Week 8 vs Cleveland Browns
Ben Watson is back for a second tour with the Patriots, and he stepped into a commanding 76% snap share in Week 7. His 8.1% target rate was a direct result of him being essentially the only game in town at tight end with Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse inactive with injuries. Watson had a couple of key first downs in the game, and that kind of clutch reliability is certain to be rewarded to some extent with an increased target rate.
Watson's week to week fantasy viability is destined to be difficult to project, given Tom Brady's tendency to find the open receiver rather than heavily target a given player. The addition of Mohamed Sanu gives Brady a deep group of options among which Watson is at best fourth in line, but tight end is fairly shallow in 2019, and he's likely to be fantasy-viable moving forward. For Week 8, he's not startable as a top-24 tight end.