Justin Watson
Justin Watson
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
PUP-R
Injury Knee
Est. Return 11/28/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Justin Watson in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a four-year, $2.76 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2018.
Hits PUP list
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee
August 31, 2021
Watson (knee) has landed on the Buccaneers' reserve/PUP list, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Watson underwent knee surgery in July and is expected to be out until at least November. When the 25-year-old returns from injury, he likely won't receive any meaningful snaps, as Tampa Bay's receiving corps is pretty stacked. The former Pennsylvania receiver is slated to sneak in behind Tyler Johnson on the depth chart once he's fully recovered.
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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@ Rams
Sunday, Sep 26th at 4:25PM
Overall QB Rating Against
69.5
 
Cornerbacks
59.3
 
Safeties
118.8
 
Linebackers
41.3
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
The 2018 fifth-round pick saw minimal action in his rookie season, but that could change significantly in 2019. Adam Humphries, who logged a career-high 105 targets in 2018, is now in Tennessee, which leaves Watson with a potential clear path to a fairly sizable role in a new pass-centric offense. The Penn product is a much stouter candidate than Humphries for potential slot work, checking in at 6-3, 215 pounds. Moreover, Watson boasts 4.4 speed, so his route tree and overall utility in Bruce Arians' system could be quite diverse. However, dampening his prospects to an extent are the many mouths to feed on offense - Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman and O.J. Howard, at a minimum, will all peg in ahead of him on the pass-catching hierarchy to open the season.
As an Ivy League receiver with fifth-round slotting, Watson's fantasy prospects as a rookie may be dismissed at first glance. However, Watson has the potential to be an exception to the rule, with a college resume that includes 286 receptions, 3,777 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns lending credence to that notion. Impressive measurables that include a 6-3, 215-pound frame, 4.44 speed and a 40-inch vertical certainly don't hurt his chances for success either, but as an unproven asset at the NFL level, Watson will have to make a strong case in training camp and the preseason. If he does nab a spot on the final roster, Watson conceivably could put a dent into Adam Humphries' opportunities, but it's extremely difficult to envision him climbing any higher than No. 4 on the depth chart. Moreover, with the Bucs already boasting an impressive array of pass-catching options ahead of him, Watson's value should be almost exclusively limited to keeper and dynasty formats.
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Undergoes knee surgery
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee
July 24, 2021
Watson will miss four months after undergoing knee surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Moved to PUP list
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Undisclosed
July 24, 2021
Watson (undisclosed) was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday.
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Could be victim of numbers game
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
July 13, 2021
Watson is trending downward for a roster spot as training camp approaches, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.
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Buried on depth chart most of '20
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
February 9, 2021
Watson finished the 2020 regular season with seven receptions (11 targets) for 94 yards and compiled 19 yards on two kickoff returns across 11 games. He also logged 17 snaps but no statistics during the NFC Championship Game win over the Packers.
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Healthy scratch for Week 15
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Coach's Decision
December 20, 2020
Watson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
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