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Watson is expected to compete for playing time this preseason with the Chiefs. Last year Watson logged the third-most snaps among Chiefs wideouts (postseason included), but caught just 33 of 63 targets. After the Chiefs added some electric talent at receiver this offseason, odds are very slim that Watson will ever be a Fantasy mainstay.

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 27 460 17.04 3 0.00 573.6
2022 15 315 21.00 2 0.00 392.3
3y Avg. 14 258 18.43 2 0.00 302.7
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Makes two catches

    Watson recorded two receptions on two targets for 20 yards in Saturday's 26-7 win over the Dolphins. Watson has emerged as Kansas City's third pass catcher at points this season, though he was one of four players with either two or three targets in Saturday's win. Instead, targets were heavily concentrated between Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce. With the performance, Watson failed to top 30 yards for the first time out of the last four games in which he's received at least 40 percent of the offensive snaps.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Logs just 18 snaps in Week 18

    Watson didn't catch a pass (on one target) during Sunday's 13-12 win over the Chargers. Watson was among those active for Sunday's regular-season finale, but he didn't play too much, which instead allowed Mecole Hardman (58 snaps), Richie James (48 snaps) and Justyn Ross (38 snaps) to claim the vast majority of action at wide receiver. Watson had played 45 percent or more of the offensive snaps in each of the previous seven games, and he will presumably claim that type of role in the postseason. Watson closes out the regular season with 27 catches for 460 yards and three touchdowns on 53 targets, finishing second among Chiefs wideouts in all of the categories to rookie Rashee Rice.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Tallies one catch versus Bengals

    Watson compiled one reception (on three targets) for 41 yards during Sunday's 25-17 win over the Bengals. Watson made his lone catch count, hauling in a 41-yard deep ball from Patrick Mahomes to cross midfield with the Chiefs trailing in the third quarter, which helped set up the Chiefs for a field goal to draw within one. However, that was his lone impact on the game, and Watson has one or fewer grabs in six of the last seven games. He's a touchdown-dependent fantasy option who doesn't carry much value in the vast majority of league formats.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Week 18 Waiver Priority List

    The Chiefs might only rest Rashee Rice of their main receivers to make sure everyone else knows how to catch, but we could see Watson, Mecole Hardman and Richie James in prominent roles in Week 18 at the Chargers. Patrick Mahomes isn't expected to play much, if at all, so they could be catching passes from Blaine Gabbert. But it's a favorable matchup since the Chargers are No. 3 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers this year, and I like Watson the best of the aforementioned trio. In deeper leagues, Watson could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 18.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Faces Bengals on Sunday

    With Kadarius Toney (hip) ruled out, Watson figures to maintain a key role in the Chiefs offense Sunday against the Bengals. With Toney sidelined in Week 16, Watson -- who has recorded a 26-419-3 receiving line in 14 games -- started against the Raiders, logging 49 of a possible 76 snaps on offense en route to catching four of his six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown. This weekend, look for Watson to maintain his complementary role behind Kansas City's top targets (TE Travis Kelce and WR Rashee Rice), a context that limits the 27-year-old's fantasy utility to deeper formats.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Logs 49 snaps in Week 16

    Watson was on the field for 49 of a possible 76 snaps on offense in Monday's 20-14 loss to the Raiders. In the process, Watson hauled in four of his six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Looking ahead to this weekend's game against the Bengals, Watson profiles as a fantasy option in deeper formats, having overall logged 26 catches on 49 targets for 419 yards and three TDs through 14 outings to date.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Gets into end zone in Week 16 loss

    Watson caught four of six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 20-14 loss to the Raiders. His seven-yard TD grab late in the fourth quarter gave Kansas City a shot at stealing the win, but the defense couldn't get a stop on Las Vegas' ensuing possession. Watson has only three touchdowns on the season, but all three have come in the last six games, as he's established a little trust with Patrick Mahomes. The 27-year-old wideout has already put together a career-best campaign with 26 catches (on 49 targets) for 419 yards.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Single grab in Week 14

    Watson gathered in his only target for 18 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss against the Bills. Watson has collected a combined two passes over his last three games and has hauled in more than two passes in a game just twice all season, leaving the veteran wideout off the fantasy radar in most fantasy formats. He continues to play regular snaps out wide but isn't a major factor as a receiver.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Week 12 Waiver Priority List

    Watson might have had his best and worst game all at once in Week 11 against the Eagles. He had season highs in targets (11) and catches (five). He also scored his first touchdown of the season while posting 53 yards. That's the positive. The negative was a combination of drops and bad routes, and you wonder if that hinders his production moving forward. We know the Chiefs are desperate for playmakers in the passing game, so maybe Watson has some staying power, which is why he's listed here. But he needs to avoid the mistakes to continue earning Patrick Mahomes' trust, and hopefully that happens moving forward. He's worth adding for up to 5 percent of your FAB.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Logs full practice

    Watson (elbow) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Matt Derrick of reports. Watson thus appears ready to return to action for Sunday's game in Denver, though he'll likely be wearing a brace to protect his dislocated elbow. His presence mostly matters for fantasy as it relates to Rashee Rice's snap and route shares, as none of the other Kansas City wideouts have done much of note this season. Rice is coming off his best receiving line of the season in a Week 7 win over the Chargers, so he won't automatically lose playing time now that Watson is available again.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Sits out practice, IR unlikely

    Watson (elbow) won't practice Wednesday, but head coach Andy Reid doesn't believe the wide receiver will require a stint on injured reserve, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports. Reading between the lines, the fact that an IR stint was on the table suggests that Watson probably won't be available Sunday against the Chargers, though confirmation on his status likely won't come until the release of the team's final Week 7 injury report Friday. Watson injured his left elbow in last Thursday's 19-8 win over the Broncos. The injury was originally thought to be a dislocation but is now being described as a contusion.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Suffers elbow injury

    Watson suffered an elbow injury during Thursday's 19-8 win over the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's unclear when Watson suffered the injury, though it may have been on a long pass attempt in the fourth quarter, or what the exact nature of the issue may be. Watson was held to only one target with no receptions during the win.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Leads Chiefs wideouts in receiving

    Watson reeled in two of his three targets for 56 yards during Sunday's 27-20 victory versus the Vikings. Watson didn't play quite as much as he had previously, falling behind both Marquez Valdes-Scantling (65 percent) and Skyy Moore (56 percent) in snap share, but that didn't stop him from turning in his third effort of 50-plus receiving yards through the first five weeks. Watson has proven to be a valuable vertical threat in the passing attack, racking up five catches of 20-plus yards on the season, but he has yet to score a touchdown. The sixth-year wideout doesn't claim a heavy volume of targets, so he can remain off the fantasy radar in most formats.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Leads Chiefs wideouts in snaps

    Watson reeled in his only target for five yards during Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Jets. Watson claimed the most snaps (43) among wide receivers in the contest, but that did nothing to enhance his fantasy production, as he finished with a season-low one catch and fewer than 40 receiving yards for the first time in 2023. That may be chalked up partially to a stingy Jets secondary, but Watson doesn't produce consistently enough on the regular to warrant consideration in most fantasy formats. Next up is a Minnesota defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league in passing yards per game allowed, so there could be a bounceback opportunity for the aerial attack.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Catches three passes in win

    Watson secured three of his five targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Jaguars. Watson finished second in receiving yards for the second-straight contest, as his 62 yards were just shy of Skyy Moore, who led the team with 70 receiving yards. Patrick Mahomes continued to spread the ball around Sunday, targeting 12 different players over the course of the game. With that said, Watson could struggle to maintain a clear and consistent role in the offense. Through two games, the 27-year-old has earned a solid nine targets, but his snap percentages of 26 percent and 45 percent in Weeks 1 and 2 leave much to be desired. Watson will look to become a more established part of the offense in Week 3 when the Chiefs host the Bears.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Solid showing in Week 1 loss

    Watson brought in two of four targets for 45 yards in the Chiefs' 21-20 loss to the Lions on Thursday night. Watson checked in second in receiving yards on the night with the help of a 26-yard reception, as Patrick Mahomes spread the ball around generously in the absence of Travis Kelce (knee). The 2018 fifth-round pick of the Buccaneers put up a 15-315-2 line in his debut Chiefs campaign last season, and he's projected for a larger role to some degree in 2023. Watson's target total Thursday tied for second on the night for Kansas City, but it remains to be seen how his opportunities are affected if Kelce returns to action in a Week 2 matchup versus the Jaguars a week from Sunday.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Re-ups with Chiefs

    Kansas City re-signed Watson on a two-year contract Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Watson put together a career-best 15-315-2 receiving line on 34 targets across 17 regular-season appearances in 2022, his first year paired with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Now back with the Chiefs on a two-year deal, Watson figures to reprise his role as a rotational deep threat, one that mostly limits his fantasy value to best ball formats or extremely deep leagues.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Healthy to start Super Bowl prep

    Watson (illness) was listed as a full participant on the Chiefs' estimated injury report Wednesday. Watson was inactive for the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game victory over the Bengals due to an illness that surfaced late in the week, but he appears to have cleared the aliment and should be full go for Kansas City's Super Bowl prep. The fifth-year wideout played 37 snaps during the Chiefs' divisional-round win over the Jaguars and secured his lone target for 12 yards. He also appeared in all 17 of Kansas City's regular-season contests, totaling 15 receptions on 34 targets for 315 yards and two scores.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Inactive for AFC Championship Game

    Watson (illness) is inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals. Watson caught his lone target for 12 yards across 37 offensive snaps during the Chiefs' divisional-round win over the Jaguars, but he won't be able to play Sunday due to an illness that surfaced late in the week. In Watson's absence, Skyy Moore will be a candidate for increased snaps behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Watson: Minimal involvement in passing game

    Watson caught one of two targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 27-24 win against Denver. Watson made his first catch since Week 13 in this one and played only 22 offensive snaps (37 percent), falling well below his snap counts over the last three weeks. Even big snap counts don't tend to result in much fantasy production from Watson, who can be left on the waiver wire in most formats.
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