Saints TE Dan Arnold is inactive for today's game against the Bucs. He wasn't on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. That's a surprise after Arnold's role had grown in recent weeks. His absence leaves Josh Hill and Ben Watson at TE. Neither is a reliable fantasy play.
Ravens TE Ben Watson (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. He's been on the injury report for most of the season, but it's worth noting that he didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. You'll need to check back around 7 pm ET tomorrow to see if Watson will give it a go vs. Miami.
Ravens insider Jeff Zrebiec believes TE Dennis Pitta could be a "significant contributor" this season after an impressive spring. He "was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks," Zrebiec writes. "Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction." Pitta missed the last 2 seasons with major hip injuries and turns 31 at the end of June. We're in "believe-it-when-we-see-it" mode, especially with Baltimore's crowded TE corps.
Saints insider Nick Underhill calls TE Josh Hill's performance in training camp so far "underwhelming." He wasn't very involved in the passing game early, missed a few days with an undisclosed injury and dropped the 1st pass thrown to him on Monday. Hill is listed as the #2 TE behind Ben Watson on New Orleans' initial depth chart. We'll see if he can pick things up in preseason action, but Hill looks like just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.
Saints TE Benjamin Watson has been the standout out his position so far in training camp, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune. Offseason fantasy darling Josh Hill has missed time with an undisclosed injury, helping Watson get more 1st-team reps. But Holder writes that Watson "received plenty more opportunities in the passing game even when Hill was healthy" in spring workouts. The 34-year-old TE has always presented good speed and athleticism for his position and has scored 4 TDs among just 39 catches over his 2 Saints seasons. Even if Hill passes Watson on the depth chart once he returns, Watson at least stands as a reason to temper your fantasy expectations for Hill.
Saints TE Ben Watson sustained a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. He'll need to pass through the league's concussion protocol in order to play this coming weekend. Watson has seen an increased role since a foot injury bit TE Jimmy Graham. Still, Watson hasn't made much of a fantasy impact. He boasts just 1 catch over the past 2 weeks.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham reportedly has a partially torn
plantar fascia in his foot. This news
comes via Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
According to Glazer, Graham’s ability to play will come down to pain tolerance. But the stud TE remains unlikely to suit up because of how painful the injury
is. Essentially, a partially torn
plantar fascia doesn’t allow receivers to make sharp cuts. Fantasy
owners need to have a backup plan ready. Our TE Rankings are always a great place to start.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. It's a concern considering he's had 10 days off, and it jibes with reports that Graham is "uncertain" for this weekend's game against the Bills. We still don't have any details about his injury. "Each day we'll just take a peek on how he's progressing and be smart about it," HC Sean Payton said. Check back tomorrow for another update. Ben Watson would take over as New Orleans' lead TE -- and be a viable fantasy spot start -- if Graham can't go.
ESPN's Adam Schefter calls Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Bills. Schefter adds that "it would have been difficult" for Graham to play this past weekend. The report is much less optimistic than last week's news that the injury was not serious. We still don't have any details on exactly what's ailing Graham, but we know that foot injuries can be tricky. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status this week. If Graham can't play against the Bills, Ben Watson would step in as New Orleans' lead TE.
Browns TE Ben Watson was medically-cleared back in January to return to football activities. He suffered at least 3 concussions this past season but was symptom-free by February. Watson didn't carry much upside to begin with, and now he'll be a major injury-risk. We can do better for a backup TE in fantasy drafts this summer.
A hip injury kept Browns TE Ben Watson out of practice on Monday. He doesn't appear to be in danger of missing the season opener, but he won't be a recommended fantasy play with TE Evan Moore emerging as a serious threat to steal targets.
Browns TE Ben Watson is back at practice after suffering a concussion last Saturday. The injury was never a concern, although another concussion could be bad news. Watson is just a TE2 in fantasy leagues this year.
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