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C.J. Watson | Guard

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/17/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
College: Tennessee
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C.J. Watson had 12 points, four assists and five turnovers on 3-of-9 shooting in Wednesday's loss.
CJW is likely going to continue to start until George Hill is ready to play again, so he's worth holding until we see Hill back on the floor after his knee injury. Dec 18 - 2:36 AM

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C.J. Watson (illness) will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

He missed shootaround due to an illness, but it sounds like he's good to go based on the starting distinction. Watson has been inconsistent on the season, averaging 11.2 points, 4.4 assists and 1.2 triples in 25.0 minutes. He's worth owning in deeper leagues until George Hill (knee) is back.
Dec 17 - 9:05 PM

C.J. Watson was not at shootaround and is questionable to face the Clippers on Wednesday due to a sinus infection.

He has been playing around 30 minutes per night before taking garbage time into account, so the Pacers would have a big hole to fill. Donald Sloan would pick up some extra playing time while Rodney Stuckey's minutes would be extremely safe.
Dec 17 - 3:19 PM

C.J. Watson scored 12 points on 3-of-3 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with zero rebounds, four assists and two steals over 23 minutes in Monday's blowout win.

Watson's line wouldn't have had as many holes if he played the full amount, but looking forward George Hill's eventual return will steal away his upside. Tonight's minutes will probably look pretty familiar when that happens though, so he could retain low-end value in 12-16 team leagues at that point.
Dec 16 - 1:26 AM

C.J. Watson had his best game of the season on Saturday with 23 points, one rebound, five assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He made just 37.1 percent from the field this season before tonight, but buried 8-of-11 in a losing effort. His minutes have been on the rise and he should be able to keep his minutes in the mid 20s even when George Hill gets back. He's worth a look for owners need treys.
Dec 13 - 9:18 PM

C.J. Watson started at point guard in Friday's loss, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

Watson has been knocking off the rust for the most part since returning to action but this is a nice look for him. He's worth a hard look for a chance at solid late-round value while George Hill is out.
Dec 13 - 12:54 AM

C.J. Watson will enter the starting lineup on Friday, with Rodney Stuckey shifting over to SG, and Solomon Hill headed to the bench.

Watson will be tasked with running the Pacers' offense, but he's a risky play in daily leagues due to his hit-or-miss nature. Stuckey could benefit by moving to his natural position of shooting guard, and he has a decent matchup vs. the Raptors tonight. Watson is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues, as George Hill is still not close to making a return.

C.J. Watson hit just 1-of-7 shots for eight points, seven assists and two steals in 28 minutes on Wednesday.

He came off the bench, but given how poorly some of the Pacer starters have played lately, it's not out of the question that CJW is starting soon. He'll take a hit once George Hill is back, and has been pretty inconsistent thus far, but after the Pacer starters were benched tonight, things could be changing in Indy.
Dec 10 - 10:59 PM

C.J. Watson logged 36 minutes against the Kings on Friday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and three assists.

Frank Vogel may want to keep him in the second unit to maintain continuity whenever George Hill gets back, but it was clear he wanted Watson on the court tonight. Rodney Stuckey (14 points, three assists, four steals, two threes) started at the point tonight and Donald Sloan was a DNP-CD, and that's not exactly a murderer's row of players to hop if you're Watson. He'll need this type of run to crack standard leagues, but for now just give him a look in deeper formats.
Dec 6 - 3:01 AM

C.J. Watson made 2-of-12 from the field for four points with three rebounds, three assists and one steal on Thursday.

He looked good on Tuesday and made 57.9 percent from the field on the season before tonight, but he brought his season shooting to just 41.9 percent thanks to this dud. Watson is only a deep league asset.
Dec 5 - 12:26 AM

C.J. Watson (foot) made his season debut in Friday's win, scoring nine points on 4-of-4 shooting (including a three) with one rebound, four assists and one steal in 18 minutes.

The Pacers haven't been afraid to play Rodney Stuckey big minutes despite his multiple injuries so maybe there is some hope for Watson, but it's definitely a wait-and-see moment for owners in most formats. Donald Sloan (six points, nine rebounds, six assists) has the ball in his court as far as point guard minutes go in Indy.
Nov 29 - 3:10 AM

C.J. Watson is expected to make his season debut on Friday after being out with a foot injury.

The Pacers could use some help at guard and while he might eat into Donald Sloan's minutes a bit, Sloan looks to have done enough to hold the starting point guard job, at least until George Hill returns some time later in December.
Nov 28 - 12:28 PM

C.J. Watson (foot) is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

He doesn't have a timetable to return and we might not see him in game action until December. Considering how Watson has dealt with foot issues before, the team will likely manage his minutes for a while -- Rodney Stuckey also aggravating his foot injury doesn't help. There is not enough incentive to stash him in most leagues.
Nov 21 - 2:21 PM

C.J. Watson (foot) will not play in Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

Watson is getting close to making his regular-season debut, but Wednesday will not be the day. Donald Sloan has been filling in admirably as the team's starting point guard with George Hill (knee) and Watson sidelined, and it's not clear if Watson would immediately challenge Sloan for the starting spot upon his return. Still, Watson would bring some much-needed offense to the Pacers, and is worth monitoring in deeper leagues. Stay tuned.
Nov 18 - 2:56 PM

C.J. Watson (foot) is listed as out for Saturday's game, but is targeting Nov. 17 for his return.

Donald Sloan will continue to play big minutes until reinforcements come, and will be an excellent plug-and-play option. Watson should be on the radar for owners in deep leagues, as the Pacers could use all the help they can get. We will update Watson's status as needed.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 15 - 10:43 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1George Hill
2C.J. Watson
3Donald Sloan
SG1Rodney Stuckey
SF1Solomon Hill
2C.J. Miles
3Damjan Rudez
4Paul George
PF1David West
2Chris Copeland
3Luis Scola
C1Roy Hibbert
2Lavoy Allen
3Ian Mahinmi
4Shayne Whittington