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Deshaun Watson

QB CLE

College: Clemson | 7 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 223 lbs
Birth Date: 1995-09-14
2024 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 103.95
Avg Pts: 6.11
Rank: 35 QB

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Watson was having a better second season in Cleveland, but injuries derailed his year, limiting him to just six games. He did have 20-plus fantasy points in three of those six games. He had eight total touchdowns and four interceptions for the season. Watson did have some accuracy issues again, completing 61.4 percent of his passes. And he made a lot of bad throws, having a 20.6 percent bad throw percentage. Watson had his season end after Week 10, needing surgery to repair a shoulder injury. He should be fine for the start of this year and resume his role as a starter for the Browns. Before his last two seasons with the Browns, Watson had 30-plus touchdowns three straight seasons and 4,000-yard seasons two of three. Watson is a great athlete and a top playmaker. Watson is a dual threat who can make big plays with his arms and legs. Watson has 400-plus rushing yards in three seasons. He will force some throws at times, which has been an issue in recent seasons, and his accuracy is a concern at this point in his career. 

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Watson is a risk after the last two seasons, but his ceiling is high. He scored some points when playing last year, showing his dual-threat ability. He could be top 10 if all goes well for him. We would make sure to get a solid backup if taking a risk on Watson, though. He has some concerns. Look for around 3,500 yards, 25 total scores and 400-plus rushing yards. 

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper will get his starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson (shoulder), back from injury in 2024. That should surely boost his fantasy value. Cooper spent most of last season with backup quarterbacks throwing him the ball, which led to some mixed results. Still, he finished as the WR20 in PPR formats while averaging 15.1 fantasy points per game. The Browns wideout also caught 72 passes for a career-high 1,250 yards and five touchdowns last season. With Watson back under center, though, the 29-year-old should find more fantasy success. In five full games with Watson under center in 2023, the nine-year wideout averaged 17.6 PPR fantasy points. The arrival of Jerry Jeudy -- who the team acquired this offseason -- could lead to fewer targets. But there's no doubt that Cooper is the team's WR1. He should provide solid fantasy value this season, and fantasy managers could confidently take him as their WR2.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper will get his starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson (shoulder), back from injury in 2024. That should surely boost his fantasy value. Cooper spent most of last season with backup quarterbacks throwing him the ball, which led to some mixed results. Still, he finished as the WR20 in PPR formats while averaging 15.1 fantasy points per game. The Browns wideout also caught 72 passes for a career-high 1,250 yards and five touchdowns last season. With Watson back under center, though, the 29-year-old should find more fantasy success. In five full games with Watson under center in 2023, the nine-year wideout averaged 17.6 PPR fantasy points. The arrival of Jerry Jeudy -- who the team acquired this offseason -- could lead to fewer targets. But there's no doubt that Cooper is the team's WR1. He should provide solid fantasy value this season, and fantasy managers could confidently take him as their WR2.

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Week 123.20Deshaun Watson 45 rushing yds (4.50 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Deshaun Watson 13 yd TD rush
Deshaun Watson 154 passing yds (7.70 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Deshaun Watson 3 yd TD pass to Harrison Bryant
Deshaun Watson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 rushing 2XP (2.00 pts)
Week 216.95Deshaun Watson 22 rushing yds (2.20 pts)
Deshaun Watson 2 fumbles lost (-2.00 pts)
Deshaun Watson 235 passing yds (11.75 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Deshaun Watson 3 yd TD pass to Jerome Ford
Deshaun Watson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 rushing 2XP (2.00 pts)
Week 324.05Deshaun Watson 16 rushing yds (1.60 pts)
Deshaun Watson 289 passing yds (14.45 pts)
Deshaun Watson 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Deshaun Watson 19 yd TD pass to Jerome Ford
. . . Deshaun Watson 43 yd TD pass to Amari Cooper
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Week 7-0.75Deshaun Watson 5 passing yds (0.25 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
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Week 921.15Deshaun Watson 22 rushing yds (2.20 pts)
Deshaun Watson 219 passing yds (10.95 pts)
Deshaun Watson 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Deshaun Watson 11 yd TD pass to Amari Cooper
. . . Deshaun Watson 5 yd TD pass to David Njoku
Week 1019.35Deshaun Watson 37 rushing yds (3.70 pts)
Deshaun Watson 213 passing yds (10.65 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Deshaun Watson 10 yd TD pass to Elijah Moore
Deshaun Watson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Deshaun Watson 1 rushing 2XP (2.00 pts)
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Player Notes
Jun 12 1:53pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) has increased his activity by throwing passes in 7-on-7 drills during minicamp practice on Tuesday, June 11.

From TheHuddle

Jun 12 12:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is throwing the football in 7-on-7 drills on the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, which is something he didn't do at voluntary organized team activities last month. It's a big step for Watson, who required surgery last November to fix a displaced glenoid fracture in his right shoulder. The 28-year-old has tangible QB1 upside when healthy, but he hasn't really been healthy since returning from a suspension that kept him out for all of 2021. As long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Watson should be a full-go for training camp this summer and be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Because he's dealing with a unique injury to his throwing arm, Watson should be considered a QB2 in fantasy in 2024 with upside for more if he proves he's completely past the injury.

From RotoBaller

May 23 2:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is throwing every other day as he continues to rehab from his season-ending shoulder surgery last year, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Watson was seen throwing passes at organized team activities on Tuesday, which means he took the day off on Wednesday while still taking part in individual and team drills. Stefanski said that Watson is "making great progress" and "looked like himself to me" after having surgery last November to fix a displaced fracture to the glenoid in his right shoulder. General manager Andrew Berry said he expects Watson to be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season. The 28-year-old has clear QB1 upside when healthy, but the three-time Pro Bowler is also a pretty big injury risk, as he's played in just 12 games with Cleveland the last two seasons due to injuries and suspension.

From RotoBaller

May 23 1:03am ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) will throw every other day as part of his ongoing rehab, per head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Fantasy Spin: Cleveland added Jerry Jeudy to a receiver room brimming with potential, so if Watson can stay upright he could deliver decent production from fantasy owners. Given his recent history, though, he can't be viewed as more than a midrange QB2 with upside.

From TheHuddle

May 22 1:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) threw on the first day of organized team activities on Tuesday but is scheduled for a day off on Wednesday, the only day of the week open to the media. Dorian Thompson-Robinson (hip) is still recovering from his hip injury and is also not expected to throw Wednesday. Watson threw during some individual drills on Tuesday and looked great after having offseason right-shoulder surgery. He said Dr. Neal ElAttrache wants him to be conservative during OTAs and minicamp so that he can be as healthy as possible for training camp this summer. Watson had his fractured shoulder socket and partially torn labrum fix in November. The 28-year-old said he's throwing full speed, and he should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season as long as he doesn't have any setbacks before then. Watson has QB1 appeal in fantasy, but he's also a big injury risk.

From RotoBaller

May 22 11:03am ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) won't throw at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, which is the first session open to the media. He threw Tuesday, May 21.

Fantasy Spin: Watson enters this fantasy season with probably the least about of fanfare or intrigue of his career. He's a QB2 that probably only really deserves a roster spot in two-QB leagues.

From TheHuddle

May 20 6:53pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is expected to be eased into the voluntary workouts with the hope of participating in seven-on-seven and team drills near the end of organized team activities and into the mandatory minicamp.

Fantasy Spin: Watson seems to be on track for the start of training camp, but fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation over the next few months. He has not posted great numbers since joining the Browns and probably can be a No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

May 6 5:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) has had well-documented struggles since being traded from the Houston Texans ahead of the 2022 season. He's appeared in just 12 games over the last two years, completing just under 60% of his passes for 2,217 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Those stats are far from his days of MVP contention with Houston, but Browns general manager Andrew Berry remains confident. "Obviously, he's been rehabbing the shoulder injury, but he is well on his way there and in a really strong spot," Berry said. "We do expect to hit the ground running on that side of the ball, and I know he is very excited about returning to the playing field and getting over this injury. We have high expectations for him and the offense this season."Watson missed Week 4, 6, and 8 last season and played just a handful of snaps in Week 7 before returning in Week 9. He was then placed on season-ending Injured Reserve ahead of Week 11. A combination of poor play and injuries has put a bleak outlook on his career, and 2024 could be his last chance to prove he belongs as a starter in Cleveland. All that said, backup quarterback Jameis Winston is an intriguing stash option in Superflex and dynasty leagues.

From RotoBaller

Apr 16 4:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) told reporters he is 'throwing full speed' and intends to participate at some level during organized team activities, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Watson has been a monumental disappointment for the Browns since his trade from the Houston Texans in March of 2022, but injuries have played an important role in his inability to reach the same heights he did before the trade. Cleveland appears to be going all-in on giving him the supporting cast he needs, as the team added Jerry Jeudy to a supporting cast that already had Amari Cooper, Elijah Moore and David Njoku. Watson will be considered a middling QB2 this offseason, but there is a decent possibility he manages to return to his former QB1 self if he is truly fully healthy.

From TheHuddle

Apr 16 4:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) told reporters on Tuesday that he is "throwing full speed" with no limitations on motion or velocity. The 28-year-old said he's making 40-yard and 60-yard throws while following his doctor's lead, and the plan is for him to participate in OTAs in late May or early June in some capacity. However, the former Pro Bowl quarterback and the organization are likely to be careful with him during that time and focus on getting him 100% ready for training camp. Watson was limited to just six games last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, and he has only played in 12 total games over the last three years. Although it's been a long time since he has delivered strong fantasy numbers, his QB21 price tag in early FFPC drafts makes him worth taking a flier on for the 2024 campaign.

From RotoBaller

Apr 4 2:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) said that he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 regular season after having shoulder surgery last year. Watson also said recently that he's "in a great spot" and has "plenty of time to ramp up the throwing sessions" this offseason after having surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a displaced glenoid fracture in his right shoulder. The 28-year-old probably won't do everything during offseason workouts this spring, but he should be ready to go in full this summer at training camp. Watson has only played in 12 games over the last three seasons due to injury and suspension, but he remains the Browns' starter under center and still has the talent to be a midrange QB1 with the weapons he has around him in Cleveland.

From RotoBaller

Apr 4 1:53pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) told reporters on Thursday, April 4, that he is 'very confident' he will be ready to play in the season opener.

Fantasy Spin: Watson underwent shoulder surgery in mid-November, so it would make sense why he and his doctors are confident he will be ready to play nearly 10 months later. The question will likely be how much he will participate in training camp. Watson's first two seasons with Cleveland have not gone according to plan, but he has a shot at bouncing back this year with a loaded supporting cast. Consider him a fantasy QB2 option with low-end QB1 upside.

From TheHuddle

Apr 2 2:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) said on his QB Unplugged podcast that he's making good progress this offseason after suffering a fracture in his right shoulder last year that cut his season short. "The situation is good," Watson said. "We're in a great spot, right where we need to be. We have plenty of time to ramp up the throwing sessions and things like that, but everything is going pretty smooth." As of right now, the Browns don't have any reason to believe that Watson won't be ready for the start of the 2024 season this fall. However, the 28-year-old signal-caller isn't fully cleared yet. We'll continue to provide updates on Watson's progress this offseason. As long as he's ready to go for Week 1, he'll be in the QB1 conversation despite playing in just 12 games the last three years due to injury and suspension.

From RotoBaller

Mar 28 6:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) has been receiving positive medical reports this offseason as he rehabs his shoulder, and general manager Andrew Berry said the team does not expect any issues for Watson, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

Fantasy Spin: Watson appears to be on track to participate in training camp and should be fine for the start of the 2024 regular season. He has been inconsistent since joining the Browns and probably should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues but has the chance to have more value if he plays well.

From TheHuddle

Mar 19 2:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) could begin light throwing as early as Tuesday. Watson's 2023 season ended early and he had surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a displaced fracture in his right shoulder socket. The Browns are going to bring the 28-year-old starter along slowly this offseason, but as long as he doesn't encounter any setbacks, he should be ready for training camp this summer and the start of the 2024 season. Watson has been rehabbing in Los Angeles with quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery and is now ready to start throwing the ball around. The former first-rounder in 2017 out of Clemson by the Texans has now had two straight disappointing seasons in Cleveland after being suspended for all of 2021. He should still be considered a QB1 in fantasy, but his stock is certainly down after playing only 12 games the last two years.

From RotoBaller

Mar 19 12:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) could begin some light throwing as soon as Tuesday, March 19, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

From TheHuddle

Feb 29 2:40pm ET

The Cleveland Browns restructured Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward's deal on Thursday to clear $11.359 million in salary cap space for the 2024 season. The move puts the Browns under the new $255.4 million salary cap by around $3 million. They are still among the teams with the least cap space in the NFL heading into the start of free agency on March 13, and there will other players in the near future that Cleveland restructures. Among them could be quarterback Deshaun Watson for the third straight year, and receiver Amari Cooper. Ward's cap charge was $23.462 million and his base salary was $15.324 million, but now he'll get a big chunk of that cash up front. The 26-year-old Ward still has four years left on the five-year, $100.5 million extension he signed in 2022. He appeared in just 13 games in 2023 due to injuries but should bounce back in 2024 with better health.

From RotoBaller

Feb 27 4:50pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is set to begin throwing again in March, according to general manager Andrew Berry. The 28-year-old was placed on season-ending injured reserve following the Week 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens and underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder. Despite Watson's struggles in 12 games over two years with the franchise (14 touchdowns and nine interceptions), it seems the Browns are committed to rolling into the 2024 campaign with him under center. "He's worked his tail off in terms of his rehab and recovery," Berry said. "He's in a really good place. We're excited for when the spring hits and we can get him back on the field. He's making really good progress and we're really excited to see that continue." Watson has limited fantasy upside based on what we've seen over the last few seasons, but his QB22 price tag in early FFPC best ball drafts makes him an intriguing dice roll.

From RotoBaller

Feb 22 2:20pm ET

The Cleveland Browns' vertical passing game didn't really take off until quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was already out for the year with a shoulder injury in November of last year. Cleveland feels good having receiver Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku leading their pass-catching group, but the rest of the bunch has plenty of question marks. The Athletic's Zac Jackson suggests that the Browns need more speed, and probably more size and consistency, at the position. They will almost certainly add to their receiver room in both March (in free agency) and in April (in the draft). Veteran slot man Elijah Moore certainly didn't make as much of an impact as the front office expected him to when they acquired him from the New York Jets.

From RotoBaller

Feb 19 3:50pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is on track in his rehab schedule from shoulder surgery and may even be a little bit ahead, and he will begin throwing in March, according to a league source. Watson had surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a fractured right shoulder socket. It's great news for his participation at least on a limited basis for the team's offseason workouts, which begin on April 15. Watson has started working out and has talked with some of his receivers about working out together in the offseason. The 28-year-old fractured his right shoulder in Week 10 and only played in six games in his second year in Cleveland, throwing for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. It was surely a disappointing season for Watson, but with better health, he has clear rebound potential while working with new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey in 2024.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 28-Nov-2022: Deshaun Watson - RSUS - QB Deshaun Watson was reinstated from suspension.
  • 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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