Fantasy Football: Sammy Watkins is on the Move

Sammy Watkins

Friday was a day of fantasy football relevant trades that are shaking up the landscape. Just when we thought the Ezekiel Elliot suspension was going to be all the big news, the Buffalo Bills said “Hold my Beer!”

Buffalo traded Sammy Watkins and a 6th round pick to the Los Angeles Rams CB EJ Gaines and a second round pick. A trade that nobody saw coming. It was on the heels of their impressive first preseason game. Watkins looked good catching four passes on the opening drive. The Bills either worry about the foot issue that has plagued his career or have visions of rebuilding sooner rather than later.

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For Watkins, this is a very interesting landing spot. The Rams have reunited him with Robert Woods, who signed as a free agent with the Rams after leaving the Bills this offseason.

On the Rams, Watkins will still be the WR1. But what does that mean for his value?

For most people including myself if I am being honest, it’s a step down from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff. But how much? If Goff can make a leap in year two, the ceiling is the roof.

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I am a Goff believer and think he can be a good especially when surrounded by the bevy of weapons the Rams have collected including Watkins, Woods, rookie Cooper Kupp and more. He also gets a nice bump from Jeff Fisher leaving and Sean McVay coming to town.

In terms of Watkins ADP, which is currently at the back end of the third I will not own him, but that was already the case for me. However, I would expect Watkins ADP to dip, especially with the QB uncertainty. If he falls to the late fourth or early fifth Watkins becomes a guy that would love to target. I think he has a ton of potential in this offense assuming he stays healthy. Of course, health will always be an issue for Watkins no matter where he goes.

Beyond Watkins, everyone’s projections have to be altered. Woods can become a decent bye week option especially if Goff is able to make strides in year two. Kupp is interesting to me if he can be the Jamison Crowder role in Sean Mcvay’s offense. I would consider him late in PPR drafts but that’s about it. Josh Reynolds becomes a wait and see guy. He wouldn’t be worth adding unless the injury bug hits.

The addition of Watkins is also great news for RB Todd Gurley. Watkins is a deep threat opponents will have to respect. This will force defenses to play more honest and let Gurley face less eight and nine man boxes.  He will likely get a bump in my rankings and becomes a guy I worry less about heading into the 2017 season.

Im excited to watch the Rams play in Week 2 and Week 3 of the preseason and watch how this comes together.

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