2019 Outlook: Sammy Watkins

There's a good chance Sammy Watkins will be the No. 1 receiver in Kansas City this season if Tyreek Hill misses any time due to a suspension. And if that happens then Watkins could be a standout Fantasy receiver in all leagues, worth drafting as early as Round 4 or 5. If Hill doesn't face a lengthy suspension, Watkins should not be drafted before Round 6, but the biggest key for Watkins this season will be staying healthy. If Hill is out, Watkins should be the No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs and the No. 2 target for Patrick Mahomes behind Travis Kelce. Watkins showed flashes of greatness last year in his first season in Kansas City, but he only played eight healthy games because of foot and hamstring injuries. In those eight games, Watkins had 39 catches for 515 yards and three touchdowns, and if you project that over a full season, he would have finished with 78 catches for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. Watkins has played 16 games just once, which was his rookie season in 2014, and injuries have plagued him ever since. But if Hill is out, the Chiefs will have to replace his production of 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns on 137 targets. While rookie Mecole Hardman could see a good chunk of that, we're hopeful Watkins gets a boost in his stats as well. It could be a big year for Watkins in 2019.

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