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| One of the premiere deep threats in the league, Sammy Watkins enters the 2017 season reportedly healthy after missing most of 2016 with a foot in injury. The Jones fracture Watkins sustained limited his lateral and vertical route running last season, as the former first round selection from Clemson likely came back too early in the recovery process.
When healthy, Watkins has the talent and opportunity to finish the season as a top-12 WR receiver, making him an interesting selection at his current third round ADP. The threat of Watkins re-injuring his foot will keep his ADP likely outside of the second round.
The fact that the Bills have led the league in rushing over the past two seasons and the team's propensity to run the ball in the red zone should not shy owners away from drafting Watkins, as 70% of his 17 career touchdowns have come from outside the red zone. He is a big play player that may be a league-winning selection for owners comfortable with the risk he carries.
| Robert Woods to miss "a couple of weeks"|
WR injured shoulder in Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Tue Nov 21, 1:25 am
|HC Sean McVay says WR Robert Woods will be out for a couple of weeks. Says, “That’s a significant loss for us.” (Myles Simmons on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Woods had emerged as Jared Goff's favorite target in recent weeks, so this one hurts the Rams and fantasy owners alike with Los Angeles in the midst of the most difficult part of its schedule. Sammy Watkins would seem to be an obvious candidate for more targets, but Cooper Kupp runs more of the same kind of routes as Woods and has more of a rapport with Goff.
|Sammy Watkins confused with role in Rams offense|
HC Sean McVay: Targets and touches will come his way
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 10, 9:58 am
|Coach Sean McVay spent part of Monday counseling Sammy Watkins about his lack of targets and touches, and the receiver’s comments about it on social media -- adding that the past two weeks have not "been indicative of his production for the rest of the season."
“We’ll continue to try and find ways to get the ball in Sammy’s hands,” McVay said. (LA Times)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins was targeted four times in Sunday’s 16-10 loss, and for only the second time in 42 NFL games, he did not catch a pass. Cooper Kupp is probably going to be the safer, more reliable fantasy receiver, but Watkins probably has more upside in favorable matchups.