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Ben Watson | Tight End

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Georgia
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Ben Watson secured 3-of-4 targets for 19 yards in Week 10 against the Redskins.
Watson hasn't done much since posting a 9/147/1 line in Week 8. He wasn't targeted in the Saints' only red-zone situation. Watson has managed just nine targets over the last two weeks. Nov 15 - 5:45 PM

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Ben Watson was held to five catches for 60 yards in Week 9 against the Titans.

Watson took a backseat to Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks after leading the Saints in targets last week. He didn't have any scoring chances, losing two red-zone touchdowns to Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui. Watson was still a big part of the offense despite the letdown. He'll be a low-end TE1 in Week 10.
Nov 8 - 5:56 PM

Ben Watson caught 9-of-10 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 8 win over the Giants.

It would appear the 34-year-old tight end is for real in fantasy. Two weeks after having a career game against the Falcons on Thursday Night Football, Watson bettered it against the Giants, leading the Saints in targets on a day where Drew Brees threw for over 500 yards. Watson is now up to 38/472/3 on the season, and on pace for 76/944/6. That yardage might be a stretch, but there's every reason to believe Watson is now a TE1. He gets the Titans in Week 9.
Nov 1 - 5:14 PM

Ben Watson caught 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in New Orleans' Week 7 win over the Colts.

It could have been a much bigger afternoon, but Watson was twice tackled at the Colts' one-yard line on gains of 25 yards. Watson is clearly becoming a bigger part of the Saints' offense, turning in his best two games of the season over the past two weeks. He'll be a safe TE2 for Week 8 against the Giants.
Oct 25 - 6:11 PM

Ben Watson caught 10-of-12 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 6 win over the Falcons.

It was a career night for the 34-year-old tight end, who entered Week 6 the owner of a 15/139/1 line. Watson made some contested grabs against tight coverage, but was the beneficiary of Hall-of-Fame ball placement from Drew Brees. Watson is one of Brees' primary safety valves, but he's still not a realistic TE1 going forward. Watson had yet to clear four catches or 42 yards prior to this evening.
Oct 16 - 12:00 AM

Ben Watson had two catches for 12 yards in Week 2 against the Bucs.

He continued to play ahead of Josh Hill, who was held to one catch. Watson has five catches for 21 yards through two games.
Sep 20 - 6:11 PM

Ben Watson secured 3-of-5 targets for 19 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

He played ahead of Josh Hill (zero targets), but was a bit option in New Orleans' passing game. Watson turns 35 years old later this season.
Sep 13 - 7:53 PM

Ben Watson caught a nine-yard pass in the Saints' third preseason game.

As he has all camp, Watson operated as an every-down tight end with the Saints' first-team offense. He caught a nine-yard pass on New Orleans' opening possession, getting the offense in scoring position. Watson continued to play ahead of Josh Hill and has a chance to be a viable streamer against sub-par defenses this year. Watson has a 3-21-1 receiving line this preseason. Watson's season-long ceiling remains low going on age 35.
Aug 30 - 5:36 PM

Drew Brees stated "adamantly" Wednesday that Ben Watson is the Saints' starting tight end.

Josh Hill will be a sub-package tight end who enters in 12 personnel. The Saints are primarily a three-receiver ("11") team, and have been working with Watson in those formations with Brandon Coleman, Brandin Cooks, and Marques Colston at wideout. Hill is going to have a tough time carving out meaningful fantasy value as a rotational player. Watson turns 35 later this year.
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

Ben Watson is listed as the No. 1 tight end on the Saints' first depth chart of the preseason.

Josh Hill is the No. 2, and is expected to be a "sub-package" tight end. Watson has been so involved in Saints practices as a pass catcher that it might be time to consider him as a TE3 at the end of MFL10 drafts. Watson turns 35 later this year, however. He's difficult to support as a re-draft asset.
Aug 10 - 3:49 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said TE Ben Watson’s role won’t change this season.

"Ben is one of those guys that can play the true Y," Payton said. "I don’t know with Jimmy Graham's departure that changes Ben's role because he was very involved a year ago." The Saints plan to increase Josh Hill's snaps and keep Watson as their in-line blocker. A bottom-20 tight end by PFF last year, Watson should remain a non-factor in the pass game.
May 30 - 3:11 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett cautions not to sleep on the idea that Ben Watson could "play an expanded role as a pass catcher."

Triplett's article was headlined with a "fantasy alert." Triplett doesn't expect Josh Hill to "simply leapfrog" Watson, and believes Watson will likely play more snaps because of his blocking prowess. Watson's blocking is certainly going to keep him on the field, but this is a 34-year-old player who has caught 39 total passes over the past two seasons. Coach Sean Payton can't stop gushing over Hill. We are going to take our chances with Hill in fantasy leagues. Watson isn't a going roto concern.
May 28 - 6:24 PM

Ben Watson is expected to serve as a "seasoned mentor" behind new No. 1 TE Josh Hill.

Don't get it twisted -- the Saints are ready to rock with Josh Hill as their main replacement for Jimmy Graham. Hill won't play the same strict pass-catching "move" role, but he'll at least bring plenty of red-zone chops. Watson will remain a "run blocker and a periodic receiver."
May 5 - 11:59 AM

Ben Watson caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Even with Jimmy Graham fighting through a shoulder injury for the majority of the season, Watson ended up with just 20 catches. Now 34, Watson's $1.2 million salary for 2015 makes him likely to be cut by a team with serious cap issues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:49:00 PM

Saints TE Ben Watson left Sunday's Week 3 win over the Vikings with an undisclosed injury.

It's a chance for second-year man Josh Hill to step in as the No. 2 tight end. Hill had a career-high 48 yards and scored his second career touchdown Sunday.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 08:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Matt Flynn
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Tim Hightower
GLB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3RB1C.J. Spiller
2Mark Ingram
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Marques Colston
3T.J. Graham
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
WR31Marques Colston
TE1Ben Watson
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Tim Lelito
2Tony Hills
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Jahri Evans
2Mike McGlynn
RT1Zach Strief
2Andrus Peat
K1Kai Forbath