Watson caught all eight of his targets for 91 yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over Cleveland. This was a monster showing after Watson received just a single target last week against the Bengals. The Ravens leaned on their ground game again Sunday, and with consecutive wins, they're unlikely to significantly change their game script moving forward. As a result, Watson's unlikely to be a reliable fantasy option from week to week. However, he's definitely a tight end to keep tabs on, and could continue to be more involved in the passing game moving forward following Sunday's strong outing.
Watson played 40 snaps in Sunday's win over the Bengals but was held without a catch on just one target. Baltimore went to the air just 17 times Sunday, but it was still surprising to see Watson completely shut out of the box score. Quarterback Joe Flacco missed the entire preseason while recovering from a back injury, and it appears that Baltimore is content with leaning on the run game while he works his way into game shape. Pass catching options like Watson may have some frustrating outings for his owners until Flacco finds his rhythm.
Watson is listed behind Nick Boyle on the depth chart at tight end heading into Baltimore's Week 1 matchup with Cincinnati, Garrett Downing of the Ravens' official site reports. Despite what the depth chart says, Watson may operate as the team's primary pass-catching tight end, considering Boyle is mostly valued for his run blocking. Watson also handled more first-team snaps than his teammate in the third week of the preseason when the Ravens gave their other starters significant run. Even so, the tight-end situation is one best left avoided unless Watson provides concrete evidence that he's one of Joe Flacco's preferred targets in the regular season. None of the Baltimore tight ends stood out while working with No. 2 quarterback Ryan Mallett in the preseason.
Watson caught his lone target for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason win over the Dolphins. The veteran tight end saw his first game action in nearly a year after suffering a torn Achilles against the Lions last preseason. Watson only played sparingly Thursday, as did most of Baltimore's veteran first-stringers, but he made the most of his lone opportunity with an impressive grab over the middle to pick up 11 yards. Look for Watson to see more snaps in Baltimore's third preseason game as he looks to solidify his role as the Ravens' top pass catching tight end.
Watson is expected to play in the Ravens' preseason game against the Dolphins on Thursday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. Thursday marks Watson's first game action since suffering a torn Achilles in a preseason game last year, which ended his first season in Baltimore before it even began. Now healthy, Watson is the most established option in Baltimore's tight end group and he's clearly the most polished pass-catcher of the bunch, which makes him the most attractive fantasy TE target on the Ravens despite Nick Boyle's rapid ascension up the depth chart. While fans won't be able to see Watson's rapport with Joe Flacco on Thursday, they will get a glimpse at how the veteran looks post-injury.
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