Watkins caught three of seven targets for 21 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 43-35 loss to the Eagles.
Watkins struggled to get on the same page as Jared Goff for most of the afternoon, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Though the fourth-year pro has only topped 50 yards twice in the last six games, he's scored five touchdowns in that span -- including three straight weeks -- to fuel his fantasy utility. Watkins could see his role diminish next week against Seattle if Robert Woods (shoulder) is cleared to return, but he'll remain a big-play threat with a touchdown pedigree.
Watkins caught three of four targets for 38 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 32-16 victory over the Cardinals.
Watkins drew a tough matchup Sunday going against three-time All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson. The Rams still found a way to get him open for a touchdown in the third quarter by sending Watkins on an underneath crossing route that effectively got the 2014 first-rounder matched up with a linebacker. Having found paydirt four times in the last five games, Watkins appears to be becoming a much more trustworthy fantasy asset than he was at the beginning of the season. However, he's only seen more than five targets on two occasions this season, and Robert Woods (shoulder) could be back as soon as next week. Even if Woods doesn't return for Week 14, Watkins will remain a fairly risky option at wide receiver going against the Eagles top-ranked defense.
Watkins recorded four receptions (on nine targets) for 82 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 26-20 victory versus the Saints.
Watkins has taken a back seat to Robert Woods since joining the Rams in early August, hauling in more than two passes in just four of the first 10 contests this season. That said, Woods emerged from last Sunday's loss at Minnesota with a left shoulder injury, which is expected to keep him out for multiple weeks. In his first chance to take advantage, Watkins managed a five-yard touchdown catch, posted three grabs of 20-plus yards, induced two pass interference calls (both of which preceded field goals) and recovered the Saints' desperation onside kick inside the final two-minute warning. Working in tandem with Cooper Kupp (eight receptions for 116 yards Sunday), Watkins will look to take advantage of a Cardinals defense next Sunday that has given up 7.9 YPT and 11 touchdowns to wide receivers in 2017, but potential coverage by Patrick Peterson could limit his upside.
Watkins brought in three of four targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Vikings.
Watkins' season-long pattern of underwhelming continued against the Vikings, as he generated his eighth performance of three receptions or less in 10 contests. The 24-year-old Clemson product also saw a modest two-game touchdown streak come to an end was targeted under five times for the third straight game. Watkins still carries significant big-play upside due to his speed, but fantasy owners are likely finding the rewards of rostering him this season to be few and far between. He'll look to bounce back in a potential shootout with the Saints in Week 12.
Watkins' share of the offensive workload has wavered between 51.6 and 90 percent, depending on the week. When he injured his foot this past Sunday, he turned 75.8 percent of those snaps into two catches (on three targets) for 41 yards and one touchdown. The volume hasn't been there for Watkins as his teammate Robert Woods has emerged as Jared Goff's favored threat in the passing attack. With the severity of Watkins' injury settled, though, he can focus on getting back into the act Sunday against a Vikings defense that has allowed 127.5 receiving yards per game and three touchdowns to wideouts across the last four outings.
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