Fantasy Football News Roundup: Quez Watkins, Isaiah Likely, Cade Otton (2022)
Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes around fantasy football. To stay up to date on all of the latest fantasy football news, be sure to follow @FantasyProsNFL on Twitter and bookmark the FantasyPros NFL Player News page.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins has “made some splash plays this spring” and drawn plenty of “buzz from the coaching staff and management,” according to Tim McManus of ESPN. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Watkins’s potential. We saw some production from him in 2021 when he caught 43 passes for 647 yards and a score. With A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert all in tow, it’ll be tough for Watkins to see consistent targets. However, he is certainly competing for an uptick in usage with his strong offseason and big-play upside.
– Andersen Pickard
Highest % of routes run per dropback #WildCardWeekend (WRs)
Ja'Marr Chase 100%
DeVonta Smith 100%
Cooper Kupp 96%
Mike Evans 95%
Jakobi Meyers 93%
Quez Watkins 92%
Amari Cooper 89%
Tee Higgins 89%
Zay Jones 89%
Nelson Agholor 89%
Diontae Johnson 88%
— Andrew Erickson™ (@AndrewErickson_) January 19, 2022
Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Isaiah Likely has made a name for himself during minicamp. As Jamison Hensley of ESPN writes, Likely “was the star of the final day of minicamp, when he caught several touchdown passes during red-zone drills including a spectacular one-handed grab.” (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Not only has Likely drawn praise from Hensley, but his teammates have taken notice, too. Safety Tony Jefferson said, “Watch out for this guy. He’s gonna be really good.” Meanwhile, quarterback Lamar Jackson remarked, “It was a tremendous catch, so the sky’s the limit.” Likely doesn’t have a chance to compete with Mark Andrews for the No. 1 tight end role, but it looks like he has a chance to emerge as the No. 2 option over veteran Nick Boyle and fellow rookie Charlie Kolar.
– Andersen Pickard
Scott Smith of the Buccaneers’ official website writes that rookie tight end Cade Otton is the “best answer” to replace Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay. (Source: Buccaneers.com)
Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski retired this past week, leaving the Bucs with Otton, fellow rookie Ko Kieft, and veteran Cameron Brate at the tight end position. Although Brate has the most experience among the bunch, he has struggled to produce in the pass-heavy offense, catching just 30 passes for 245 yards and four scores. His best campaign came in 2016 when he totaled 57 catches, 660 yards, and eight touchdowns, finishing as the TE8 in PPR. Otton, who is recovering from ankle surgery, brings youth and a fresh, new face to the offense. Furthermore, there is the “potential for him to be the tight end the Bucs keep on the field most,” as Smith notes. This positional battle will be pivotal to watch in training camp. Depending on how things play out, Otton could carry low-end TE2 upside.
– Andersen Pickard
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