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TE Ben Watson - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 253Born: 12-18-1980College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 32

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Ben Watson is in the final season of his three-year deal from March 2013 and provides them a solid veteran presence as the back-up. Watson, the former first rounder drafted by New England in 2004, had several productive seasons for the Patriots and Browns and has 360 career receptions for 4,138 yards and 32 TDs. Watson's physical skills are not what they were as he enters his 12th NFL season at the age of 34, but he has always been a smart consistent player. He scored an amazing 48 on the wonderlic test, which was the highest score among NFL players at the time. His durability is a concern at his age, but he has missed only one game in two years with the Saints. (July 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 40, 28, 30, 30, 32, 36, 37
TE Redraft PPR - 39, 29, 30, 30, 31, 34, 34, 37, 40
TE Dynasty - 54, 41, 45

Stats and Projections

2012 CLE 16 49 501 3
2013 NO 15 19 226 2
2014 NO 16 20 136 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 26 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 30 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 36 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 17 * *

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Latest News

Saints | Benjamin Watson to start? (Fri Jul 24, 06:15 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson is slated to start at tight end over TE Josh Hill, according to Mike Triplett of

Our View: Watson is a good all-around tight end, but he's not much of an option for fantasy owners. Hill can make some plays here and there in a part-time role.
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Saints | New Orleans TE committee likely (Mon Jul 20, 08:47 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill and TE Benjamin Watson will likely be used in a committee to supplement the team's offense after TE Jimmy Graham was traded.

Our View: No matter who is the starter, they won't see as many targets as Jimmy Graham did during his time in New Orleans. We have an appreciation for the Idaho State product, and Hill has proven in limited time that he can make some big plays (and catch touchdowns) here and there. Hill should get every opportunity to prove himself in a larger role this year, but TEBC isn't something fantasy owners should be getting themselves involved in. Let's see how things shake out in training camp and the preseason.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Arizona Cardinals
2vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs New York Giants
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Washington Redskins
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12@ Houston Texans
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Detroit Lions
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Atlanta Falcons