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TE Ben Watson - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 253Born: 12-18-1980College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2004

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 24): Watson had his best game of the year to date against the Falcons. He is facing the Giants in Week 3, a defense that is usually generous to the tight end. He's worth a streamer/Jordan Reed replacement start.

Week 4: at New York Giants

All TE vs NYG

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs TB 51 4 44 0 0 4.4
2 vs CLE 54 3 19 0 0 1.9
3 at ATL 45 5 71 0 0 7.1
4 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Ben Watson's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Brees has had a hard time connecting with his tight ends since Jimmy Graham left and that continued today with Watson. The entire offense struggled but these two really did not connect. A prime example is their failed touchdown connection in the first quarter. The Saints lined up in a power running set with an additional lineman reporting as eligible. Watson leaked through the blitzing linebackers into the end zone after they bit on the play action. All Brees had to do was float the ball to Watson but he over threw his tight end on what should have been an easy touch down. There is no visible yelling or discord between the two on the field or sideline, but there is clearly a disconnect between the two. Coby Fleener was run out of town after last season when he could not connect with Brees and Watson does not seem to be too far off that early this season.

2018 Week 1 vs TB (4 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

The ball was flying all over the place today, but Watson did not play a major role in that. He was targeted 4 times and hauled in every ball that came his way. He was limited to under 50-yards and almost half of his total came on a single play. Brees launched a pass 19 yards down the sideline and Watson came down with it falling forward for another 2 yards. Watson did not play a major role in the red zone and Thomas and Kamara took most of that work. Brees has historically done well with very athletic tight ends but it may take some more time to build chemistry and get Watson going.


Latest News

Saints | Benjamin Watson posts 71 yards (Sun Sep 23, 07:20 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson hauled in five receptions for 71 yards on six targets in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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