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Has Christian Watson solved his hamstring problem?

By Jared Smola | Updated on Fri, 31 May 2024, 1:00 PM EDT
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Packers WR Christian Watson spent eight hours testing his troublesome right hamstring at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Public Health this offseason. The testing revealed that the root cause of the issue was a muscle imbalance in his legs. Watson believes he's made significant progress toward solving the problem.

What They're Saying

"For me, it really was the asymmetry between the legs," Watson said. "It comes from a lot of things. Obviously, the issues I've had in the past with hamstrings, not fully recovering from those strength-wise. I've been attacking the strength side of it, trying to get that symmetry back and it's been huge for me. I feel really, really good. I gotta continue grinding at it."

2024 Fantasy Football Impact

Watson has missed 11 games and most of a few others through two NFL seasons. 

He's been productive when healthy, though. In 16 games with a snap rate of 60+%, Watson has averaged:

  • 6.1 targets
  • 3.3 catches
  • 56.6 yards
  • 0.7 TDs

Watson's 13.1 PPR points per game in those contests would have ranked 31st among WRs last year.

That scoring average climbs to 15.7 PPR points (16th among WRs) in 10 games with a snap rate of 80+%.

If Watson has truly solved his hamstring problem, he'll be a 2024 breakout candidate in an ascending Packers offense. And he's coming much cheaper in fantasy drafts this year than last. His current best-ball ADP sits 44th among WRs.

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Jared has been with Draft Sharks since 2007. He’s now Lead Analyst, heading up the preseason and weekly projections that fuel your Draft War Room and My Team tools. He currently ranks 1st among 133 analysts in draft rankings accuracy.
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