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Fantasy Football News: Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Kyle Pitts (2022)

Aug 19, 2022
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Deshaun Watson, NFLPA settle on 11-game suspension

Deshaun Watson will be suspended 11 games, and be fined $5 million as well. The independent disciplinary officer assigned to Watson’s case had issued only a six-game suspension, but that was raised to 11 games after the NFL and NFLPA went through their appeal process. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watson is one of the league’s premier QBs and has not played since the end of the 2020 season. The 26-year-old will now have to sit out another 11 games in 2022. With his suspension being less than a full season, fantasy managers will have the option to draft Watson as a bench stash to help them in their fantasy playoff push. In redraft formats, all Browns fantasy players will take a bit of a hit with the step down from Watson to Jacoby Brissett, especially the pass-catchers. Consider drafting Watson as a late-round flyer to help your fantasy team win games down the stretch.

Sammy Schulman

Tom Brady: No firm date on return to team

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that he does not have a firm date when Tom Brady will return to the team but that the team and Brady will revisit it after the Tennessee game according to The Athletic’s Greg Auman. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brady remains away from the team on a hiatus for “personal reasons” that was reportedly planned well before training camp. It remains unknown publicly what exactly the “personal reasons” are, only that he is addressing them and the absence was pre-planned. When Brady left, Bowles said he would return after the Tennessee game and now there is “no firm date” and they will “revisit” the situation after their second preseason game. The longer this goes on, the louder the rumors that Brady is re-retiring will get. This lack of preparation, or at least the appearance of it, is incredibly off-brand for the seven-time Super Bowl Champion and at the very least should be concerning for fantasy managers even if he does play because his heart doesn’t appear fully in this season. That being said, if he remains out of retirement it should be expected that Brady wouldn’t play if he wasn’t going to give it his full effort. For now, it is wait-and-see until after Tampa Bay’s game against the Titans on Saturday night.

Luke Monaldo

Antonio Brown receives no interest from Cowboys

Despite free agent WR Antonio Bown telling Dallas Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones to call him, Jones responded with disinterest, saying he wants to give the young guys a chance to play. (Source: TMZ Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys certainly have a lot of young WRs at their disposal after trading WR Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. WR CeeDee Lamb is expected to be a WR1 this season in Dallas, with an average PPR draft position of WR7. Rookie Jalen Tolbert and Michael Gallup are also expected to have major roles, WRs 69 and 55, respectively, while some combination of Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko and James Washington will likely get used throughout the season. A youth movement at pass-catcher seems like the most likely outcome in Dallas.

Jordan Epp

Kyle Pitts working on improving his blocking

Falcons TE Kyle Pitts has been working on improving his blocking for the upcoming season. (Source: Josh Kendall)

Fantasy Impact: Pitts had a great rookie year by most standards, but where he struggled a little bit was blocking. He wasn’t terrible at it, but he wasn’t very good and was considered a liability there. The young tight end becoming a more well-rounded player is nothing but positive for his fantasy value.

Leo Sells

Daniel Jones remains starter despite sharing first team reps

Quarterback Daniel Jones remains the starter in New York and Tyrod Taylor will serve as his back up despite Taylor receiving some first team reps according to SNY’s Connor Hughes. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor’s first team reps were reportedly always part of the plan and the Giants reiterated they are not an indictment on Jones’ play. It was revealed that Jones underwent “non-football related” surgery in the offseason and has been injury prone throughout his career so New York could just be seeing what they have in Taylor should he be called upon. Jones missed six games of the season last year after suffering a season-ending cervical neck strain in Week 12.

Luke Monaldo

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