WR Sammy Watkins - Kansas City Chiefs

6-1, 211Born: 6-14-1993College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Watkins was still fine in PPR despite not getting in on the fireworks. He is still a WR1 as long as Tyreek Hill out and should go off once or twice against a depleted Ravens secondary this week.

Week 3: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. At this point, it's safe to project video-game numbers for Patrick Mahomes just about every week. The phenom has opened 2019 with performances of 378 and 443 yards, with 7 touchdowns and no turnovers along the way. Week 3 will bring a much stiffer test than the Raiders did last Sunday, but that's not prohibitive at all. Against a similar Baltimore pass defense in Week 14 of last year, Mahomes racked up 377 and 2 scores. He's as matchup-proof a QB1 as the fantasy world has ever seen; a bad statistical day for Mahomes would probably resemble a strong one for 20-25 others. His cannon arm is a perfect match for the Chiefs' explosive receiving corps, which is packed with elite foot-speed and playmaking ability. Of course, tight end Travis Kelce remains the league's best, capable of excelling both underneath and up the seams. Linebackers and tight ends make for noticeable mismatches when Kelce gets moving upfield. He's caught 10 of his 17 targets thus far and has turned them into 195 yards and a score. (Mahomes also just missed him on a wide-open touchdown in Week 1.) And each week, even with Tyreek Hill sidelined, at least one Kansas City wideout makes sure to erupt. In Week 1, Sammy Watkins totaled 198 yards and 3 scores against the Jaguars' elite cornerback duo. He's been largely forgotten behind Kelce and Hill, but remains a deadly downfield weapon, winning with both speed and underrated power. Watkins was held in check Sunday, but speedy reserve Demarcus Robinson picked up the slack and then some (6 for 172 and 2 touchdowns). Explosive rookie Mecole Hardman also made his presence felt last week, with 61 yards and a touchdown of his own. All told, it's wise not to overthink this unit in fantasy. Mahomes is performing on his level of football right now, and every receiver on the roster has a weekly path to big value. The Ravens' vaunted pass defense was solid against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals last Sunday. They registered nine hits on the rookie, sacking him three times and forcing more check-downs than Murray is used to. Most importantly, they limited the Cardinals when game flow forced them to pass. Big plays were their only undoing, with 4 different Cardinals recording at least one catch of 20+ yards. Still, this is one of football's most talented units, and there's no cause for concern. The Air Raid attack stretches defenses thin with four- and five-wide sets, and NFL teams are still learning how to work against this iteration. The secondary's depth chart is locked in, with Marlon Humphrey and Anthony Averett on the outside and Brandon Carr in the slot. Averett is the clear weak point here; he boasts far less of a track record than the others and finds himself picked on often. Humphrey is a rising star but had a handful of lapses last week against the Cardinals' spread attack. To be fair, he was playing after missing the week's practices with a back injury. Going forward, it's safe to assume this group will remain among fantasy's toughest matchups.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at JAX 65 0 0 0 11 9.0 198 3 0 37.8
2 at OAK 70 0 0 0 13 6.0 49 0 0 4.9
3 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5.3 * * * *
3 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5.4 * * * *
3 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Sammy Watkins's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs OAK (13 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)

Sammie Watkins caught six passes on 13 targets for 49 yards in the Chiefs win over the Raiders on Sunday. After setting the NFL on fire in week one, Watkins came down to earth against a Raiders secondary that was hell bent on shutting him down and allowing every other Chiefs receiver to run free all over the field. It was hardly Watkins fault that he attracted double coverage from the Raiders safety, especially over the top, but it was still shocking to see him finish with one more target than Robinson and Hardman combined, only with four less catches, 84 less yards and three less touchdowns. Watkins was essentially a decoy in this game, and Mahomes kept that going by targeting him often in the short passing game, while looking him off to go deep to his other receivers in single coverage. This was apparent on Robinson's first touchdown catch, as he ran straight down the field uncovered while the defense was shading coverage toward Kelce and Watkins. Going forward, Watkins won't attract this much attention when it is clear that the Chiefs have plenty of other pieces that can take advantage of this type of coverage.

2019 Week 1 vs JAX (11 / 9 / 198 / 3 rec)

Watkins caught nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, striking fear in the Jaguars secondary every time he touched the ball. Watkins has always been thought of as having the natural talent to be a #1 receiver, which speaks to his speed, athleticism and strong hands. His problems were not of the football variety, but more his inability to stay healthy for long periods of time. In the Chiefs offense, Watkins is a luxury that matches up with opposing #2 cornerbacks, and that usually leads to one on one coverage. Watkins has a very solid season in his first year with the Chiefs in 2018, but there was an underlying thought that Watkins still had so much more to offer the Chiefs, which would have taken the offense to a completely new level, a scary thought when you have a third year MVP at quarterback and the architect of the NFL's best offense. If week one is any indication of where the Chiefs are heading, and what role Watkins is going to play in getting them there, then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. It did not take Watkins long to set the party off for Kansas City, all of two plays actually. With the Chiefs facing a third and three from their own 32 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the Shotgun formation and pump faked to the right side before going through his progressions. After pumping to the left side, Mahomes hit Watkins over the middle at the Chiefs 40 yard line. Watkins primary defender tried to jump the route but was late getting to the ball, allowing Watkins to turn the ball up-field. At the time of Watkins catching the ball, he is surrounded in a circle by six Jaguars defenders with only DeMarcus Robinson as a capable blocker. That wasn't a problem for Houdini Watkins though, as he cut up the field and juked two Jaguars defenders out of their shoes while expertly using Robinson's block to create an angle where the Jaguars defenders could not catch him on his way to a 68 yard touchdown. Watkins next touchdown catch came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the 50 yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center with four receivers bunched in the slot on both sides, Mahomes play-action faked to Williams in the backfield and then looked off the Jaguars safeties with his eyes, drawing coverage to the left side of the field. Mahomes waited for Watkins to run a shallow crossing route from the left to the right, only the played called for Watkins to turn upfield at its apex, similar to a wheel-route. It was a genius level play call by Reid, as by the time Watkins had turned up field, there was not a Jaguar defender within 10 yards of him and a perfect lob pass made it an easy 50 yard touchdown for Watkin's second of the day. Watkins finished his day with a third touchdown catch from Mahomes, this time from three yards out with the Chiefs facing a second and goal. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, directing McCoy to motion to the left side of the formation before snapping the ball. On the right side, Watkins was lined up out wide and ran a quick drag to the middle of the field before stopping on a dime and pivoting hard to the right side of the end zone. It is a route that Travis Kelce has been using his size/speed combination to kill his defenders with the last two seasons, and Watkins performed the route in a similar fashion. Watkins quick cut gave him a step on his defender and then Mahomes threw a perfect pass out away to the sideline, which allowed Watkins to use his length to snag the touchdown catch without his defender having a chance to make a play on the ball.

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Chiefs | Three TDs for Sammy Watkins (Sun Sep 8, 04:40 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.

Our View: Watkins is healthy and the primary receiver for the Chiefs with Tyreek Hill banged up. The Chiefs offense makes it look easy out there and Watkins clearly has WR1 upside each week in this No. 1 role.
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4@ Detroit Lions
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6vs Houston Texans
7@ Denver Broncos
8vs Green Bay Packers
9vs Minnesota Vikings
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
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