Posted: 5/26/2019 9:05 pm 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: 5/09/2019 7:05 pm 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.
Posted: 4/20/2019 11:04 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) is considering a return in 2019, according to sources, after previously stating 2018 would be his last year. Watson, whose wife is due to deliver twins next week, could return for his 16th NFL season 'under the right situation.'
Huddle Up: Watson isn't much of a fantasy asset at 38 years old, but a potential return to the Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots may give him matchup utility.
Posted: 1/18/2019 10:01 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Watson is not expected to play in the game, but owners should check the inactive list for his official status. He will not be a big factor in the passing game if he plays and can be avoided in all leagues.
Posted: 1/18/2019 7:01 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) will not play in the NFC Championship game because he is dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. Watson has avoided surgery at this point.
Huddle Up: Josh Hill likely will receive the starting job with Watson sidelined but will not be a big part of the passing game. Hill can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 1/17/2019 11:01 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Watson probably can still play even if he does not practice this week, but people will know more about his status in the next few days. He is not a big part of the passing game and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 1/17/2019 12:01 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: Watson has been held to one catch in five of the last seven games and is not a big part of the passing game. He probably should be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.
Posted: 1/14/2019 12:01 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: It was the fifth time in the last seven games that Watson has been held to one catch or less, and he hasn't reached 30 yards in any game during that stretch. The Saints will face the Rams in the conference title game, and while Watson managed 62 yards and a score against them in Week 9, he is no more than a Hail Mary play in fantasy contests given his current role in the offense.
Posted: 12/27/2018 8:12 pm UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson said he is planning to retire following the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: Watson has survived through 14 years in the NFL with four teams while winning a Super Bowl. His absence will pave the way for more fantasy relevance for Josh Hill, although the Saints could draft someone at the position.
Posted: 12/18/2018 5:12 am UTC
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson was limited to just one catch on two targets for 28 yards in the team's Week 15 win Monday, Dec. 17, against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: This type of line has become par for the course for Watson, who hasn't even reached 30 yards since the beginning of November. As a result, he can't be trusted in any formats for fantasy postseason matchups.