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TE Ben Watson - Baltimore Ravens

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

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A Pro-Bowl performer with the Saints two years ago, the aging veteran signed a lucrative free agent deal last year before tearing his Achilles in camp. Watson is practicing without restriction and the Ravens didn't add another veteran to the mix when Dennis Pitta suffered what is likely a career-ending injury.

Summary

Last preseason, Watson was looking like he was going to be the team's top tight end, but he tore his Achilles in the first preseason game. Coming off 74 receptions, 825 yards, and 7 touchdowns in 2015 with New Orleans, the injury came right in the middle of a rarely-seen late-career renaissance for a player who had just one 50+ reception season in the 11 he played prior to 2015. Watson's magical age 35 season represents 17% of his career reception total. Watson would be defying the odds if he were to come back and be a relevant tight end this season, but the team's incredibly thin depth chart will afford him the opportunity. Through most of the preseason, he's been the best passing game tight end, but the bulk of the team's production through the air will likely come via the wide receivers and Danny Woodhead. (August 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 32, 24, 24, 25, 26, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 30, 33, 33, 34, 35
TE Redraft PPR - 32, 23, 24, 24, 25, 28, 28, 30, 30, 30, 33, 33, 33, 34, 34
TE Dynasty - 53, 29, 50, 50

Stats and Projections

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2014 NO 16 20 136 2
2015 NO 16 74 825 6
2016 BAL 4 0 0 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 35 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 40 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 13 32 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 15 40 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 262
TE: 32
Overall-PPR: 255
TE-PPR: 32

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Footballguys Articles

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Post-Draft 2017 Quarterback Tier Rankings
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  Ari Ingel - August 16
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  Matt Waldman - June 26
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  Ryan Hester - August 15
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  Sigmund Bloom - August 15
Campfire Chat: Best-ball Players
  FBG Staff - August 14
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  Chad Parsons - August 13

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2017 Schedule

1@ Cincinnati Bengals
2vs Cleveland Browns
3@ Jacksonville Jaguars
4vs Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ Oakland Raiders
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Minnesota Vikings
8vs Miami Dolphins
9@ Tennessee Titans
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Green Bay Packers
12vs Houston Texans
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17vs Cincinnati Bengals