Watkins caught four of eight targets for 114 yards during Sunday's 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots.
With Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce commanding plenty of coverage, Watkins stepped up to lead the team in receiving yardage. He broke off two gains longer than 35 yards, including one that nearly turned into a 55-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. Watkins posted 10 catches for 176 yards over two playoff appearances, which is an improvement on the 51.9 yards per game he averaged during the regular season. He'll look to continue building his rapport with Patrick Mahomes heading into the 2019 campaign.
Watkins caught six of eight targets for 62 yards during Saturday's 31-13 win over the Colts. He lost two yards on the ground and fumbled during the contest.
What rust? After not seeing action since Week 11, the Chiefs got Watkins involved early and he didn't disappoint, nabbing a deep crosser and weaving through the Indianapolis defense for a 35-yard gain during the Chiefs' first possession. Though his production didn't really top that, including what might have been a costly fumble, Saturday reminded fans how dangerous Watkins can be when teams are forced to also account for the likes of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. He'll need attentions to be on those teammates in the AFC championship game as he combined for just five catches and 39 yards off of nine targets in two games against the Patriots and Chargers, Kansas City's potential opponents, this season.
Watkins (foot) is active for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Colts, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
While putting in limited work at practice this week, Watkins' right foot was heavily taped, which likely will be his reality as long as he attempts to play through the injury. His cause may not be helped by the snowy conditions in Kansas City on Saturday afternoon, along with healthy bodies (Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson) dotting the receiving corps. Having said that, Watkins churned out 519 yards and three touchdowns on 9.4 yards per target in his 10 appearances this season, so his game-breaking ability could be a critical wrinkle for the Chiefs offense.
Watkins (foot) is inactive for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Colts, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Watkins seemed to be trending toward his first appearance since Week 9, but the Chiefs will preserve the veteran wide receiver and his right foot with a snowy pitch at Arrowhead Stadium. The offense has plenty of healthy bodies (Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson and Kelvin Benjamin) dotting the receiving corps, so Watkins will wait and see if his services will be needed during the AFC championship game.
Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable, but is expected to play Saturday against the Colts according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
As always, fantasy owners will want to check Watkins' status closer to the 4:35 p.m. ET kickoff, but it seems likely the former Bills' receiver will make only his second appearance since Week 9 after dealing with a back, and now foot injury, in the past couple of weeks. Watkins' output will depend largely on the amount of snaps he'll receive, as there's a distinct possibility the No. 1 seed in the AFC could limit the playing time of their No. 2 wide receiver in order to preserve him for future playoffs contests.
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