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News: 2 days agoWatkins (calf/hamstring) brought in four of seven targets for 38 yards in the Chiefs' 27-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Spin: Watkins was moderately involved in his return from a five-game absence, checking in a distant third in receiving yardage to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce while also logging the third-most targets. Now that he has some game action back under his belt, Watkins could play a more prominent role in the offense as a shorter-area complement to Hill's explosive downfield profile during what remains of the regular season. His next chance to deliver on that potential comes in a Week 13 divisional battle against the Broncos.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Watkins enters his seventh NFL season having yet to finish a season better than WR20 in fantasy points and having failed to manage a top-40 fantasy campaign since 2015. Injuries (17 missed games over the past four seasons) and a lack of touchdowns (three or fewer scores in three of the past four seasons) have been a large part of what has held him back, but Watkins also hasn't solidified himself as a consistent, go-to target. Watkins opened 2019 with a dominant 9-198-3 receiving line in Week 1, but didn't score or clear 13 fantasy points in any game the rest of the way. The 26-year-old obviously has some appeal in the Chiefs' high-scoring offense, but there's a good chance he loses work to second-year Mecole Hardman. Watkins is worth no more than a late-round flier.