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Scouting report

by Andrew Fleischer

NE TE Ben Watson - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Washington Redskins
Finally! There's a New England tight end worth considering! Following Rob Gronkowski's offseason retirement, the Patriots have lined up without a tight end on the field more frequently than any team but the Arizona Cardinals. It's fair to say that New England's options at the position haven't been quite Gronkowski-level. While the Patriots are likely to continue to lean more heavily on their wide receivers and running backs moving forward, it will be shocking if they don't immediately implement Watson regularly on both rushing and passing downs, especially with the loss of fullback James Develin.

Washington has been fairly stingy against tight ends so far in 2019, as they've yet to allow one to surpass 54 receiving yards despite having faced both Zach Ertz and Evan Engram. Washington has very little tape to study this season with New England utilizing tight ends and nothing that includes Ben Watson, which should benefit him slightly. This isn't an endorsement to start Watson expecting a TE1 return, but 4 catches for 58 yards made Engram the TE18 last week in 0.5 PPR formats, and that's well within Watson's range of outcomes.

**UPDATE 10/5 @ 12:00pm: Welp, my Ben Watson enthusiasm was premature. He was ruled out for the game today, and should head straight to your bench. If you picked him up for this week (or already had him), hang onto him, as he should be the primary tight end for New England moving forward.**

by Anthony Stalter

NO Ben Watson - Week 19 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 19 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Ben Watson caught two-of-three targets for 29 yards in the Saints’ Week 17 loss to the Panthers. Watson, who plans to retire following New Orleans’ playoff run, has not seen more than three targets in his last eight games. He has also not gone over 50 yards receiving in that same span. Ranked as our TE8 for the Divisional Round, avoid Watson in DFS play this weekend. The Saints simply don’t use him.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Carolina Panthers

Ben Watson caught one-of-two targets for six yards in the Saints’ Week 16 win over the Steelers. He hasn’t seen more than four targets since Week 9 and has completely fallen off the fantasy radar. Avoid Watson in all formats on Sunday when the Saints host the Panthers.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Watson caught one-of-two targets for 28 yards in the Saints’ Week 15 win over the Panthers. It was yet another uninspiring fantasy day for Watson, who is off the fantasy radar. Ranked as our TE23 for Week 16, avoid Watson on Sunday when the Saints host the Steelers.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Carolina Panthers

Ben Watson caught all three of his targets for 24 yards in the Saints’ Week 14 win over the Bucs. It was an improvement over the zero targets Watson saw the week prior in Dallas, but nevertheless, he is off the fantasy radar. Avoid him Monday night when the Saints visit the Panthers.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Ben Watson was not targeted in the Saints’ Week 11 win over the Eagles. It was the second time in as many games where Watson failed to get on the stat sheet. Ranked as our TE16 for Week 12, we would avoid Watson in Week 12, even in a great matchup with the defensively-challenged Falcons.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Ben Watson caught one-of-two targets for one yard in the Saints’ Week 10 thrashing of the Bengals. Coming off a three-catch, 62-yard, one-touchdown performance over the Rams, Watson was a major disappointment (not to mention the Saints scored 50-plus points. Ranked as our TE16 for Week 11, we recommend avoiding Watson when the Saints host the Eagles on Sunday.

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