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Deshaun Watson
ADP: 12.1
Bye: 9
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 26.8
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.66
SPARQx (Rank): 98.90 (78%)
Burst Score (Rank): 116.40 (77%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.26 (75%)
Throw Velocity (Rank): 49.00 (2%)

Deshaun Watson's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#27 Quarterback

230.7 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
12.1 245.4/369 2915.1 19.9 8.1 60 306 2.7

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What You Need to Know:

  • The only reason anyone is still interested in Watson – and likely the only reason he remains NFL-employed – is that he’s really good at football.
  • Fantasy wise, he has led the position in points per game as a 2017 rookie, then ranked 5th, 4th and 6th in that category.
  • Watson sits tied with Aaron Rodgers for 2nd in career passer rating among active QBs (behind only Patrick Mahomes). He’s 1st among active QBs in yards per pass attempt, 1st in completion rate, tied for 2nd in yards per completion and 4th in passing-TD rate.
  • Last time he took the field (2020), Watson led the NFL in passing yards and yards per attempt, delivered career highs in completion rate and passer rating and a career low in INT rate.
  • He did so for a Houston offense that lost Will Fuller for 5 games and saw no one else besides Brandin Cooks reach 50 targets. The crew that caught multiple TD passes from a guy who cracked 6% TD rate for the 2nd time in 4 years:
    • Fuller
    • Cooks
    • Darren Fells
    • Randall Cobb
    • Keke Coutee?
    • David Johnson
    • Pharaoh Brown
  • Watson sports a career 9.4 yard average depth of target. That would have ranked 5th last year among 35 QBs with at least 200 dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.
  • He did finish tied for 3rd in that category in 2020 and #1 in 2017, with finishes of 10th and 12th in between.
  • Watson’s downfield tendency should match up well with a pass-catching corps expected to feature Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones on the outside, with Anthony Schwartz and rookie David Bell competing in the slot.
  • DPJ sported the 4th-deepest ADOT last season of any WR with at least 40 targets. Cooper ranked in the top half of the position as well and registered 2 of his 3 largest ADOTs over the past 3 seasons. (That sandwiched a career low in the year that saw Dak Prescott go down in Week 5.)
  • Of course, all of the football stuff could be rendered moot when/if the NFL finally suspends Watson. As of this writing, the QB has 24 women suing him for sexual assault and misconduct. The most recent addition came in the 1st week of June and was reportedly a name Watson’s lawyer hadn’t previously heard about.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

The bottom line here is that Watson’s fantasy outlook depends entirely on what the league decides to do. If the NFL continues to wait on what seems like inevitable discipline, then expect the talent to take over and make Watson a top-12 performer – with upside into the top 3. A suspension, on the other hand, looks like it could be a year or more. The closer we get to the season without action, the more likely it seems that Watson will play.

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Deshaun Watson, QB CLE

9:15am EDT 6/26/22

Disciplinary hearing coming this week

Browns QB Deshaun Watson will have a hearing before NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson beginning Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There's no official limit to the length of the hearing. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler says it's expected to last 1-2 days. We'll see about the timeline for discipline to be handed down afterward, but it's another signal that such a step is finally approaching.

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Pro Football Network reports that the NFLPA has "concern" that the league wants to suspend Browns QB Deshaun Watson for the whole 2022 season, "if not indefinitely." We'll see what finally happens, but we sure seem to be trending toward a decision before the regular season. And anything short of a year seems likely to get the NFL vilified. If you're drafting best-ball rosters right now, it's probably best to just pass on Watson. Of course, his stock is falling everywhere. Watson's currently QB24 in Underdog drafts. So there's obviously fantasy upside to taking a shot if you so choose and he plays at all.

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20 of the 24 sexual assault lawsuits against Browns QB Deshaun Watson have been settled, attorney Tony Buzbee said Tuesday. The NFL's investigation remains ongoing. The lawsuits being settled "has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. The Washington Post's Mark Maske reported last week that the league wants this situation settled before the start of training camp.

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The Washington Post's Mark Maske hears that the NFL is seeking a "significant" suspension for Browns QB Deshaun Watson. A source from Watson's camp believes the league is "probably" aiming for a full-season ban. Watson is now facing 24 sexual assault suits, with 2 more potentially on the way. Maske also reports that the league wants this situation to be settled before the start of training camp near the end of July. Watson's ADP in Underdog drafts has plummeted into the 14th round over the past week.

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Browns QB Deshaun Watson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week, insider Josina Anderson reports. The Athletic's Lindsay Jones adds that meeting with Watson is one of the last steps in the league's investigation into the sexual assault claims, so it looks like we might be nearing a resolution in that department. (Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits.). Stay tuned.

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Deshaun Watson, QB CLE
Dynasty MVP 196.8
Position Rank #38 QB
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We’ll still waiting for Watson’s legal situation to come to a conclusion. But he's now Cleveland's long-term starter -- with fellow arrival Amari Cooper. The 26-year-old Watson entered last season with 3 straight top-6 finishes in fantasy PPG.

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