Every fantasy football owner has a player that they can not break up with. For me, that guy is Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Since the end of his rookie season, I thought Watkins was not living up to his expectations whether due to injuries, poor quarterback play or inconsistency.
Yesterday, Bleacher Report published a report documenting Watkins's other struggles with alcohol abuse and depression. In the piece, it was revealed that Watkins was upset with the Chiefs about his usage on the field.
Watkins went so far as stating that if he doesn't get over 100 targets this season, it will be "World War III" between him and the organization. Watkins has not had over 100 targets in a season since his rookie year in Buffalo.
Last season, when Tyreek Hill got injured, I thought Watkins would be the main guy to pick up the slack, but Watkins disappointed his fantasy owners yet again. In 14 games, he finished with only 52 catches on 90 targets. Hopefully, his relationship with Kansas City will work out.
Chiefs beat writer Joshua Brisco points to Watkins' new contract as a good thing stating:
"Watkins and the Chiefs did agree on an incentive-laden restructured contract, so Watkins will be able to work on adding one more Super Bowl ring in Kansas City, and it seems to open the door to a continued future with the Chiefs beyond that."
The Super Bowl champion Chiefs have some of the best offensive talents in the NFL. Guys like Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and of course quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Plus a small running back committee that can contribute in the passing game. With so many mouths to feed, you have to wonder if Watkins will break down once again if his number is not being called enough.
Many will talk about Watkins and all the strange stories from the Bleacher Report article, but my takeaway was his relationship with Andy Reid. Watkins stated that Reid has told him to be patient. Even in a long-form interview, my mind stays on fantasy football! As a long time Watkins fantasy investor, I will draft Watkins this year and hope my patience finally pays off.