Posted: 10/22/2019 4:07 am UTC
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson posted three grabs for 18 yards on five targets in Week 7 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Watson was re-signed by the team this week and he knows the system. While he is a bit long in the tooth, he could help out fantasy owners in deeper leagues at a position that is a wasteland for fantasy purposes behind the top handful of studs. The Patriots host one of Watson's former teams, the Browns, in Week 8.
Posted: 10/17/2019 1:25 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson's one-year deal is worth a prorated $800,000, which was fully guaranteed, plus $140,000 in incentives.
Posted: 10/16/2019 5:03 am UTC
Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots re-signed free agent TE Benjamin Watson on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Posted: 10/14/2019 4:47 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Patriots) is expected to re-sign with the New England Patriots after the team released him last week. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots did not have a roster spot for him at that time, but injuries have altered the picture.
Huddle Up: It seems unlikely Watson is going to make much of a fantasy impact upon his (likely) return, but the tight end position is so weak in fantasy at the moment that anything is possible. Most owners can probably afford to sit back and wait to see how this thing plays out, but it's not out of the question Watson becomes a starter for New England in short order and able to contribute three or four catches per game.
Posted: 10/07/2019 8:04 pm UTC
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson will not be activated from the suspended list, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This comes as a surprise given the lack of contributions from Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse. What it does mean is that owners won't have to worry about the position being relevant for fantasy purposes anytime soon in New England.
Posted: 10/05/2019 4:40 pm UTC
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson did not travel with the team to Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5, and will not play in Week 5, per a league source. He can activated to the Patriots' 53-man roster by 4 p.m. ET Monday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: If you were taking a flier on Watson being activated for Week 5, you'll need to make other tight end plans. This leaves Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo as the Patriots' top tight ends but neither is fantasy option.
Posted: 8/23/2019 2:27 pm UTC
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson (concussion) is in the concussion protocol after a hit in the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.
Posted: 5/28/2019 6:26 am UTC
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson will still have a chance to earn extra money via incentives despite his four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will receive $250,000 if he participates in 35 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and another $400,000 if he makes it to 45 percent. He needs to play roughly 66 percent of the snaps in the 12 games he is eligible to earn full incentives.
Huddle Up: Watson's days as a fantasy must-start are in the rear-view mirror, but he could still be an occasional option when the matchup is favorable in 2019. He is eligible to return in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins, so there isn't much reason to pay him any mind in the first month of the regular season.
Posted: 5/27/2019 4:54 am UTC
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson said he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season because he failed a drug test this offseason.
Huddle Up: Watson probably will in line for the starting job but will now have to miss the first month of the season. He can still be a No. 2 tight end in some fantasy leagues. Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be the starter while Watson is out but is not a great fantasy option.
Posted: 5/10/2019 2:04 am UTC
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) reportedly agreed to terms with the New England Patriots - the team that made him a first-round pick in 2004 - one a one-year contract worth up to $3 million on Thursday, May 9, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: That escalated quickly. Reports surfaced this morning that Watson had decided to un-retire and visit New England, so it looks like it only took a few hours at most to hammer something out. Now 38 years old, Watson isn't going to set the world on fire and fill the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski, but he could give Austin Seferian-Jenkins a run for his money and be worth using a matchup-based play in fantasy this season.