Fantasy Football Sammy Watkins to # 1 WR
The Fantasy Footballers provide in-depth analysis to their fans in an effort to help them study for their leagues. With league drafts right around the corner, it’s time to get to business. Sammy Watkins has been dealt injuries in his career but, when on the field, he is explosive.
Kyle Borgognoni of the Fantasy Footballers recently wrote a column “The Path to a WR1 Fantasy Season: Sammy Watkins” where he looks at his chances of taking that next step.
Here is a tidbit of what he had to say:
“In order for Watkins to shake the injury bug and ascend to WR1 territory, there are a number of statistical benchmarks he must meet to become truly an elite fantasy option.
Target Share: For Watkins to sustain a WR1 season, he needs to grab hold as the mainstay target hog in Buffalo. With little ancillary pieces other than Zay Jones, Charles Clay, and Andre Holmes, it’s possible Watkins can see upwards of 23% to maybe even a quarter of the volume of targets. This total may seem daunting but let’s put this in perspective: when Watkins did see the field last year (8 games), he saw 23.1% of those Taylor pass attempts.
In 2016, WR1-ville began with players who saw upwards of a 22% share with Davante Adams being the major outlier in last year’s top 12 at 20.03%. His fantasy numbers were fueled by 12 TDs. Remember that in Watkins’ breakout 2015, he held a 26.7 share of the team’s targets in those 12 games. Unless you’re welling to lay claim to another pass catcher stealing looks, I can see a high-end of 130 targets if health is assumed at a 23% target share.”