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Christian Watson

#1 WR,

Packers

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ACTUAL 2022

164 FPTS

RANK: 41

2023 SEASON

203 FPTS

RANK: 33

AGE

24 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'5'' / 208 lbs

COLLEGE

North Dakota State

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
20231620333rd11066979614.8
20221416441st6641611714.9
3yr Ave00547th00000.00

Feels more confident in hamstring

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-24

After undergoing eight hours of testing at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine earlier in the offseason, Watson believes he has solved his right hamstring issues that have caused him to miss several games through his first two seasons, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

"For me, it really was the asymmetry between the legs," Watson explained. "It comes from a lot of things. Obviously, the issues I've had in the past with hamstrings, not fully recovering from those strength-wise. I've been attacking the strength side of it, trying to get that symmetry back and it's been huge for me. I feel really, really good. I gotta continue grinding at it." Watson states he had a 20 percent difference in muscle mass between his right and left legs, but it's now between 8-10 percent. His goal is six percent. Watson was a full participant in OTAs, and getting him through a healthy offseason would be a big first step. He's the most explosive weapon in a deep Green Bay wideout room. Watson has averaged 15 yards per catch over his first two seasons.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

6.1
3.9
9.3
0.8
2.2
4.4
32.7
21.1
21
24.4
8.6
10.9
2.1
16.6

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
1 @MIN Dome 72° 6.1 68th 2.032.047.54234017.071033%11011%25%3%73%
2 CHI Outdoor 73° 3.9 83rd 1.30-10.042.533903.0-360%00012%59%5%36%
4 NE Outdoor 66° 9.3 40th 4.65-8.539.531808.0-4120%0009%72%0%28%
5 NYG Outdoor 64° 0.8 112th 0.40-9.541.511101.0-450%0003%44%0%56%
8 @BUF Outdoor 54° 2.2 78th 2.2010.547.51112012.00120%1003%50%0%50%
9 @DET Dome 59° 4.4 46th 2.20-4.049.52224012.0850%1005%29%12%59%
10 DAL Outdoor 33° 32.7 3rd 8.183.543.584107326.820720%22142%33%0%67%
11 TEN Outdoor 25° 21.1 8th 4.22-3.541.56448212.012020%20016%19%0%81%
12 @PHI Outdoor 62° 21.0 10th 5.256.045.564110127.511160%42124%24%0%76%
13 @CHI Outdoor 38° 24.4 8th 6.10-3.543.57348116.01420%30023%27%0%73%
15 LA Outdoor 15° 8.6 48th 2.15-7.539.56446011.5480%30021%24%3%73%
16 @MIA Outdoor 45° 10.9 40th 1.823.549.5864908.2450%21021%24%0%72%
17 MIN Outdoor 39° 2.1 88th 2.10-3.547.55111011.05650%10019%21%0%79%
18 DET Outdoor 21° 16.6 13th 2.37-4.548.565104020.81470%42023%34%2%64%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Outdoor 8 51.52.2736th4.82.9420.614.58.75.912%1.50.50.1
Away Outdoor 4 43.72.186th5.53.5550.515.67.68.00%2.50.80.3
Away Dome 2 22.61.63108th3.02.0290.014.57.37.320%1.00.50.0

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2022 23 GB 14 11 164 41st6641611714.9879%248212%30%1%68%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Team optimistic after testing

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-26

The Packers feel like they have a better understanding of Watson's injury issues after he underwent a body scan at University of Wisconsin-Madison earlier this offseason, Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com reports.

Hamstring problems resulted in multi-game absences three times during Watson's first two NFL seasons, and he was removed early from other contests with a concussion (Week 8 of 2022), chest injury (Week 9 of 2022), hip injury (Week 16 of 2022) and back/chest injury (Week 9 of 2023). It's an incredible list of medical problems for someone with 953 career snaps -- essentially one season's worth -- but Watson has mostly been effective when available, catching 69 of 119 targets for 1033 yards and 12 touchdowns and taking 11 carries for 91 yards and two additional scores. The 2022 second-round pick is part of one of the deepest group of pass catchers in the league, with Green Bay having six players over 350 receiving yards last season (all rookies or second-year pros). Watson's 4.36 speed is unique among that group, but durability and workload concerns remain a significant part of the fantasy equation even if the Packers are feeling more optimistic about his chances of staying relatively healthy.

To undergo offseason testing

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-22

Watson said Monday that he plans to undergo offseason medical testing to determine why he's battled recurring hamstring injuries in his NFL career, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports.

Watson missed the last five games of the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and though he managed to return for Green Bay's two playoff games, he was ineffective in those contests. His efforts culminated in securing one catch for 11 yards on two targets during Saturday's loss to the 49ers in the divisional round. It's worth noting that Watson also missed the first three games of the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and that he was nicked up for a substantial portion of the year even while suiting up. resulting in a disappointing 28-422-5 receiving line (53 targets) across nine appearances. If Watson is able to gain some offseason information that helps him avoid future soft-tissue injuries, it would certainly help boost his prospects heading into Year 3.

Set to play Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-18

Watson (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's divisional-round contest at San Francisco, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Watson put an end to a five-game absence this past Sunday at Dallas due to a strained right hamstring, but the Packers contained him to 23 of 56 offensive snaps. The result was one catch for nine yards, while fellow wide receiver Romeo Doubs (6-151-1 on six targets) dominated the attention of quarterback Jordan Love. Watson was listed as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate before having his reps capped at Wednesday's walkthrough, but the activity was enough for Green Bay to clear him to suit up again this weekend.

Limited session Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-17

Watson (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice.

Watson returned for Green Bay's wild-card win over Dallas after missing the final five games of the regular season, though he played only 41 percent of his team's snaps on offense and was targeted just once. While the limited workload likely was related to his recent prolonged absence, the Packers' impressive depth at wide receiver may also have been a factor, which means Watson is no lock to return to his pre-injury role even if he continues to practice and avoid setbacks ahead of Saturday's game in San Francisco.

Limited to begin the week

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-16

The Packers listed Watson as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

A hamstring injury caused Watson to miss five straight games prior to his return in Green Bay's wild-card victory over the Cowboys. He finished the contest with one reception for nine yards. The catch happened to be his only target. Given his lengthy absence due to his hamstring issue, it is unsurprising to see the Packers exercising caution with this status early in the week. The second-year pass catcher will now look to ensure his health is up to par in time for Saturday's clash with the 49ers.

One catch in wild-card round win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-14

Watson (hamstring) caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 48-32 wild-card round win over the Cowboys.

Watson barely saw any involvement in the blowout win, as Romeo Doubs produced a career-high 151 receiving yards and caught one of Jordan Love's three touchdown passes, which were complemented by a trio of Aaron Jones touchdown runs. While Watson's hamstring injury probably won't keep him out of the Divisional Round in San Francisco, the injury still appears to be hampering the second-year wideout's effectiveness.

Suiting up Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-14

Watson (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's wild-card game at Dallas.

Watson thus will return to action for the first time since Week 13, when he strained his right hamstring near the end of a win over the Chiefs. It's fair to wonder how many snaps he'll be able to handle Sunday after being listed as limited on all three Packers injury reports this week, but the 2022 second-rounder will be in the mix for passes from quarterback Jordan Love alongside wide receivers Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks and Bo Melton. In the nine contests that he was available for prior to sustaining his injury, Watson recorded a 28-422-5 receiving line on 53 targets.

Status hinges on pregame workout

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-14

Watson, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game in Dallas, will test his injured right hamstring out in pregame warmups before a determination is made if he'll play in the postseason opener, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Packers reportedly have some optimism that Watson will be able to play for the first time since the Dec. 3 win over the Chiefs, but he'll need to make it though the workout no worse for the wear in order to make himself available Sunday. With that in mind, Watson appears to be shaping up a game-time decision, with official word on his status likely to arrive when Green Bay releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the game's 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Even if Watson is cleared to play, he could be subject to a limited snap count after missing Green Bay's last five games.

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