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WR Sammy Watkins - Buffalo Bills

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

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Watkins had a second surgery on his foot in January 2017 after resting and playing through pain in the foot after 2016 surgery. The team has said he should be ready for training camp.
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

We're only a little into the early portions of the NFL workout programs, but Sammy Watkins is already not practicing. This isn't a total shock as Watkins had a second surgery on his foot in January after resting and playing through pain in the foot due to surgery in 2016. He should be ready for training camp, but missing 10 games in two years is concerning. How concerning? Enough to where the Bills declined to pick up his fifth year rookie option. Prior to 2016's surgery, Watkins was very productive, particularly in 2015 when he topped 1,000 yards in just 13 games. It's hard to rely on him though, and a foot is the sort of thing which can tilt a career in the wrong direction for a receiver. The fact that he needed to have a second surgery is a concern. This bears careful watching because you have to wonder if it lingers again all season. Add in a run-first offense with a premiere back to carry the ball and a young rookie receiver in Zay Jones, and Watkins could see his role reduced, even if he's healthy and if his foot is an issue, he could be left in the dust. Clearly the Bills have concerns since the declined his fifth year option - not a good sign. The ability is there - but is the health and will the opportunity be? (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 16, 9, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 21, 33
Overall Redraft - 30, 18, 21, 21, 21, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37, 37, 39, 39, 47
WR Redraft PPR - 17, 9, 12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 42
Overall Redraft PPR - 31, 18, 21, 21, 21, 25, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 35, 35, 35, 37, 39, 42, 43, 45, 46, 50
WR Dynasty - 11, 5, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17
Overall Dynasty - 13, 8, 12, 17, 17, 18

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 * * 67 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 0 * * 62 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 66 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 73 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 35
WR: 17
Overall-PPR: 36
WR-PPR: 19

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Latest News

Bills | Zay Jones call offense explosive (Sun Jun 25, 10:04 PM) - Kyle Silagyi, of Billswire/USA Today, reports Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Zay Jones has high praise for the offense. In a recent Facebook Live chat, Jones said "I would say ‘explosive,’ with all the weapons that we have right now, with Tyrod, Sammy, and [LeSean] Shady [McCoy] especially. Also ‘dominant,’ with our O-line and the running game that we have."

Our View: Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has been a part of some productive offenses, mostly during his time in Houston as OC under Gary Kubiak. The system is structured around zone blocking and play action passing. Jones finished his college career at East Carolina as the FBS all-time leader in receptions. He's clearly talented and extremely driven. If Sammy Watkins struggles with injuries again this year, Jones could have an opportunity to do more. Jones should only be a consideration for fantasy owners as a late-round lottery ticket.
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Bills | Sammy Watkins to be limited to open camp (Sun Jun 25, 08:52 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is unlikely to be ready for a full workload when training camp begins.

Our View: Watkins had surgery to repair his foot back in January. He hasn't played a full season in two years, and the Bills are wise to ease him into action. The team didn't pick up his fifth-year option, and Watkins has millions of reasons to play up to his amazing potential in a contract year.
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2017 Schedule

1vs New York Jets
2@ Carolina Panthers
3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
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7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8vs Oakland Raiders
9@ New York Jets
10vs New Orleans Saints
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12@ Kansas City Chiefs
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17@ Miami Dolphins