Sammy Watkins spent three years with the Chiefs before joining the Ravens as a free agent this offseason. He had plenty of positive moments in Kansas City, and he also missed several games due to injury. If you have followed Watkins' career, that's kind of how it goes.
While he missed 14 games over three seasons, he also was a big reason why the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV in 2019. Watkins caught 14 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown in the team's three postseason games, including five catches for 98 yards in the Super Bowl against the 49ers.
Watkins didn't leave Kansas City on bad terms, but this still sets up as a revenge game in Baltimore. Watkins is one of my favorite sleepers in Week 2.
"I honestly think they already know what type of player I am. It's not me proving anything to them," Watkins said Thursday. "I love those guys over there. I had fun. I had my best time winning. I just (keep) thinking I'm on the other side now. I just want to go out there, have fun, make big plays and (get) a win."
Watkins played well in his debut with Baltimore in Week 1 at Las Vegas. He led the team with eight targets and finished with four catches for 96 yards.
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He shouldn't be considered a must-start Fantasy option this week against the Chiefs, but he is worth consideration as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues. And he clearly knows the defense he's facing, as well as some tips he can offer Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale about the Kansas City offense.
"I'm trying to win at the end of the day," Watkins said. "So snitch or no snitch, anything I can give Wink and the defense, that's what I'm going to do. I'm not particularly giving up plays, but 'Hey, do this on this guy and do this on that guy.'"
Hopefully, Lamar Jackson continues to lean on Watkins this week, and this could be a high-scoring game. Watkins is worth using as a starting Fantasy option if you need a No. 3 receiver or flex in Week 2.
And if he stays healthy, Watkins could end up being a surprise starting option all year.
Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.
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Week 2 Sleepers
DEN Denver • #5
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
The Broncos lost standout receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) last week at the Giants, but hopefully Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler can help Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant fill the void. It might not matter this week against the Jaguars, who allowed 27 Fantasy points against Tyrod Taylor in Week 1. Bridgewater had 264 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 19 rushing yards, in Week 1 and could replicate that kind of performance this week. Consider him a low-end starter in all leagues.
CLE Cleveland • #6
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Mayfield played well in Week 1 at Kansas City with 321 passing yards on 21-of-28 attempts, but he had no touchdowns and one interception. The Browns scored three rushing touchdowns, so Mayfield was left with just 11 Fantasy points. Even with Odell Beckham (knee) out for this game, Mayfield should have the chance to do well in a quality matchup. The Texans had three interceptions on Trevor Lawrence last week, but he also had 332 passing yards and three touchdowns. Mayfield is a decent starter in 14-team leagues or larger.
Tyrod Taylor QB
HOU Houston • #5
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Taylor has a tougher matchup in Week 2 at the Browns than he did in Week 1 against the Jaguars, but he still might have decent production. He passed for 291 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville but also added four carries for 40 yards, and hopefully he'll continue to run like that all season. The Browns struggled with Patrick Mahomes in Week 1 (39 Fantasy points), which is no surprise, but Cleveland also allowed five quarterbacks to run for at least 34 yards last year.
SF San Francisco • #25
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
This won't be an easy matchup against the Eagles, and Trey Sermon is expected to play for the 49ers, along with JaMycal Hasty. But Mitchell should remain the lead running back for San Francisco, and he looked great against Detroit last week when Raheem Mostert (knee) got hurt. Mitchell had 19 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Lions, and I like any 49ers running back in most scenarios that has the chance for 15-plus touches, which is what Mitchell should expect to get at Philadelphia. Mitchell should be considered a starter in non-PPR leagues and a flex option in PPR.
James White RB
NE New England • #28
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Damien Harris, if he remains the starter after losing a fumble last week against Miami, should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. But in PPR, fire up White as at least a flex option. The Jets last week struggled to stop Christian McCaffrey and Chuba Hubbard in the passing game after they had 11 catches for 93 yards on 11 targets. White just had six catches for 49 yards on seven targets against the Dolphins in his first real game with Mac Jones. Jones to White might be a reliable combination all season.
Nyheim Hines RB
IND Indianapolis • #21
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
It was fun to see Hines get 15 total touches in Week 1 against the Seahawks, and hopefully that continues as he plays in tandem with Jonathan Taylor. Hines had six catches for 48 yards on eight targets, and Carson Wentz threw 15 times to his running backs, with Taylor catching six passes for 60 yards on seven targets. Indianapolis is thin at receiver now with T.Y. Hilton (neck) out, so Hines and Taylor should continue to be involved in the passing game. For this week, look for Wentz to get the ball out quick against the Rams, and Hines and Taylor should benefit again.
BAL Baltimore • #28
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
I hope Ty'Son Williams remains the best running back for the Ravens, but his miscues in pass protection Monday night at Las Vegas could allow for Murray to take on a bigger role. For now, consider Williams a borderline starter in all leagues, with Murray more of a flex. In his debut with the Ravens against the Raiders, Murray looked a little sluggish with 10 carries for 28 yards, but he scored a touchdown. If the Ravens want to give the veteran more looks then Murray could benefit against the Chiefs, who just allowed three rushing touchdowns against the Browns in Week 1.
TB Tampa Bay • #7
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Bruce Arians said Ronald Jones will start against the Falcons after he fumbled in Week 1 against the Cowboys, but we'll see how much work Jones gets. Fournette played the most of Tampa Bay's running backs against the Cowboys, and he can be considered a flex option this week. He had nine carries for 32 yards, along with five catches for 27 yards on seven targets. The key for Fournette, Jones or even Giovani Bernard will be who gets the goal-line chances, and I still think Fournette works best in that role. Fournette also has scored at least 13 PPR points in two of three career games against Atlanta.
CLE Cleveland • #80
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Landry once again had another productive game with Odell Beckham (knee) out in Week 1 against Kansas City, and Beckham won't play again in Week 2 against Houston. Landry had five catches for 71 yards on five targets in Week 1, and he also added two carries for 13 yards and a touchdown. The Texans secondary was abused by the Jaguars in Week 1 with D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault combining for 15 catches, 213 yards and two touchdowns on 30 targets, so there's room for Landry to have another successful outing this week.
NE New England • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
While Nelson Agholor had the better outing in Week 1 against the Dolphins with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, Meyers still led the Patriots in targets with nine. He finished with six catches for 44 yards, and I still like him as a flex option in Week 2 at the Jets. I would start Meyers over Agholor, and hopefully Mac Jones continues to lean on Meyers this week.
NO New Orleans • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Callaway did nothing in Week 1 against the Packers with one catch for 14 yards on two targets, but Jameis Winston only attempted 20 passes in the game. Callaway was still on the field for 84 percent of the snaps, and he should see more targets if Winston is throwing more in this matchup. The Panthers just allowed Corey Davis to catch five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets in Week 1, and I would go back to Callaway this week as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
Tim Patrick WR
DEN Denver • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
With Jerry Jeudy (ankle) out, Patrick should assume a bigger role opposite Courtland Sutton. K.J. Hamler should also see more targets, but I like Patrick to benefit the most in Jeudy's absence. Last year, when Sutton was lost for the season in Week 2 with a torn ACL, Patrick had at least 12 PPR points in seven of his final 13 games. And in Week 1 against the Giants, Patrick had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown on four targets. I hope Teddy Bridgewater will continue to lean on Patrick this week -- and moving forward -- until Jeudy returns.
GB Green Bay • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
In last week's disastrous game for the Packers at the Saints, Valdes-Scantling still got seven targets. He only had three catches for 17 yards, but I hope he gets seven targets this week against the Lions. I expect Aaron Rodgers to go off at home on Monday night, and Davante Adams should have a huge game. But don't ignore Valdes-Scantling also having a big play or two and potentially scoring, and he had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in his last meeting with the Lions last year.
Cole Kmet TE
CHI Chicago • #85
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
I was impressed with Kmet in Week 1 against the Rams when he had five catches for 42 yards on seven targets. He tied Darnell Mooney for second on the team in targets behind Allen Robinson (11), and Kmet should emerge as a go-to guy for either Andy Dalton or Justin Fields moving forward. If Kmet is still on waivers in your league, consider adding him immediately.
Jared Cook TE
LAC L.A. Chargers • #87
Age: 34 • Experience: 13 yrs.
Cook played well in his first game with the Chargers in Week 1 against Washington. He was third on the team in targets behind Keenan Allen (13) and Mike Williams (12), and Cook finished with five catches for 56 yards. Rob Gronkowski torched the Cowboys last week for eight catches, 90 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets, so hopefully Justin Herbert continues to lean on Cook again in Week 2.
NO New Orleans • #83
Age: 25 • Experience: Rookie
I'm curious about all the Saints receiving options this week with Winston hopefully attempting more passes, and we'll see how that impacts Johnson and even Adam Trautman. In Week 1 against the Packers, Johnson had three catches for 21 yards and two touchdowns on three targets. We don't want to overvalue him because he scored twice, but he could become the best red-zone target for Winston. And Trautman actually had six targets, which is something to consider given that Winston only threw 20 passes. I would start Johnson in deeper non-PPR leagues against the Panthers, and I would like to stash Johnson and Trautman if possible to see what happens moving forward. For Week 2, Trautman is only worth a flyer in deeper leagues.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger $5,900 (vs. LV)
RB: Christian McCaffrey $9,900 (vs. NO)
RB: Chase Edmonds $4,900 (vs. MIN)
WR: Keenan Allen $7,000 (vs. DAL)
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster $5,700 (vs. LV)
WR: DeVonta Smith $5,400 (vs. SF)
TE: Cole Kmet $3,700 (vs. CIN)
FLEX: Javonte Williams $4,400 (at JAC)
DST: Steelers $3,000 (vs. LV)
I'm going to stack the Start of the Week in Roethlisberger with Smith-Schuster and hope they beat up the Raiders this week. All the Steelers receivers are in play in Week 2, but Smith-Schuster's price was favorable given his matchup.
Smith and Allen should build off strong Week 1 performances as my other receivers, and I like Kmet at tight end, which you read about above. Kmet is a great price given his upside against the Bengals.
I spent the money on McCaffrey, and I expect him to be awesome against the Saints. I also like Edmonds against an injury-plagued Vikings defense, and Williams has the chance for a breakout game against the Jaguars.
QB: Kyler Murray $8,700 (vs. MIN)
RB: Najee Harris $6,100 (vs. LV)
RB: Melvin Gordon $5,900 (at JAC)
WR: DeAndre Hopkins $8,500 (vs. MIN)
WR: DK Metcalf $7,000 (vs. TEN)
WR: Tee Higgins $6,000 (at CHI)
TE: Noah Fant $5,700 (at JAC)
FLEX: Austin Ekeler $7,000 (vs. DAL)
DST: Patriots $5,000 (at NYJ)
Murray and Hopkins should stay hot against the Vikings this week, and although it's an expensive stack, it should be worth it. It would be great if Hopkins gets another pair of touchdowns from Murray against Minnesota.
Metcalf should go off against the Titans this week, and I like Higgins at his price against the Bears. Even though Jamar Chase should be considered the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals, I would value Higgins as the 1A for Joe Burrow.
Harris is headed for a breakout game against the Raiders, and I expect Gordon to beat up the Jaguars. I also love Ekeler this week in a potential shootout between the Cowboys and Chargers in Los Angeles.