Ben Watson Fantasy Outlook Promising Following Return From Suspension


The New England Patriots are one of just three undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. They've actually been even more dominant than their record would suggest though, as the Patriots have out-scored opponents by a league-high 95 points through four weeks.

One of the league's best teams just keeps getting better, as veteran tight end Ben Watson is coming off of a four-week suspension. If you're in need of a tight end on the waiver wire, Watson could be worth a flier.

When Rob Gronkowski was still with the team, the tight end position was regularly featured in New England's offensive attack. However, through four weeks, tight ends have been relatively nonexistent in the Patriots' passing game.

Tight ends Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse have combined for four receptions on five targets, going for 77 yards. Neither player has done much to establish themselves, and Watson will likely be the starter come Week 5.

Watson is making his second stop in New England. He played his first six seasons with the Patriots, so he's already developed some chemistry with Tom Brady.

During his best two-season stretch with the team, Watson averaged 41.3 yards per game and caught 85-of-140 targets for nine TDs. Of course, that happened from 2006-07, so Watson has aged quite a bit, but he's still proven to be an effective player recently.

Watson posted a top-10 finish at tight end as recently as 2015, when he was TE7 with the New Orleans Saints.

While he's not likely to be a top-10 play going forward, look for Watson to have fantasy relevance and some value on an offense that lacks a go-to tight end.

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