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|Just about everyone has been burned by Sammy Watkins for fantasy purposes and that has actually suppressed his fantasy cost enough that he might just be a value in drafts. Watkins showed that he still has some upside in 2019 when he absolutely destroyed the Jaguars for nine catches, 198 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 after Tyreek Hill went out with a shoulder injury. Watkins was the WR1 in fantasy that week and the price to acquire him skyrocketed with Hill set to miss a few weeks with the injury. Those who opted to trade Watkins, however, made out like bandits as the veteran would fail to score another touchdown or reach even 70 receiving yards for the entire remainder of the regular season.
While it didn't help fantasy owners, there is some hope heading into 2020 that Watkins may still have some value in this potent Kansas City offense. His three game stretch in the playoffs was actually quite impressive as he caught 14 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown while adding a 14 yard rush on the ground that put him over a 100 total yard per game average. It's a small sample size and it doesn't mean that he's going to be successful in 2020 but Watkins does have a role in this offense. He led all Chiefs wide receivers in snaps played in 2019 and is the team's most well-rounded complement to Hill when it comes to two-WR sets.
He'll likely be frustrating to own, but the upside remains for Watkins to return to fantasy relevance here in 2020.
| Sammy Watkins ruled out, Hardman activated from COVID list|
Calf, Hamstring injuries for Watkins
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 21, 3:00 pm
|Sammy Watkins has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game.
Taco Charlton and Mitchell Schwartz have been placed on IR.
Alex Okafor and L’Jarius Sneed have been activated from IR.
Gehrig Dieter and Bryan Witzmann have been activated from the practice squad.
Mecole Hardman has been activated from Reserve/COVID. (Chiefs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sammy Watkins continues to struggle with injuries. He reportedly injured his calf in practice this week. He last played in Week 5. The return of Hardman off the COVID-19 list and the rule out of Watson gives Hardman some Flex appeal in Week 11.
| Sammy Watkins expected to play in Week 11|
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 19, 1:13 pm
|#chiefs Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is set to return Sunday against the #Raiders. He’s been out since injuring that hamstring in Week 5 against Las Vegas and has looked good in practice this week. (James Palmer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Mecole Hardman on the COVID-19 list we could see a lot of Watkins against the Raiders on Sunday night. Watkins is worthy of Flex consideration against a Raiders defense that's middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.
|Sammy Watkins expected to miss multiple games|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 12, 6:50 pm
|Chiefs’ WR Sammy Watkins is expected to miss time, “possibly a couple weeks”, with a hamstring injury that doctors still are evaluating, per source. Chiefs scheduled to play at Buffalo and at Denver the next two weeks. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners of Mecole Hardman may be one step away from seeing their guy burst on the scene, but it's important to note he is still sharing third receiver responsibilities with Demarcus Robinson. Hardman won't need much volume to be worth starting in fantasy, but it will still be hard for owners to predict when his big days will come. Watkins is still worth holding in most leagues for the time being.