Deshaun Watson


College: Clemson | 7 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 223 lbs
Birth Date: 1995-09-14
2024 Bye Week: 5

Total Pts: 103.95
Avg Pts: 6.11
Rank: 15 QB

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Player Notes
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

Feb 19 1:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is expected to begin throwing during the month of March, according to sources Monday, Feb. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Watson averaged 14.5 fantasy points per game while dealing with a shoulder injury but did have two top-10 finishes through the first three weeks. Managers will need to monitor his throwing progress, and he should be viewed as a high-end QB2 until he shows more consistency.

From TheHuddle

Jan 29 12:10pm ET

The Cleveland Browns hired former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey to be their next offensive coordinator on Sunday, according to sources. Dorsey will replace Alex Van Pelt, who served as the Browns' offensive coordinator for the last four seasons. However, head coach Kevin Stefanski has called the offensive plays for the team since taking over in 2020. The Bills fired Dorsey on Nov. 14 after the team got off to a 5-5 start. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2022 when his predecessor, Brian Daboll, took the head-coaching job with the New York Giants. Under Dorsey, Buffalo's offense failed to score more than 25 points from Week 5 through his firing after Week 10 as turnovers plagued quarterback Josh Allen and the offense. Dorsey will now be charged with helping Deshaun Watson regain his form after two inconsistent seasons in Cleveland.

From RotoBaller

Jan 14 3:50pm ET

The Cleveland Browns are entering the offseason with the mindset that Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is their starting quarterback, head coach Kevin Stefanski told the media. The position proved to be a revolving door for the Browns this season as they started five different players. Walker started six of the Browns' nine games, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also added 142 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and two lost fumbles. Several injuries to Watson, including a season-ending shoulder issue, prompted the Browns to experiment with P.J. Walker and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but neither of them produced great results. Veteran Joe Flacco took over in Week 13 and would start the next five games before Jeff Driskel got the nod in the regular-season finale. Flacco completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. With that said, Flacco is set to hit free agency this offseason and the Browns will return to Watson once he's healthy, presumably due to the fact that they gave up six draft picks (including three first-rounders) for him and then signed him to a five-year, $230 million deal. He ranks as a fantasy QB2 heading into the 2024 campaign.

From RotoBaller

Jan 14 3:43pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is making good progress in his recovery and will be the Browns starting quarterback moving forward, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Fantasy Spin: It is not known if Watson will be able to participate in offseason workouts, but he should be ready for training camp. He played well at times this season but may be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in leagues next season.

From TheHuddle

Dec 13 2:30pm ET

Cleveland Browns safety Grant Delpit (groin) and defensive lineman Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (pectoral) could both be out for the season after getting banged up in the Week 14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Delpit is being placed on Injured Reserve with a groin injury, meaning his regular season is over. Head coach Kevin Stefanski said there's a chance he could return in the playoffs. Okoronkwo is dealing with a significant pectoral injury, which has the chance to sideline him for the rest of the season. The Browns have continued to see key players go down this season, including Deshaun Watson (shoulder), Nick Chubb (knee), Jedrick Willis (knee), and Jack Conklin (knee). However, they are sitting at 8-5 and are currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC. If either Delpit or Okoronkwo can return for the playoffs, it would give the franchise a better chance at winning its second playoff game since 1994.

From RotoBaller

Nov 26 9:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett (shoulder) was seen in a sling during the postgame press conference after their game against the Denver Broncos. The elite pass-rusher said that he felt something in his left shoulder pop, but he doesn't know the severity of the injury just yet. Garrett said that he'll be getting some scans done in Los Angeles. He has been at the forefront of the number-one defense in the league, and the Browns are already without Deshaun Watson (shoulder) on the other side of the ball. If he has to miss extended time, this would be a huge blow to their playoff hopes. Fantasy managers with their defense should stay tuned for more updates from the further tests.

From RotoBaller

Nov 21 7:50pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) underwent successful surgery to fix a displaced fracture in his right shoulder on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Watson is expected to be ready for the start of the 2024 season. The 28-year-old signal-caller was also dealing with a sprained right rotator cuff earlier in the year and missed Weeks 4 and 6 before returning in Week 7, only to aggravate his shoulder and miss another game in Week 8. So far, Watson has been a disappointment considering the massive fully guaranteed deal he was given by Cleveland. P.J. Walker has made a few starts in place of Watson this year, but rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson picked up his first career win in Week 11 over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will stick as the Browns' starter at QB again this weekend in Denver against the Broncos.

From RotoBaller

Nov 21 5:03pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) underwent surgery on his injured shoulder on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who expects Watson to be ready for the start of the 2024 season.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy managers already know Watson is out for the remainder of the season, but this report is further confirmation that he should be fine to play in 2024. The Browns will move forward this season with some combination of Dorian Thompson-Robinson, P.J. Walker or Joe Flacco.

From TheHuddle

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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