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April 19, 2022

Sammy Watkins is the most valuable depth wide receiver in fantasy football

Watkins is a household name, but he’s not necessarily a guy that you associate with some of the bigger names at wide receiver. He’s not going to compare to the Deebo Samuels, Davante Adams, and Justin Jefferson’s of the world. He’s also not a guy that will be high on people's fantasy big boards. However, I see Watkins as one of those under the radar players that is going to bring huge value to a fantasy team this season. 

The Green Bay Packers depth chart is thin at best, and Aaron Rodgers is the type of quarterback that loves to throw the football. Watkins had his most success in Kansas City as a complementary piece behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. He really only had one chance to be a WR1 and that’s when he played for the Buffalo Bills and they didn’t have a capable quarterback or capable coaching staff.

In Green Bay Watkins is going to play with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and one of the best young coaches in the league. With the lack of options on offense, I feel like Rodgers is going to force feed the ball to Watkins. Even if the Packers draft a receiver, Rodgers will look to the veteran. This is going to make Watkins valuable.

I’m known to be a bit of a gambler and aggressive when I draft, so take this for what it is, but I’m not sure I’m willing to let Watkins fall to the later rounds. I could see myself taking a flier in the fifth or sixth round to ensure he’s on my roster. Taking in the mid-rounds will give me an opportunity to address a position like tight end earlier in the draft.