Benjamin Watson

#82 TE / New Orleans Saints / EXP: 12YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 255 lb Age: 35 College: Georgia Bye 11,18,19,20,21

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Scores against Atlanta

    Watson was targeted 10 times during Sunday's win over the Falcons, collecting six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. "Can't repeat the past," Jay Gatsby, and maybe Ben Watson, cried out incredulously. "Why of course you can!" Unlike The Great Gatsby, Watson was not only able to return to his past self, he improved upon it. At age 35, Watson set or tied career highs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns in 2015. He finished the season having been targeted eight or more times in five of the Saints' last six games. With this level of production, it wouldn't be a total surprise if New Orleans resigned Watson to a short-term deal as the roster lacks an obvious successor. Josh Hill, a fantasy sleeper to start the year, managed just 16 catches in backup duty.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Held to one catch

    Watson (knee) caught one of two targets for five yards in Sunday's 38-27 win over the Jaguars. It's a disappointing stat line for Watson, especially considering that Drew Brees passes for 412 yards and three scores Sunday. Most of Brees' production went to Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Travaris Cadet, although backup TE Michael Hoomanawanui caught a touchdown in the first quarter. We'll have to check on Watson's snap count, but it's reasonable to assume he didn't play as much as usual with his knee injury (he missed a lot of practice time during the week). Assuming he's healthy enough to play next week, he'll have a decent matchup against the Falcons.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Active Sunday

    Watson (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Jaguars, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Watson was a resident of the trainer's room rather than the practice field this week due to a knee injury. Expect the tight end to benefit from Marques Colston's (chest) absence, though Watson's targets may not uphold their standard with Drew Brees (foot) ailing, which could result in Matt Flynn or Garrett Grayson making an appearance.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Expected to play Sunday

    Watson (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Watson is officially listed as questionable after not practicing at all Wednesday and Thursday, but he'll be out there Sunday and could continue to be a popular option for quarterback Drew Brees, as the tight end has been targeted 39 times in the last four games.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Listed as questionable

    Watson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. It's not clear if Watson was able to get on the practice field Friday, but he is still listed as questionable despite not participating Wednesday or Thursday, which leaves his status for Week 16 entirely in question. If Watson does take the field Sunday, and starting quarterback Drew Brees (foot) does as well, Watson figures to see plenty of balls his way after tallying a total of 39 targets over his previous four games.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Watson (knee) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Aside from time missed in August due to the birth of his child, Watson boasted no absences as a result of injury until Week 16. With a knee injury in tow, his activity level in practice will be of utmost interest this week. However, even if he's healthy enough to play Sunday versus the Jaguars, he could be working without Drew Brees (torn plantar fascia) under center.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Scores against Lions

    Watson caught six passes (on 12 targets) for 49 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Lions. Watson hauled in a one-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes left to play Monday, boosting another high-volume outing. To that point, Watson has been targeted a whopping 40 times, and although he's only caught 21 of those passes, Watson has now scored twice over the span. Moreover, such heavy involvement makes Watson a relatively reliable option at tight end heading into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Leads Saints in targets

    Watson caught seven passes for 70 yards in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. Watson led the Saints in targets (11) on a day where Drew Brees spread the ball to eight different pass catchers. The 70 yards were also Watson's highest receiving total since collecting 147 receiving yards in Week 8 against the Giants. Watson may not have huge upside in his age-34 season, but he's has the trust of Brees in the passing game and has proven to be one of the safer tight end options in fantasy leagues.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Scores a touchdown

    Watson caught four of eight targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Panthers. Watson got the Saints on the board with a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but was quiet otherwise. He has been up-and-down from a production standpoint since his nine-catch, 147-yard performance against the Giants in Week 8, but he's generally been a reliable target for Drew Brees this season. Next week, he'll take aim at a Bucs' defense that held him to just two receptions for 12 yards back in Week 2.

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    Saints' Ben Watson: Leads Saints in targets and receiving yards

    Watson caught four passes on nine targets for 53 yards in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Watson disappointed in Week 11 against Washington, but with Drew Brees was under constant pressure against a resurgent Houston defense, he led the Saints in both targets and receiving yards on Sunday. Outside of a couple of outliers, Watson has proven to be a fairly consistent option for Brees, and though he remains firmly in the middle class of fantasy tight ends, owners could certainly do worse. Watson could be in store for another solid performance in Week 13 if Brees is again under duress against a ferocious Panthers' defense.

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