Benjamin Watson TE NO 3 months ago

Watson, due to his superior block ability, will likely play more snaps than Josh Hill, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett.

The departure of Jimmy Graham could lead to a more prominent role for the 34-year-old Watson, who caught 39 passes in 31 games over the past two seasons with the Saints. Of course, even if Watson plays more snaps than Hill, the latter is far more promising as a receiver and a more natural replacement for Graham's role in the offense. Watson may prove quite useful to the 2015 Saints, but if that's the case, it'll probably be because he's paving holes for the running backs and pitching in with the occasional reception. Hill is much more likely to become a key target in the passing game.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 8 months ago

Watson finished the year with 20 receptions on 31 targets for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Watson has one year left on his contract and is an consummate professional, but the Saints are facing a daunting salary cap situation and the emergence of Josh Hill may make Watson expendable. Even if he returns to New Orleans, his fantasy upside is limited, as Hill was the preferred receiving option even when Jimmy Graham was sidelined.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 11 months ago

Watson (groin) caught five passes on seven targets for 43 yards in Sunday's win against the Bucs.

With Jimmy Graham (shoulder) exiting early, Watson and Josh Hill picked up the slack at the tight end position, combining for eight grabs and 96 yards. Early reports are that graham's injury is not expected to be anything too serious, particularly with an extra week to heal with the Saints on bye in Week 6, but Watson could have some deeper league value if Graham were to miss any time with the injury - though he'd likely share the receiving duties with Hill, limiting the upside of both.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 11 months ago

Watson (groin) is active for Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, the Saints' official site reports.

Watson has been lightly used in the Saints' passing attack this season, achieving more than one target just once in Week 2. Overall, with four catches (on five targets) for 21 yards on the season, he isn't a fantasy consideration, especially with fellow tight end Jimmy Graham handling such a high volume of looks in front of him.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 11 months ago

Watson (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, the Saints' official site reports.

As long as Jimmy Graham is healthy though, Watson -- who has three catches and 14 yards in three games to date -- is off the fantasy radar.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 11 months ago

Watson (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Watson logged a limited practice, so he has a chance to suit up Sunday. He only has four targets for three catches and 14 yards in the first three weeks, however.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 2 years ago

Ben Watson was held without a gain on his lone catch in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 2 years ago

Returning from a concussion, Ben Watson caught a one-yard touchdown in New Orleans' Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Watson's nifty, toe-tapping touchdown near the end of the first quarter was his lone catch of the evening. Watson will continue to struggle for TE3 value behind Jimmy Graham.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 2 years ago

Saints TE Ben Watson (concussion) is active for Week 12 against the Falcons.

Watson missed Week 11. He's just a TE3 against Atlanta.

Benjamin Watson TE NO 2 years ago

Ben Watson (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 11.

Watson didn't practice all week and still hasn't been cleared to return from his concussion. Josh Hill will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Jimmy Graham.