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WR Sammy Watkins - Los Angeles Rams

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

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Watkins was a top seven PPR receiver in the second half of 2015 - the last time he was healthy. He has the potential to be the #1 scoring wideout in any given week. His injury history is disturbing, but the depth at wide receiver and ability to take cheap solid scorers late in your draft make Watkins a good "swing for the fences" option in the third round.

Summary

Watkins is now a Ram, and while Tyrod Taylor isn't a huge fantasy value creator for wide receivers, Jared Goff has to be considered even more of a ceiling capper, especially because the Rams have a better supporting cast of targets. His value is down after the trade, and it will take a bit for ADP to adjust. His foot did look sound in the preseason opener and his injury risk should be considered lower than it was before we saw him. (August 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 19, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 16, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 35, 39
Overall Redraft - 38, 22, 25, 28, 30, 32, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 54, 55
WR Redraft PPR - 21, 12, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 17, 20, 20, 20, 25, 25, 25, 25, 28, 29, 30, 30, 37, 42
Overall Redraft PPR - 39, 22, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33, 37, 39, 42, 43, 43, 46, 52, 52, 55, 60, 60
WR Dynasty - 10, 5, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16
Overall Dynasty - 16, 8, 17, 19, 21, 23, 30

Stats and Projections

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2014 BUF 16 2 8 0 128 65 982 6 1
2015 BUF 13 1 1 0 96 60 1047 9
2016 BUF 9 0 0 0 52 28 430 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 70 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 0 * * 60 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 0 * * 61 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 60 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 51
WR: 23
Overall-PPR: 55
WR-PPR: 26

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Latest News

Rams | Sammy Watkins expected to play Saturday (Mon Aug 14, 09:56 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins is expected to play in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Saturday, Aug. 14, according to head coach Sean McVay.

Our View: Watkins is getting a fresh start with his new team. So long as he is healthy, Watkins can be a primary weapon for second-year QB Jared Goff. He's WR23 (4.11) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.
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Rams | Sammy Watkins expects big plays (Sat Aug 12, 11:53 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins said he can be 'that home-run guy' for the offense.

Our View: Watkins should become a favorite target of second-year QB Jared Goff. We could see him snaring 60-70 catches with his new team...if healthy. Watkins has been banged up quite a bit as a pro and hasn't played a full 16-game season since his rookie year in 2014.
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Rams | Sammy Watkins may receive long-term deal (Fri Aug 11, 05:24 PM) - Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said the team is interested in signing WR Sammy Watkins to a long-term contract since he is entering the last year of his contract. The two sides have not had contract talks at this point.

Our View: Watkins is in the final year of his contract, and the Rams wouldn't have traded for him just as a rental in a year where they are unlikely to win many games. If healthy, Watkins can be a dynamic player and QB Jared Goff should work quickly to build strong chemistry with him.
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Bills | Buffalo deals Sammy Watkins to the Rams (Fri Aug 11, 01:16 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was traded along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection on Friday, Aug. 11.

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Rams | Sammy Watkins traded to LA Rams (Fri Aug 11, 01:00 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was traded along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection.

Our View: Watkins takes a hit and should get fewer targets in Los Angeles. He also gets a downgrade in deep passing at quarterback. Still, he is ultra-talented and might not be held back more than DeAndre Hopkins or Allen Robinson. The Bills have a void in the passing game now and appear to be playing for next year. Todd Gurley's outlook improves and Jared Goff becomes a lot more interesting.
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