WR Sammy Watkins - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-14-1993||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Watkins didn't do anything against Jalen Ramsey, but he wasn't expected to. Don't look for much against Patrick Peterson this week, either. About half of his matchups after the Week 8 are worth targeting, so don't drop him.
Week 7: vs Arizona Cardinals
FBG says: Good matchup. Jared Goff and the Rams had a tough time through the air last week against one of the league's top pass defenses in Jacksonville. Goff completed only 52.4% of his 21 pass attempts for 124 yards and one touchdown. Both the passing yards and attempts were season-lows as the Rams smartly ran their offense through Todd Gurley due to the tough matchup through the air. Goff has now had two very tough matchups in a row, amassing only one touchdown to two interceptions in his past two games after starting hot with a six-to-one touchdown to interception ratio through his first three games. It is still painfully apparent that Goff and Sammy Watkins are far from on the same page, as Watkins was only targeted four times here, hauling in one for 11 yards. Robert Woods led the team in receiving as he finished with five receptions for 70 yards. Cooper Kupp only managed two receptions for 35 yards, while tight end Tyler Higbee fell off the map from his big outing in Week 5, failing to gain a single this past week as he hauled in one reception for no gain. The Cardinals secondary was taken advantage of late in the game last week as they contributed to allowing 33 points from the Buccaneers in the second half, almost leading to a Buccaneers comeback win. This secondary has been relatively overrated all year long as they have really struggled at cornerback outside of Patrick Peterson. Both Justin Bethel and Tyrann Mathieu have struggled mightily, both allowing some of the highest yards per route run in the league. While Patrick Peterson has performed admirably this year, he has been dealing with a quadriceps injury that was re-aggravated last week as he was forced to leave in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals have also struggled in rushing the passer this year as they have only notched 11 sacks, tied for fourth lowest in the league. Look for Sammy Watkins to have a great chance at a bounce-back game here as he should draw coverage from Justin Bethel, while Robert Woods is the likely candidate for drawing Patrick Peterson.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 6 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins was unable to get anything going in this game as he was matched up against A.J. Bouye for most of this game. Watkins was on the field for 81% of the plays indicating he will continue to have a big role in this offense, but this was a situation in which the matchup, as well as the game script, took him out of this game in a tough matchup.
2017 Week 5 vs SEA (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins continues to be an enigma in the Rams' offense. After breaking out for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, Watkins has one catch for 17 yards in the past two games combined. Today Watkins had four targets and was unable to catch any of them. The biggest opportunity came on the final drive when Goff tried to connect with Watkins on a deep go route down the sideline. Today was a mixture of an inaccurate Goff and lock down coverage by Richard Sherman. Watkins is not going to have any easier of a day against Jacksonville next week.
2017 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
After having a terrific game last week, Watkins was largely a non-factor in this game as he was targeted just twice in this game and only caught one pass very late in the game. Watkins was on the field for 87% of the team's snaps which indicates that he is still a large part of this offense, he was just unable to get open in this game as the Rams primarily utilized Todd Gurley and the slot receivers in this game.
2017 Week 3 vs SF (7 / 6 / 106 / 2 rec)
Sammy Watkins finally delivered in a big way for the Rams after a relatively slow start to the 2017 season. Watkins who caught six of his seven targets had two touchdowns was used in all facets of the route tree as he ran hitches on the outside, slants over the middle and a go route in which Goff hit him on a perfectly thrown ball that Watkins caught over his shoulder in full speed. Both of Watkins touchdowns were over the middle one on a slant and the other on a hitch route in which he pushed his way into the end zone for a touchdown. One Watkins did leave this game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins was largely disappointing in this game outside of a 28 yard pass completion on an in route where he was able to stop make the defender miss and cut back outside for an additional 15 yards after the catch. Watkins was targeted just twice in this game and was not shadowed by Josh Norman.
2017 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins played a role that we are typically not used to seeing him in, as he was used in short to intermediate routes in this game. He was able to catch all five of his targets including a 24 yard reception where Watkins made a nice adjustment to his route 14 yards downfield to find the soft spot in the zone defense and was able to run for an additional 10 yards after the catch.
Latest NewsRams | Sammy Watkins confused about recent role? (Tue Oct 10, 12:40 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WRs Sammy Watkins was held without a reception on four targets in Week 6 and has one catch on six targets for 17 yards over his past two games. Watkins expressed his displeasure on social media by saying, 'Something (has to) be going on,' prompting a discussion with head coach Sean McVay on Monday, Oct. 9. Our View: Confused is never the way fantasy owners want their WRs to describe their role on offense. Watkins is upset with his role after only getting targeted six times over the last two games. We'll see if the Rams make a concentrated effort to get Watkins more involved. This week, the Rams are playing the Jaguars in a tough matchup for the passing game. This current role and that matchup make Watkins a lower end fantasy option in Week 6. He's a WR3 or flex play, but we'd recommend sitting him until we things shake out.
link to story Rams | Friday injury report for Rams (Fri Oct 6, 05:09 PM) - Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Oct. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 5. OG Jamon Brown (groin) was limited in practice and is listed as questionable. LB Connor Barwin (non-injury), C John Sullivan (non-injury), WR Sammy Watkins (illness) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) fully practiced and have been removed from the report. link to story Rams | Sammy Watkins back at practice (Thu Oct 5, 07:45 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 5. link to story
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