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Sammy Watkins’ Takes Massive Fantasy Hit with Tyreek Hill Back Sooner

Not long ago, I was professing my love for Sammy Watkins’ Limitless, Top-Five Fantasy Football Upside. Unfortunately, this has evaporated faster than Watkins’ hamstrings. Somehow, Tyreek Hill is set to face a “maximum of 4 games” suspension, which removes any chance of Watkins emerging as the top-WR here beyond the first four games. As such, Watkins plummets over 40 spots down my Big Board, and is nothing more than a WR4 for fantasy.

True, Watkins will be Mahomes’ top WR and field stretcher for however long Hill’s gone. He could be a huge edge-gainer to kickoff the 2019 Fantasy Season. Still, two of these weeks will be against the toughest two pass defenses in the league in the Jaguars and Ravens, respectively. You’re not even guaranteed monster efforts even without Hill.

And then once Hill returns? Watkins goes back to his “third-at-best” position on the target totem pole, with even more competition for looks with Mecole Hardman now in the rotation.

Originally, Watkins’ awful health warts would have been easier to stomach, as the ceiling was astronomical if Hill was out for a substantial chunk of time. Now that Hill’s expected back far earlier, the reward is unlikely to be worth the risk here. He falls a brutal 46 spots down my Big Board, now at 85 overall.

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