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Scouting report

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Cleveland Browns

Ben Watson caught all four of his targets for 44 yards in the Saints’ Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers. Three of Watson’s four catches came in the second half as the Saints found themselves in a shocking shootout with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs. Ranked as our No. 13 TE for Week 2, Watson is a nice streaming option against the Browns, who ranked dead last versus fantasy tight ends a year ago.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Saints moved on this offseason from Coby Fleener and brought back familiar face Ben Watson, who signed a one-year deal in March. Watson will benefit from playing with Drew Brees and Sean Payton and is the TE1 in New Orleans. He will have some streaming appeal throughout the season but he’s our No. 13 ranked TE for Week 1. There should be better options.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Ben Watson - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

One year after tearing his ACL and missing all of the 2016 season, Ben Watson was targeted 79 times last year in Baltimore, catching 61 passes for 522 yards and 4 touchdowns. He's heading back to New Orleans, where he spent the 2013-2015 seasons, posting a career-best 74-825-6 line in 2015 before signing with the Ravens. (He finished as fantasy's TE8 that year, which was the highest ranking of his career.) Now that Coby Fleener is gone, Watson is atop the depth chart in New Orleans and clearly still has some juice in his 37-year-old legs. He has some appeal playing in Sean Payton's offense with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees at quarterback. Watson is in a great spot.

Fantasy Downside

Watson did wind up in a great spot in New Orleans and he's likely to start for the Saints. That said, Michael Thomas remains the team's No. 1 option in a passing game that also features dynamic running back Alvin Kamara, deep threat Ted Ginn, and newcomer Cameron Meredith. There might not be enough targets to go around to make Watson a weekly fantasy contributor.

2018 Bottom Line

Watson checks in as our No. 25 ranked TE for 2018. He will have some streaming appeal but there are better options if you're looking for a starting tight end. There are too many mouths to feed in the Saints' offense and Watson will likely go undrafted in 10- and 12-team leagues. There's no need to draft Watson, who should be available on the waiver wire if you do want to stream him at certain points during the season.

by Brandon Niles

BAL TE Ben Watson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Ben Watson had a modest 40 yards on 5 catches last week against the Colts. Despite being 37 years old, Watson has still managed to catch 54 passes and 4 touchdowns this year, including 2 touchdowns in his last four games.

This week, Watson faces a Bengals defense that has suffered devastating injuries over the second half of the season, and has allowed a touchdown to the tight end position in each of the last three weeks. Watson should be a solid streaming option for fantasy owners needing help at the position.

by Brandon Niles

BAL TE Ben Watson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Ben Watson caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown last week against the Browns. Cleveland has struggled against the tight end all season, and the Ravens took advantage. Watson leads the Ravens in receptions and he has a touchdown in two of his last three games.

This week, Watson has upside against a Colts defense that has been below average against the tight end position this year, allowing 7 touchdowns to the position. Watson isn’t a high-upside option for fantasy owners, but his volume of targets (third on the team) should make him a reasonable streaming option in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

BAL TE Ben Watson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Cleveland Browns

Ben Watson was only targeted once last week against the Steelers and failed to catch a pass. Watson has been hard to trust in recent weeks, with only 7 receptions, 86 yards, and a touchdown combined over his last four games.

That being said, Watson faces the Browns this week. Only the Giants have allowed more fantasy points to the tight end position this season, so Watson has a great chance to be a solid streaming option in deep fantasy leagues.

by Brandon Niles

BAL TE Ben Watson - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Watson had a touchdown last week, but he’s been woefully inconsistent this season and he faces a Steelers team giving up the third-fewest points to the tight end position this year. This matchup is likely to be a hard-fought game between two teams that hate each other, and it’s hard to trust Watson to put up reliable enough numbers to consider starting him.

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