|Date of Birth:||06/14/1993|
|Drafted:||2014 | Round 1 | Pick 4|
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Sammy Watkins goes over 100 yards in Chiefs' AFC title game loss.
Watkins caught four passes (on eight targets) for 114 yards, with a long of 54 yards, in the playoff loss to the Patriots. All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore again shadowed Watkins throughout the game, as he did in the two teams' first matchup, but the explosive receiver was able to get free for some big plays. The biggest play was the 54-yarder in which Watkins turned up field during a Patrick Mahomes scramble, and Mahomes hit him with a deep dime—Watkins nearly scored but was barely tripped up by Gilmore. This was Kansas City's first loss in a game Watkins had three-plus receptions this season (previously 8-0). Watkins battled a foot injury for most of the season, but he was a major difference-maker when he was on the field, and he's clearly a signing the Chiefs should be happy with from last offseason. Undervalued among "experts" as a real-life player, Watkins will likely be a steal in the middle rounds of 2019 fantasy drafts.
Sammy Watkins (foot) was officially a full participant in today's practice.
There isn't any doubt Watkins will be out there for the AFC Championship Game this Sunday against the Patriots, but this full practice is an excellent sign and indicates he's closer to 100%. The dynamic 25-year-old receiver played nearly the entire game in the Divisional Round against the Colts, and he should be very close to full strength with a Super Bowl trip on the line. Watkins might have to contend with a lot of All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who held Watkins to two receptions for 18 yards in their matchup earlier this season, though.
Sammy Watkins catches six passes in the Divisional Round.
Watkins caught six passes for 62 yards along with one carry for -2 yards and a fumble lost in the Chiefs' playoff victory against the Colts. This was Watkins' first game since the middle of November, as he missed the end of the regular season with a foot injury; it was good to see him get immediately involved, including with a 34-yard reception early in the game where he showed his explosiveness on a great catch-and-run. The dynamic receiver also had a nice one-handed grab while falling to the ground on a slightly off-target throw. Watkins played most of the snaps today, but he will hopefully be even closer to 100% for the AFC Championship Game next Sunday.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially active for the Divisional Round.
As was the expectation since early December, Watkins is ready to go for the postseason after dealing with a foot injury that forced him to miss the final five games of the regular season. Watkins basically missed the entire second half of the season (he appeared in just a few plays in Week 11 against the Rams, his only action from Weeks 10-17), so hopefully he’s not too rusty as he returns for the Chiefs. The dynamic receiver’s presence is obviously a boost for Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s offense, though.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially listed as questionable for the Divisional Round.
Watkins was again limited in today's practice, making him a limited participant all week. The 25-year-old receiver is likely a true game-time call for Saturday's matchup with the Colts, so his official game status will be known by 3:10 PM ET on game day. If Watkins is active, it'd be a major boost for Kansas City's offense, but Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson will both step up if he remains out of the lineup.
Sammy Watkins (foot) officially remains limited in Chiefs practice.
Watkins is trending towards a questionable tag for the Divisional Round, but hopefully we see him get up to a full practice to end Kansas City's week of practice. The dynamic receiver's official game status will be known sometime tomorrow when the final injury report is released.
Sammy Watkins (foot) was officially limited in today's practice.
A full practice would've been a better sign obviously, but this isn't a bad start to the week for Watkins as he looks to return to the field after missing the final five games of the season (and basically the last eight weeks including the Rams game he appeared in for just a few plays). We'll track Watkins' practice status the next couple of days leading up to Saturday's matchup with the Colts.
Sammy Watkins (foot) has officially been ruled out for Week 17.
Watkins didn’t practice all week as he continues to deal with his foot injury. Watkins’ first regular season with the Chiefs ends with 40 receptions for 519 yards and three touchdowns along with five carries for 59 yards in ten games, though it was really like nine games considering he left Week 4 against Denver after just a few plays. If the Chiefs are able to win this Sunday against the Raiders, they’ll clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC, which would lend more optimism for Watkins’ status when Kansas City begins its playoff run. Watkins gets a bad rap from many “experts” for whatever reason, but he can obviously be a major difference-maker in January.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing today.
Expect Watkins to be ruled out tomorrow when the final Week 17 injury report is released, but perhaps he'll surprise and get out to practice in at least a limited fashion to end the week.
Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice today.
Watkins was apparently in a walking boot recently, but that is now off, which indicates progress. He probably isn't going to play in the regular season finale this Sunday versus the Raiders, so ideally he'll be ready to go for the postseason. A limited practice by Friday would be a positive sign.
Sammy Watkins (foot) has been ruled out for Week 16.
Watkins didn’t practice all week, so this isn’t a surprise. He remains week-to-week with his foot injury, but we’ll see if he can get out there for the regular season finale next week against the Raiders ahead of the postseason.
Sammy Watkins (foot) won't practice today.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says Watkins is day-to-day. Especially with the Chiefs barely holding on to the top seed in the AFC, Watkins might have a chance to return in the regular season despite talk of him being out until the postseason. However, the Chiefs probably aren't going to rush him back if he's not 100%. We'll track Watkins' practice status the next two days, but keep in mind Kansas City doesn't play until Sunday night, which could put fantasy owners in a bind.
Sammy Watkins (foot) has officially been ruled out for Week 15.
This was expected on a short week, and Watkins remains week-to-week with his foot injury. With Tyreek Hill (heel/wrist) listed as questionable, it's possible the Chiefs are without their top two wide receivers against the Chargers tomorrow night.
Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice today.
Perhaps he'll surprise, but Watkins probably won't play on Thursday night against the Chargers with the Chiefs having an eye toward the playoffs. It's possible the Chiefs just rule him out tomorrow when the final Week 15 injury report is released.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially inactive for Week 14.
Watkins was listed as doubtful, and this was fully expected. The explosive receiver is week-to-week with his foot injury after an aggravation during practice, and he’ll probably have trouble playing on a short week this Thursday night.
Sammy Watkins (foot) will officially be listed as doubtful for Week 14.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says Watkins “tweaked” his foot in yesterday’s practice but that the MRI came back “OK”. It sounds like this is just a case of Watkins being set to return this week, but instead having a little setback. He still might be able to return this regular season, and we recommend holding onto him on fantasy teams if you have bench space.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is week-to-week.
Sam Mellinger of the KC Star says that Watkins' foot injury carries a 4-6-week recovery, and considering Watkins has already missed three weeks with the injury, it sounds like he could play again this regular season. He's likely to miss this Sunday against the Ravens, though, and the team might play it safe with him from there so that he's healthy for the postseason. Watkins will probably be ruled out for Week 14 later today, but hopefully he's able to return to the field soon.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is reportedly unlikely to play in Week 14; could be out until the postseason.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says part of the reason the Chiefs signed Kelvin Benjamin is because Watkins' "foot isn't quite ready, and rest might be the only answer." Rapoport says Watkins tested the foot in yesterday's practice and "couldn't" go, which is a bit perplexing considering Watkins was listed as a limited participant—perhaps he tried to push things at the end of practice. Rapoport also says "the best option is likely to rest" until the playoffs for Watkins. This could be speculation, but it sounds like Watkins will be out for at least Week 14 and could be out for the rest of the regular season. If he's ruled out for Sunday later today, that wouldn't be a good sign for his status moving forward.
Sammy Watkins (foot) remains limited in practice.
Two straight limited practices is fine for Watkins, as it indicates he hasn’t had any setbacks with the foot. He’s likely headed for a questionable tag when the final Week 14 injury report is released tomorrow. A full Friday practice would be a great sign.
Sammy Watkins (foot) was officially limited in today’s practice.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that everyone would practice today, and Watkins was officially a limited participant. This is a good sign that the team let him get out there for the first practice of the week, and hopefully he makes enough progress that he can play this Sunday against a No. 1 Ravens defense. We’ll track Watkins’ practice status the next two days.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially out against the Raiders.
Watkins didn’t practice all week, so this isn’t a surprise. The focus for Watkins and the Chiefs is winning a Super Bowl, so the team will likely hope he can get back to 100% and probably won’t rush him. Consider Watkins questionable to face the Ravens in Week 14 for the start of fantasy playoffs.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is again not practicing.
We'll see what happens tomorrow when the final Week 13 injury report is released, but Watkins might be a risky fantasy option even if he plays, as he's clearly not at 100% right now. Hopefully things change, but don't count on being able to use Watkins in fantasy lineups this week.
Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice today.
Watkins is still dealing with discomfort in his foot, and a non-practice coming off the bye isn't a great sign for his Week 13 status. Consider Watkins on the bad side of questionable for now, but hopefully he can work his way into a limited or full practice participant tomorrow or Friday. We'll track his status the next two days.
Sammy Watkins (foot) barely plays in Week 11.
Watkins was surprisingly active against his former Rams team in tonight’s shootout, but he only played the first series, catching one pass for four yards. After that, Watkins didn’t appear in the game again as he stayed on the sideline with no gloves on. When Watkins was in to open the game, he clearly had a limp to him, so clearly he just really wanted to try and give it a go tonight at less than 100%. If Watkins was healthy he would’ve been a great bet for a big scoring output in a game with over 100 points scored (Chris Conley scored twice in a bigger role with Watkins out), but hopefully he takes the bye week to get healthy for the final five games of the season.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially active for Week 11.
This is a shocker, as Watkins looked like he was trending towards not playing after missing practice Friday and Saturday, but he'll be out there against the Rams team he spent last season with. This is a major boost for Kansas City in a potential shootout, and Watkins is obviously an excellent WR2 option for the game—though there might be some slight risk that he acts as a decoy. Most people left Watkins out of lineups because it looked like he wasn't going to play, but if you were fortunate enough to wait it out, you can insert the athletic receiver into fantasy lineups for tonight.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is questionable for Week 11.
Watkins hasn’t practiced since getting a limited session in on Thursday, so he might be on the wrong side of questionable for Monday night. Fantasy owners are obviously in a tough situation, but if there isn’t a great alternative from the Sunday slate, it might be best to risk it with Watkins and get Josh Reynolds or Chris Conley as a replacement in what should be a shootout.
Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice today.
Hopefully this is just a precaution in an effort to limit Watkins' reps ahead of Monday night, but this at least has to give some pause about Watkins being ready to go. We'll see how Watkins is listed on the final Week 11 injury report when it's released tomorrow. He might be trending toward a questionable tag, which could put fantasy owners in a predicament if they don't have a backup plan from the Monday night game.
Sammy Watkins (foot) was limited in today's practice.
The Chiefs expect Watkins to play in Los Angeles against the Rams on Monday night, but he's probably not an absolute lock yet. Two more limited practices the next two days would be a good sign, but ideally we'll see him get up to a full participation by Saturday when the final injury report is released.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially inactive against the Cardinals.
Watkins’ foot injury isn’t thought to be serious, as holding him out is considered more of a precaution with the team sitting at 8-1 with a matchup against the Rams on deck next week. Watkins is expected to be ready to go against his former Rams team for Week 12’s Monday night matchup, but his practice status will be tracked leading up to the game.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Week 10.
Watkins was able to get up to a limited practice today after missing the last two days, and being listed as questionable is a good sign that his foot injury isn't too serious. However, we expect Watkins will sit in a game the Chiefs should win handily against the Cardinals, as Kansas City doesn't want to risk their big free-agent signing making the injury worse with a lot of the season left.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing today.
This is Watkins' second straight missed practice, and his status isn't looking good for Sunday. If you're stuck between Watkins and someone in tonight's game, you should probably go with the player in tonight's game, as it doesn't look like Watkins is going to play. Nonetheless, we'll update you with his official game status when it's released tomorrow.
Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing today.
This isn't a surprise, and the Chiefs are likely to take things slow with their high-priced receiver—especially with a game that, frankly, they shouldn't have much trouble winning this week. Still, we'll see if Watkins is able to practice tomorrow or Friday. Consider him on the doubtful side of things for now, though.
Sammy Watkins catches five passes against the Browns.
Watkins gained 62 yards on his five receptions in the Chiefs' Week 9 win, and he added one carry for one yard. He was targeted five times in the game, so it was efficient afternoon for the former first-round pick. Watkins did injure his foot a bit and had it taped on the sideline, but it didn't appear to affect his play. We'll keep an eye on the injury report this week, but expect Watkins to be out there to face the Cardinals in Week 10.
Sammy Watkins explodes for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in Chiefs' win.
Watkins had his best game as a Chief against the Broncos, as he was simply a beast all afternoon particularly after the catch. Watkins basically missed the entire first matchup with Denver because of a hamstring injury, and he showed his importance to the Kansas City offense by helping make things easier for Patrick Mahomes and the offense in this Week 8 win. The dynamic receiver caught eight passes (on nine targets) for 107 yards and two touchdowns, with both scores coming on short passes deep in the red zone, where he used his great speed to zoom into the end zone. Again, he barely played in the first game against Denver, but through eight games Watkins is on pace for a 68/906/6 line receiving along with eight carries for 100 rushing yards. He might have some quiet second-half games in a stacked offense, but Watkins should get his numbers closer to over the 1,000-receiving-yard mark in the final eight games of the season.
Sammy Watkins caught four passes for 74 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.
Watkins was second on the team with seven targets, and the highlight was a 50-yard catch-and-run for his longest grab of the season. All the talent on Kansas City's offense leaves Sammy in danger of not making much of an impact in any given week, but he should remain a high-upside WR2/FLEX option regardless of matchup. Next Sunday, he will look to make a big-time impact against the Broncos after being forced to leave their first meeting with a hamstring injury.
Sammy Watkins held in check as Kansas City falls to New England, 43-40.
Watkins caught two passes for 18 yards, also adding a rush for a one-yard loss. The Patriots gave plenty of attention to Tyreek Hill (despite the late explosion) and Travis Kelce, so Watkins had plenty of one-on-one opportunities against top cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Unfortunately, Patrick Mahomes didn’t pull the trigger when Watkins was able to get open deep two or three times, but hopefully the Chiefs recognize those opportunities on tape and Mahomes looks his way more in the future. The former first-round pick remains a high-upside WR2 heading into a matchup with the Bengals.
Sammy Watkins catches six passes against the Jaguars.
Watkins entered the game listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but he looked like his usual self in the Week 5 win, catching six-of-eight targets for 78 yards. The Chiefs again moved Watkins around the formation, but he also got open on the outside throughout the afternoon. This game was a big positive for Watkins, who had a solid performance in his toughest matchup of the season. He's simply an exceptional receiver playing in one of the league's best offenses. Perhaps the Patriots will target Watkins as the guy to take away on Kansas City's offense next week, but he's at least a WR2/FLEX option for Week 6.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is active against the Jaguars
Watkins’ hamstring injury suffered in last Monday's win against the Broncos was a minor one, and he'll be out there today in a big matchup with the Jaguars. Because this is such a difficult matchup, consider Watkins more of a weak FLEX option for Week 5, but the Chiefs should move him around the formation enough that he could do some damage.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Watkins was a limited participant in practice all week, but despite the injury occurring on Monday night, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up. Fantasy owners will ideally have a better option this week against Jacksonville's stout defense combined with the risk of a setback, but if he suits up, Watkins has the talent to be worth considered as a risky FLEX in a high-powered offense. Fortunately, we will know his status by Sunday morning with the Chiefs kicking off at 1 PM ET.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) remains limited in practice.
Watkins' status remains up in the air as the weekend approaches. Expect him to be listed as questionable tomorrow, and he could be a game-time call on Sunday. We'll update you with his official game status when it is released.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was officially limited in today's practice.
Despite it being a limited practice, this indicates the hamstring injury Watkins suffered in Monday night's win against the Broncos isn't too serious. Watkins reportedly was doing some jogging after he left the game, but the team probably wanted to be cautious with their high-priced receiver. Hopefully Watkins can get up to a full participant tomorrow or Friday, but we'll keep you updated with his status.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is out for the rest of tonight's game.
Watkins left in the second quarter, and the ESPN broadcast says he's out for the rest of the game. Watkins did not have any catches before leaving against the Broncos, and now we just have to hope this isn't a multi-week injury. No Watkins would be a blow to Kansas City's entire offense, and he's been a very good fantasy option to open the season. More information will become available in the next couple of days.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is questionable to return against the Broncos.
Watkins jogged off the field after throwing a block for Tyreek Hill on a screen pass during a second-quarter drive, and he didn't return for Kansas City's first touchdown drive of the game. Hopefully the injury isn't too serious, but Demarcus Robinson will get more time with Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley while Watkins remains out. We'll update you as more information becomes available.
Sammy Watkins totals 75 yards and a touchdown in Chiefs' win.
Watkins was again very involved in Kansas City's offense, catching five-of-eight targets for 55 yards and a touchdown along with two carries for 20 yards. Watkins again showed his elite ability with the ball in his hands on both handoffs and yards-after-catch plays, and his 12-yard touchdown was on a quick slant where he shed a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone. Next week against the Broncos is a tough matchup, but the talented Watkins is still at least a FLEX option for the game.
Sammy Watkins totals 131 yards in Chiefs' win.
After a relatively quiet Week 1, the Chiefs got Watkins heavily involved against the Steelers. He caught six-of-seven targets for 100 yards, and he added one carry for 31 yards on a jet sweep. It could've been an even bigger day for Watkins if not for a missed deep ball by Patrick Mahomes for what would have been a long touchdown. Watkins might have some quiet weeks in such a crowded offense, but he offers a ton of upside each week. Keep him locked in as a strong option for Week 3 against San Francisco.
Sammy Watkins has quiet day in Chiefs debut.
Watkins caught three passes for 21 yards in a 38-28 victory over the Chargers. Unfortunately for those who rolled with the former first-round pick in the opener, Tyreek Hill did most of the damage for Kansas City, and defenses continue to allow that to be the case. We think Watkins should put up bigger numbers in a potential shootout next week against the Steelers, but he's probably better viewed as a high-upside FLEX until we see he and Mahomes connect consistently.
Andy Reid says Sammy Watkins is "still working through the offense."
Reid was asked about Watkins seemingly not having the connection with Patrick Mahomes that Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill do, and Reid said it will come with time and that they are throwing a lot at Watkins, who will be moved around the offense. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes also talked about Watkins playing so many different positions, which makes things more difficult on the receiver but should pay off and open up the offense for everyone. Mahomes also said they are working on their connection on the practice field, adding "when you have that much talent you’re going to be open so hopefully I can get the ball to him, he’s going to be open a lot." Some have become concerned about Watkins' lack of receptions through two preseason games, but the Chiefs didn't pay him not to have a big role in 2018.
BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com calls Sammy Watkins in the Chiefs offense is a top storyline heading into training camp.
Kansas City gave Watkins a big contract to sign with them in free agency, and its' been all positive talk about the 24-year-old's acclimation to his new offense. Watkins reportedly showed great chemistry with quarterback Patrick Mahomes II throughout offseason training, and the combination will look to build more chemistry throughout the preseason. After signing Watkins, Chiefs GM Brett Veach said, "this guy has a chance to be the best receiver in the NFL," and head coach Andy Reid said he hopes defenses try to press Watkins because he and Tyreek Hill can challenge anyone deep down the field. There are a ton of weapons in Kansas City's offense, which could limit his fantasy value, but Watkins appears poised to be a big part of things. He might climb up draft boards throughout the summer, but Watkins has no business going outside the top 30 WR in any fantasy drafts and should be considered a potential top 15 option at his position.
Patrick Mahomes II and Sammy Watkins have had a strong connection throughout the spring.
BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com writes that Mahomes to Watkins is "becoming a thing," before going on to say the consistent on-field connection between the two has been "real." To add to that, fellow wide receiver Chris Conley says Watkins is picking up Kansas City's offense "as fast as anyone I've seen," and cornerback Steve Nelson says he saw Watkins working out on his own over the weekend. Watkins has previously said he really enjoys the Chiefs offense because he's moved around to different receiver spots, and he apparently is not having any trouble learning it all. Watkins is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL, so he could put up some huge numbers if he becomes Mahomes' most-trusted target. And it certainly doesn't sound like Watkins is taking things easy after getting a huge payday this offseason. Watkins is going outside the top 30 receivers in fantasy drafts, and that might not change by the end of the summer given the stupid narrative out there that he's an overrated player. A WR1 season is possible in 2018.
Sammy Watkins says he's been moving all around the Chiefs offense.
Watkins sounds like he genuinely loves his new offense, and he said he feels "great" right now. The former Bills and Rams receiver talked about how he's not just saying in one receiver spot and dealing with double teams all day, instead getting more mismatches when lined up in the slot: "It’s just a great feeling because I’m not just sitting at the X receiver spot on the backside looking at two-man or a double. I’m really playing against a slot (cornerback) and getting an advantage on the linebackers, getting an advantage on the safety, and those are the things that I didn’t have access to (in the past), and now I do." Watkins says he now has the whole route tree and is "starting to get that feeling back of being in college and being an all-around player." Meanwhile, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he sees Watkins getting better every day and that his ability to catch the ball is "incredible." No one is getting hit this time of year, but Watkins has made some crazy one-handed grabs through OTAs so far, and he's probably quickly gaining the trust of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs are paying Watkins like a top-tier wide receiver, so they'll probably use him as such. If his draft position doesn't shoot up in the coming months, he could be a steal in fantasy drafts this season. The only concern is that Kansas City's offense has so many weapons to get the ball to that it could lead to some inconsistency.
Sammy Watkins has officially signed with the Chiefs.
This is one of the biggest moves of free agency, as it adds depth opens up what was already an explosive Chiefs offense. The addition of Watkins will make things a lot easier on second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in his first year as the starter, and there might not be a receiver duo in the league with more speed than Watkins and Tyreek Hill. While Watkins is getting paid big money by the Chiefs, it’s safe to say he was also convinced he would have a big role in Andy Reid’s offense—and the money indicates the Chiefs do indeed have big plans for him. Watkins is only 24 years old, and the best could be yet to come. Consider him a WR2 for now, as Hill’s presence could limit his upside a bit. It’s worth noting both Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson had top 20 fantasy wide receiver years in the same season under Reid in Philadelphia, so that could happen with Watkins and Hill in KC.
Sammy Watkins plans to sign with the Chiefs, according to multiple reports.
Chiefs GM Brett Veach said the team wanted to get more speed to unleash the arm of new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, and they sure are set to get just that in Watkins. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's a three-year deal worth $48 million, which tops Allen Robinson's expected deal in Chicago by $2 million per year. Like Robinson, Watkins will be only 27 when he hits free agency again, so he'll look to play well and get another huge payday while still in his prime in a few years.While Tyreek Hill had nearly 1,200 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season, it wouldn't be surprising if Watkins emerged as the top wide receiver for the Chiefs this season. The Rams did want to keep Watkins on the team, but don't expect them to swoop in and retain him on a similar deal to the one he's expected to sign with Kansas City. It would be a surprise if Watkins wasn't a Chief tomorrow.
The Rams are not using the franchise tag on wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Los Angeles just announced they have opted to tag safety Lamarcus Joyner, meaning Watkins will be able to test free agency for the first time in his career on March 14 (March 12 for the legal tampering period) if he and the Rams don’t agree to a contract before then. Though he didn’t have a huge season in 2017, catching 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns, Watkins was a good teammate with the Rams and a big part of their offensive turnaround. The former fourth pick in the draft is an extremely talented and tough receiver that can stretch the field vertically as well as go over the middle to make tough catches, and he’s a wiling blocker in the run game. Multiple teams should be interested in Watkins’ services in free agency, and he’ll probably be one of the top three-five free agents available. After Watkins torched the Niners for 106 yards and two touchdowns when he faced them in Week 3 last season, perhaps San Francisco will be among the team’s most interested in him because they saw what he can do first-hand.
Sammy Watkins says it "would be a pleasure" to return to the Rams.
After arriving to the team in August via a trade from Buffalo, Watkins clearly didn't have the numbers that are expected from him despite remaining healthy and playing in all 16 games. However, he's a team-first guy that appears to be genuinely happy and OK with not being among the league leaders in receiving if it means helping the team win. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Watkins said, "You see this team building something with the coaching staff and the players," while adding it would be a "pleasure" to come back but noted it's a business. Watkins said he wants to talk to Rams head coach Sean McVay about his future, and it sounds like he'll want to come back if McVay and the team want him back. The Daily News thinks Watkins is a candidate for the franchise tag, which would keep him with the team for 2018. If Watkins hits the open market in free agency, the former fourth pick in the draft would be a coveted player.
Sammy Watkins catches one pass in playoff loss to Atlanta.
Watkins was quiet for most of the game, but he got involved late and ended up with one reception for 23 yards in the game. The reception was for a key first down, and then he later was targeted in the end zone but couldn't come up with the ball on a play where he was arguably getting held by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones. On the final drive for LA, Watkins was targeted on a deep ball that it looked like he could've had for a would-be touchdown, but he didn't come up with it. The talented receiver will be a free agent this offseason, and it's a mystery whether he'll return to the Rams. Watkins has indicated he believes in head coach Sean McVay and what the Rams are building, but there's no question he didn't produce the way he believes he's capable of yardage wise. We'll see what happens in the offseason, but Watkins should bounce back with more production in the yardage department in 2018.
Sammy Watkins isn't expected to play against the 49ers.
The Rams are resting most of their starters today, but Watkins and Robert Woods are both suited up for the game. However, they aren't expected to get any action, and are probably just active in case of an emergency situation. Don't insert either of them into your Week 17 fantasy lineup.
Sammy Watkins scores on Christmas Eve.
Watkins continues to be a very productive player in the red zone for the Rams, as he caught another touchdown on a quick slant route at the goal line in LA's close win against the Titans. Watkins now has a touchdown in six of his last eight games, and he faces a 49ers team that he had his best game of the season against all the way back in Week 3. The talented receiver is a solid option in fantasy lineups for Week 17.
Sammy Watkins gets five targets against Seattle.
Watkins couldn't get much going, catching two passes for 14 yards. However, it clearly hurt that the Rams threw for only 120 yards in the game, as they ran the Seahawks out of their own building in the 42-7 victory. Watkins doesn't have any easy matchup next week against athletic corner Adoree' Jackson and company for the Titans, but he's still a good fantasy option on Christmas Eve.
Sammy Watkins scores in Week 14 loss.
Watkins was targeted seven times against the Eagles, catching three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a run-pass option by the goal line where Watkins ran a quick slant and had strong hands with the catch. Watkins probably would've had a deep touchdown as he was breaking free on a post route, but Jared Goff was pressured and couldn't get it to him. Watkins will be a good option against Seattle in Week 15.
Sammy Watkins finds the end zone in Week 13 win.
Watkins caught three passes for 38 yards, including an 11-yard score on a crossing route in the third quarter. The talented receiver was shadowed by Patrick Peterson for most of the afternoon, but he made up for the low yardage total with his fourth touchdown over the past five weeks. Watkins is averaging nearly 10 fantasy points per game over that stretch, which is impressive considering he faced the top-two corners in the league in Peterson and Xaiver Rhodes. Despite being written off by many, we would consider Watkins a high-upside WR2 with a cupcake schedule in the fantasy playoffs, including next week against the Eagles.
Sammy Watkins gets involved in Week 12 win.
Watkins caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, as he got started early with a five-yard score on the game's opening drive. The talented receiver also left some plays on the field, though, as he failed to adjust on a deep ball that he allowed go off his hand for an interception, and he couldn't snatch a perfect back-shoulder pass in the end zone late in the second half. It could have been better, but fantasy owners will take the production from Watkins. He will have a harder time next Sunday against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals.
Sammy Watkins gets shadowed by Xavier Rhodes in Week 11 loss.
Watkins caught three passes for 36 yards, as Jared Goff mostly avoided Rhodes' coverage and connected with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp a combined 14 times. Sammy has a good spot to bounce back in Week 12 against the Saints, especially with top cornerback Marshon Lattimore hobbled by an ankle injury. He's a high-upside WR2 in standard leagues.
Sammy Watkins scores in Week 10.
This makes two straight games with a touchdown for Watkins, and four on the season. The score came on a 17-yard screen pass in the third quarter, and overall Watkins had two receptions (on three targets) for 41 yards and the touchdown against the Texans. Watkins hasn't had more than a handful of targets since his 106-yard, two-touchdown game in Week 3 against the 49ers, but maybe they'll get him involved more frequently moving forward. Next week against the Vikings, Watkins might have a difficult matchup against elite cornerback Xavier Rhodes; but it's possible Rhodes is on Robert Woods, who has four touchdowns over his last two games—or the Vikings might not even play matchups and just have their corners play sides.
Sammy Watkins catches 67-yard bomb in blowout win.
It was his only reception of the game, but the deep touchdown that fantasy owners have been waiting for, as Watkins simply ran right past All-Pro safety Landon Collins and Jared Goff hit him in stride for six. It would be a surprise if Watkins didn't dramatically improve on his 38/662/6 pace at the season's midway point, especially with teams getting destroyed by Todd Gurley and the rest of the NFL's highest-scoring offense, and he will look to make some more big plays next week against a Houston team that T.Y. Hilton just torched for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Sammy Watkins catches three passes against the Cardinals.
Watkins gained 42 yards on his three receptions (five targets), which was a fine game considering the matchup with perhaps the league's best cornerback in Patrick Peterson. Watkins did again have a chance at a bigger game, as he was wide open on a deep ball that Jared Goff overthrew. The big games should come for Watkins, as he's extremely talented and is playing in one of the league's best offenses through seven weeks. The Rams have a bye next week, but Watkins has a matchup against a Giants secondary that's been beat deep this season—though the Giants might opt to put their top corner Janoris Jenkins on Watkins for most of the game.
Sammy Watkins catches one pass in Week 6.
The fourth-year receiver gained 11 yards on his lone reception against the Jaguars. Watkins appeared to have a step on a deep ball, but Jared Goff couldn't quite connect with him. Watkins is an awesome player, but he continues to get difficult matchups that help free up other guys in the offense, and the Rams have been clear that they won't force the ball to him; and on top of that, Goff and Watkins aren't connecting on the deep shots they are taking in these games. Things won't get much easier for Watkins in Week 7 against Patrick Peterson.
Sammy Watkins talks about his current role in the Rams offense.
Despite only catching one pass in the last two weeks which is obviously causing frustration, Watkins sounds like he's handling the situation well. According to the Orange County Register, Watkins "plainly" said "I don't know" when asked if he sees his role increasing in the offense. The fourth-year receiver also added that he isn't concerned about this being a contract year, stating that he has enough money, thinks the team is headed in the right direction, and added "I just want to be a part of it and make plays and score touchdowns." With games against the Jaguars and Cardinals coming up, Watkins' role might not increase over the next two weeks, but the ultra-talented receiver is a good bet to have some great games moving forward.
Sammy Watkins doesn't catch a pass against Seattle.
Watkins was targeted four times, but he and Jared Goff couldn't connect on the day. The explosive Watkins did get behind Richard Sherman on a go route, but Goff just overthrew him just a bit. The fourth-year receiver is likely frustrated because this no-catch game came in a loss where he probably feels like he could do more to help the team win. Next week against the Jaguars might be the most difficult matchup for wide receivers so Watkins is a risky play with just one reception over the last two weeks. He could be a prime buy-low candidate after Week 6 though, and he's certain to have more big games like he did in Week 3 against the 49ers.
Sammy Watkins held to one catch in Week 4 win.
It went for 17 yards, and it didn't come until the fourth quarter. Watkins was only targeted twice, which was surprising against the Cowboys' banged-up cornerback group, but they played a lot of coverage over-the-top, allowing an opportunistic Jared Goff to use Todd Gurley and Cooper Kupp underneath and across the middle. Watkins has an insanely difficult schedule coming up, but he's shown the elite ability to beat even the best of corners. He's more of a low-end WR2/FLEX until things get easier, though, while still carrying enormous weekly upside.
Sammy Watkins was cleared of his concussion.
The Rams receiver, barring a setback, will be ready to go on Sunday against the Cowboys. Watkins has caught 13 of 14 targets this season, and the ultra-talented receiver has a chance for another monster game if they get him the ball. He's a great option in both daily leagues and standard re-draft leagues.
Sammy Watkins (concussion) was limited in practice.
He's not fully cleared from his concussion from last Thursday night, but a limited practice indicates he's almost there. Expect Watkins to get cleared and be ready for Sunday against the Cowboys, but we'll update you on his status throughout the week.
Sammy Watkins leaves Thursday night game to get evaluated for a concussion.
Watkins took a hard hit on his second touchdown of the night and appeared to be fine, but he headed to the medical tent and then the locker room. His night is almost certainly over. Watkins had six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns in an excellent performance that showed off his elite skills. It took a little bit for Watkins to get going in the game, but he started putting on a show when they started going to him. On his long of 47 yards, Watkins had a great last-second adjustment to catch it over his shoulder with a Willie Mays-esque catch. His first touchdown was on a slant route from the one-yard line, and his second touchdown came on a pass over the middle that Watkins immediately took up the field and broke through a couple tackles as he stretched the ball across the goal line. Watkins will be a great option once again in Week 4 against the Cowboys, assuming he's healthy after his possible concussion.
Sammy Watkins caught two passes for 30 yards in Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
Watkins long reception went for 28 yards and he was nearly able to break it for a touchdown. Through two games, he's now hauled in all seven of his targets, so hopefully Jared Goff is gaining trust in him. Watkins is an elite talent and Sean McVay will probably try to scheme more ways to get him the ball starting this week against the 49ers. Sammy remains a high-upside WR2 in the TNF matchup.
Sammy Watkins caught five passes for 58 yards in his first game as a Ram.
The good news is that he was efficient and Sean McVay gave him chances to make plays underneath, but the bad news is that Los Angeles destroyed the Colts, so Watkins didn't have a chance to take full advantage of a weak secondary. Still, Jared Goff looked really good and Cooper Kupp's success should open things up for the dynamic receiver. Watkins gets the Redskins next, and he torched them for five catches, 111 yards, and two touchdowns in his lone game against them with Buffalo. Sammy is a high-upside WR2 for next Sunday.
Sammy Watkins doesn't catch a pass in Rams' third preseason game.
The Rams' new receiver's only target ended up as an interception, as the pass appeared to slip out of Jared Goff's hand and sail. Watkins is probably done for the preseason, and he had two receptions for eight yards in two games with the Rams. It's not the end of the world, but it's a bit of a concern that Watkins and Goff couldn't get much going yet, so Watkins should probably be dropped a little bit on fantasy draft boards.
Sammy Watkins suits up for the first time with the Rams.
Watkins started and played extensively with the starters, but had just two catches for eight yards. He was targeted in the end zone on a perfect pass by Jared Goff that he couldn't bring in, and also was a broken tackle away from a big gain on a screen pass, so it's clear the Rams will utilize their star receiver. Watkins could be a value as his ADP falls into the late fifth round.
New receiver Sammy Watkins is impressing the Rams.
Rams head coach Sean McVay said, "when the ball is in his hands, you can feel his speed and juice down the field." Quarterback Jared Goff said one catch Watkins made forced him to "kind of turn around, like, ‘Everyone see that? All right.’" Watkins is an extremely talented player that should help makes things easier for Goff and others on offense. He's expected to play this Saturday against the Raiders in Week 2 of the preseason, so we might be able to get a good look at him in a Rams uniform then.
Rams head coach Sean McVay calls Sammy Watkins a "special receiver."
McVay said, "obviously, his career when he’s been available, he’s been outstanding in terms of being able to stretch the field vertically, but when the balls in his hands, good things happen. We feel like he’s going to be a good addition to our offense." Rams GM Les Snead also talked of the addition and feels Watkins will really "open the field" for everyone on offense. Snead also said they've had discussions with the Bills since the spring and they heated back up before they made the deal. Watkins will be both the Rams' primary deep threat and their number one receiver, but Snead talked about the offense being "like a basketball team," where everyone chips in. Watkins' ADP is dropping after this trade, but if Jared Goff breaks out with his new coaching staff, Watkins should easily deliver excellent value around the 5th round.
Sammy Watkins has been traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
WOW. This is simply shocking. The Bills shipped Watkins and a 2018 sixth round pick to the Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second round pick. Buffalo declined Watkins' fifth-year option this offseason, but the thought was they wanted him to stay healthy before dedicating to him long-term and they could always franchise tag him if necessary—but this is a surprise. It's difficult to find more of a blockbuster than this in the NFL, as Sammy Watkins has the ability to be an elite player. Jared Goff is a big winner here, as he gets a bonafide stud for his number one receiver. Watkins might not get as many targets as he would have in Buffalo, but he still offers the upside of an great WR1 in Los Angeles and is one of the best targets in the 3rd/4th round of fantasy drafts.
Bills target Sammy Watkins early and often in Week 1 of the preseason.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw Sammy the ball for four of his five completions, and he had 39 yards on the four receptions. Watkins looks to be in great shape and will be the focal point of the Bills' passing game. He should get a ton of targets from Taylor this season and offers elite WR1 upside.
Sammy Watkins is not on the PUP to start training camp.
The hope was Watson would be good to go for training camp, and he is. The team won't force things with their star wideout, as he'll have his reps limited at the start of camp. Healthy and entering a contract year, Watkins offers massive upside in 2017.
Bills receiver Sammy Watkins took part in team drills today.
Watkins is recovering from another offseason foot surgery, and he appears to be very close to 100%. The team would not have let him get reps in team drills if things weren't going well. It's looking like Watkins will be full-go for training camp. A healthy Watkins should be a solid WR1 as the clear-cut number one target for quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Sammy Watkins participated in individual drills on Tuesday.
Watkins is coming off his second foot surgery and is making progress in his return—he'll be a limited partcipant in practice today. The Bills' number one receiver should be ready for training camp and needs to stay healthy entering a contract year.
Sammy Watkins is not expected to practice until training camp.
Watkins had foot surgery after the season, so the Bills are not going to rush their star receiver. It's also worth noting that quarterback Tyrod Taylor says Watkins has matured and shown "more attention to detail," even though he isn't on the field. Watkins has elite ability and he should put up big number as long as he's healthy this season.
The Bills are not picking up receiver Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option, according to multiple reports.
So Watkins is entering a contract year. This isn't a big deal, as the Bills can just franchise tag Watkins after the season if they can't agree to a long-term contract. Hopefully Watkins' foot issues become a thing of the past, turns in a big season, and gets a big contract after the season.
Report: The Bills might not pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option.
Sal Capaccio says the Bills have not decided whether or not they will pick up the option. Watkins' injury history with his foot is no doubt the reason for the hesitation. The Bills have until May 2 to decide on the option. If Buffalo decides to not pick up the 2018 option, they can still franchise tag him (it would probably be an increase of about $3 million over the option).
Sammy Watkins (foot) is "on schedule with his rehab," according to head coach Sean McDermott.
Hopefully Watkins is able to get to 100% and put the foot problem away for the rest of his career. Watkins is one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL, and should be at least a back end WR1 next season.
Sammy Watkins undergoes second foot surgery.
The Bills announced that Watkins had surgery late last week on his problematic foot. Watkins is expected to be ready in time for training camp. The good news is that this surgery gives more hope that Watkins will be able to get to 100% and put this foot injury behind him. We'll update you on Watkins' status throughout the offseason and closer to training camp.
Sammy Watkins had four catches for 31 yards on nine targets against the Jets.
Watkins ends his injury riddled season with 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. Watkins' lingering foot injury is a concern, but it's good to see him have the mentality to get back and tough it out for him team. Hopefully he can get fully healthy this offseason and put the foot injury behind him, but it will be a concern in 2017 fantasy drafts. If he appears fully healthy, we recommend Watkins being ranked among the top 10 WRs.
Sammy Watkins shines finally.
Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 154 yards and one touchdown against Miami. Prone to injuries thus far since playing in the NFL, Sammy Watkins showed why the Bills drafted him. Nagging foot injuries didn’t slow Watkins down as he connected with Tyrod Taylor on a deep ball for a 38-yard touchdown. Watkins has 24 catches for 399 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2016 a significant drop-off from 2015 due to missed time. Watkins is a must-start week in and week out given his big play ability when he's on the field.
Sammy Watkins catches first touchdown of the year in loss.
Watkins caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the 27-20 loss to the Steelers. Playing in just five games this season, Watkins has yet to catch more than four passes or surpass 80 yards in a game, so he will be just a FLEX option the rest of the way, as an increase of playing time seems unlikely with the Bills out of contention.
Sammy Watkins was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
He should be good to go this Sunday and is a high upside FLEX/WR2 option.
Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 38 yards in Buffalo's loss to the Raiders.
Watkins was targeted a team-high nine times, but it didn't translate to big numbers. Apparently still dealing with a broken bone in his foot, Watkins is a volatile option in the fantasy playoffs, but his talent makes him hard to bench. He's a low-floor, high-upside WR2 next week against Pittsburgh.
Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to practice on Thursday.
The official injury report isn't out yet, but Watkins will likely be limited. It's a good sign after he missed yesterday's practice. He'll likely be listed as questionable when the official injury report comes out tomorrow.
Sammy Watkins misses Wednesday practice with foot soreness.
This obviously is not a good sign. After missing eight games, Watkins returned to have three catches for 80 yards, but is having issues again. Watkins would love to be out there with his team, but hopefully if he plays through this, it doesn't have any lingering affects. It is hard to tell if Watkins will play this Sunday against Oakland.
Sammy Watkins leads Bills in receiving upon return from foot injury.
Watkins was on a snap count, but still caught three passes for 80 yards, including a 62-yard reception. If somehow people in your league dropped and forgot about Sammy, pick him up now. He will be at least a high-end WR2 next week against the Raiders.
Sammy Watkins will play, be on snap count, in return from IR against Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Watkins will finally return after his nagging foot injury that shut him down early in the season. In limited action, Watkins will be hard to trust in your lineup but he only needs a couple of plays to make an impact. He's a boom/bust FLEX option for Week 12.
Sammy Watkins is returning to Bills' practice today.
GM Doug Whaley says that the Bills star WR is anticipated to practice today. Watkins had been on IR with a foot injury, but it looks like he will return assuming he does not suffer any setbacks in practice. They may take it slow with Watkins, so he may still be out this week against the Jaguars. When Watkins returns, he will be an immediate FLEX play, and could push for WR1 value down the stretch. He should be owned in all leagues.