Fantasy Football: Top 5 Players to Avoid in the Draft


3. Sammy Watkins (WR, Kansas City Chiefs)

Sammy Watkins is an interesting case in fantasy terms. He’s a talented receiver in the NFL, there’s no doubt about it. But last season, he disappointed in fantasy. Watkins was 41st for WR’s in scoring in fantasy last year. That is not great.

Watkins in his four seasons in the NFL has caught more than 65 receptions zero times. Zero. That really doesn’t help you in a PPR (Points Per Reception) league. Last season, he had 39 receptions and eight touchdowns on 70 targets. I doubt he can replicate that rate of scoring this season.

Another reason to avoid him is, he’s likely the third best option in the Chiefs passing attack at best. You have Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce who fall ahead of him on the totem pole. So that leaves Watkins to likely be very touchdown dependent this season, but there is only one ball that can go around.

So far, Watkins is being drafted as the 31st WR in fantasy drafts. What this tells me is, people believe he’ll jump 10 spots in scoring from last year when it’s all said and done. I just don’t see that happening. If ¬†the Chiefs were an offense that didn’t run the ball a decent amount it’d be possible, but they have Kareem Hunt who proved to people that he warrants getting the ball. Hunt led all RBs in rushing last year as a rookie.

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