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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver | #14

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / BUF
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Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-9 targets for 38 yards in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.
After playing just 25-of-55 snaps in his Week 12 return, Watkins was in on 49-of-72 snaps in this one. He's obviously still not 100 percent coming off a broken foot, but the Bills need Watkins to be out there with Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) out. Watkins' nine targets were a team-high, but he wasn't able to make much happen against Oakland's physical cornerbacks. Watkins will be an upside WR2/3 next week against the Steelers. Dec 4 - 8:01 PM

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Sammy Watkins (foot) is active for Week 13 against the Raiders.

Marquise Goodwin (wrist) is also active after both players were listed questionable. They figure to be the Bills' top two receivers in this one with Percy Harvin (illness) and Robert Woods (knee) out. Watkins is a WR2.
Dec 4 - 2:36 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Sammy Watkins (foot) will play Week 13 against the Raiders.

The Bills listed him as questionable. Watkins is said to still have a broken bone in his foot, according to OC Anthony Lynn, and how much he plays against the Raiders remains up in the air. Watkins is a WR2/3 at less than 100 percent.
Dec 2 - 12:06 PM

Bills OC Anthony Lynn said he doesn't know if Sammy Watkins (foot) will play "one play or 20 plays" in Week 13 against the Raiders.

"Last I heard he has a broken bone in his foot," said Lynn. He added that he has no idea if Watkins will be able to finish the season. This comes less than a week after Lynn said Watkins' conditioning was "not where it needs to be." Obviously Lynn isn't convinced that Watkins is 100 percent or anywhere close to it. Buffalo's remaining schedule is chock full of exploitable fantasy matchups, but right now it's anyone's guess if Watkins will be able to take advantage of the easy slate.
Dec 1 - 2:00 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan said Sammy Watkins (foot) "looked good" Thursday in his return to practice.

Ryan said he expects Watkins to play against Oakland this week "barring a setback." Watkins played well in his return from an eight-game absence in Week 12, securing all three of his targets for 80 yards. With a soft upcoming schedule, Watkins has a chance to settle in as weekly WR2 down the stretch. Of course, in order for that to happen, he'll need his health to cooperate.
Dec 1 - 1:25 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to practice Thursday.

Watkins was reportedly "very limited" during the portion of practice open to the media, but any return to the field is a good sign after he felt soreness in his troublesome foot on Wednesday. Unless he suffers a setback, Watkins should tentatively be expected to play this week against the Raiders.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 11:53 AM

Updating a previous item, Sammy Watkins did not practice Wednesday after feeling soreness in his foot.

Wonderful. Watkins was fully expected to be a limited participant in practice, but the Bills held him out entirely. Watkins played 45 percent of the snaps last week in his return from I.R. He was expected to see an increase in playing time in Week 13. That's difficult to see happening at this point.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 30 - 2:21 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) was limited on Wednesday.

He's fine. The Bills are just easing him back into a normal workload. Watkins played 45 percent of the offensive snaps in his Week 12 return. Expect him to play over 75 percent of the plays this week against the Raiders.
Nov 30 - 12:15 PM

Sammy Watkins played 25-of-55 (45%) snaps Week 12 against the Jaguars.

More importantly, Watkins escaped his first game action in two months without suffering any setbacks, saying after the game he felt as healthy as he has in "a long time." Watkins might not be a full-time player this week against the Raiders, but he should play more snaps and proved he can be impactful even with limited work. He will be an upside WR2 against Oakland.
Nov 28 - 10:00 AM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-3 targets for 80 yards in his Week 12 return from a two-month foot injury.

Watkins played under 75 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps as WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia predicted, but he made the most of his chances. His big play occurred on a 62-yard bomb in the third quarter. Watkins should be closer to an 80 percent player in Week 13 at Oakland, where he will reenter the WR2 conversation.
Nov 27 - 4:22 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes Sammy Watkins will play 50 to 60 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps Sunday versus Jacksonville.

A full-health, full-conditioned Watkins would normally be on the field for around 90 percent of the snaps and see in the range of 7-9 targets. Based on the 50-60 percent estimate, we would project Watkins for 4-6 targets against the Jags. After over two months off, Watkins is a boom-bust WR3/flex play in his first game back. If he plays well, his outlook will ascend moving forward.
Nov 27 - 10:28 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot, questionable) will start Sunday's Week 12 game against the Jaguars.

Watkins is back after missing Buffalo's last eight games with a nagging foot injury. His timing is impeccable as the Bills desperately need a pass-catcher with Robert Woods nursing a sprained knee. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, his snap count will "depend on how his foot feels." Watkins' foot is by all accounts healthy, though OC Anthony Lynn said his conditioning "wasn't there" in practice this week. Watkins is a risky start this week but could return WR1 value down the stretch.
Nov 27 - 8:16 AM

Bills activated Sammy Watkins (foot) from injured reserve.

This move all but assures Watkins will play Sunday against the Jaguars. Even so, the Bills have been very clear Watkins will return to a limited role after sitting out two months with a foot injury. He is not a viable fantasy option this week, but he could return WR1 value in a great schedule down the stretch. He needs to be owned everywhere.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Watkins limited Sunday, Robert Woods out, and Percy Harvin questionable, the Bills are thin at WR. Marquise Goodwin, Brandon Tate, and Justin Hunter should all get targets this week, but none of them are strong options in fantasy or real life. Look for Buffalo to give LeSean McCoy all the work he can handle against a Jacksonville defense that ranks 23rd in rush DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. With backup Mike Gillislee out, McCoy should get the vast majority of the RB snaps, even with his thumb injury. We project him as our RB5.
Nov 26 - 11:32 AM

Bills OC Anthony Lynn went out of his way to express caution about expectations for Sammy Watkins' (foot) Week 12 role.

"As far as implementing him in the game plan, I don't know about that yet," Lynn said. "We'll evaluate the tape and we'll see. ... He wasn't quite 100 percent, and after eight weeks [away], his conditioning is not where it needs to be. So we'll see." At the start of the week, coach Rex Ryan said the Bills were holding out hope Watkins would be available to play "some" against the Jaguars. We would guess he is eased in with a ceiling of around six targets.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 25 - 2:15 PM

Bills OC Anthony Lynn said Sammy Watkins (foot) has been on a "pitch count" at practice.

He's been running at three-quarters speed. Lynn added that Watkins' conditioning "wasn't there" yet. That's not surprising coming off a two-month layoff. Coach Rex Ryan said Watkins will play this week and the Bills desperately need a pass-catcher with Robert Woods (knee) sidelined. But if Lynn's evaluation is accurate, Watkins won't be close to 100 percent. Fantasy owners might be wise to wait a week before plugging Watkins back into their lineups.
Nov 25 - 1:29 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Reggie Bush
4Jonathan Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Reggie Bush
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Justin Hunter
4Percy Harvin
WR21Robert Woods
2Brandon Tate
3Marcus Easley
WR31Marquise Goodwin
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Gerald Christian
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Ryan Groy
2Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
K1Dan Carpenter