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All in the Family Est. 2021
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1
Deshaun Watson

QB HOU

College: Clemson | 5 years
Height: 6'2" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 9/14/1995
2022 Bye Week: 9
Suspended - Suspended

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB

2022 RTSports Outlook

Watson was a healthy scratch every game last season for the Texans. He wanted a trade but the Texans couldn't make it happen, mainly because of his off the field issues. He was not charged for any of his crimes this offseason, though, and the Texans were able to trade him. Watson was dealt to the Browns to become their starter for the foreseeable future. Before last year, Watson had 30-plus touchdowns three straight seasons and 4,000-yard seasons two of three. Watson is a great athlete and top playmaker. Watson is a dual threat that can make big plays with his arm and legs. Watson has 400-plus rushing yards three straight seasons. He will force some throws at times, but generally does a good job of limiting turnovers.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Watson is an elite fantasy quarterback but probably won't be top five with a move to Cleveland. He has fewer weapons to work with offensively and will play in a more run-friendly offense. Even with that said, he can be top 10. There might be a little rust for Watson after not playing an entire season, but expect him to get up to speed quickly.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson enters 2022 as perhaps the most polarizing quarterback in fantasy. After missing all of 2021 with the Houston Texans due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Watson signed a five-year deal worth $230 million with Cleveland. The 26-year-old was suspended for six games by NFL's disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson. The NFL is appealing Watson's suspension and is reportedly looking to suspend the Browns quarterback a minimum of one year plus fines, putting his 2022 season in doubt. If he is on the field, Watson's production is difficult to ignore. There may be a perception in fantasy circles that the emergence of young star quarterbacks over the past few years might squeeze Watson out of the elite tier, but that doesn't seem likely if he is active. Watson's 2020 numbers would have given him a QB4 finish in 2021, just ahead of Patrick Mahomes. The question mark for Watson if he plays is simply how much Cleveland's scheme is adapted to fit his strengths. Cleveland has run RPOs at one of the lowest rates in the league since head coach Kevin Stefanski arrived, while it was a staple of Watson's best fantasy seasons in Houston. With a Rotoballer quarterback ranking of 25, these risks are appropriately priced in. He remains arguably the best combination of arm talent and rushing ability of anyone not named Josh Allen.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson enters 2022 as perhaps the most polarizing quarterback in fantasy. After missing all of 2021 with the Houston Texans due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Watson signed a five-year deal worth $230 million with Cleveland. The 26-year-old was suspended for six games by NFL's disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson. The NFL is appealing Watson's suspension and is reportedly looking to suspend the Browns quarterback a minimum of one year plus fines, putting his 2022 season in doubt. If he is on the field, Watson's production is difficult to ignore. There may be a perception in fantasy circles that the emergence of young star quarterbacks over the past few years might squeeze Watson out of the elite tier, but that doesn't seem likely if he is active. Watson's 2020 numbers would have given him a QB4 finish in 2021, just ahead of Patrick Mahomes. The question mark for Watson if he plays is simply how much Cleveland's scheme is adapted to fit his strengths. Cleveland has run RPOs at one of the lowest rates in the league since head coach Kevin Stefanski arrived, while it was a staple of Watson's best fantasy seasons in Houston. With a Rotoballer quarterback ranking of 25, these risks are appropriately priced in. He remains arguably the best combination of arm talent and rushing ability of anyone not named Josh Allen.

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Player Notes
Aug 17 1:00am ET

The NFL and NFL Players Association have been involved in active settlement negotiations over the past few days in the disciplinary matter for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. It's unknown if a compromise will be reached before NFL designee Peter C. Harvey issues a ruling on the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension levied by NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson. Sources have expressed optimism that a deal will get worked out, likely because a potentially significant discipline is expected to be handed down by Harvey. "Harvey could drop the hammer on Watson," a source said. "That's why a settlement is a better outcome, even if it's more than six games and includes a multi-million dollar fine." Watson will be facing at least a six-game suspension and likely more, dropping his fantasy value significantly entering the 2022 season. Stay tuned for more.

From RotoBaller

Aug 16 11:53pm ET

The NFL and NFLPA are negotiating a settlement for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson and there is optimism a deal can be reached before designee Peter C. Harvey rules on the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension, according to sources on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The details of the negotiations were not revealed.

Fantasy Spin: One way or the other, Watson is looking at more than six games, and a full year ban is still very much on the table. Whether or not a settlement is enough to avoid such a suspension remains to be seen.

From TheHuddle

Aug 15 11:30pm ET

An MRI exam confirmed that Cleveland Browns center Dawson Deaton (knee) suffered a torn ACL in training camp practice on Monday, according to sources. It's a tough break for the Browns at an important position after starter Nick Harris (knee) went down the other day with a likely season-ending injury. Ethan Pocic, Brock Hoffman and Hjalte Froholdt are the remaining players at the position for Cleveland, with Pocic likely to be the starter heading into the 2022 regular season. Deaton, a rookie out of Texas Tech, will miss all of this year. It's more bad news for a Browns offense that continues to wait on a potential season-long suspension for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

From RotoBaller

Aug 15 2:40pm ET

Cleveland Browns starting center Nick Harris (knee) will likely need season-ending surgery on his right knee for an injury that he suffered in Friday's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Harris was replaced in Friday's game by Ethan Pocic, who signed a one-year, $1.187 million deal in March. Brock Hoffman, an undrafted rookie from Virginia Tech, is the only other center on the team's training camp roster. It remains to be seen if the Browns will look to re-sign JC Tretter, their starter the last five seasons, after they released him in a cost-cutting move in March. Pocic was a second-round pick in 2017 by the Seattle Seahawks, and he started 40 of his 57 games played in Seattle. It's bad news for the Browns offense, especially with quarterback Deshaun Watson's potential season-long suspension looming.

From RotoBaller

Aug 12 10:23pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson completed one of his five passes for seven yards in a 24-13 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, Aug. 12.

Fantasy Spin: Watson's first action for the Browns was forgettable, but there aren't really questions about how he will perform on the field. The same cannot be said for his availability, and it remains to be seen if Watson will suit up at all this season.

From TheHuddle

Aug 12 8:40pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson completed one of five passes for seven yards in Friday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watson was playing without most of Cleveland's starters on offense, including Amari Cooper and Nick Chubb during the contest. He lasted three drives before giving way to Josh Dobbs at quarterback. Watson predictably looked rusty after having not played in a game since the end of the 2020 season, although Anthony Schwartz also dropped two passes from Watson, which didn't help matters. The veteran quarterback is still awaiting the results of the NFL's appeal of the six-game suspension recommended by Sue Robinson a few weeks back, meaning Friday's preseason action could be his last time on the field for a while.

From RotoBaller

Aug 10 6:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is scheduled to start the team's preseason opener on Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, along with most of the rest of the starters, as long as he isn't suspended indefinitely by then. The NFL has appealed Watson's six-game suspended, which was handed down by Sue L. Robinson, and they are pushing for a season-long suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. The 26-year-old wouldn't be allowed to practice during training camp or play in preseason games if he's given a year-long ban. Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by 30 massage therapists during appointments in 2019 and 2020, when he was with the Houston Texans. At the very least, Watson will be suspended for six games in 2022, making him more of a low-end QB2 target in fantasy drafts.

From RotoBaller

Aug 10 5:03pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson is scheduled to be the starting quarterback for the first preseason game.

Fantasy Spin: Watson's situation is still uncertain since the NFL has appealed his six-game suspension. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see how long he will sit out. He is a starting fantasy option when in uniform but is a risky option at this time.

From TheHuddle

Aug 10 1:53pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson could find out his fate this week and the suspension ruling could bar him from the preseason opener if it comes before then, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

From TheHuddle

Aug 9 7:10pm ET

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that the league is seeking a tougher penalty for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson because his actions were "egregious" and "predatory behavior." The league formally appealed Watson's six-game suspension last week, which was given by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson earlier this month. The NFL is seeking a suspension of at least a year for Watson. It's unknown when former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey will make a ruling on the appeal. Watson was accused of sexual assault and other inappropriate conduct during massage sessions in civil lawsuits filed by 25 women. There's a chance this ends up playing out in federal court, but Watson will miss at least the first six games of the 2022 season, making him an extremely risky fantasy QB this year.

From RotoBaller

Aug 9 2:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has a plan for quarterback Deshaun Watson and the rest of the team's QBs for the team's preseason opener on Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he hasn't told them yet and won't tell the media. It's unclear if Watson will play. NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson handed down a six-game suspension for Watson, but the NFL has appealed and is seeking a full-season suspension, which could result in the case moving to federal court. It's anyone's guess as to how much he'll play in the preseason, but it doesn't really mean much in the grand scheme of things for fantasy. With at least a six-game ban for Watson in 2022, he's a low-end QB2, at best in upcoming fantasy drafts.

From RotoBaller

Aug 4 1:13pm ET

Dynasty | The NFL is appealing the decision to suspend Deshaun Watson for only six games. Dynasty Analysis: It's not uncommon for players to appeal their suspensions, but this time it's the other way around. The NFL is claiming Watson's behavior merits a much longer suspension while the disciplinary officer is claiming there simply isn't enough evidence to merit a longer loss of games. The NFLPA is also stating they'll sue the NFL if they appeal the suspension. In short, this saga isn't over and it's a total mess. At this point, expect to see Watson in week seven, though things could certainly change. Regardless, it does seem as if Watson was granted a lighter sentence than most expected.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Aug 3 5:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension has been appealed by the NFL, and the league will be looking for an indefinite suspension that would last at least one year, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Watson's availability for the start of the season is uncertain at this time because of the appeal. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see when he will be able to play. He is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he plays but is a risky option.

From TheHuddle

Aug 3 5:20pm ET

The NFL is appealing for an indefinite suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson that would be a minimum of one year, according to sources. The NFL's appeal will also include a monetary fine, which is even more significant given the structure of Watson's contract. Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson gave Watson a six-game suspension on Monday after the investigation into 20-plus accusations of sexual misconduct from Watson. There's now a possibility that the NFL Players Association could file a federal lawsuit, depending on how commissioner Roger Goodell or an appointed designee handles the appeal, which would allow Watson to continue playing until it's heard in federal court.

From RotoBaller

Aug 3 4:23pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension has been appealed by the NFL.

Fantasy Spin: There is a good chance that Watson will see additional games added to his suspension, so fantasy players should monitor the situation. Watson should be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when on the field, but players should have a strong second quarterback if they decide to draft Watson.

From TheHuddle

Aug 1 11:13am ET

Dynasty | Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson received a six game suspension from disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson. What now? Dynasty Analysis: It's actually favorable news for the Watson camp as there was the possibility he could have been suspended for the entire season and the league was angling for an indefinite suspension. Both sides may appeal the ruling but Watson's camp and the NFLPA already indicated they would not. The greatest risk remaining would be if the league appeals the suspension in which commissioner Roger Goodell would hear the appeal and could impose additional games. While Watson is not yet out of the woods, it's a favorable first step after missing all of 2021. He remains DLF's QB12 for now.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Aug 1 8:53am ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson is expected to be suspended six games as parties were informed by Judge Sue Robinson Monday, Aug. 1. He would be eligible to play Oct. 23 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Spin: There's still a chance that he appeals, but this has to be considered a win for the Watson camp as the rhetoric around the situation was he could miss the entire season. He's going to be a QB2 option in fantasy because of the games missed, which will now be a season-and-a-half.

From TheHuddle

Aug 1 8:50am ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended six games for violating the personal conduct policy. He will miss the first six weeks of the season and make his Browns debut in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. NFL's disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson, officially decided Monday for Watson's six-game suspension. The Browns play the Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Falcons, Chargers, and Patriots during the season's first six weeks. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Njoku, and Amari Cooper's fantasy value takes a minor hit with Jacoby Brissett under center in the early part of the season. With Brissett as the team's starting quarterback, expect the Browns to lean heavily on the run before Watson is eligible to return. Fantasy managers can draft Watson as a mid-range QB2 in upcoming drafts, while Brissett becomes an option in Superflex league formats while the former Houston Texan is suspended.

From RotoBaller

Jul 31 9:30pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson may learn his fate on Monday. The league's disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson, is anticipated to reach a decision on the case after giving the NFL and NFL Players Association time to settle. However, with nothing of the sort expected, Robinson will be the deciding factor in this ordeal. Cleveland is expecting an eight-game suspension, with experts predicting that a two to eight-game hiatus is possible. Yet, there's also a chance Watson won't miss any time, which would automatically increase his fantasy stock. Guys like Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Njoku, and Amari Cooper would also likely benefit, especially since managers would feel more comfortable with Watson under center instead of Jacoby Brissett, who is expected to start if the former Texan misses games during the 2022-23 campaign.

From RotoBaller

Jul 31 9:13pm ET

Dynasty | The ruling on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected on Monday Dynasty Analysis: For better or worse, the saga will come to an end, at least as it relates to the number of games Watson will miss. Efforts to settle between the team and the league went nowhere and his future now rests with Judge Sue L. Robinson. Given that every fantasy coach understands the history, what's at stake and the details, nothing else need be said at this time. We'll know shortly how many games he'll be sidelined, with 6-8 being, seemingly, most likely. Watson has slipped to DLF's QB12.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Player Transactions
  • 01-Aug-2022: CLE Deshaun Watson - Suspended - 6 games (NFL Personal Conduct Policy)
  • 20-Mar-2022: CLE Deshaun Watson - Traded - w/ pick for multiple draft picks
  • 20-Mar-2022: CLE Deshaun Watson - Signed - Five-year contract (through 2026)
  • 05-Sep-2020: HOU Deshaun Watson - Re-signed - Four-year extension (through 2025)
  • 27-Apr-2020: HOU - Exercised Option - Fifth-year option on rookie contract
  • 05-Feb-2018: HOU - Off IR - torn ACL
  • 03-Nov-2017: HOU - On IR - torn ACL
  • 12-May-2017: HOU - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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