Benjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

TE - NE - Suspended
Height: 6' 3"Weight: 255 lbsAge: 38College: GeorgiaDrafted: #32 (1st Rd. by New England)

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Benjamin Watson catches one pass, leaves with injury

Benjamin Watson caught one of his two targets for 10 yards in the Patriots' preseason win over the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact

Watson left the game with an injury, but given that he's suspended to start the season, he'll have plenty of time to heal. Once he returns, he would be likely to assume the starting role. However, with less pass volume to go around than years prior, Watson does not figure to get significant targets on a weekly basis. He's a TE2 at best.

Benjamin Watson quiet in first preseason game

Benjamin Watson caught his only target for 14 yards in the Patriots' preseason win over the Lions.

Fantasy Impact

As the top TE on the depth chart, Watson is interesting by default. However, he will miss four games to start the season due to a substance violation. His role is nowhere near locked in, especially if Matt LaCosse continues to play well, so Watson should not be drafted in most formats. In very deep leagues though, it's worth noting that the Patriots consider him atop the depth chart.

Ben Watson un-retires, signs one-year deal with Patriots

Ben Watson is coming out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact

Watson spent last season with the Saints and retired for a little while following their loss in the NFC Championship. However, with Rob Gronkowski retired, the Patriots needed help at tight end. Watson began his career in New England, where he was a first-round pack back in 2004. The 38-year-old hauled in 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns a season ago.

Ben Watson doesn't play in NFC Championship

Ben Watson (illness) did not play in the NFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact

Thus ends a long and productive career for the 38-year-old tight end. A former first round pick Watson played with the Patriots, Browns, Ravens, and Saints across his 14 pro seasons. Watson was never a major fantasy asset but was a tight end streamer for years.

Benjamin Watson ruled out of NFC Championship game

ESPN's Katherine Terrell is reporting Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) has been ruled out of the NFC Championship game.

Fantasy Impact

Watson is reportedly battling appendicitis, which explains why he is already deemed inactive for Sunday's win or go home matchup against the Rams. However, since he's already missed two practices and has been able to avoid surgery up to this point, the Saints aren't taking any chances. Should the Saints advance to the Super Bowl, Watson will have a chance to return and play. Otherwise, Watson may have already played in the final game of his career. The longtime NFL tight end is likely to retire at the end of the Saints' 2018-2019 campaign.