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Deshaun Watson is being drafted on average as the 38th overall player in fantasy, according to Fantasypros. Jim Rogash/Getty Images
#QUARTERBACKSPOSTEAMBYE
1Aaron RodgersQBGB7
2Deshaun WatsonQBHOU10
3Tom BradyQBNE11
4Drew BreesQBNO6
5Russell WilsonQBSEA7
6Cam NewtonQBCAR4
7Kirk CousinsQBMIN10
8Ben RoethlisbergerQBPIT7
9Matt RyanQBATL8
10Carson WentzQBPHI9
11Jimmy GaroppoloQBSF11
12Matthew StaffordQBDET6
13Andrew LuckQBIND9
14Pat MahomesQBKC12
15Jameis WinstonQBTB5
16Philip RiversQBLAC8
17Marcus MariotaQBTEN8
18Jared GoffQBLAR12
19Andy DaltonQBCIN19
20Case KeenumQBDEN10
21Dak PrescottQBDAL8
22Derek CarrQBOAK7

 

    BYE 20Royce FreemanRBDEN10
 RUNNING BACKS    21Carlos HydeRBCLE11
1Todd GurleyRBLAR12 22Marshawn LynchRBOAK7
2LeVeon BellRBPIT7 23Peyton BarberRBTB5
3Ezekiel ElliottRBDAL8 24Jamaal WilliamsRBGB7
4David JohnsonRBARI9 25Jay AjayiRBPHI9
5Saquon BarkleyRBNYG9 26Mark IngramRBNO6
6Alvin KamaraRBNO6 27Kerryon JohnsonRBDET6
7Melvin GordonRBLAC8 28Rex BurkheadRBNE11
8Leonard FournetteRBJAX9 29Marlon MackRBIND9
9Kareem HuntRBKC12 30Isaiah CrowellRBNYJ11
10Joe MixonRBCIN9 31Chris CarsonRBSEA7
11Christian McCaffreyRBCAR4 32Tevin ColemanRBATL8
12Jordan HowardRBCHI5 33Dion LewisRBTEN8
13Dalvin CookRBMIN10 34Corey ClementRBPHI9
14Devonta FreemanRBATL8 35Sony MichelRBNE11
15LeSean McCoyRBBUF11 36Chris ThompsonRBWAS4
16Kenyan DrakeRBMIA11 37Rashaad PennyRBSEA7
17Derrick HenryRBTEN8 38Tarik CohenRBCHI5
18Alex CollinsRBBAL10 39Adrian PetersonRBWAS4
19Lamar MillerRBHOU10 40Austin EkelerRBSD8


 

 WIDE RECEIVERS  BYE      BYE
1Antonio BrownWRPIT7  23Marquise GoodwinWRSF11
2DeAndre HopkinsWRHOU10  24Chris HoganWRNE11
3Odell Beckham JrWRNYG9  25Allen RobinsonWRCHI5
4Julio JonesWRATL8  26Corey DavisWRTEN8
5Michael ThomasWRNO6  27Marvin JonesWRDET6
6Davante AdamsWRGB7  28Michael CrabtreeWRBAL10
7A.J. GreenWRCIN9  29Nelson AgholorWRPHI9
8Mike EvansWRTB5  30Emmanuel SandersWRDEN10
9Tyreek HillWRKC12  31Will FullerWRHOU10
10Adam ThielenWRMIN10  32Kelvin BenjaminWRBUF11
11Keenan AllenWRLAC8  33Robert WoodsWRLAR12
12Doug BaldwinWRSEA7  34Robby AndersonWRNYJ11
13Stefon DiggsWRMIN10  35Jamison CrowderWRWAS4
14Josh GordonWRCLE11  36Alshon JefferyWRPHI9
15T.Y. HiltonWRIND9  37Julian EdelmanWRNE11
16Larry FitzgeraldWRARI9  38Cooper KuppWRLAR12
17JuJu Smith-SchusterWRPIT7  40Calvin RidleyWRATL8
18Demaryius ThomasWRDEN10  41Randall CobbWRGB7
19Amari CooperWROAK7  42Chris GodwinWRTB5
20Brandin CooksWRLAR12  43Kenny GolladayWRDET6
21Jarvis LandryWRCLE11  44Jordy NelsonWROAK7
22Golden TateWRDET6  45Mike WilliamsWRLAC8

 

 TIGHT ENDS  BYE
1Rob GronkowskiTENE11
2Travis KelceTEKC12
3Zach ErtzTEPHI9
4Jimmy GrahamTEGB7
5Greg OlsenTECAR4
6Evan EngramTENYG9
7Trey BurtonTECHI5
8David NjokuTECLE11
9Delanie WalkerTETEN8
10George KittleTESF11
11Jordan ReedTEWAS4
12Eric EbronTEIND9
13Kyle RudolphTEMIN10
14O.J. HowardTETB5
15Tyler EifertTECIN9

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Watson's accusers appeared on Real Sports on Tuesday night. Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images.

HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’s heavily promoted and much anticipated examination of Deshaun Watson’s legal mess involving alleged sexual misconduct shed little new light and merely presented a summary of well worn he said/she (x22) said accusations and denials.

The episode debuted Tuesday night on the premium cable service and will be repeated dozens of times throughout the week on HBO’s platforms. Check your local listings for times and channel.

The segment was hosted by Soledad O’Brien who presented compelling face-to-face interviews with two of the quarterback’s accusers: massage therapists Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes. Their stories were detailed and graphic. Both cried during the interviews.

Solis: “As I’m working, he deliberately grabs himself and put his penis on my hand. I pulled my hand away instantly and I started crying. I told that I’m done. I don’t want to do this anymore.”

Solis said she felt threatened when Watson, before leaving the session, allegedly told her: “I know you have a career to protect, and I know that you don’t want anyone messing with it, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.”

Solis added, “That’s when I got really scared because that sounded like a threat to me.”

Hayes: “He wanted me to kind of make a V motion in his pelvic area. I just kept massaging and did what he asked, until his penis kept touching me repeatedly as I did it.”

Hayes said that Watson had an orgasm, which she said was “mortifying, embarrassing and disgusting.”

O’Brien asked Hayes why she continued to have contact via email with Watson after their encounter.

Hayes: "I wasn't sure what he was capable of. He could've physically assaulted me. He could've bashed my business, so I had to protect myself and my business the best way I saw fit. Did I ever see him again after that? No. Did I give him the runaround? Yes."

O’Brien pointed out that two separate grand juries in Texas heard criminal accusations against Watson and neither found enough evidence to indict him.

Solis and Hayes, and 20 other massage therapists have filed civil suits against Watson. The cases aren’t expected to reach a courtroom until next March. Both sides could reach a settlement before then which would effectively shut down any legal action against Watson. However, both sides say they aren’t interested in any pretrial settlements. That’s what they say now, anyway.

After being banished to the sidelines for the 2021 season by the Houston Texans, Watson signed a historic, 5-year fully guaranteed $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.

Hayes said she feels Watson “is being rewarded for bad behavior." Solis said, "It's just like a big screw you. That's what it feels like. That we (the Browns) don't care. He can run and throw, and that's what we care about.”

Watson currently is participating in preseason workouts with the Browns and, at the moment, is cleared to play the upcoming NFL season.

That is unless the NFL suspends Watson for some, most or all of the 2022 season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league is nearing completion of its independent investigation into Watson’s case and will reach a decision “shortly,” probably this summer. The NFL and NFL Players Association mutually agreed to have former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson decide whether or not Watson violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy and what discipline should be handed down if he did.

The Browns are scheduled to play the Texans on Dec. 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

O’Brien said, while producing the Real Sports piece, she tried to interview Watson, his attorneys and the Cleveland Browns for their side of the story. All declined.

During a press conference in March to announce his joining the Browns, Watson denied any inappropriate behavior with the massage therapists.

Watson: “I never assaulted any woman. I’ve never disrespected any woman. I was raised to be genuine and respect everyone around me. I’ve never done the thing that these people are alleging. My mom and my aunties didn’t raise me that way.”

Leah Graham, a member of Watson’s legal team, sat for an interview after O’Brien’s segment was complete.

Graham: "It's 22 women. It's one lawyer. There's only one lawyer who was willing to take these cases. And as we know from Ashley Solis’ deposition, Mr. (Houston attorney Tony) Buzbee was not the first, probably not the second or third lawyer she went to, but he was the only one to take her case. Why? Not because it had merit, but because he would use these cases to increase his social media following and quite frankly to get on shows like this one.”

My reaction after watching the Real Sports segment? We weren’t in the room when the massage therapists worked on Watson. We weren’t in the grand jury room when evidence against Watson was presented. We don’t know what happened. We don’t know what will happen if these cases go to trial.

Until then all we have is one big, lurid, embarrassing mess. In American courtrooms, defendants are presumed innocent. That’s often the opposite in the court of public opinion. We’ll just have to wait while the wheels of justice grind painfully slow.

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