A lot of people got burned last week when Sammy Watkins decided he was fine to go for the Thursday game against the New York Jets and in turn posted two catches for 20 yards, looking clearly less than 100 percent.
Once more listed questionable, is there any chance someone starts him in fantasy again? Even with nine days between games, Watkins doesn’t appear ready to play.
Apparently, the Buffalo Bills were careless at practice this week, and he got his bad foot stepped on. Maybe they don’t really like him? Maybe it was Marquise Goodwin hoping to get more targets?
Either way, Watkins missed practice from Wednesday to Friday and is a game-time decision. But even if he does play, he’ll be covered by Patrick Peterson, at least according to Tyrann Mathieu.
With what we saw from Watkins last week, that won’t really matter. Start Watkins at your own peril against the Cardinals.
If for some reason Tyrell Williams or Phillip Dorsett is still available in your league, those are the obvious choices. Further down the list, it’s a bit tougher.
Possibilities include Cole Beasley, Sammie Coates, Jamison Crowder, Nelson Agholor, Davante Adams, and Adam Humphries. And really, it’d be easy to keep going. Robert Woods should also see more targets with Watkins ailing, but in no way should he be trusted.
I like most of those guys listed above and think all could produce fairly well, but I’m digging deep and suggesting Humphries this weekend. For starters, he’s getting no respect from anyone despite nine receptions and 101 yards through the first couple games. He has two fewer targets than Vincent Jackson, yet three more receptions.
The exit of Austin Seferian-Jenkins could potentially give him more time on the field as well.
I like him because he’s available everywhere. In Yahoo leagues, Humphries is owned by 1 percent of teams, while at ESPN he’s at 0.6 percent. As I said, zero respect.
But I like Humphries for more than that. Against the Rams, who have one of the best defensive lines in the league, expect Jameis Winston to be forced into a lot of quick throws. That only points to more looks for Humphries in the middle.
There isn’t much information to look at last week with the Los Angeles Rams defense, but it’s notable that Jeremy Kerley had a solid game against them in Week 1, catching seven balls for 61 yards on 11 targets. Kerley is the definition of a slot receiver.
Of course, Humphries, like Kerley, has little upside. He won’t be busting out for 100 yards and a couple touchdowns, but five receptions for 50-60 yards isn’t out of the question.
Humphries will likely see a lot of nickel back Lamarcus Joyner on him and while the former safety has played well, he is playing with a broken toe. I’ll give the advantage to Humphries.
Most of his value is in PPR leagues, but if you’re strapped for options in a standard league one day before games begin, there may not be any better choices.
And at this point, I’m confident in saying Humphries will produce more than an injured Watkins, who will likely see plenty of Patrick Peterson if he does step on the field.