WR Sammy Watkins - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-14-1993||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Jan 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Jan 17): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Jan 16): practiced fully on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Jan 15): said his foot feels fine following the Chiefs' divisional playoff win, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Week 20: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Patrick Mahomes has put together an MVP-caliber season with jaw-dropping statistics and a reel full of highlights as the leader of this dynamic Chiefs passing offense. He averaged nearly 320 passing yards per game in the regular season while leading the league with 50 passing touchdowns. While it has been four games since he has crossed the 300-yard mark, Mahomes did it 10 times during the regular season--including Week 6 in which he passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns on the road against the Patriots. He looked sharp last week after the bye and should be well-rested and poised for another big week at home in this one. Travis Kelce has been a favorite target of Mahomes all season, and last week was no different as Kelce looked unstoppable, leading the team with 108 receiving yards on seven receptions. Kelce's size and speed have made him one of the best tight ends in the league, and he is a mismatch for almost any defensive back lining up opposite him. Tyreek Hill is also a continuous mismatch, and he above anyone else on this offense should be looking forward to this rematch with the Patriots. Hill posted one of his biggest games of the season in Week 6 at New England, hauling in seven receptions for 142 yards and a season-high three touchdowns as he torched this secondary on multiple big plays. Another weapon that now must be accounted for is Sammy Watkins, who returned from injury in impressive fashion last week after a five-game absence. He did drop a pass and give up a fumble, but Watkins obviously integrated right back into this offense with eight targets as he hauled in six of them for 62 yards. He finished with no reported aggravation to that foot injury and should be yet another receiving threat this Patriots secondary will be tasked with managing. The Patriots man-heavy secondary has proven to be quite effective in most instances this season, particularly during the second half as top cornerback Stefon Gilmore has done an impressive job with nearly all of his assignments. They did struggle a bit with the Chargers in what was a pass-heavy game script last week, but these cornerbacks are a physical group that will constantly press opposing receivers. While effective in most cases, this play style can also yield its fair share of big plays, which is music to the ears of Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Jason McCourty should be tasked with the job of shadowing Hill this week. McCourty is definitely a difficult matchup, but nobody can match up with the speed that Hill offers. Gilmore looks to cover Watkins on most snaps. While Watkins had a quiet outing in their last meeting, he looked great in his return from injury last week and should at least tie up the attention of Gilmore if nothing else. In their last meeting, Kareem Hunt actually amassed the most receiving yards of any running back that has faced the Patriots with five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. With Damien Williams not missing a beat as Hunt's replacement, it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs scheme him in space to try and take advantage of some of the same mismatches they exploited with Hunt. Travis Kelce should also be tough for this secondary to deal with, as the Patriots have not typically fared well against talented tight ends this season. Safety Patrick Chung is giving up nearly half a foot and 50 pounds to Kelce, who caught five passes for 61 yards squaring off against Chung and company in Week 6. Earlier in the season, the Patriots also saw Trey Burton rack up 126 yards and a touchdown and Eric Ebron rack up 105 yards and two touchdowns. Even Antonio Gates find the end zone last week--albeit in garbage time. With the attention of these cornerbacks focused on the outside weapons, Kelce should be a dominant force over the middle in this matchup. All in all, Patrick Mahomes should find a way to get his yards, but the Chiefs receivers are in for some tough matchups while Kelce looks to be the likely focal point.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Sammy Watkins's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs IND (8 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Sammy Watkins caught six passes for 62 yards on eight targets in the Chiefs win over the Colts on Saturday. Watkins made his triumphant return to the Chiefs lineup after being sideline for six of the Chiefs last seven games. There was still some rust for Watkins to knock off, as he dropped a pass from Mahomes in the first half that would have gone for a long gain, and he was stripped by Darius Leonard on a catch and run that resulted in a fumble and the Chiefs losing the football. With that said, it was hard not to see the impact that Watkins can have on the Chiefs offense, as he has the talent of a #1 receiver and can turn out big plays after the catch. The Chiefs missed that ability as a complimentary receiver to Hill and Kelce, but they are now completely healthy for their game against the Patriots next weekend for the AFC Championship.
2018 Week 11 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Watkins caught one pass for four yards on target in the Chiefs loss to the Rams on Monday night. Watkins is still nursing the injury that kept him out last week, and in his place, Chris Conley filled in very well, catching two touchdown passes.
2018 Week 9 vs CLE (5 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Watkins caught five passes for 62 yards on five targets, while also rushing once for two yards. Mahomes kept the Browns secondary honest by spreading the ball around to all his receivers, but it is worth mentioning that Watkins tied for the second most targets after Kelce. Watkins has been asked to run a lot of short and intermediate routes, which was exactly where his yardage came from in this game. He failed to make much of an impact, but it is encouraging that he is seeing consistent targets week to week while also catching a large percentage of those targets.
2018 Week 8 vs DEN (9 / 8 / 107 / 2 rec)
Watkins caught eight of nine targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. If there was one key factor on that night that told you the story of how the Chiefs shredded the Broncos secondary, it was Sammy Watkins repeatedly running wild in the middle of the field. Thanks to a large compliment of double-moves that set up his crossing patterns, as well as the pace that he used to set up each part of those routes, Watkins was open so often and with so much room in between he and his next defender, that it was a wonder Watkins did not finish with even more yardage on the night. His YAC (yards after the catch) total was 45 yards, but that is a little deceiving because he was getting the ball down the field more than your average shallow crossing route would lead you to believe. Watkins first touchdown catch came on a five yard route where he sat down and faced Mahomes while chopping his feet like he would be heading to the outside of the field. As soon as his defender gave the slightest inkling that he was biting on the fake, Watkins accelerated hard to the middle of the field where Mahomes found him in stride coming over the middle. From there, all Watkins had to do was angle his lead shoulder down the field and run into the end zone untouched. Watkins second touchdown catch came with the Chiefs set up at the 10 yard line on a first and ten. This time Watkins was lined up on the far left hash and ran a shallow drag route all the way across the formation. With the Chiefs using the perfect personal group to spread the Broncos out wide, by the time Watkins exceeded the offensive line out wide, he was wide open without a defender in space. Mahomes dumped it off to him and Watkins easily scored his second touchdown of the game.
2018 Week 7 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)
Watkins caught four of seven targets for 74 yards in the Chiefs win over the Bengals on Sunday night. Despite having the second most targets on the team, trailing only Hill, Watkins was not much of a difference maker on a night when the Chiefs were moving the ball at will. This was true despite the fact that Watkins nearly had a 100 yard receiving night, as he had a 25 yard catch reversed on a third and 17 that led to a missed 53 yard field goal by Harrison Butker. Watkins's biggest contribution came on a first and ten from the Chiefs own 25 yard line early in the third quarter. Mahomes found him deep down the center of the field on an underthrown ball where Watkins was able to catch it in strike heading towards to the left sideline. He then stopped on a dime and delivered a vicious stiff arm before gaining another ten or so yards for a 50 yard catch. Watkins's catch set up a touchdown run by Hunt that put the game far out of reach early in the second half.
2018 Week 6 vs NE (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Watkins caught two passes on four targets for 18 yards, while also rushing one time for a negative one yard gain. Watkins was largely silent through this game as the Chiefs struggled in the first half and Watkins was unable to secure both of his first half targets. He didn't enter the box score until a 15 yard catch late in the third quarter. Mahomes only attempted 36 passes, and the combination of Hunt and Hill made all the big plays, so Watkins meek output was more a case of him being overshadowed than anything that he did wrong. With the weapons that the Chiefs have on offense, this is bound to be the case on occasion, but Watkins should continue to be a top producer on one of, if not the best offense in football.
2018 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Watkins caught six passes for 78 yards on eight targets against the Jaguars on Sunday. After missing most of last week's game with a hamstring injury, Watkins returned against the Jaguars and looked very good against the Jaguars talented cornerbacks. Watkins long gain of the day came on a third and ten from the Jacksonville 43 yard line. Watkins lined up on the right side of the formation and ran an option route, where he had the choice of running a deep post to the sideline or settling in for a comeback route. Watkins ran his route to the outside as though he were running a post, but decided to break off his route when he saw there was no coverage in his vicinity. He settled into the soft spot in the zone and Mahomes delivered the ball after moving off the nearest defender to a shallow route by Hill, giving Watkins even more space to create after the catch. Watkins was able to gain another 15 or so yards after the catch and set up a first and goal for the Chiefs at the Jaguars 10 yard line.
2018 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watkins caught zero passes on one target in this game before leaving the game with an injury. He was unable to return and the official word on his injury is that he is questionable to play in week five, although it does look good given the fact that he was able to practice on Wednesday.
2018 Week 3 vs SF (8 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)
Watkins caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing two times for 20 yards. The Chiefs had a definite plan for Watkins when they signed him this off-season, and little by little you are starting to see why they added another high paid receiver to a group had as good a 1-2 punch at receiver and tight as any team in the league. Watkins and Hill are running similar routes in the short passing game, but Hill is seeing more routes down the field. Hill's deep routes in a way allow them to use each other--and Travis Kelce--to set up space for one another to make plays after the catch. Watkins receptions on the day were for nine, 12, nine, 15 and 10 yards. His touchdown catch showed off his run after the catch ability, and why the Chiefs want him to be a running back of sorts once he gets the ball in his hands, effectively displaying why he is running so many short, high percentage routes. Watkins lined up on the left side of the formation, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and hit Watkins perfectly in stride on a shallow slant route. Watkins made the catch and immediately made a quick move where he angled his run away from an oncoming defender. As quickly as he made that move, he made another one that angled his run down field toward the end zone. With a head of steam, Watkins hit several defenders at the three yard line, barreling through them and another defender at the one yard line to score a 12 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec, 1 / 31 / 0 rush)
Watkins caught five passes for 90 yards on seven targets, while also rushing once for 31 yards. Watkins was much more involved in the game plan this week than in week 1, and he made the most of his opportunities. Watkins saw passes in the short, intermediate and deep passing game, and was even given an end around, which he showed off his speed to the tune of a 31 yard gain that set up Hunt's touchdown reception. Watkins may be on his third team in three years, but he still has the deep speed and separation skills that made him a top receiving threat in Buffalo. This was on display early in the 1st quarter when the Steelers were playing one on one man coverage. With only one deep safety, and his defender giving him room off the line, Watkins timed his route so that he could come off the snap quickly and then throw a fake to the outside as his defender was closing in on him. Watkins gained separation easily after that and Mahomes threw him a lob pass along the sideline that went for a 40 yard gain and set up the Chiefs second touchdown.
2018 Week 1 vs LAC (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
In his Kansas City Chiefs debut, Sammy Watkins caught three passes on five targets for 21 yards. Much like the rest of the Chiefs offense, there was little need for Watkins to provide a spark, as Tyreek Hill did that all by his lonesome. Mahomes did target Watkins five times, and looked for him deep down the field on two occasions. Watkins longest catch of the day went for 16 yards up the middle of the field on a deep in-route. It was the kind of play that Watkins can make in his sleep, but it was also the type of play that the Chiefs were not getting with their previous #2 receivers. As defenses start to key in on Hill, Watkins will see plenty of single coverage. With his ability to make plays down the field, you will see Watkins splash for the Chiefs this season, it just may not be consistently with so many mouths to feed on offense.
Latest NewsChiefs | Sammy Watkins not on injury report (Fri Jan 18, 04:26 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game. Our View: Watkins is good to go for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Even if he only gets a few targets, Watkins has big-play ability and is a player the Patriots certainly have to gameplan for.
link to story Chiefs | Sammy Watkins fully practices (Thu Jan 17, 05:38 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17. Our View: Watkins can be a big play threat for the Chiefs. Even on limited snaps in extreme cold this Sunday, Watkins is a player the Patriots must gameplan for.
link to story Chiefs | Sammy Watkins has full practice (Wed Jan 16, 05:40 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jan. 16. Our View: Watkins was productive and emerged from the divisional round win with no setbacks. If he can get through the playoff season without any problems it will calm some of the fears about his long term outlook now that he has suffered yet another foot injury.
link to story Chiefs | Sammy Watkins unscathed (Mon Jan 14, 03:14 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said his foot feels fine following the Chiefs' divisional playoff win, according to head coach Andy Reid. Our View: The Chiefs were able to get Watkins on the field for the Divisional Round against the Colts where he finished with six catches for 62 yards. Watkins is sore from playing, but his foot injury did not worsen.
link to story Chiefs | Sammy Watkins turns in decent outing (Sat Jan 12, 08:19 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins hauled in six of his eight tarets for 62 yards in a divisional playoff win versus the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Jan. 12. Our View: Watkins added a significant contribution in his first game back. This should help create an optimistic end to an up and down 2018 for Watkins dynasty value.
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