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FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1

TE NOR

College: Georgia | 15 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 251 lbs
Birth Date: 12/18/1980
2019 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 65
Avg Pts: 4.06
Rank: 25 TE

Free Agent

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 14.40Benjamin Watson 44 receiving yds (4.40 pts)
Week 21.90Benjamin Watson 19 receiving yds (1.90 pts)
Week 312.10Benjamin Watson 71 receiving yds (7.10 pts)
Benjamin Watson 71 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
Week 42.30Benjamin Watson 23 receiving yds (2.30 pts)
Week 53.00Benjamin Watson 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Week 6
Week 710.30Benjamin Watson 1 yd TD reception (6.00 pts)
Benjamin Watson 43 receiving yds (4.30 pts)
Week 8
Week 920.20Benjamin Watson 13 yd TD reception (9.00 pts)
Benjamin Watson 62 receiving yds (6.20 pts)
Benjamin Watson 62 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
Week 100.10Benjamin Watson 1 receiving yd (0.10 pts)
Week 11
Week 122.00Benjamin Watson 20 receiving yds (2.00 pts)
Playoff Week 10.00
Playoff Week 22.40Benjamin Watson 24 receiving yds (2.40 pts)
Playoff Week 32.80Benjamin Watson 28 receiving yds (2.80 pts)
Playoff Week 40.60Benjamin Watson 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Playoff Week 52.90Benjamin Watson 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Player Notes
May 28 2:33am ET

New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson will still have a chance to earn extra money via incentives despite his four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will receive $250,000 if he participates in 35 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and another $400,000 if he makes it to 45 percent. He needs to play roughly 66 percent of the snaps in the 12 games he is eligible to earn full incentives.

Fantasy Spin: Watson's days as a fantasy must-start are in the rear-view mirror, but he could still be an occasional option when the matchup is favorable in 2019. He is eligible to return in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins, so there isn't much reason to pay him any mind in the first month of the regular season.

May 27 7:40pm ET

New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson announced on his social media on Sunday that he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Watson took a testosterone supplement that was legally prescribed by his doctor but banned by the league when he figured his playing days were over after the 2018 season. The 15-year veteran and 38-year-old spent the first six years of his career with the Patriots after being taken with the final pick of the first round in 2004. The Patriots signed Watson regardless of his suspension, mainly because they need depth after Rob Gronkowski retired. Watson had 35 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints last season, but he's unlikely to be anything more than a low-end TE2 in 2019. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse will battle for playing time to begin the year with Watson suspended.

From RotoBaller

May 26 6:13pm ET

New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson said he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season because he failed a drug test this offseason.

Fantasy Spin: Watson probably will in line for the starting job but will now have to miss the first month of the season. He can still be a No. 2 tight end in some fantasy leagues. Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be the starter while Watson is out but is not a great fantasy option.

May 9 3:23pm ET

Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) reportedly agreed to terms with the New England Patriots - the team that made him a first-round pick in 2004 - one a one-year contract worth up to $3 million on Thursday, May 9, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Spin: That escalated quickly. Reports surfaced this morning that Watson had decided to un-retire and visit New England, so it looks like it only took a few hours at most to hammer something out. Now 38 years old, Watson isn't going to set the world on fire and fill the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski, but he could give Austin Seferian-Jenkins a run for his money and be worth using a matchup-based play in fantasy this season.

May 9 8:13am ET

Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) is visiting the New England Patriots Thursday, May 9.

Apr 24 9:27am ET

Free-agent tight end Benjamin Watson, who was intending to retire after last year, is considering a return to the NFL, according to sources. Watson had 35 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games for New Orleans in 2018. He's unlikely to return to the Saints after they signed Jared Cook, and it's fair to wonder how much the veteran has left at this late stage of his career. Even if he signs with another team, it's unlikely that Watson will be a fantasy option in 2019.

Apr 20 7:53pm ET

Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) is considering a return in 2019, according to sources, after previously stating 2018 would be his last year. Watson, whose wife is due to deliver twins next week, could return for his 16th NFL season 'under the right situation.'

Fantasy Spin: Watson isn't much of a fantasy asset at 38 years old, but a potential return to the Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots may give him matchup utility.

Jan 20 2:13pm ET

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) has been declared inactive for the NFC Championship game but should be available to play in Super Bowl LIII if the Saints advance.

Jan 20 1:53pm ET

The New Orleans Saints have declared OT Derek Newton, WR Keith Kirkwood, RB Dwayne Washington, DL Tyrunn Walker, TE Benjamin Watson, LB Manti Te'o and C Will Clapp inactive for Conference Championships.

Jan 19 12:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (appendix) will not play in the NFC Championship game on Sunday against the Rams after missing several practices this week while dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. He has been able to avoid surgery, but he won't be able to play in the big game. The veteran tight end has just two touchdowns on the year and hasn't been a very big part of the offense in what is expected to be his final season. With him out, Josh Hill should have a bigger role against a Rams team that has been vulnerable to tight ends this year. Hill will have some sleeper DFS appeal.

From RotoBaller

Jan 18 6:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game.

Fantasy Spin: Watson is not expected to play in the game, but owners should check the inactive list for his official status. He will not be a big factor in the passing game if he plays and can be avoided in all leagues.

Jan 18 4:03pm ET

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) will not play in the NFC Championship game because he is dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. Watson has avoided surgery at this point.

Fantasy Spin: Josh Hill likely will receive the starting job with Watson sidelined but will not be a big part of the passing game. Hill can be avoided in fantasy leagues.

Jan 17 7:53pm ET

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.

Fantasy Spin: Watson probably can still play even if he does not practice this week, but people will know more about his status in the next few days. He is not a big part of the passing game and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.

Jan 16 9:03pm ET

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Fantasy Spin: Watson has been held to one catch in five of the last seven games and is not a big part of the passing game. He probably should be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.

Jan 13 9:03pm ET

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13.

Fantasy Spin: It was the fifth time in the last seven games that Watson has been held to one catch or less, and he hasn't reached 30 yards in any game during that stretch. The Saints will face the Rams in the conference title game, and while Watson managed 62 yards and a score against them in Week 9, he is no more than a Hail Mary play in fantasy contests given his current role in the offense.

Dec 27 6:00pm ET

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson said he plans to retire after this season. The 38-year-old is in his 15th season and is hoping to ride off into the sunset if the Saints can make a Super Bowl run this year. He has 33 catches (43 targets) for 371 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Watson has just five catches for 58 yards in the last four games and is more of a TE2 at this point. He may be rested in Week 17 against the Panthers as well.

From RotoBaller

Dec 27 5:03pm ET

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson said he is planning to retire following the 2018 season.

Fantasy Spin: Watson has survived through 14 years in the NFL with four teams while winning a Super Bowl. His absence will pave the way for more fantasy relevance for Josh Hill, although the Saints could draft someone at the position.

Player Transactions
  • 09-May-2019: NWE - Signed - One-year contract (through 2019)
  • 14-Mar-2019: NOR - Retired
  • 13-Mar-2019: NOR - Declared Free Agent
  • 28-Mar-2018: NOR - Signed, Unrestricted FA - One-year contract (through 2018)
  • 14-Mar-2018: BAL - Declared Free Agent
  • 07-Feb-2017: BAL - Off IR - Achilles
  • 29-Aug-2016: BAL - On IR - Achilles
  • 09-Mar-2016: NOR - Declared Free Agent
  • 09-Mar-2016: BAL - Signed, Unrestricted FA - Two-year contract (through 2017)
NFL Week
OppPtsRecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
100
Yds
Rush
Att
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
Fum
Lost
2018 Season65.003540024700000
Week 1TAM4.404440400000
Week 2CLE1.903190500000
Week 3@ATL12.105710600000
Week 4@NYG2.301230300000
Week 5WAS3.004300400000
Week 6bye
Week 7@BAL10.306431600000
Week 8@MIN0.00000000000
Week 9LAR20.203621400000
Week 10@CIN0.10110200000
Week 11PHI0.00000000000
Week 12ATL2.001200200000
Week 13@DAL0.00000100000
Week 14@TAM2.403240300000
Week 15@CAR2.801280200000
Week 16PIT0.60160200000
Week 17CAR2.902290300000
DivisionalPHI1.201120100000
ChampionshipLAR0.00000000000