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Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL TRADE FALLOUT: BUFFALO THROWS IN TOWEL ON OFT-INJURED WR SAMMY WATKINS IN SHIPPING HIM TO RAMS

                                                            

The Buffalo Bills, perhaps growing weary of all the missed games due to injury, traded top wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams on Friday along with a sixth-round pick in 2018 for the Ram's 2018 second-rounder and CB E.J. Gaines.  Having missed 11 games over the last two seasons with chronic foot injuries, the Bills signaled that they were no longer able to count on Watkins and his WR 1 ability when he was in fact healthy.  This turns out to be quite the get for new Rams head coach Sean McVay who despite his young age, has been lauded for his offensive ingenuity.  The move also was designed to give second-year QB Jared Goff a legitimate number 1 wideout which Watkins absolutely is.  The caveat of course is the health and Watkins simply can't be counted on with regards to that giant issue.  Throw in the fact he actually downgrades at QB from the solid Tyrod Taylor to Goff and his fantasy football value dips even further for 2017.  Given all this, my best advice is only get your hands on Watkins if you can procure him as a WR 3.  His clear top-notch athleticism and game-breaking ability would make him a steal under that premise but it is unlikely he would slip that far.  So in essence avoiding Watkins is likely the best course of action.


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