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Week 1 vs. TB
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 16 / 0 on 6 targets
Very little production for the number of targets he had. Delhomme locked in on him with 3 targets on the last drive of the 1st half and that resulted in Barber intercepting one of them and returning it all the way back to the Cleveland 3 yard line. Watson caught a few short balls and did nothing with them. Compared to Moore he looked slow however his run blocking along the line was strong and he helped a few times with some seal blocks that sprang both Hillis and Harrison so expect to see more Ben Watson in the coming weeks.
Week 2 vs. KC
Receiving: 4 / 62 / 0 on 6 targets
Exhibiting a complete turnaround from Week 1, Ben Watson hauled in four of his six targets including a 44-yard slant in which he accrued the majority of the yards by simply outrunning everyone until he was forced out of bounds. Watson remains a threat at the tight end position and he presents a big, easy target for whoever may be under center for the Browns. If he can play like this every week than maybe the Browns offense wouldn't be so bad. Ultimately it remains to be seen if Watson will be able to do this every week but until he does, he's a bit risky to roll the dice with.
Week 3 vs. BAL
Receiving: 5 / 47 / 1 on 6 targets
Watson was Seneca Wallace's early favorite target, getting a catch down the seam and also getting open close to the line of scrimmage, helping Wallace establish rhythm in the first quarter. Watson got a TD catch on a play action fake at the goal line, and also sprung Peyton Hillis's one-yard TD with a good block. He is settling to marginal fantasy value as a backup TE, but strong NFL value as a starting TE for a team that lacks weapons in the passing game.
Week 4 vs. CIN
Receiving: 6 / 60 / 0 on 10 targets
Watson could have added a 16-yard touchdown grab to his stat line but let the ball touch the ground after he caught it in the bottom corner of the end zone. Regardless, Watson still had a very nice day and is figuring to be a very key cog in the Browns ever-improving offense.
Week 5 vs. ATL
Receiving: 5 / 45 / 0 on 7 targets
Watson strangely was overlooked in favor of blocking TE Robert Royal in the first half, but once Jake Delhomme entered the game, Watson was targeted more often, although not enough to muster a solid stat line.
Week 6 vs. PIT
Receiving: 6 / 88 / 1 on 9 targets
Watson led the Browns in targets going into this game, and he extended that lead. Watson is quietly having a very productive season. After a 3 rec. 16 yds season opener, Watson hasn't had fewer than 45 yards in any game since. He seemed to be almost wide open on virtually every catch he made, which means he's running great routes and making himself available for his quarterbacks. He'll never be confused for Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates in terms of athleticism, but we've seen him perform well before during his days with New England, and that was in an offense with so many options. Based on seeing how he was used in this game, look for his production to continue. Watson could end the year with 80 catches and 800+ yards if the Browns continue to exploit his abilities.
Week 7 vs. NO
Receiving: 1 / 18 / 0 on 2 targets
After a big game against Pittsburgh, Watson only caught one ball against the Saints. However, as long as Colt McCoy is the QB, Watson will remain one of his favorite targets. As mentioned, the Browns weren't spending much time throwing the ball, and therefore Watson just didn't have the opportunities. Those will come again in future weeks.
Week 9 vs. NE
Receiving: 1 / 24 / 0 on 4 targets
Watson had few targets in this game, but has been a favourite target for McCoy up until this point. He had a pass break up on a throw behind him but was able to gain a big pass play on a corner route over the middle, exploiting the hole in the zone coverage. Watson did little else in this run heavy offense.
Week 10 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 5 / 74 / 0 on 10 targets
Watson was a favorite target of McCoy's during the second half of the game. His catches were almost all for long yardage and on one, late in the first quarter, his reception set up Peyton Hillis' touchdown. Watson was able to use his body to block out defenders and come down with the ball on many throws and was a key target to move the chains because of it.
Week 11 vs. JAX
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Watson got banged up early and was in and out of this game, targeted very infrequently, although he was the intended receiver on the game's final offensive play for Cleveland, a ball that was deflected and intercepted by Sean Considine.
Week 12 vs. CAR
Receiving: 4 / 40 / 0 on 5 targets
Watson would have had a touchdown if Peyton Hillis could throw the ball as accurately as a typical high school QB. He also had a few good catches on early drives, one in the red zone that preceded Evan Moore's fumble. Watson's upside isn't that high, but he is regularly involved in the offense as much as all but the elite fantasy TEs.
Week 13 vs. MIA
Receiving: 10 / 100 / 1 on 11 targets
In the first half, Watson was targeted often but was also quite well covered, limiting his yardage. But in the second half, Delhomme was able to use play action effectively, which gave Watson a little more room to work, and he took advantage. On the Browns lone touchdown drive, Watson was instrumental with three catches, including a quick hit for the score. Delhomme pretty much locked on to Watson and Massaquoi as his only downfield targets. Watson has been productive with three different quarterbacks this year, but lately has been slowed by an ankle injury. He looks to be back to form just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Week 14 vs. BUF
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Watson's value seems very diminished on the Delhomme-led offense.
He only pulled down one reception and was a non-factor the rest of the day.
Week 15 vs. CIN
Receiving: 7 / 92 / 0 on 7 targets
Watson finished the game as the leading pass catcher for the Browns, but that was more for his ability to make the solid catches in traffic and act as a safety valve for his young QB. His bread and butter play was to start off on the line of scrimmage and scrape behind the defensive line, in front of the LB corps. McCoy would hit him in stride and he'd head toward the sideline, hoping to make the corner and get away from the LBS. He worked this play several times and was able to keep the ball moving for the Browns. On the final drive of the game, Watson was targeted on McCoy's first three passes, the last of which was a beautiful 24 yard bomb down the middle of the field. McCoy pump-faked and the LB bit on the play. Watson was able to get behind them and McCoy laid it in there perfectly for him. It set up the TD pass to Robiskie on the next play.
Week 16 vs. BAL
Receiving: 3 / 22 / 0 on 5 targets
Ben Watson has done a really good job for the Browns at tight end this season. In this game he provided a nice target for McCoy to throw to on his three receptions. Watson caught a short pass and dove over the top of a defender to ensure he got the first down. It was a great effort by the tight end, who had been shaken up just a few plays earlier.
Week 17 vs. PIT
Receiving: 7 / 67 / 0 on 12 targets
Watson continued to show the he's McCoy's favorite target. In the previous game against Pittsburgh, he went for over 100 yards and had a touchdown --- meaning that two of his best games came against a very strong defense. For a player who wasn't highly-utilized in New England, Watson has shown his ability to get open and catch passes in Cleveland's offense this year. He's a weapon worth holding on to for them in the off-season.