The NFL -- via Judge Sue Robinson -- has suspended Browns QB Deshaun Watson for the 1st 6 games of the season for violating the personal-conduct policy. The NFLPA has said it would not challenge her ruling. The league has 3 days to file an appeal. This is obviously a positive outcome for the fantasy football outlook of Watson and the Browns offense. Expect Jacoby Brissett to start the 1st 6 contests.
Browns QB Deshaun Watson concluded Sunday's contest vs. the Commanders with 9 completions on 18 attempts for 169 yards and 3 TDs with another 31 yards rushing on top. Watson's connection with WR Amari Cooper (3 receptions, 105 yards, 2 TDs) accounted for much of his production after struggling in the 1st half. Sunday's performance marks the best fantasy output (21.86 points) from Watson in 2022 since returning from suspension in Week 13. He'll have an opportunity to capitalize on this outing in Week 18 vs. the Steelers next Sunday.
Browns QB Deshaun Watson threw for just 135 yards, with no TDs and 1 INT in Saturday's loss to the Saints. He did run for a 12-yard TD among 3 carries for 24 yards. We wouldn't plan to use Watson in Week 17 for his matchup with Washington.
The forecast for today's Saints-Browns game calls for temperatures in the single digits with sustained winds of 20-25 mph and gusts of 40+. The wind chill is well below zero. They're brutal conditions that will significantly limit the passing and kicking games. Check out our projections for all the Saints and Browns players.
Browns QB Deshaun Watson didn't show much progress in his 3rd game back. He threw for just 161 yards and 1 TD in Saturday's win over the Ravens. He found WR Donovan Peoples-Jones from 3 yards out for the team's lone TD. WR Amari Cooper and TE David Njoku tied for the target lead (6). Cooper caught 4 balls for 58 yards. Njoku snagged 3 for just 28 yards. Week 16 brings a Saints defense that ranks 12th on the year in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA, compared with 21st against the run. Watson doesn't look like a fantasy starter for that week or a Week 17 trip to Washington.
Browns QB Deshaun Watson managed 276 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT on 26-of-42 passing in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, a step up from his shoddy debut in the win at Houston. WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (12), TE David Njoku (9) and WR Amari Cooper (7) led in targets, as the only Browns to draw more than 4. Week 15 holds a Baltimore defense that ranks among the best in the league -- not a great spot to take a shot on Watson in fantasy football lineups.
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