Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

QB - CLE
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215 lbs
Age: 27
College: Clemson
Cleveland Browns

2022 Season Outlooks

Watson will be suspended for the first 11 games of the season.
Everything about Watson's situation has changed, which is why Fantasy managers should change their perspectives accordingly. He's been suspended for the first 11 weeks of the season, making him unavailable until Week 13 against Houston. That's basically the entire 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-ish 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. Even if the Browns add more firepower to their passing game, Watson isn't a guarantee to help you in the Fantasy playoffs. So why spend a draft pick on him if he's going to clog a bench spot for your team? 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, October and November.
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.
Watson was traded to Cleveland after sitting out the entire 2021 season. Prior to the lost year, Watson finished as a top-five fantasy QB in three straight seasons and it could have been four if not for a torn ACL as a rookie in 2017. The dual-threat playmaker ranked no lower than sixth among QBs in rushing yards in each of his last three seasons, while adding 15 TDs with his legs along the way. Watson's passing ability showed continual improvement, as he paced the NFL in passing yards (4,823) and YPA (8.9), while posting 33 TDs and just 7 INTs in 2020. Amari Cooper aside, Watson doesn't have a standout group of targets in Cleveland, but the offensive line is outstanding and his rushing prowess supplies him with elite fantasy upside. Watson will be suspended for the first 11 games of the season, so he's only worth stashing in deep superflex leagues.
Cleveland's trade for Deshaun Watson adds a new ceiling to the Cleveland offense. While Watson still has legal troubles in the form of civil litigation and potential suspension, he will not be criminally prosecuted regarding alleged sexually abusive conduct. Watson is the active leader in yards per attempt passing and ranks third all-time. Watson finished as QB4 in 2020, while leading the league in passing on the 10th most attempts in the league. The suspension and potential rust concerns after Watson missed the 2021 season are watches, but he has QB1 overall within his range of outcomes.

2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#245

PPR

#264

Half-PPR

#265

Superflex

#131

2022 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Pass Yds Pass TD Pass Int Rush Yds Rush TD
1491.6 10.4 3.9 170.3 2.0

2022 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#166

Pick 14.10

PPR

#193

Pick 17.01

Half-PPR

#179

Pick 15.11

Superflex

#111

Pick 10.03

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Medium

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