Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson OUT for the year; DTR Expected to Start
8 months ago

Deshaun Watson lands on IR ending his season.

Deshaun Watson’s standout performance in week 10, securing a close win in Baltimore, was followed by his placement on the IR, marking the end of his season. Watson, grappling with injuries since week 4, recently suffered a high ankle sprain and a rare shoulder fracture, necessitating immediate surgery.

The Browns face a challenging situation with their backup quarterbacks, both rookies and veterans, having struggled. Despite a shaky start by Dorian Thompson-Robinson (DTR), he is set to regain control of the offense, backed up by PJ Walker. Coach Kevin Stefanski believes in the potential growth of rookies, explaining DTR’s reinstatement.

While betting markets suggest unlikely scenarios like Tom Brady joining the Browns, the team, despite quarterback challenges, remains a formidable force in team football. However, the impact on fantasy is evident, with Amari Cooper experiencing a significant drop in points per game without Watson. Elijah Moore’s inconsistency also continues, highlighting the struggles of the Browns’ offense without their star quarterback.

Notably, David Njoku remains a consistent fantasy performer, retaining TE1 status. Until the backup quarterbacks demonstrate competence, caution is advised in starting both Cooper and Moore, who receive substantial downgrades in Watson’s absence. Cooper may serve as a boom-bust flex option, but expectations should be tempered.