The Buffalo Bills got back on the winning track on Sunday evening, as they knocked off the New York Jets, 32-6. Josh Allen had a big game through the air, as he was 20 of 32 for 275 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.
He had a new favorite target on Sunday evening, as Khalil Shakir had three catches for 115 yards and one touchdown. The score was a huge play for the Bills, as Shakir’s 81-yard catch and run helped put the Jets away for good.
Is this a sign of things to come, and should fantasy football managers sign him off the waiver wire?
Should Khalil Shakir Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 12?
For the first time in a while Sunday, the Bills resembled the team that has been a Super Bowl contender the past few seasons. The defense was outstanding, and the offense was very balanced and explosive. I know it was against the New York Jets, but this team just needed to regain some confidence.
Outside of Stefon Diggs, the receiving corps is a boom-or-bust group. They can score on a deep play at any moment, but there are also plenty of occasions where their production is lacking. While Shakir’s performance stood out Sunday, don’t make the move and sign him off the waiver wire.
First, consider the state of Sunday’s opponent.
In watching the Week 11 clash play out, it was evident the ineptitude of Jets offense is prompting frustration on the part of the team’s defense. There were multiple skirmishes, late hits, and even post-game fights between the Jets and Bills. This wasn’t your normal Jets defense, so we can’t overstate the performance.
Another reason to avoid Shakir is the Bills’ upcoming schedule.
Buffalo’s next three opponents are the Philadelphia Eagles (road), the Kansas City Chiefs (road), and the Dallas Cowboys (home). There’s a Week 13 bye between the matchups against the two Super Bowl LVII participants, but the Bills are going to be up against some great defenses moving forward.
Allen isn’t likely to be focusing on Shakir in clutch situations during those games. At best, he is the fourth receiving option on the team, and realistically, he is probably fifth when factoring in James Cook.
Prior to Sunday’s performance, Shakir had 18 catches for 133 yards and zero touchdowns on the season. If you didn’t see today’s game, you very likely wouldn’t be giving Shakir a second thought in terms of a waiver pickup.
It was a great game, but nothing more. There are other receivers on the waiver wire who are more vital to their team’s success.
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