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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.
|Rams hoping to hold onto Sammy Watkins|
Rookie-year contract expiring
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Jan 25, 6:40 pm
|As for Sammy Watkins, the Rams were aware that his rookie contract was expiring at the end of the 2017 season. A franchise or transition tag to retain Watkins is an option if a long-term deal can’t be reached.
"We’ve chatted with his agent and told him we were coming back in early February and really discuss the intricacies of our plan," GM Les Snead said. "I know this - going from 32nd to first in offense Sammy was a big part of it down the stretch. A goal of ours is to keep that (wide receiver) group together because a lot of our weapons are 25 and under." (Sporting News - Alex Marvez)|
FFToday's Take: While Watkins was a bust in fantasy by all accounts after producing a 39-593-8 line in 2017, he became a bigger factor in the offense late in the season (four touchdowns over his last five games) and stayed healthy all season - he sat out as a precaution in Week 17 - for the first time since his rookie year in 2014. Although Robert Woods has seemingly taken over the lead role, Watkins could be poised to bounce back with a full offseason in LA. He has WR3 upside in 2018.
|Rams unlikely to play top WRs much in finale|
Woods, Watkins and Kupp all expected to be limited
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 28, 11:55 pm
|Probably not a good idea to start Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp this week. Rams coach Sean McVay said they probably won't play much. (ESPN - Alden Gonzalez)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams aren't planning on playing Todd Gurley or Jared Goff at all, meaning owners still playing in Week 17 need to get familiar with players such as Sean Mannion, Malcolm Brown, Tavon Austin, Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper. It's hard to buy into any of them - outside of maybe Reynolds - as a realistic option in fantasy this weekend.