“I’m praying and hope they do right by me if I go back,” Watkins told Bleacher Report. “If they don’t, it’s going to be World War III. Seriously. Because I feel like I’ve been doing everything in my power to stay positive, to continue to uplift everybody on the team. To put myself last, to literally always put myself last.”
Watkins joined the Chiefs prior to the 2018 season. During his two years in KC, he’s seen 145 targets, including 90 last season. Perhaps his third year in the league
Watkins’ Fantasy Outlook
Watkins was selected with the No. 4 pick by the Bills back in 2016 and he never really lived up to that billing, though his numbers are solid…when he plays. He has only played a full season once (2016), missing time in each season.
Watkins is averaging 66 catches, 1.064 yards, and seven touchdowns per 16 games. He’s been frustrating to own in the past, as he’s left or missed many games. Yet, he may be undervalued this season. If he’s a late-round flier, you could do worse than Watkins, though be prepared for some highs and lows.
Bills Denying Watkins’ Claims
Earlier in the offseason, he claimed the Bills had an interest in a reunion, though Buffalo denies that claim.
“That’s 100% false. We never spoke to Sammy Watkins or any of his representation about trading for him. Secondly, we never discussed him with anyone in our building that matters. End of discussion,” Beane said (via Sal Capaccio of WGR 550).
Buffalo needed offensive playmakers and they addressed their need with Stefon Diggs this offseason.
Chiefs Looking to Improve Run Defense
Kansas City’s major weakness in 2019 was their run defense. The unit ranked 29th in the league in DVOA, though it ultimately didn’t matter too much, as the Chiefs ended up winning the Super Bowl despite the flaw in their defense.
As the club looks to defend its title, stopping the run will be an area they look to improve. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens believes the Chiefs can have a top-5 defense in the league if they figure things out against the run.
“Once we get that going with the run game, like definitely not making any predictions or anything like that, we should be a top-5 defense. . . . I just think it’s more of the run defense than the pass defense,” Hitchens said, via the Kansas City Star. “Once we get that settled, complete and make it a defense, we’ll be good for years to come.”
The club finished 2019 14th in the league in total defense. Kansas City only lost one starter from last year’s team (LB Reggie Ragland) and there’s a belief that the team’s familiarity with each other can bring improvement.
Chiefs: The Most Bet On Team In America
It’s been two years since the supreme court overruled PASPA and cleared the way for sports betting in the United States. In that time, no NFL team has had more bets on them than Kansas City (according to Fan Duel).
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