon — Woods should definitely find a spot on someone’s roster as a WR3 or flex play. He is only owned in 4.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
If Woods can have another game like he did last week, he will join the discussion of becoming a must-own in all leagues.