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WR Sammy Watkins - Kansas City Chiefs

6-1, 211Born: 6-14-1993College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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Summary

Although Watkins joins a team with top producers at wide receiver, tight end, and running back, it's worth considering that he has the upside to deliver top-12 production at his position this. The Bills and Rams employed a limited game plan with Watkins, leaning on his vertical game to stretch the field and set up underneath routes. Watkins has the skills to get open on a wider variety of routes than he's been used and because Chiefs' offense will be working with new starter Patrick Mahomes, it's possible that Mahomes will lean on different targets than predecessor Alex Smith. At the same time, if Watkins plays split end in this spread offense that ran a lot of concepts to get the slot receiver, tight end, or running back up the seam or catching the ball on the move across the field, Watkins could remain a big-play fantasy option with less weekly consistency in fantasy leagues. It's more likely that Conley remains a split end, which will mean Watkins and Hill will alternate between flanker and slot--two roles that often have strong production in the spread offense. (May 12)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 29, 21, 24, 24, 27, 27, 29, 29, 29, 30, 32, 33, 33, 34, 36, 44, 44, 60
Overall Redraft - 76, 52, 52, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 29, 21, 24, 24, 27, 27, 29, 29, 29, 30, 32, 33, 33, 34, 36, 44, 44, 60
Overall Redraft PPR - 76, 52, 52, 60
WR Dynasty - 22, 17, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 20, 32, 40
Overall Dynasty - 50, 33, 42, 48, 63

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 BUF 13.0 1.0 1 0.0 96 60.0 1047 9.0
2016 BUF 9.0 0.0 0 0.0 52 28.0 430 2.0
2017 LAR 15.0 0.0 0 0.0 70 39.0 593 8.0
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 1.0 * * 57.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.0 2.0 * * 59.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 14.0 0.0 * * 53.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 0.0 * * 51.3 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 39
WR: 16
Overall-PPR: 68
WR-PPR: 28

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Footballguys Articles

Free Agency Roundtable: Butterfly Effects
  Phil Alexander - April 4
Free Agency Roundtable: Sammy Watkins and Patrick Mahomes
  Phil Alexander - March 25
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: May - Footballguys
  Dan Hindery - May 2
2018 Draft First Round Winners and Losers
  Sigmund Bloom - April 27
FBG Staff Roundtable: Best Ball Options
  Justin Howe - April 23
The Week in NFL News - 4/12
  Sigmund Bloom - April 12
The Week in NFL News - 4/5
  Sigmund Bloom - April 5
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: April
  Dan Hindery - April 1
The Week in NFL News - 3/29
  Sigmund Bloom - March 29
2018 NFL Free Agency Winners and Losers
  Alessandro Miglio - March 25

Latest News

Chiefs | Sammy Watkins wows in OTAs (Sat May 26, 12:04 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins made multiple one-handed catches during OTAs Thursday, May 24.

Our View: Watkins is making a strong impression with his new team. He should become a favorite target of QB Patrick Mahomes, especially because of his ball-tracking ability. Watkins has 'late hands' which means he doesn't tip off a pass is coming in until the last minute. Staying healthy has been a problem, and that durability problem is cooked into his current ADP of WR34 (7.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Chiefs | Demarcus Robinson to emerge in 2018? (Thu May 17, 10:58 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson's rapport with QB Patrick Mahomes and the presence of WR Tyreek Hill and WR Sammy Watkins on the outside should allow him to exploit defenses underneath this season, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

Our View: It's hard to say exactly how much faith to put in second-year quarterback Mahomes. This sounds promising, but let's see this against actual defenders before we get too excited. That said it's worth noting even this early on, especially for those of you who own Mahomes in Dynasty leagues.
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2018 Schedule

1@ Los Angeles Chargers
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs San Francisco 49ers
4@ Denver Broncos
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Arizona Cardinals
11@ Los Angeles Rams
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Oakland Raiders
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17vs Oakland Raiders