News: The Rams signed tight end Derek Schouman, who was released from injured reserve by the Bills with a knee injury in September, on Wednesday to replace Fendi Onobun, who went on IR with a back injury.
Analysis: Schouman will be another healthy body at the tight end position for the Rams. Schouman has totaled 27 catches for 275 yards and one touchdown in 21 career games. He isn't expected to be a force on offense, so Fantasy owners can continue to ignore him.
News: The Bills have waived/injured TE Derek Schouman. The former starter has struggled with injuries ever since joining the Bills as a seventh-round pick in 2007.
Analysis: Schouman was never a big stat gatherer in the first place. Keep him off of Fantasy rosters.
News: Bills TE Derek Schouman will miss three to six weeks after injuring his knee during Thursday's preseason game against the Colts. "He's gonna be out for a while," head coach Chan Gailey said Saturday. "... The guy can't get a break. He can't stay on the field and he's not getting enough reps."
Analysis: Schouman opened last year as the Bills starter before a knee injury ended his season in Week 2. He finished with nine catches for 103 yards. The Bills offense should improve this season under new coach Chan Gailey, but even if healthy Schouman is still not worth drafting in the majority of leagues in 2010 because his stat production is minimal. Look elsewhere.
News: TE Derek Schouman has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills after accepting the contract offer the team tendered last month. Schouman opened last year as the Bills starter before a knee injury ended his season in Week 2, during a 33-20 win over Tampa Bay. He finished with nine catches for 103 yards. Buffalo took Schouman in the seventh round of the 2007 draft out of Boise State. He has 27 catches for 275 yards and a touchdown in 21 games, including 15 starts.
Analysis: Schouman is a low-end Fantasy TE. The Bills offense should improve this season under new coach Chan Gaily, but Schouman is still not worth drafting in the majority of leagues in 2010.
News: Bills TE Derek Schouman was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury. His season is over.
Analysis: Schouman had career-highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (62) before going down but his season is over now. Leave him on waivers in all formats.
News: Bills TE Derek Schouman has been carted off the field with a right leg injury on Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Schouman had career-highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (62) before going down. The Bills are really struggling at tight end but Schouman's injury appeared to be a serious one. Leave him on waivers in all formats.
News: Buffalo TE Derek Schouman did not get into the end zone as did rookie TE Shawn Kelly in Monday's loss to New England. That said, Schouman had more catches and yards than did the rookie. He finished with three grabs for 41 yards.
Analysis: Schouman will have to compete with Derek Fine and Nelson for catches this season at a crowded tight end spot. For that reason, he's not much more than a very low-end last resort option in Week 2 against Tampa Bay.
News: Bills TE/FB Derek Schouman lined up in the backfield alongside RB Marshawn Lynch for one play on Buffalo's opening drive Saturday against Chicago. That has not happened often (if at all) at training camp. With the traditional fullback role being decreased, it wouldn't be a surprise if Schouman saw action there this season.
Analysis: Schouman is competing with Derek Fine and rookie Shawn Nelson for the starting TE job, but whoever wins has minimal Fantasy value going into the season and is not worth drafting in standard leagues. It could help Schouman that he will see time at FB also.
News: Bills coach Dick Jauron believes TE Derek Schouman is taking charge of the starting tight end job. "Yeah, I do," he said. "He's got to come through for us and he knows that. There's pressure on him. He's a great-effort player, a tough guy and he's pretty athletic."
Analysis: Schouman is competing with Derek Fine and rookie Shawn Nelson for the job, but whoever wins has minimal Fantasy value going into the season and is not worth drafting in standard leagues.
News: The following Bills players did not record an offensive statistic in Week 16 at Denver: QB Gibran Hamdan, RB Derek Schouman, TE Derek Fine, WR Justin Jenkins and RB Corey McIntyre.
Analysis: None of the players on this list should be considered viable Fantasy options. They are not in a position to contribute regular stats as they aren't in line for regular playing time. They've got some depth chart climbing to do and should be left on the waiver wire.
News: Buffalo WR Justin Jenkins and TE Derek Schouman did not make any catches in Week 15's loss to the Jets. They were active but did not stat. Backup QB Gibran Hamdan did not play but was active as J.P. Losman's backup.
Analysis: None of the aforementioned players have any Fantasy relevance at this time. The Bills play at Denver in Week 16.
News: Bills RB Derek Schouman caught one five-yard pass in a Week 14 loss to Miami in Toronto.
Analysis: Schouman doesn't see enough passes come his way to warrant Fantasy use. Keep him off of rosters in Week 15 at the Jets.
News: Bills TE Derek Schouman made four catches for 44 yards in a Week 13 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Schouman doesn't see enough passes come his way to warrant Fantasy use. Keep him off of rosters in Week 14 vs. Miami in Toronto.
News: In the Bills' 54-31 win at the Chiefs in Week 12, H-Back Derek Schouman caught three passes for 25 yards with a touchdown, his first in two NFL seasons.
Analysis: Schouman doesn't see enough passes come his way to warrant Fantasy use. Keep him off of rosters. The Bills host the 49ers in Week 13.
News: Bills RB Corey McIntyre, TE Derek Schouman and QB J.P. Losman didn't record offensive statistics Week 11 against the Browns.
Analysis: Barring injury, none of these players figures to make a Fantasy impact anytime soon. Leave them all on waivers.
News: Buffalo RB Derek Schouman had one catch for 14 yards Sunday at New England.
Analysis: Schouman is a reserve RB for the Bills and has minimal Fantasy value. Don't plan on using him in Week 11 against Cleveland.
News: Buffalo WR James Hardy started in Week 9's loss to the Jets but did not make any catches or record any Fantasy stats. Tight end Derek Schouman also started but did not stat. Backup QB J.P. Losman was active for the game but he did not see any action behind starter Trent Edwards.
Analysis: Hardy is a talented kid, but he's stuck down on the depth chart in Buffalo right now and can't be relied upon in Fantasy play. Schouman is barely a factor in Fantasy play and should be ignored. Losman is just the team's backup and would have little Fantasy value even if he became the starter. None of these players should be starting in Week 10 at New England.
News: Notable Bills who helped the club's offense in Week 7 vs. San Diego include: TE Robert Royal (4 catches, 53 yards), RB Fred Jackson (33 rush yards, 28 receiving yards), WR Josh Reed (32 receiving yards), WR Roscoe Parrish (19 receiving yards) and FB Derek Schouman (18-yard catch).
Analysis: Royal was worth a shot this week as the Chargers have struggled with tight ends all year. He's not normally a reliable Fantasy option. Jackson is a low-end option when he's not a solid insurance policy for those who own Marshawn Lynch. Reed and Parrish have little upside to be regular Fantasy receivers and Schouman isn't productive enough for Fantasy use. The Bills play at the Dolphins in Week 8.
News: Buffalo WR Justin Jenkins and TE Derek Schouman played in Week 5's loss to the Cardinals but did not record any stats.
Analysis: None of the aforementioned players have any Fantasy relevance at this time. The Bills have a bye in Week 6.
News: Bills RB Derek Schouman caught one pass for 21 yards in Week 4 against St. Louis.
Analysis: For Schouman, it was just his second catch of the season. He isn't going to be featured in the offense this season and should not be owned in Fantasy.
News: Bills backup QB J.P. Losman, WR Justin Jenkins, H-back Derek Schouman and rookie WR James Hardy were all active for Week 3 vs. Oakland but did not record an offensive statistic.
Analysis: Of these players, only Hardy is worth some consideration in deep dynasty/keeper leagues since he's got plenty of long-term potential to be solid. The Bills play at the Rams in Week 4.
News: Bills RB Derek Schouman caught one pass for 11 yards in Week 2 at Jacksonville.
Analysis: Schouman is not going to get many planned touches in the Bills' offense and is not a player who can be considered useful in Fantasy leagues.
News:The Sports Xchange notes, Bills TE Derek Schouman, recovering from a knee injury, practiced in pads for a second time this week and will play Sunday against Seattle. The second-year pro is the only healthy backup to Robert Royal.
Analysis: Schouman is healthy, yes. A viable Fantasy player? Not really. As Royal's backup, Schouman doesn't figure to be a Fantasy option.
News: Buffalo Bills tight end Derek Schouman missed practice Sunday and is out indefinitely with a strained left knee, all but ending his chance to win the starting job out of training camp. Coach Dick Jauron said trainers informed him that it will be weeks before Schouman is expected to be cleared for practice, meaning the player likely will miss the Bills' two final preseason games. "It's not good, but it could have been worse," Jauron said. Schouman was hurt when a teammate was knocked into him while covering a kickoff in the second quarter of Buffalo's 24-21 preseason victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. He limped off the field and did not return. The Bills' 2007 seventh-round draft pick out of Boise State, Schouman had three catches for 19 yards in three games as a rookie. His season ended in mid-November when he was placed on injured reserve after hurting his calf.
Analysis: This is a tough break for Schouman but Bills TE Robert Royal was looking like a sure bet to win the starting job anyway. Schouman will now have trouble getting back into playing shape before the regular season opens and is definitely somebody to avoid in Fantasy.
News: If Buffalo is locked in a tight end battle between Robert Royal and Derek Schouman, Royal took a giant step ahead of Schouman after Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers. Royal caught two passes for 20 yards, both went for touchdowns from starter Trent Edwards. Schouman did not play in the game.
Analysis: Look for Royal to remain the starter at tight end, but the Bills passing game doesn't involve the tight end enough to consider Royal a starting Fantasy option. Still, Royal looked like Edwards' favorite target on Thursday. You can ignore Royal in most leagues at this time, but keep an eye on him as a waiver wire pickup if he does well during the year.
News: In his first two seasons with the Bills, TE Robert Royal was the unquestioned starter. But second-year pro Derek Schouman is mounting a serious challenge in training camp, reports the Buffalo News. The Bills also added Derek Fine in the draft and signed veteran free agent Courtney Anderson. Royal, 30, is entering his seventh NFL season. He was far from his best in 2007 when a nagging knee problem hampered his performance and forced him to have offseason surgery. Royal's rehabilitation prevented him from participating in team drills during the offseason. That opened the door for Schouman, who looked good in the spring and has split most of the first-team snaps with Royal during the first week of training camp.
Analysis: The Bills do little with their tight ends, so Schouman will likely not do much for your Fantasy team even if he wins the job. Ignore him in all drafts this year.
News: Buffalo rookie TE Derek Schouman did little as a rookie free agent for the Bills in 2007. He appeared in three games with one start and had three catches for 19 yards. His season ended in November when he was placed on injured reserve with a hurt ankle.
Analysis: Schouman has minimal Fantasy value. He is more of a blocker and special teams player for the Bills and should not be drafted in any Fantasy leagues.
News: For the Buffalo Bills, third QB Gibran Hamdan (coach's decision), TE Matt Murphy (calf), TE Derek Schouman (ankle), RB Fred Jackson (coach's decision), DB Ashton Youboty (ankle), LB Leon Joe (coach's decision) and DL Jason Jefferson (coach's decision) were all named inactive for their Week 10 game at Miami. For the Dolphins, DB Travares Tillman (knee), LB Zach Thomas (migraines), RB Samkon Gado (coach's decision), WR Kerry Reed (coach's decision), DL Anthony Bryant (coach's decision), DL Derreck Robinson (coach's decision) and DL Rob Ninkovich (coach's decision) were also all named inactive.
Analysis: Thomas is the only player in this list with any Fantasy value, and he was already declared out earlier this week. Bench the stellar LB in all formats.
News: Bills rookie TE Derek Schouman's season ended Thursday when he became the 10th player placed on Buffalo's injured reserve list. Coach Dick Jauron said tests revealed Schouman is expected to miss up to seven weeks after a serious high right ankle sprain in a 33-21 win over Cincinnati last weekend. The first of Buffalo's two seventh-round draft picks, Schouman had been a solid blocker in three games since being promoted from the practice squad. He also had three catches for 10 yards.
Analysis: Schouman has no Fantasy value and should not be owned in any leagues.
News: FB/TE Derek Schouman caught two passes for 10 yards in Buffalo's 33-21 win over the Bengals in Week 9.
Analysis: Schouman mostly blocks and doesn't see throws come his way often. He has no value in Fantasy when the Bills visit Miami in Week 10.
News: Bills TE Derek Schouman caught a nine-yard pass Week 8 at the N.Y. Jets.
Analysis: Schouman mostly blocks and doesn't see throws come his way often. He has no value in Fantasy when the Bills host the Bengals in Week 9.
News: Bills TE Robert Royal, WR Roscoe Parrish, WR Justin Jenkins, TE Derek Schouman, TE Ryan Neufield and QB J.P. Losman all dressed but failed to record an offensive stat Week 7 against the Ravens.
Analysis: Losman was out of the lineup the last few weeks because of an injury, but now that he is healthy, he is backing up rookie Trent Edwards. He will only gain Fantasy value if something happens to Edwards. Royal is a starter for the Bills, but Buffalo doesn't utilize their tight ends enough in the passing game. Most of these players have little to no Fantasy value heading into Week 8 against the Jets.
News: The Buffalo Bills signed tight end Derek Schouman off the practice squad after releasing backup defensive tackle Tim Anderson on Saturday.
Analysis: Schouman's promotion was partly because of the decision to move fourth-string tight end Matt Murphy to offensive tackle this week. The Bills do not have a fullback on their roster, using their tight end as an H-back. Don't worry about adding Schouman in any Fantasy league.
News: The Bills signed seven players to their practice squad Sunday. It's a group that includes rookie TE Derek Schouman, the first of Buffalo's two seventh-round draft picks, who returns a day after he was among 20 players the Bills cut to determine their 53-man regular-season roster. Five other players Buffalo released Saturday were also signed to the practice squad, including WRs Justin Jenkins and Scott Mayle and DL Corey Mace. Rounding out the squad is DB Jon Corto, who had been released by the Bills earlier in the week.
Analysis: None of these players should be drafted in any Fantasy league this year because their playing time will be limited.
News: On Saturday, the Bills let go of: RB Shaud Williams, backup QB Craig Nall, DB Riley Swanson, LB Thaddaeus Washington, veteran LS Mike Schneck, OL Terrance Pennington, TE Derek Schouman, WR Freddie Smith, WR Justin Jenkins, DT Corey Mace, WR Scott Mayle, OL Nevin McCaskill, Corey Davis, OL Christian Gaddis, LB Kevin Harrison, S Trevor Hooper, DE C.J. Ah You, CB Eric Bassey, TE Brad Cieslak and WR Jemalle Cornelius.
Analysis: Williams was battling for the backup RB job behind Marshawn Lynch and Anthony Thomas, but Fred Jackson's preseason play ended that. Nall was bumped by rookie QB Trent Edwards, who will back up J.P. Losman. Everyone else on this list shouldn't be touched in Fantasy play until they sign elsewhere and fall into regular playing time.
News: Tight end Derek Schouman signed Monday with the Buffalo Bills. Schouman, a seventh-round selection, was a four-year starter at Boise State. He's the third of the Bills seven draft picks to sign with the team.
Analysis: Schouman will provide organizational depth and work on special teams. He's not considered useful for Fantasy play.
News: Aside from first-round pick RB Marshawn Lynch, the Bills' 2007 draft class includes: Penn State LB Paul Posluszny, Stanford QB Trent Edwards, Fresno State RB Dwayne Wright, Wyoming FS John Wendling, Boise State FB Derek Schouman and Oklahoma DE C.J. Ah You.
Analysis: Posluszny already appears to be a starter in the Bills' defense and is worth a look at a low-end No. 3 Fantasy LB since he'll play on the outside. Edwards should ride the pine all season long as is only worth a late look in dynasty leagues. Wright is a power back who could be in line to get some goal-line carries if he has a strong training camp and preseason. The rest of the players will provide depth and shouldn't be considered for Fantasy use.