Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #17 26.18 BUF Out 2 years 23 6'1 211 @sammywatkins

2016 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


UPDATE (7/21): Sammy Watkins broke a bone in his left foot that required surgery to have screws inserted. His timetable to return to full health is expected to be two to three months, which gives him plenty of time to be ready for the regular season. Sammy started running in July, but he won't be pushed into competitive action for some time. The reports have been positive on his progress so I'd feel comfortable drafting him at full price on draft day.

Even with a 25 percent drop in targets (128 in 2014 and 96 in 2015), Watkins was able to deliver a solid WR2 season (60/1047/9 or 194.2 Fantasy points – 14.93 Fantasy points per game). His catch rate (62.5) was much improved over 2014 (50.7) while adding more length to his catches (17.5). Sammy had five 100 yards receiving games over his last nine starts with growth in his targets in four of his last six games (10, 4, 12, 10, 6, and 15). Over his last nine games, Watkins caught 49 passes for 900 yards and seven TDs on 78 targets. This projected over 16 games would be 97/1600/12 on 139 targets. There's a lot to like here for this 23 yards old player. Sammy has scoring ability (15 TDs in 29 career games), big play ability (16.2 yards per catch in his short career), and no real competition for targets. His only strike would be the style of the Bills offense (run first), which will limit his upside in targets when Buffalo plays from the lead in the second half. His next step is 75+ catches for 1200+ yards and double-digit TDs.

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2016 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
3.07 John Rozek - The injury scares me a bit but he was the WR4 over the 2nd half of the season last year and could easily finish as a WR1 making him a bargain the in middle of the 3rd round.
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #2
June 27th, 2016
3.12 Fantasy Guru - Tom Brolley - I neglected WR in the first two rounds, so I needed to take an upside WR in the third round. Watkins has the chance to be a WR1 this season, but he fell this far because of his foot surgery in May.
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
3.04 Scout Fantasy - Corey Parson - If Watkins weren't dealing with this foot issue he would have been a borderline first round pick this season, I'm all in on Watkins being drafted as a second or third WR in PPR leagues this season.
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