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WR Sammy Watkins - Kansas City Chiefs

6-1, 211Born: 6-14-1993College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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He is listed as doubtful on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 7): did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this week. Watkins reinjured his foot in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, and will likely be sidelined four to six weeks, according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.

General News (Fri Dec 7): reinjured his foot in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. According to a source, Watkins had an MRI and the injury is expected to be "significant."

General News (Thu Dec 6): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 5): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. In his first season as a starter, Patrick Mahomes II is on pace to tie the NFL record of 55 passing touchdowns in a season set by Peyton Manning. Over his last seven games, he is averaging 4.0 passing touchdowns per game. Even without Sammy Watkins last week, the Chiefs were able to move the ball seemingly at will in this game. Mahomes' ability to keep plays alive and make accurate throws on the move is uncanny which allows the speed of the Chiefs to get open as opponents secondary can only cover for so long. Travis Kelce has been the go-to target the last two games, catching 22-of-28 targets. Alongside Kelce, Tyreek Hill had a quiet Week 13, but he narrowly missed hauling in a pair of long touchdowns and had a few critical drops which should correct itself. Sammy Watkins is questionable with a foot injury that has kept him sidelined since Week 11. In his absence, Chris Conley has been the third target that has been utilized frequently over the last two weeks with 15 targets in those games. This is a game that is matching strength against strength as the Ravens have given up the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the second-fewest passing yards and third-fewest passing touchdowns. Over the past seven games, the Ravens have allowed just 10 passing touchdowns total. Last week, Matt Ryan had thrown for at least 272 yards in every game before Baltimore held him to 131 passing yards. Simply put this is one of if not the best secondaries in football led by Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, and second year corner Marlon Humphrey who is playing at a high level. If there is one weakness on this defense, it has been Jimmy Smith who just does not look like his former self after tearing his Achilles last season and who was suspended for the first four games. Only one quarterback all season has thrown for more than 275 yards against the Ravens defense. Baltimore is tough across the board but has been especially stingy against opposing running backs (fewest fantasy points allowed) and wide receivers (second-fewest fantasy points allowed).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at LAR 5 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0.4
14 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Sammy Watkins's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 11 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Watkins caught one pass for four yards on target in the Chiefs loss to the Rams on Monday night. Watkins is still nursing the injury that kept him out last week, and in his place, Chris Conley filled in very well, catching two touchdown passes.

2018 Week 9 vs CLE (5 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Watkins caught five passes for 62 yards on five targets, while also rushing once for two yards. Mahomes kept the Browns secondary honest by spreading the ball around to all his receivers, but it is worth mentioning that Watkins tied for the second most targets after Kelce. Watkins has been asked to run a lot of short and intermediate routes, which was exactly where his yardage came from in this game. He failed to make much of an impact, but it is encouraging that he is seeing consistent targets week to week while also catching a large percentage of those targets.

2018 Week 8 vs DEN (9 / 8 / 107 / 2 rec)

Watkins caught eight of nine targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. If there was one key factor on that night that told you the story of how the Chiefs shredded the Broncos secondary, it was Sammy Watkins repeatedly running wild in the middle of the field. Thanks to a large compliment of double-moves that set up his crossing patterns, as well as the pace that he used to set up each part of those routes, Watkins was open so often and with so much room in between he and his next defender, that it was a wonder Watkins did not finish with even more yardage on the night. His YAC (yards after the catch) total was 45 yards, but that is a little deceiving because he was getting the ball down the field more than your average shallow crossing route would lead you to believe. Watkins first touchdown catch came on a five yard route where he sat down and faced Mahomes while chopping his feet like he would be heading to the outside of the field. As soon as his defender gave the slightest inkling that he was biting on the fake, Watkins accelerated hard to the middle of the field where Mahomes found him in stride coming over the middle. From there, all Watkins had to do was angle his lead shoulder down the field and run into the end zone untouched. Watkins second touchdown catch came with the Chiefs set up at the 10 yard line on a first and ten. This time Watkins was lined up on the far left hash and ran a shallow drag route all the way across the formation. With the Chiefs using the perfect personal group to spread the Broncos out wide, by the time Watkins exceeded the offensive line out wide, he was wide open without a defender in space. Mahomes dumped it off to him and Watkins easily scored his second touchdown of the game.

2018 Week 7 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)

Watkins caught four of seven targets for 74 yards in the Chiefs win over the Bengals on Sunday night. Despite having the second most targets on the team, trailing only Hill, Watkins was not much of a difference maker on a night when the Chiefs were moving the ball at will. This was true despite the fact that Watkins nearly had a 100 yard receiving night, as he had a 25 yard catch reversed on a third and 17 that led to a missed 53 yard field goal by Harrison Butker. Watkins's biggest contribution came on a first and ten from the Chiefs own 25 yard line early in the third quarter. Mahomes found him deep down the center of the field on an underthrown ball where Watkins was able to catch it in strike heading towards to the left sideline. He then stopped on a dime and delivered a vicious stiff arm before gaining another ten or so yards for a 50 yard catch. Watkins's catch set up a touchdown run by Hunt that put the game far out of reach early in the second half.

2018 Week 6 vs NE (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Watkins caught two passes on four targets for 18 yards, while also rushing one time for a negative one yard gain. Watkins was largely silent through this game as the Chiefs struggled in the first half and Watkins was unable to secure both of his first half targets. He didn't enter the box score until a 15 yard catch late in the third quarter. Mahomes only attempted 36 passes, and the combination of Hunt and Hill made all the big plays, so Watkins meek output was more a case of him being overshadowed than anything that he did wrong. With the weapons that the Chiefs have on offense, this is bound to be the case on occasion, but Watkins should continue to be a top producer on one of, if not the best offense in football.

2018 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)

Watkins caught six passes for 78 yards on eight targets against the Jaguars on Sunday. After missing most of last week's game with a hamstring injury, Watkins returned against the Jaguars and looked very good against the Jaguars talented cornerbacks. Watkins long gain of the day came on a third and ten from the Jacksonville 43 yard line. Watkins lined up on the right side of the formation and ran an option route, where he had the choice of running a deep post to the sideline or settling in for a comeback route. Watkins ran his route to the outside as though he were running a post, but decided to break off his route when he saw there was no coverage in his vicinity. He settled into the soft spot in the zone and Mahomes delivered the ball after moving off the nearest defender to a shallow route by Hill, giving Watkins even more space to create after the catch. Watkins was able to gain another 15 or so yards after the catch and set up a first and goal for the Chiefs at the Jaguars 10 yard line.

2018 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Watkins caught zero passes on one target in this game before leaving the game with an injury. He was unable to return and the official word on his injury is that he is questionable to play in week five, although it does look good given the fact that he was able to practice on Wednesday.

2018 Week 3 vs SF (8 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

Watkins caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing two times for 20 yards. The Chiefs had a definite plan for Watkins when they signed him this off-season, and little by little you are starting to see why they added another high paid receiver to a group had as good a 1-2 punch at receiver and tight as any team in the league. Watkins and Hill are running similar routes in the short passing game, but Hill is seeing more routes down the field. Hill's deep routes in a way allow them to use each other--and Travis Kelce--to set up space for one another to make plays after the catch. Watkins receptions on the day were for nine, 12, nine, 15 and 10 yards. His touchdown catch showed off his run after the catch ability, and why the Chiefs want him to be a running back of sorts once he gets the ball in his hands, effectively displaying why he is running so many short, high percentage routes. Watkins lined up on the left side of the formation, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and hit Watkins perfectly in stride on a shallow slant route. Watkins made the catch and immediately made a quick move where he angled his run away from an oncoming defender. As quickly as he made that move, he made another one that angled his run down field toward the end zone. With a head of steam, Watkins hit several defenders at the three yard line, barreling through them and another defender at the one yard line to score a 12 yard touchdown.

2018 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec, 1 / 31 / 0 rush)

Watkins caught five passes for 90 yards on seven targets, while also rushing once for 31 yards. Watkins was much more involved in the game plan this week than in week 1, and he made the most of his opportunities. Watkins saw passes in the short, intermediate and deep passing game, and was even given an end around, which he showed off his speed to the tune of a 31 yard gain that set up Hunt's touchdown reception. Watkins may be on his third team in three years, but he still has the deep speed and separation skills that made him a top receiving threat in Buffalo. This was on display early in the 1st quarter when the Steelers were playing one on one man coverage. With only one deep safety, and his defender giving him room off the line, Watkins timed his route so that he could come off the snap quickly and then throw a fake to the outside as his defender was closing in on him. Watkins gained separation easily after that and Mahomes threw him a lob pass along the sideline that went for a 40 yard gain and set up the Chiefs second touchdown.

2018 Week 1 vs LAC (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

In his Kansas City Chiefs debut, Sammy Watkins caught three passes on five targets for 21 yards. Much like the rest of the Chiefs offense, there was little need for Watkins to provide a spark, as Tyreek Hill did that all by his lonesome. Mahomes did target Watkins five times, and looked for him deep down the field on two occasions. Watkins longest catch of the day went for 16 yards up the middle of the field on a deep in-route. It was the kind of play that Watkins can make in his sleep, but it was also the type of play that the Chiefs were not getting with their previous #2 receivers. As defenses start to key in on Hill, Watkins will see plenty of single coverage. With his ability to make plays down the field, you will see Watkins splash for the Chiefs this season, it just may not be consistently with so many mouths to feed on offense.

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Latest News

Chiefs | Sammy Watkins not able to play (Sun Dec 9, 11:52 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 14 game.

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Chiefs | Sammy Watkins ruled out for Week 14 (Sun Dec 9, 09:29 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has been ruled out for Week 14's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Chiefs | Sammy Watkins doubtful for Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 04:27 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7 and he is listed as doubtful for the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Chiefs | Week 14 injury report for Kansas City (Fri Dec 7, 04:24 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7 and he is listed as doubtful for the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens. TE Demetrius Harris (knee) did not practice and he is listed as questionable, as is DB Eric Berry (heel) who went through a limited practice. LB Anthony Hitchens (quadriceps, ribs) practiced in full and is off the injury report.

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Chiefs | Sammy Watkins expected to miss 4-6 weeks (Fri Dec 7, 12:44 PM) - Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) reinjured his foot in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, and will likely be sidelined four to six weeks, according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.

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Schedule

14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17vs Oakland Raiders