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Fantasy football Week 13: what to do with Sammy Watkins?

Sammy Watkins is clearly a very talented and capable football player, but the Buffalo Bills star is a fantasy football conundrum.

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As a fan of the Buffalo Bills, I can't help but admire the talents and abilities that Sammy Watkins brings to the team. In my opinion, he is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. Obviously, that statement is not simply about statistics or accolades, but the abilities that Watkins has displayed in less than two seasons with the Bills. Watkins has shown at times that he can be an elite receiver in the NFL - even without the benefit of top-level quarterback play.

But while Watkins will have some jaw-dropping performances each year, he continues to be an inconsistent play for fantasy owners. Sunday's game in Kansas City was both satisfying and maddening for Watkins owners; after the Bills' top receiver finished the first half with 158 yards and two touchdowns, the second half was a head-scratcher, as Watkins was only targeted once despite such a dominant first half. Even when Watkins has a fantastic game, there is still reason to pause when setting your lineups.

Did the changes made by Kansas City truly shut down Watkins? Personally, I find it hard to believe that the halftime adjustments rendered the second-year wideout useless in the second half. But this is the situation we are in, where owners ask themselves which Watkins they can expect against Houston on Sunday. I own Watkins in two leagues, and am leaning towards starting him in both, although I don't feel great about it.

Other Bills-related fantasy news and notes:

  • LeSean McCoy is locked in as a weekly starter at this point. No questions asked.
  • There are other options as a plug-and-play tight end that I see more attractive than Charles Clay. Rob Gronkowski is out, so our old friend Scott Chandler is an attractive waiver option.
  • I am looking at options other than Tyrod Taylor in daily leagues. The Houston defense has been shutting down everyone they have faced over the past few weeks.
  • I think you are starting the Bills' defense and special teams at your own risk. The lack of sacks from this unit makes them a tough start.

Best of luck in your matchups this weekend. We look forward to your questions and comments below.