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
WR - #31 53.60 BUF Probable 1 year 22 6' 1 211

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs


Sammy was outplayed by four rookie WRs in 2014. His lack of success was partly due to rib and groin injuries. I have to respect that he played through those ailments. Sammy had surgery to repair a small tear in his hip labrum over the winter. Buffalo expects Watkins to be ready around the start of training camp. Last year, he had five games with double-digit targets and four 100-yard performances. Sammy finished the year with 65 catches for 982 yards and six touchdowns while catching only 50.7 percent of his 128 targets. He ranked 27th among wideouts in FFWC scoring (12.5 fantasy points per game). Watkins has explosive upside, but he will lack consistency in fantasy due to the Bills' conservative style of play. However, Sammy still has a chance to be a top-15 WR in 2015 if he stays healthy.

SCOUT Fantasy: 4. Sammy Watkins had a great year for a rookie, but within the context of other rookie WRs, he has been overshadowed by guys like Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and even Kelvin Benjamin. Can he outshine them all this year to become a top-15 fantasy WR ? If defenses keyed on McCoy and Charles Clay over the middle, doesn't this give Watkins more breathing room outside?

Talbot: Watkins could outshine any of the wide receivers listed but all of them have something Watkins doesn't: A quarterback. No one yet knows who will win the quarterback competition in Buffalo. Can the winner get the ball to Watkins consistently? No one knows. If the team is successful running the ball, things could really open up for him in 2015 but the team has a lot of weapons. As you mentioned, McCoy and Charles Clay are new offensive additions, and the team will also try to get the ball to Robert Woods and Percy Harvin as well. Watkins has the ability to be a top-15 fantasy WR, but I'd be hesitant to draft him over any of the other receivers you mentioned due to the uncertainty at quarterback.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

8/25 - Bills WR Sammy Watkins still sidelined Injury
8/11 - Bills QB E.J. Manuel working with the third team

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
8.02 Dr. Roto - The other newest member of the Roto family: Sammy Watkins Roto!
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