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Ben Watson | Tight End | #82

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (32) / NE
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Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.
Watson spent the 2013-2015 seasons in New Orleans, posting a career-best 74-825-6 line in 2015 before signing with the Ravens and then tearing his Achilles' and missing 2016. He went 61-522-4 last year and still has juice at 37 years old. Expect the Saints to release Coby Fleener at some point, leaving Josh Hill and Watson atop the depth chart with Michael Hoomanawanui as a blocker. Mar 28 - 12:22 PM

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Free agent TE Ben Watson visited the Saints.

Speaking Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton called adding both a receiver and tight end a "must." Reuniting with Watson would make a ton of sense, though the 37-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged an anemic 8.6 yards per catch. He's a sure pair of hands at this point in his career but not much else.
Mar 27 - 4:27 PM

Ben Watson caught 7-of-10 targets for 61 yards in Week 17 against the Bengals.

It ends a solid age-37 season for Watson. Despite dealing with multiple injuries, Watson played in every game and managed a 61/522/4 line. Watson is a free agent, but could retire this offseason. If Watson returns, his 2018 value will depend on where he signs.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:34:00 PM

Ben Watson caught 5-of-6 targets for 40 yards in the Ravens' Week 16 win over the Colts.

Watson's missed connection was a drop. The ageless tight end — he turned 37 on Monday — will be a low-end TE2 for Week 17 against the Bengals.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 07:46:00 PM

Ben Watson caught all four of his targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Browns.

Watson has loved playing his old team this season. In two games versus the Browns, Watson reeled in 12-of-12 targets for 165 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a 33-yard crossing route in the second quarter, his longest touchdown reception since 2011 when he was with the Browns. Watson will be a TE2 option next week against the Colts.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Ben Watson was held without a catch in Week 14 against the Steelers.

He had just one target. It's a step back after Watson found the end-zone last week. Watson should be avoided for a Week 15 matchup with Cleveland.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:36:00 AM

Ben Watson caught 3-of-5 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Lions.

Watson's third touchdown on the season was a 1-yard catch set up by a long Mike Wallace reception. Of his three scores on the year, this was actually his first from Joe Flacco. Outside of catching another short touchdown, Watson is not a fantasy option in Week 14 against the Steelers.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Ben Watson caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in the Ravens' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Watson has now caught all four of his targets for 62 yards the past two games since Danny Woodhead returned from I.R. Woodhead's return coupled with Joe Flacco's ineptitude has taken Watson off the fantasy map.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 12:06:00 AM

Ben Watson caught one pass for 33 yards in Week 11 against the Packers.

It was his only target. Watson was mostly used as a blocker in a run-heavy game. He'll be a TE2 for a Week 12 matchup with the Texans.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Ben Watson corralled seven-of-10 targets for 41 yards Sunday in the Ravens’ Week 9 loss to the Titans.

His 10 targets were a season-high. It was a days of peaks and valley for Watson. He made a leaping 16-yard catch for his longest gain of the afternoon in the fourth quarter but was also the intended receiver on the second of Joe Flacco’s two interceptions. Watson burst onto the fantasy scene with a 91-yard breakout against the Browns in Week 2 but has averaged just 24.3 yards in seven games since. He’ll be in the TE2 conversation against the Packers after Baltimore’s bye in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 06:07:00 PM

Ben Watson caught 2-of-4 targets for six yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' Week 8 win over the Dolphins.

Watson put Kiko Alonso on skates on his two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Watson has been chipping in as needed for the Ravens' woeful offense, but it isn't translating to more than low-end TE2 value in fantasy.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 12:14:00 AM

Ben Watson (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Dolphins.

With Mike Wallace (concussion) sidelined, Watson will be needed for heavy targets on Thursday Night Football. He's a plug-and-play TE2.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 07:09:00 PM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports Ben Watson (questionable, knee) could miss Week 8 against Miami.

Watson has been dealing with a calf issue the last few games, but didn't practice this week with a knee injury. It sounds like there's some concern over his status after Baltimore signed TE Gavin Escobar. Nick Boyle would start if Watson sits.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Ben Watson (knee) is questionable for Week 8 against the Dolphins.

At 36 years old, Watson didn't practice early this week on what is a short week ahead of Thursday night's game. He'll be a TE1/2.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 04:06:00 PM

Ben Watson (knee) was held out of Tuesday's practice.

The Ravens have been sharply rationing Watson's practice reps. Even on a short week, he should be good to go against the Dolphins.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 06:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Tom Savage
3Taysom Hill
RB1Alvin Kamara
2Trey Edmunds
3Jonathan Williams
4Boston Scott
5Mark Ingram
GLB1Alvin Kamara
2Trey Edmunds
3RB1Alvin Kamara
2Trey Edmunds
FB1Zach Line
WR11Michael Thomas
2Cameron Meredith
3Tommylee Lewis
4Tre'Quan Smith
WR21Ted Ginn
2Brandon Coleman
3Austin Carr
4Travin Dural
5Josh Huff
WR31Cameron Meredith
TE1Ben Watson
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Garrett Griffin
LT1Terron Armstead
2Jermon Bushrod
LG1Andrus Peat
2John Fullington
3Josh LeRibeus
C1Max Unger
2Will Clapp
3Cameron Tom
RG1Larry Warford
2Landon Turner
RT1Ryan Ramczyk
2Rick Leonard
3Michael Ola
K1Wil Lutz