Sammy Watkins’ presence has not been felt so far this preseason. Watkins has received a whopping zero targets in his two games so far. While it was Watkins turning heads in OTAs and minicamp, it has been fellow wideout Tyreek Hill that has been standing out in preseason. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said he isn’t worried about Watkins’ role in the offense. “Training camp is all about finding your rhythm, making sure we get in sync together,” Bieniemy said regarding Watkins and Patrick Mahomes. He also added that Watkins has been doing a heck of a job when its all said and done.
While that vote of confidence certainly bodes well for Watkins’ role on the team, his lack of work thus far this preseason heeds caution. Some analysts were suggesting that, given Hill’s “boom or bust” production so far, Watkins might in fact be the wide out to own in this offense. Both players skill-sets compliment Mahomes’ cannon arm and pristine arm talent beautifully. Watkins has all the talent and opportunity to be a stud fantasy receiver in this high octane offense. However, most of the volume is clearly going to favor Hill, while Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt need to eat too. It’s time to sell Watkins while you can or at least proceed with caution. Watkins is slipping down the Big Board, currently checking in at WR35.