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|Don't let Coby Fleener's time in New Orleans fool you. There's still value at the TE position in a Drew Brees led offense. The last time Watson played with Brees, he finished 7th best at the position with 825 yards and 6 touchdowns.
As his 4.8 points per game 2017 scoring rate would suggest, Watson isn't likely to be a safe TE start every week, but few players at the position can stake that claim. Beyond Ertz, Kelce, and Gronkowski, many of the TEs are simply streaming options and if he can reclaim a portion of his 2015 targets again in 2018, Watson could provide a valuable asset that you can pick up in the last few rounds of fantasy drafts.
| Kirkwood, Watson miss practice Thursday|
Saints receiver dealing with calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Jan 17, 7:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints injury report contained some good news and some bad news Thursday (Jan. 17).
Receiver Keith Kirkwood (calf) and tight end Ben Watson (illness) both missed practice for the second consecutive day, but offensive linemen Andrus Peat (hand), Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and center Max Unger were all upgraded to full participants. (Times Picyanue)|
FFToday's Take: Kirkwood played 53 snaps last week against the Eagles so if he misses, its likely Tre'Quan Smith will see increased reps against the Rams. It's likely Watson will be active this week but the Saints do not involve their tight end much in the passing game making Watson or Dan Arnold fantasy afterthoughts.
|Ben Watson plans to retire after season|
TE has 528 career catches
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 27, 7:40 pm
|Saints TE Ben Watson said he’s planning on retiring after this season. (Josh Katzenstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watson just turned 38 last week and has been in the league since he was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2004. He's had some memorable TE1 seasons - his last coming in 2015 with the Saints - but he's logged only 479 snaps this season while sharing time with Josh Hill and Dan Arnold.