Charles Clay
Charles Clay
29-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Buffalo Bills
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Quick, name the three best wide receivers on the Bills. Heck, can you name anyone in that messy passing game? That's the main reason we keep coming back to Clay for fantasy relevance, at least for a few weeks every season. There's not much else going on in Buffalo. Clay has turned into a "what you see is what you get" player. He's finished TE19, TE17 and TE18 (half-PPR scoring) since joining the Bills, scoring nine TDs in 41 games. He managed 14.6 YPC in his rookie season in 2011, but he hasn't topped 11.8 since. He'll generally catch about two-thirds of the passes in his direction, and he's missed at least one game in four straight seasons. The first order for Clay is to get something going with the new quarterbacks - AJ McCarron arrives from Cincinnati and Josh Allen was snagged in the draft. Someone in this offense will push for 750 receiving yards and 5-7 touchdowns. We're not going to bet on Clay being that man, but we do run into injuries and bye weeks. That's what Clay is - one of those temporary targets you rent for a short time, then toss back on the wire. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $38 million contract with the Bills in March of 2015.
Lost chance for heroism
TEBuffalo Bills
December 2, 2018
Clay, returning after missing two games due to a hamstring injury, caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
It was the catch that he didn't make that stands out, as Clay was wide open in the end zone with seconds left and the Bills trailing by four. Josh Allen's pass fluttered too much and Clay couldn't come up with it, though in fairness it would have been a great catch had he dove and help on. Clay may be close to healthy again, but with an awful 20-178-0 line on the season, he can pretty much be safely ignored in fantasy play.
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How do Charles Clay's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
7.7 Yds
Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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How often does Charles Clay run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Charles Clay and the other tight ends for the Bills are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Charles Clay
186 routes   33 targets
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122 routes   24 targets
88 routes   14 targets
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Charles Clay's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
255 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.69 sec
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Bench Press
18 reps
Hand Length
9.63 in
Arm Length
33.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Is the glass half full or half empty with Clay? Although he's battled chronic knee problems since joining the Bills -- missing four games and hobbling through many others -- he has been reasonably productive. He's produced as the No. 17 fantasy tight end over that period, ranking 13th in catches and 15th in yards. This might not be Charles in Charge, but he hasn't exactly been Chuckles the Clown. That established, the Bills realize Clay is a player they have to handle with kid gloves. Coach Sean McDermott said in late May that the club is "concerned with (Clay's) knee situation." With that in mind, it seems foolish to push Clay's projection past what he's shown the last two years, and he probably offers more downside than upside. If you wind up rostering Clay at any point this year, you'll probably have to balance him out with another tight end.
Much was expected of Clay when he left Miami to sign a lucrative deal with the Bills last offseason, but it didn't work out the way most hoped. The expectation was that speedsters Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin would stretch the field, allowing Clay to roam free underneath. But Watkins, though he piled up stats, missed three games and was limited in a few others by hip, calf and ankle injuries, while Harvin played only five games before his career ended. The Bills' coaching staff blamed first-year starter Tyrod Taylor's inexperience, as he often couldn't find Clay open across the middle. Clay also dealt with knee and calf injuries and missed the final three games with a back injury. He still averaged the same TPG (six) as his last year in Miami, though it's a bit skewed because one-third (26) of his 77 targets came in two games. In his remaining 11 games he averaged 4.6 TPG. Worst, after 34 red-zone targets and 20 inside the 10 his last two years with the Dolphins, Clay had three and two, respectively, his first year in Buffalo. At 6-3, 255, Clay isn't as big as most TE, but has good speed (4.62 40) and reliable hands. The Bills hope to make better use of his skills this year, and might have to. Watkins is uncertain for the regular season following foot surgery. Continued development by Taylor would go a long way, as well.
Clay signed a hefty free-agent deal this offseason with the Bills after posting serviceable numbers the last couple years with the Dolphins. In Miami, Clay made due in an offense that had trouble stretching the field. That shouldn't be an issue in Buffalo where the Bills boast two of the league's fastest receivers in Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. With that deep-threat duo drawing safety attention to the outside, the middle of the field should be open for the elusive Clay, who had nearly half his yards come after the catch the last two years. Clay is not a big tight end at 6-3, 255, but he had 20 red-zone targets (4th among TE) last season and 13 inside the 10 (2nd). He only converted two of those into touchdowns, however, after five in 2013. The Bills plan to use Clay in tight, split wide, in the slot and in the backfield, which should ensure a healthy number of targets. He might need the help because the Bills have a number of pass-catchers to feed, including LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson and Robert Woods in addition to Watkins and Harvin.
Dustin Keller's knee injury in training camp last year opened the door for Clay, who went on to have a top-10 fantasy season at tight end. Clay is more of an H-back than a traditional tight end at an undersized 6-3, 255, but he is elusive in the open field and makes defenders miss. He totaled 382 yards after the catch last season, fifth among tight ends. And despite his stature, he still caught 10-of-14 passes in the red zone for five touchdowns, including 6-of-7 inside the 10-yard line for four scores. Clay should again see a large share of the targets, though second-round pick Jarvis Landry, a possession receiver with good hands, could potentially cut into his third-down work. Clay had a team-leading 18 third-down receptions last season with a third of his targets coming on third down. The passing game was mediocre last season, but a better deep ball by Ryan Tannehill -- the Dolphins ranked 26th last year with only 24 pass plays of 25-plus yards -- would give Clay more space to work underneath.
Clay is likely to compete with rookie Dion Sims as the Dolphins' No. 2 TE.
Clay was an intriguing project under the Tony Sparano regime. It remains to be seen how the Joe Philbin regime will use him. Anthony Fasano, current starter, may not be a fit in the new offense, so Clay could see more time on the field if he can adapt to the west coast offense quicker then Fasano.
Clay can play either fullback or tight end and could be a threat to Anthony Fasano if the Dolphins decide that TE is his best position in the pros. The Dolphins have not been happy with Fasano and Clay could possibly challenge for the starting position with a strong camp. That being said Clay could at least eat in Fasano's playing time as the season progresses but neither TE is a fantasy target as the Dolphins don't possess the greatest of offenses.
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Cleared for return
TEBuffalo Bills
December 2, 2018
Clay (hamstring) is active Sunday against the Dolphins.
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May play Week 13
TEBuffalo Bills
November 30, 2018
Clay (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday.
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Logs another limited practice
TEBuffalo Bills
November 29, 2018
Clay (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday.
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Practicing in limited fashion
TEBuffalo Bills
November 28, 2018
Coach Sean McDermott said Clay (hamstring) would be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of reports.
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Progressing from hamstring injury
TEBuffalo Bills
November 26, 2018
Though Clay (hamstring) didn't play in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Jaguars, he hasn't experienced a setback in his recovery, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
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