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Player Outlook
Watson is hopeful that the hamstring problems he's dealt with over the first two seasons of his career are behind him, and he can start playing at a high level in Year 3. When healthy, Watson could be the best receiver in Green Bay, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 7 in all leagues. Hamstring problems resulted in multi-game absences three times during Watson's first two NFL seasons, and he was also removed early from other contests with a concussion, chest injury, hip injury and back/chest injury. When healthy, Watson has produced some huge games, scoring at least 16.6 PPR points in seven of 23 games, and he has averaged at least 11.3 PPR points per game in each year of his career. The Packers have a loaded receiving corps with Jayden Reed, Romeo Doubs and Dontayvion Wicks, but Watson has the highest ceiling of the group. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for most of 2024, and this could be a breakout season for him in his third year.

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2023 28 422 15.07 5 11 2.75 707.8
2022 41 611 14.90 7 80 11.43 1148.1
3y Avg. 34 516 15.18 6 46 7.67 867.2
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Feels more confident in hamstring

    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.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Team optimistic after testing

    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 a worrying list of medical problems for someone with only 953 career snaps -- essentially one season's worth -- but Watson has mostly been effective when available, catching 69 of 119 targets for 1,033 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 who recorded over 350 receiving yards last season, all of them 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 in 2024.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: To undergo offseason testing

    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 2023 campaign due to a hamstring issue and that he was nicked up for a substantial portion of the year even while suiting up. resulting in a disappointing 28-422-5 line on 53 targets across nine appearances before the postseason. If Watson is able to gain some information this offseason that helps him avoid future soft-tissue injuries, it would certainly help boost his prospects heading into Year 3.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Set to play Saturday

    Watson (hamstring) doesn't have an injury 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.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Limited session Wednesday

    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 prolonged absence, the Packers' impressive depth at wide receiver may also have been a factor. As such, Watson is no lock to return to his pre-injury role even if he continues to practice and avoid setbacks ahead of Saturday's divisional-round game in San Francisco.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Limited to begin week

    The Packers listed Watson (hamstring) 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 on his only target. Given his lengthy absence, it is unsurprising to see the Packers exercising caution with Watson early in the week. The second-year pass catcher might need to upgrade to full participation before the practice week is out before he'll be a viable fantasy option in Saturday's clash with the 49ers.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: One catch in wild-card round win

    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.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Suiting up Sunday

    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.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Questionable for wild-card round

    Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Watson (hamstring) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game at Dallas, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports. After managing a limited walkthrough Wednesday and a capped practice Thursday, Watson will enter the weekend with a chance to return to action. He hasn't suited up since suffering a right hamstring strain Week 13 against the Chiefs, and if he's unable to attain active status Sunday, the Packers otherwise will have the rest of their regular wide receivers available to the offense, with Romeo Doubs (chest) avoiding a game-day designation.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Stays limited at practice

    Watson (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Thursday. For a second consecutive week, Watson has opened it with limited sessions on both occasions. However, he capped Week 18 prep with a DNP at Friday's practice, which was followed by a fifth absence in a row this past Sunday against the Bears. As such, Watson's listing this Friday could be telling for his potential to play for the first time since straining his right hamstring Week 13 versus the Chiefs. The Packers have fewer question marks at wide receiver this week, as only Romeo Doubs (chest) -- aside from Watson -- has endured practice limitations as the team gears up for Sunday's wild-card game in Dallas.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Sitting out again Sunday

    Watson (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Bears, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports. After straining his right hamstring Week 13 against the Chiefs, Watson was held out of every practice for the next four weeks. He logged as many consecutive absences on game day as a result, but his presence on the practice field as limited Wednesday and Thursday before getting a rest day Friday opened the door for his return to action. That won't come to pass for Watson, though, leaving Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed (chest), Dontayvion Wicks (chest), Bo Melton and Malik Heath as the Packers' available wide receivers Week 18. The team will need to reach the postseason in order for Watson to have a chance to play again before Week 1 of the 2024 campaign.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Questionable for Week 18

    Watson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports. Coach Matt LaFleur downplayed Watson's absence from Friday's practice, telling reporters that the Packers "felt like (Watson) had two good days of practice and wanted to give him today off ," per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. The team listed Watson as a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, following four straight weeks of missed practices and games. He may end up a game-time decision heading into the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Not at practice

    Watson (hamstring) isn't practicing Friday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. This may (or may not) be indicative of a setback, after the Packers listed Watson as a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday. The wideout suggested Wednesday that he expects to play Sunday against the Bears, and coach Matt LaFleur also made fairly optimistic comments.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Another limited practice

    Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Watson (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports. Watson isn't yet in the clear for Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Bears, but he's put himself in a good position to end his four-game absence this weekend after practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday. With a wild-card spot on the line in Week 18, quarterback Jordan Love could have close to his full complement of offensive weapons available. In addition to Watson, fellow wideouts Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest), tight end Luke Musgrave (kidney) and running back Aaron Jones (knee/finger) have also opened the week by practicing as either limited or full participants and seem to be trending toward playing Sunday.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Back at practice Wednesday

    Watson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Watson is set to take part in his first notable on-field work since straining his right hamstring late in a Week 13 win over the Chiefs. At the time of the injury, he had put together his most productive stretch of the season, accumulating 14 catches (on 20 targets) for 186 yards and four touchdowns and three carries for 16 yards from Weeks 11 through 13. Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest/ankle) joined Watson in drills Wednesday, but it remains to be seen how the Packers list the trio of wide receivers' practice participation on their first Week 18 injury report.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Unlikely to play

    Watson (hamstring) isn't practicing Friday and isn't likely to play Sunday against the Vikings, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. Coach Matt LaFleur said Watson and fellow wideout Dontayvion Wicks (chest/ankle) would need to practice Friday in order to play Sunday. Neither is doing so, but slot man Jayden Reed (toe/chest) at least seems to have a shot to make it back after missing Week 16.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Missing third straight game

    Watson (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday in Carolina, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports. Watson hasn't practiced since straining his right hamstring in the last few minutes of a Week 13 win against the Chiefs. He showed some progress in his recovery by donning a helmet and cleats while taking part in Friday's team stretch. In the end, though, Watson's doubtful listing on the Packers' final Week 16 injury report forecast the likelihood of a third consecutive absence Sunday. He'll now turn his focus to next Sunday night's road matchup with the Vikings.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Doubtful to play this week

    Watson (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game at Carolina, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. The Packers aren't completely shutting the door, but multiple beat reporters have suggested that Watson's appearance on the practice field Friday was likely a test run for next week rather than being indicative of a legitimate effort to play this Sunday against the Panthers. It also isn't clear how much Watson did during Friday's practice, if anything, as the session was closed to media after warmups and stretches. Dontayvion Wicks (ankle) likely will fill in at wideout again this Sunday if he's able to play after being listed as questionable, with Watson then potentially returning Week 17 (at Minnesota) or Week 18 (vs. Chicago).
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: No practice again Thursday

    Watson (hamstring) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Watson has yet to mix into drills since straining his right hamstring near the end of a Week 13 win against the Chiefs. With just one session to do so ahead of Sunday's game at Carolina, he appears to be trending in the wrong direction to return to action this weekend. Fellow wide receiver Jayden Reed (toe/chest) also didn't practice Thursday, leaving Romeo Doubs, Dontayvion Wicks (ankle), Malik Heath and Samori Toure as the other mostly healthy wide receivers on the Packers' active roster.
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  • Packers' Christian Watson: Not practicing

    Watson (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Watson missed practice the past two weeks and appears to be in danger of sitting out a third straight game when the Packers face the Panthers this Sunday. Fellow wide receiver Jayden Reed also was held out of Wednesday's practice after suffering a toe injury during the Packers' loss to Tampa Bay this past Sunday.
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