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Ben Watson's Fantasy Value Could Be High With Patriots

Max Staley
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The New England Patriots were one of the most TE-needy teams in the NFL following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, but they just added another weapon to their arsenal. Former New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson signed a deal with New England, and the 38-year-old could provide significant fantasy value next season.

While Watson isn't the athlete that he was during his first stint with the Patriots, he can still get it done as a receiver and he's a decent blocker to boot. That kind of versatility has long been valued in New England, so this signing makes a ton of sense.

Now that Watson is back with the Patriots, he should be on your fantasy radar. Last season, Watson tallied 400 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers aren't exactly eye popping, but he has a chance to improve given how little depth New England has at tight end.

It's also worth noting that Watson is just a few seasons removed from an 825-yard, six-touchdown campaign in 2015-16. Besides, stacking a fantasy team with players catching passes from Tom Brady is rarely a bad idea.

Watson could bring a ton of stability to New England, which means he could see more snaps than the Patriots' other projected starter at tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins. While Watson is unlikely to put up big numbers in New England, but he could be a valuable TE2 next season.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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