Trash talk — it's as much a part of every NFL Sunday as touchdowns, penalties and quarterbacks looking really good against the Saints defense. So you can imagine how shocked New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson was this past week when a Redskins defender apparently thanked him for helping out his fantasy team this season.
Yes, this really happened. During a recent appearance on an ESPN Fantasy Football podcast, Watson shed light on the interesting conversation that occurred at FedEx Field as the two teams squared off in Week 10 (quotes via the Washington Post).
"As a fantasy guy, you’re going to be really happy to hear this," Watson told the host. “But one of the players from the opposing team told me ‘Thank you,’ during the game for helping his fantasy team. So fantasy has permeated into the entire NFL. Guys are playing fantasy football; some guys I think even play fantasy baseball."
Now, the Saints pass catcher didn't explicitly say this conversation went down during the Washington game, but because his coming onto the podcast happened the week following his franchise's 47-14 loss in D.C., we can assume it did. He also didn't say which member of the Burgundy and Gold was gracious toward him, a crucial missing detail that could save that polite 'Skin from a stern talking to from defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
“Honestly, I don’t even know,” Watson said. “I don’t even know what the player’s name was. It was in passing, and I didn’t see the back of his jersey. So I’m off the hook on that one. I don’t even have to lie. I just don’t know.”
That's a little unfortunate, because whoever it was is probably a pretty good fantasy football mind — Watson is having one of the best campaigns of his career, and has already caught more passes in 2015 than he did in 2013 and 2014 combined, so it's not like he's a stud that everyone has in their lineups. With that being said, while the Redskins' player's identity is not known to Watson, if we really wanted to find out who he was, we'd know where to start looking: the top of his league's standings.