Player Outlook
Everything about Watson's situation has changed, which is why Fantasy managers should change their perspectives accordingly. He's been suspended for the first six weeks of the season, making him unavailable until Week 7 against Baltimore. That's a big chunk of the Fantasy regular season. He also isn't in Houston anymore but in Cleveland, where weather conditions and inferior receiving groups could hamper Watson for the first time in his career. A tough AFC North schedule upon his return doesn't help, either. You might think Watson is talented enough to overcome those things, but the truth is he hasn't played in an NFL game since the end of the 2020 season. If the Browns add more firepower to their passing game, then the opinion will change. Otherwise, it simply seems too risky to buy back into Watson as a sure-fire top-five Fantasy quarterback, which is why we wouldn't recommend drafting him until at least Round 9 when the risk is minimal. Simply put, there are too many other quarterbacks who are not only safer, but also have equal or higher upside and will play ball in September and October.

Fantasy Stats

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3y Avg. 2892 20 6 286 3 26726.7

Fantasy News

  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Struggles in Cleveland debut

    Watson completed one of five passes for seven yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over Jacksonville. Watson played the first three drives, and the team failed to pick up a first down during his time in the game. He was understandably rusty after sitting out all of last season, but Watson should continue to get ample opportunities to find his game throughout the remainder of the preseason before sitting out at least the first six games of the regular season, at minimum, due to a suspension. Watson will look to put forth a sharper performance in Cleveland's second preseason game, Aug. 21 against the Eagles.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Slated to play Friday

    Watson remains slated to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Jaguars, James Palmer of NFL Network and Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer report. As Friday's 7:00PM ET kickoff approaches, NFL designee Peter C. Harvey -- who was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension -- has yet to render a decision that might affect the quarterback's status. Per Cabot, Watson was present for warmups ahead of Cleveland's contest versus Jacksonville, which he is in line to start.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Could play Friday

    Watson (suspension) will travel to Jacksonville for Friday's preseason game and could see his first live action since the end of the 2020 campaign, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Regardless of how things play out with his suspension, Watson is eligible for training camp and preseason games. Judge Sue L. Robinson recommended a six-game ban, which the NFL now is appealing. The appeal will be heard by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, who was selected last week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Expect both Watson and Jacoby Brissett to get some snaps with the first-team offense during camp.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Goodell names designee for appeal

    Commissioner Roger Goodell has designated former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, NFL.com reports. On Wednesday, the NFL announced that it would appeal disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson's ruling, which called for a six-game suspension for the Browns QB. Citing a source familiar with the appeal, NFL Network's Judy Battista indicated that the league is seeking a one-year suspension for Watson. The NFL Players Association, which initially stated it wouldn't appeal Robinson's decision, has until Friday to respond to the league following Thursday's announcement. The report notes that under the league's personal-conduct policy, the appeal will be processed on an expedited basis and will be based on a "review of the existing record."
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Decision expected Monday

    NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson's decision regarding a possible Watson suspension is expected to be announced Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Per Cabot, the NFL reportedly argued for an indefinite suspension of the quarterback under the league's personal conduct policy for at least the coming season (with a chance to apply for reinstatement afterward), while the NFL Players Association argued for a shorter length of time. The report notes that once Robinson's ruling arrives, either side can appeal to league commissioner Roger Goodell, but a statement released Sunday noted that the NFLPA does not plan to do so. Watson, who has been participating in training camp, has been taking the Browns' first-team QB reps at practice, while Jacoby Brissett -- who would be in line to start if Watson is suspended -- has handled second-team snaps.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Hearing concludes

    Watson's hearing before the NFL and NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officer ended Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. After three days in front of the officer, the league is drawing closer to concluding its 15-month long investigation into Watson, who faced 24 civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct. All but four of those were settled Tuesday, June 21, and among them one suit added his former team, the Texans, as a defendant Monday. According to Cabot, the officer requested that post-hearing briefs from both parties be filed the week of July 11. Once those are submitted, a ruling on Watson's punishment likely won't be announced until mid-July, at the earliest, after which he'll have an opportunity to appeal any proposed suspension. As Cabot reported Monday, the NFL is aiming for an indefinite ban of at least one year.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: In midst of hearing

    Watson's hearing in front of the NFL and NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officer began Tuesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. The NFL is at the tail end of its 15-month long investigation into Watson's legal situation, which included 24 civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct. Of those, 20 were settled last Tuesday while four are pending, with one of them amending its wording Monday to name the Texans as a defendant. According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the league is seeking an indefinite suspension which would last at least one year, but there remains no timetable for the disciplinary officer to make a decision on the matter.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Present for offseason workouts

    Watson is in Cleveland on Tuesday for the start of the Browns' offseason program, while fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) isn't in attendance, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. That's as expected, given that Mayfield reportedly requested a trade in mid-March when the Browns were originally revealed to be pursuing Watson. Cleveland still has a few things to hash out in their QB room before Week 1, starting with a possible NFL suspension for Watson and finding Mayfield a new home. Watson, 26, is still facing civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct after a Harris County, TX grand jury voted not to indict him on criminal charges in March.
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  • Browns' Deshaun Watson: Chooses Browns over Saints, Falcons

    Watson is waiving his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to the Browns, changing his mind Friday after reports earlier in the week suggested he'd ruled the team out, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Numerous reports had Watson deciding between the Saints and Falcons, after the Panthers and Browns came up short in their efforts to woo him. With the QB now changing his mind, Houston and Cleveland will finalize terms of a trade, while Watson already has a contract arrangement in place with his soon-to-be team, getting a five-year, $230 million deal that's fully guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A grand jury recently declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, but he's still facing civil suits (and potentially an NFL suspension) for allegations of sexual misconduct. Per Schefter, the Browns are reportedly sending three first-round picks, a third-round pick and a fourth-rounder to the Texans in exchange for Watson and a fifth-rounder.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: New Orleans and Atlanta in the mix

    The Saints and Falcons remain in the mix to trade for Watson, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The report notes that the Browns and Panthers are no longer candidates to make a deal for the quarterback, who remained on Houston's roster last season but did not suit up for any games. Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct and since then there's been movement toward the Texans dealing the 2017 first-rounder, who must waive his no-trade clause for that to transpire.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Meeting with Browns

    The Browns are set to meet with Watson in Houston on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports. Teams are lining up to talk with Watson, who met with the Panthers and Saints on Monday. Those two clubs have reportedly submitted proposals, and now Cleveland's leadership team will attempt to sway Watson. The Browns have Baker Mayfield under contract for 2022 -- the final year of his rookie deal -- but they are open to the idea of an upgrade at the position.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Won't face criminal charges

    A grand jury in Harris County, Texas voted Friday not to indict Watson in the wake of a nearly year-long police investigation stemming from civil lawsuits filed by 22 women who accused the quarterback of sexual misconduct, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Watson won't face charges from any of the 10 criminal complaints filed against him in relation to the allegations, but he still faces civil case depositions and possible discipline from the NFL. According to Barshop, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy released a statement Friday noting that the league has "been closely monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review of the personal conduct policy."
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Status remains unclear

    New head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that he has "no idea" if Watson will be on the Texans' roster during the upcoming season, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. Watson remained on Houston's roster throughout the 2021 campaign while he dealt with investigations related to 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct, but he was a healthy inactive for every game. His situation remains murky, and based on Smith's comments, Houston seems content to head into the 2022 NFL Draft operating as though Watson won't be part of its plans. Expect the Texans to continue to engage with teams in trade talks pertaining to Watson throughout the offseason.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Remains out Week 16

    Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Watson remains away from the team and isn't expected to rejoin the Texans for workouts or any activities over the final two weeks of the regular season. Davis Mills will continue to serve as Houston's starting quarterback this weekend, with Tyrod Taylor on hand as his backup.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Confident about investigations

    Watson's agent said the quarterback is "super confident" in how his legal situation will play out, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Agent David Mulugheta touched on Watson's situation in a wide-ranging interview on the "Face/First" podcast hosted by Ryan Clark, an ESPN analyst and former NFL safety. Mulugheta could not get into specifics, but he made several references to "the truth" coming out. "We're pretty confident how this thing plays out. He's super confident in how it plays out," the agent said. "(In) today's society, unfortunately it's not about who's right, it's about who's first. So it's unfortunate but as somebody who's considered ... a public figure (there's) certain things you've got to deal with." Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct as investigations by the Houston Police Department, FBI and NFL are ongoing.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Ruled out for Week 15

    Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. While Watson is slated to land on the inactive list as he has all season long, Davis Mills is on track to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties this weekend, with Tyrod Taylor set to serve as his backup.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Ruled out for Week 14

    Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Watson is still on the Texans' roster, but he's in line to be on the team's inactive list for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Davis Mills is on track to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties Sunday, with Tyrod Taylor slated to serve as his backup.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Ruled out for Week 13

    Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts. Watson remains on the Texans' roster, but he's slated to be on the team's inactive list for the rest of the season. Tyrod Taylor is in line to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties Sunday with Davis Mills slated to serve as his backup.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Ruled out for Week 12

    Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets. While Watson remains on the Texans' roster, he's on track to be on the team's inactive list for the rest of the season. Tyrod Taylor is in line to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties this weekend, with Davis Mills slated to serve as his backup.
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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Ruled out again

    Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Watson wasn't traded ahead of the NFL's Nov. 2 trade deadline, and now he's poised to remain a fixture on the Texans' inactive list in the coming weeks. As for Week 9, Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) is slated to come off IR and reclaim the team's starting QB assignment, which had been held by Davis Mills since Taylor was injured in Week 2.
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