TE Ben Watson - Baltimore Ravens
|6-3, 253||Born: 12-18-1980||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 32|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Watson lost all streamer appeal with his zero in Week 14. He has good matchups against the Browns and Colts the next two weeks, but can't be trusted.
Week 15: at Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Good matchup. Simply put, Joe Flacco is having his worst year of his career as he is averaging just 185 yards passing per game and has only 13 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. However, over the last two weeks, he has started to look better as he has thrown for 269 yards and two touchdowns in each of his last two games. A big reason for the improved play is that the success of Alex Collins and the running game is setting up the pass as Flacco is using play-action more to set up Mike Wallace deep downfield. The Browns secondary started off this season as one of the top units however this is quickly changing as over the last five games they have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The problem for the Browns is the number of touchdowns that they are allowing as they have allowed ten passing touchdowns over that stretch which is tied for third worst in the NFL. They also have been failing to get interceptions as they do not have an interception in their last four games. This is a secondary that the individual parts are better than the collective whole as Jason McCourty and Briean Boddy-Calhoun both have played well this season, but with how much the Browns run zone defenses it leaves them exposed as their safeties and linebackers have struggled in coverage this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 13 vs DET (5 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
Ben Watson came wide open off of play action running a shallow cross for an 18 yard gain. Watson again got open off of play action for a 1 yard touchdown. Watson made a physical play to pick up 5 yards on 3rd and 4 against tight coverage. Ben Watson dropped what would have been at least a 15 yard gain.
2017 Week 12 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson made a nice back shoulder catch down the seam for 16 yards. Watson made his second catch running a curl and got up field for 10 yards. Watson caught a dump off from Flacco for 3 yards.
2017 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson saw a high volume of underneath targets and was largely unproductive. Watson beat his man over the middle and picked up 13 yards on 3rd and 8. Ben Watson made an impressive athletic play to haul in a 16 yard completion. Watson made a 6 yard catch to convert a 4th down and short.
2017 Week 8 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
Watson caught his first target in the flat for 4 yards. Ben Watson came wide open for an easy 2 yard touchdown with Kiko Alonso in coverage. Watson was again targeted in the end zone but Mallett's pass was deflected.
2017 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson beat his man down the seam and connected with Flacco for 20 yards. Watson had three catches on the Ravens final possession with game well out of hand including the 20 yard gain.
2017 Week 6 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was used on a number of short passes but was unable to create any yards after the catch. Watson had a potential touchdown hit his hands but the pass was knocked away by Kyle Fuller. Watson made a nice catch in traffic for a 13 yard gain.
2017 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was targeted on two consecutive plays in the end zone but both passes fell incomplete. Flacco missed Watson who was wide open 10 yard downfield. This was the first time this season Watson and Flacco did not appear to be on the same page.
2017 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson continues to function as security blanket over the middle for Flacco. Watson showed his ability to make contested catches over the middle and Flacco showed willingness to target Watson in tight coverage. Watson made his first catch releasing in the flat off play action for 9 yards. Watson gained 5 yards running a quick out route against the blitz. Watson left the game following the play and was evaluated for a concussion but returned to action. Watson made a nice grab over the middle with Ryan Shazier in tight coverage. Watson made another nice contested catch for an 11 yard gain. Watson picked up 8 yards making a catch underneath.
2017 Week 3 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 12 / 1 rec)
Ben Watson made a 4 yard catch to pick up the Ravens first first down. Watson had a 7 yard catch negated by penalty. Watson outflanked his man off of play action and caught a 6 yard touchdown from Ryan Mallett late in the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs CLE (8 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson stepped into the Dennis Pitta role and provided Flacco with a matchup weapon against linebackers as the Browns sold out to stop the Ravens run game. Watson picked up 13 yards releasing into the flat off of play action. Watson showed the ability to improvise with Flacco working to sideline after initially being covered and hauling in a leaping 20 yard reception. Watson picked up 23 more yards as the Browns brought heavy pressure and left Watson uncovered down the seam. Watson ran a nice double move over the middle for 13 yards. Watson converted a 3rd and 6 with a nice contested catch for 7 yards. Watson beat his man to the sideline running an out route for 12 yards.
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