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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 - 26, 16, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 26, 28, 29, 29, 30, 33, 37, 43
Overall Redraft - 61, 39, 44, 50, 50, 54, 59
WR Redraft PPR - 27, 19, 20, 26, 26, 28, 28, 29, 31, 31, 31, 33, 36, 40, 42, 46
Overall Redraft PPR - 68, 36, 50, 58
WR Dynasty - 22, 17, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 20, 23, 32, 40
Overall Dynasty - 51, 33, 42, 43, 48, 50, 66

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 BUF 13 1 1 0 96 60 1047 9
2016 BUF 9 0 0 0 52 28 430 2
2017 LAR 15 0 0 0 70 39 593 8
2018 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 1.0 * * 57.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.0 3.0 * * 60.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 14.0 0.0 * * 53.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 0.0 * * 51.8 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 68
WR: 27
Overall-PPR: 67
WR-PPR: 28

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