The Chiefs have agreed to a new 1-year deal with WR Sammy Watkins that pays $9 million in base salary with another $7 million available in incentives, according to Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star. The move saves Kansas City $5 million in 2020 cap space. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal also includes a no-trade clause. New contracts for Watkins and WR Demarcus Robinson hurt the 2020 outlook for last year's 2nd-round pick, Mecole Hardman. The youngster could be a value in dynasty trades this offseason, though. Neither Watkins nor Robinson is signed beyond 2020. Watkins, meanwhile, should remain K.C.'s #2 wideout.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins told the media on Thursday that he's considering taking the 2020 season off. "I'm really in a different space right now," he said. "I don't know what I'm going to do. If we win it, I might chill out. I might sit out a year." Watkins has dealt with a plethora of injuries throughout his career but is still only 26. We'd frankly be surprised if he steps away -- even for just a year. The bigger question is whether Watkins will be back in Kansas City for the 2020 campaign, when he's due a hefty $13.75 million.
The forecast for today's Raiders-Chiefs game calls for winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of 40+. That's more than enough to impact the passing and kicking games. We wouldn't bench your usual Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce), but their ceilings might be capped a bit in the wind. Raiders QB Derek Carr and WR Tyrell Williams are shaky fantasy plays today. Ditto for Ks Harrison Butker and Daniel Carlson.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He should step back in as Kansas City’s #2 WR, but his upside is lacking with Matt Moore under center against the Packers on Sunday night.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Packers, barring a setback over the next few days. With Matt Moore under center, though, Watkins is just a low-end WR3.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. He returned to limited practices this week, so a return for next Sunday night's game vs. the Packers seems realistic. With Watkins out last week, the pass routes run for Kansas City's WRs went like this: Demarcus Robinson 37, Byron Pringle 29, Mecole Hardman 25, Tyreek Hill 22. Hill should be closer to a full-go in his 2nd game back from that clavicle injury. His increased playing time figures to come at the expense of Pringle and/or Hardman.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was limited in Tuesday's practice. He reportedly has a shot to return for Thursday night's game against the Broncos -- but he'd be a much more comfortable fantasy start if he puts in a full practice tomorrow.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) has a "good shot" to return for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. It's a bit surprising that he's expected to be ready for the short turnaround after not practicing at all last week. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation over the next few days.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. He didn’t practice all week and should be considered iffy for this Thursday night's game against the Broncos.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 6. He didn't practice all week and won't play against the Texans on Sunday. We'll see if he can make it back for this coming Thursday night's game against the Broncos.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Texans this weekend. That could again open up a significant role for WR Byron Pringle -- although we're still waiting to see if WR Tyreek Hill (clavicle) returns this week.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) didn't practice on Wednesday. Consider him no better than 50/50 to play against the Texans this weekend after injuring that hammy this past Sunday night. Watkins' absence would open up playing time for WR Byron Pringle.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins suffered a hamstring injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game against the Colts and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we know more. Watkins' absence leaves DeMarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle as Kansas City's top 3 WRs.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (shoulder) is active for tonight's game against the Colts. He was limited in Friday's practice after being a full-go earlier in the week, but we never heard any real concern about his status. Watkins remains a high-upside fantasy play as the #1 WR in this Chiefs offense.
The Chiefs expect WR Sammy Watkins to play tonight against the Colts, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Watkins put in full practices Wednesday and Thursday before a limited Friday and then a "questionable" designation. Raporport also reports that RB Damien Williams is expected to return after missing the past 2 games with a knee injury. Williams' "questionable" designation was a bit surprising after he practiced in full all week. Plan on having him available, though the designation means you'll need an insurance option available.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Colts. He was limited in Friday's practice after being a full-go on Wednesday and Thursday. We've heard nothing to suggest that Watkins is in danger of missing this game -- but it's Sammy Watkins we're talking about. We'll look for updates on his status throughout the weekend.
The forecast for today's Ravens-Chiefs game calls for a 70% chance of rain. There are flash flood warnings in the area, so it sounds like the rainfall could be heavy. The good news is that wind shouldn't be a major problem, with the forecast calling for 10-13 mph. We'll keep an eye on this as we get closer to 1 pm ET kickoff and adjust the Week 3 rankings as needed.
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