News: 3 days agoWatkins (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Spin: This comes as somewhat of a surprise. After a breakout Week 2, Watkins practiced in limited fashion Wednesday with a hamstring injury. The injury took a turn for the worse from there as the veteran receiver missed practice both Thursday and Friday before being ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. The Packers have been noticeably withholding when it comes to injuries with ambiguous timelines, but perhaps more information regarding Watkins' return this season will trickle out over the coming weeks.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Watkins signed with the Packers after one unsuccessful season in Baltimore, as he was limited to career-low marks in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Watkins missed four games and has now been sidelined for multiple games in six of his last seven seasons. He hasn't produced a top-40 fantasy campaign since 2015 and he's never finished better than 20th. On paper, the 29-year-old is in a good spot with Aaron Rodgers under center and with the likes of Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and a pair of rookies as his chief competition for snaps and targets. However, he's been here before many times and hasn't come through. Watkins may flash with the occasional big game, but he's barely worth considering late in your draft.