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Christian Watson's Health Imperative For Packers WR Corps

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) finally feels he's in a good place injury-wise following his offseason visit to a local specialist. As Matt Schneidman of The Athletic writes, "keeping Watson on the field is paramount for this group to reach its potential since he might be their biggest game breaker." The Packers have one of the deepest wide receiver rooms in the NFL, but that doesn't negate the fact that having the former first-rounder healthy would be huge for Jordan Love and the Packers' progression. "Maybe Year 3 is the one we finally see in consistent stretches the brilliance we've seen from Watson in spurts over the last two seasons," Schneidman added. Watson caught 28 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in 2023 as his faulty hamstring limited him to just nine games. His inability to stay healthy so far has dropped him to the WR4 range for fantasy football, but he could see his value rise by playing close to 17 games in 2024.

Jul 16, 2024 4:33 PM EST


Christian Watson Hoping To Move Past Hamstring Issues

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) said this week that he's made significant progress toward ending his hamstring issues for good. Tests this offseason showed a muscle imbalance in his legs, which likely contributed to his problems -- he has missed 11 games in his first two seasons, including eight in 2023, due to a pulled right hamstring. Packers coaches have raved about the progress Watson has made so far this year, and the 25-year-old former second-rounder in 2022 out of North Dakota State looked explosive as a full participant in organized team activities on Tuesday. Watson had a 20% difference in muscle mass between his right and left legs. Now, it's between 8% and 10%. It's interesting news, but most fantasy managers may still be hesitant to roster a player with the injury history he has early in his career. But when healthy, Watson has the most upside of any of Green Bay's current wideouts.

May 24, 2024 1:15 PM EST



Christian Watson "In A Great Place" With Hamstring Injury

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) has looked like a star at times through the first two seasons of his NFL career, but lingering hamstring issues caused the former second-round pick to miss eight games in 2023. The organization is focused on how to prevent flare-ups moving forward, and passing game coordinator Jason Vrable said Watson is "in a great place now" with his hamstring. The 24-year-old has plenty of big-play ability and has racked up 1,033 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns through his first 23 games, but he's become tough to trust in fantasy football due to his availability concerns. Hopefully, he really has turned a corner, because he could have at least WR2 upside catching passes from breakout quarterback Jordan Love. Green Bay is sure to be more careful in managing his reps in hopes of keeping him on the field.

May 8, 2024 4:32 PM EST


Packers Gather More Data On Christian Watson's Injury

The Green Bay Packers feel that they have a better grasp of where wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) stands after he underwent a body scan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this offseason with the hope of preventing future flare-ups. Watson has battled hamstring injuries in both of his two seasons in the NFL, with the 6-foot-4, 208-pounder missing eight games in 2023, playing just 446 offensive snaps. It hasn't just been hamstring injuries for the 24-year-old, and he's played in only 23 games in his first two seasons to quickly develop an injury-prone label. But when healthy, he's caught 69 of 119 targets for 1,033 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding two rushing scores. There's intriguing upside given the nature of Green Bay's improving offense under quarterback Jordan Love, but Watson's durability makes him a risk/reward fantasy selection heading into his third year.

Mar 26, 2024 10:44 PM EST


Christian Watson Hoping To Resolve Lower-Body Injuries This Offseason

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson has played in just 23 of 34 possible games since being selected by the organization in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, mostly due to lower-body injuries. This season, the speedster was held out of eight games because of lingering hamstring issues. According to Ryan Wood of USA Today, Watson is planning to undergo offseason tests to understand why he's had so many hamstring injuries. On resolving the issue, Watson said "I'm not going to say it's my fault, but it's my body, so I need to take accountability for it." The 24-year-old has flashed big-play ability when healthy, averaging 15.0 yards per reception to start his career. However, his inability to be available has been an issue for him and the Packers' young offense. If he can stay healthy, he has plenty of fantasy football upside in 2024, especially now that Jordan Love looks like a high-end franchise quarterback.

Jan 22, 2024 2:27 PM EST



Christian Watson Has Just One Catch Saturday Night

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson caught one of his two targets for an 11-yard gain during the team's 21-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The second-year receiver was an afterthought in the Packer's passing attack for the second week in a row and nabbed just one reception. It brings an end to a disappointing season riddled with injury for Watson, who had a good three-game stretch from Weeks 11-13 but did little else all year. Fantasy managers are going to enter the offseason questioning whether or not Watson is the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver after a strong campaign from rookie Jayden Reed and the slew of other weapons at the Packers' disposal. The 24-year-old will not cost nearly as much as he did in drafts last year, but his value may fluctuate heading into the 2024 regular season.

Jan 21, 2024 9:57 AM EST


Christian Watson Should Be More Involved Against 49ers

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson will go on the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. The second-year receiver was limited in practice this week due to a lingering hamstring injury but was left off the final injury report. Last week marked Watson's first game since Week 13, but he caught just one pass for nine yards and played only 41% of the snaps. His role should increase this week as he is another week removed from the injury that cost him the end of the regular season. San Francisco has struggled at times to stop wide receivers this past season and is tied for the ninth-most touchdowns allowed in the position. Watson is an incredibly risky play, but knowing he can have a multi-touchdown game at any time, he could be worth the price as a flex in DFS formats.

Jan 19, 2024 12:42 PM EST


Christian Watson Quiet In Return

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson caught his lone target for a nine-yard gain during the team's 48-32 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The second-year receiver had been out since Week 14 due to a hamstring injury that he suffered the week prior but made his return to action Sunday after being limited in practice all week. The Packers eased him back onto the field, and with only 21 passes thrown by Green Bay all game, there were few targets to be spread around the now-healthy receiving corps. Expect Watson to have his snap share increase next week when the Packers go on the road to take on the No. 1 seed San Francisco 49ers.

Jan 14, 2024 8:24 PM EST


Christian Watson Active For Wild Card Round

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. He had been listed as questionable after logging three consecutive limited practices. The promising young pass-catcher will return for his first game since early December. He had 28 catches for 422 yards and five touchdowns over the course of nine games during the regular season. Against Dallas, he should see significant volume alongside rookie breakout Jayden Reed.

Jan 14, 2024 3:11 PM EST


Packers Have Some Optimism Regarding Christian Watson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys after logging three consecutive limited practices, will work out pregame to determine whether he can play, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Watson has been sidelined since early December, but "there is some optimism that he can go" this week, Rapoport notes. If active, Watson and Jayden Reed would operate as the Packers' top wide receivers. In such a scenario, expect Romeo Doubs, Dontayvion Wicks, and Bo Melton to also get involved.

Jan 14, 2024 9:05 AM EST


Christian Watson Questionable Against Cowboys

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is questionable to face the Dallas Cowboys on the road on Sunday in the wild-card playoff contest. It looked like Watson was close to playing in Week 18 against the Chicago Bears for the first time since straining his right hamstring in Week 13, but the Packers chose to play it safe and hold him out for a fifth straight game. The 24-year-old put in more limited practices this week and is trending toward a return, but it's hard to recommend him for DFS lineups as anything more than a boom/bust player because of his extended absence. Watson is an even more risky lineup option, considering the fact that rookies Jayden Reed and Dontayvion Wicks and Romeo Doubs (chest) will all be active against Dallas.

Jan 12, 2024 2:53 PM EST


Christian Watson Inactive For Regular Season Finale

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 18 against the Chicago Bears. He had been listed as questionable and there was some optimism that he would play despite missing Friday's practice. In the end, though, Green Bay will hold him out for one more week. This marks Watson's fifth consecutive absence and should lead to more opportunities for Jayden Reed, Romeo Doubs, and Dontayvion Wicks. Of that group, Reed has the most fantasy appeal, ranking as a high-end WR3.

Jan 7, 2024 3:12 PM EST


Christian Watson Questionable For Week 18

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) did not practice with the team on Friday and is questionable to play in a must-win Week 18 regular season finale against the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday. Head coach Matt LaFleur said Watson was basically given the day off on Friday after two good practices on Wednesday and Thursday, so despite the DNP, the 24-year-old could be ready to return to the fold after missing the last four contests. Still, he could be a game-time decision for the later slate of games this Sunday, which makes him extremely risky for fantasy purposes in single-year leagues and in DFS. Rookie Jayden Reed (chest) is also questionable for the Packers, so their receiving corps is in flux heading into an important Week 18 contest. Quarterback Jordan Love could struggle against a potent Bears secondary if he's down a couple of his top wideouts.

Jan 5, 2024 3:07 PM EST


Christian Watson Out Again On Sunday

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) won't play on Sunday night versus the Vikings. The wideout was listed as doubtful after not practicing during the week, so he'll now miss his fourth consecutive contest. The Packers also won't have Dontayvion Wicks (chest), meaning Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed (toe) should be the primary receiving options for Jordan Love in the must-win matchup.

Dec 31, 2023 7:18 PM EST


Christian Watson Doubtful For Week 17

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings to close out Week 17 action. Watson was trending this way after missing practice on Wednesday and Friday. It looks like the 24-year-old will miss his fourth straight game this weekend after injuring his hamstring at the end of the Week 13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Rookies Jayden Reed (toe) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) are also in danger of sitting out against Minnesota, which would leave the Packers dangerously thin at wideout with Romeo Doubs in line to handle as many targets as he can. In the event that Watson, Reed and Wicks are all out, rookie Malik Heath and Samori Toure would round out three-receiver sets for Green Bay.

Dec 29, 2023 2:50 PM EST


Christian Watson Doesn't Practice Wednesday

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) stretched with his helmet on but did not take part in individual drills during practice on Wednesday. It sounds like Watson is making some progress, but a DNP to start the week doesn't give fantasy managers a ton of hope that the 24-year-old will be able to play for the first time since straining his right hamstring late in the Week 13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers were also without rookie Jayden Reed (chest, toe) in the Week 16 win over the Carolina Panthers, which allowed for more targets for Romeo Doubs, rookie Dontayvion Wicks (chest) and rookie tight end Tucker Kraft. Watson will be an extremely volatile flex options for fantasy managers in Week 17 if he returns to practice later this week and plays on Sunday night versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Dec 27, 2023 4:42 PM EST


Christian Watson Doubtful To Face Panthers

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is officially doubtful to play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 16. This was widely expected after he missed back-to-back practices. The 24-year-old has struggled to stay healthy and is trending towards missing his sixth game this season, assuming he's confirmed as inactive on Sunday. The Packers are fortunate enough to have a solid wide receiver corps that can catch passes from Jordan Love with Watson sidelined. Jayden Reed (toe, chest) is a strong WR3 option while Romeo Doubs and Dontayvion Wicks (ankle) will also warrant some low-end fantasy consideration.

Dec 22, 2023 2:45 PM EST


Christian Watson Doubtful To Play In Week 15

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is listed as doubtful to play in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Watson suffered a hamstring injury in Week 13 and missed the Monday night loss to the New York Giants as well, so he's firmly in line to miss his second straight game. Fantasy managers need to have the 24-year-old firmly planted on their benches for the first round of the playoffs in most leagues. Rookie Dontayvion Wicks (ankle) is also questionable for this one after getting hurt late in Monday's game, so second-year man Romeo Doubs and rookie Jayden Reed could have big workloads in a strong matchup this weekend against the Bucs and their beat-up defense. Reed has been being used on the ground and through the air and has scored four touchdowns in the last five weeks.

Dec 15, 2023 2:43 PM EST


Christian Watson Unlikely To Play In Week 15

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur doesn't expect wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) to practice on Friday, so it's unlikely that Watson will play on Sunday in the Week 15 contest versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Watson has not practiced since injuring his hamstring in Week 13 and is now in line to miss his second straight game. Keep him on your benches for Week 15 action. Rookie wideouts Jayden Reed and Dontayvion Wicks are both dealing with ankle injuries, but they both practiced on Thursday and will have a shot to play on Sunday. But with Watson likely to miss another game, Romeo Doubs and rookie tight end Tucker Kraft could be heavily involved in a strong matchup against Tampa's defense, especially if one of Reed or Wicks are out or limited.

Dec 14, 2023 3:28 PM EST


Christian Watson Out Of Practice Thursday

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday. Watson has not seen the practice field since injuring his hamstring in the Week 13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and is trending toward missing his second straight game this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rookie wideouts Jayden Reed (ankle) and Dontayvion Wicks (ankle) are also beat up, but they appear to have a better shot of playing in Week 15. As of right now, fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting to have Watson available to them for the first round of the playoffs. If Reed and Wicks are limited at all or out against the Buccaneers and their soft secondary, Romeo Doubs could be in line for a busy day on Sunday.

Dec 14, 2023 1:37 PM EST