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ESPN predicting big season for Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins

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ESPN has predicted a big year for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

According to the website’s fantasy football projections for the 2019 NFL season, Sammy Watkins will record 70 receptions, 1,037 yards, and six touchdowns for a total of 212.9 fantasy points.

Injuries have taken a toll on Watkins’ production since 2015, per ESPN.

Watkins hasn’t posted a top 40 fantasy season since 2015, but injuries have been a big culprit. The 2014 first-round pick averaged a 21 percent target share (6.9 per game) during the 10 games he played in full last season.

Believe it or not, he trailed Tyreek Hill (73) by only four targets during those weeks. Eight of the 10 games came during the regular season and Watkins was fantasy’s No. 16 scoring wideout those weeks.

He plays a big role (and perhaps an increased role if Hill is suspended or released) in arguably the league’s best offense, which provides him WR2 upside.

Sammy Watkins suited up in just 10 games for the Chiefs last season due to a foot injury. However, he expects a productive campaign in 2019, per The Kansas City Star’s Pete Grathoff.

“I think this year I feel like I’m in college again,” Watkins told Grathoff on May 22. “Or high school. My body is just holding up right.”

Watkins also gave credit to the Chiefs staff for “helping me tremendously with my body” during the offseason, per The Kansas City Star.

The Chiefs finished with a 12-4 (.750) win-loss record in 2018. They lost to the New England Patriots in the 2018 AFC Championship Game. Watkins and Co. seek no less than a Super Bowl title this season. He’ll do whatever it takes to help Kansas City achieve that goal.