Sammy Watkins Fantasy ADP Suggests He's Undervalued for 2019 NFL Season
By Dan Israeli
There are few teams as exciting for fantasy football purposes as the Kansas City Chiefs. Following Patrick Mahomes' breakout year at QB in 2018, owning a piece of the Chiefs' offense is desirable for any fantasy football owner, as Kansas City averaged 34.8 points per game (PPG), which led the NFL by an astounding 4.0 PPG.
While Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are both top-tier fantasy assets, running back Damien Williams is also a valuable piece following the impressive run he went on last season after the team waived Kareem Hunt. Even two rookies on the Chiefs, running back Darwin Thompson and wide receiver Mecole Hardman, are getting some buzz as deep fantasy sleepers.
The name you likely haven't heard much this preseason, among the Chiefs' top skill guys, is Sammy Watkins. The Clemson product has become something of an afterthought in fantasy, despite the fact that he's the unquestioned No. 2 WR in Kansas City's explosive offense.
With an average draft position (ADP) of WR34, Watkins is being taken as a third or fourth wide receiver, depending on league size. He finished his first season in Kansas City with 40 receptions for 519 receiving yards and three touchdowns, despite only playing in 10 games due to injuries.
Of course, this is not the first time Watkins has been banged up, as he hasn't played a full 16-game season since his rookie year (2014). Even so, Watkins flashed big-time potential when he was healthy last season. From Week 7-9 in 2018, Watkins finished as WR5, amassing 243 receiving yards and two TDs.
Unfortunately, he went on to miss five of the next six regular-season games, but Watkins played quite well in the postseason, racking up 10 catches for 176 yards receiving through two games.
While Watkins is an injury risk, he's proven he's still fantasy viable when healthy. If Watkins can stay on the field, he has a chance to really outperform his current ADP, making him an intriguing mid-round target.
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