25-Year-Old Defensive End – Houston Texans
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Watt is likely the top IDP at any position. It's difficult to recall the last time a defender was as uniquely dominant as Watt, a 6-5, 289-pound beast that looks like a defensive tackle but moves like...
J.J. Watt Contract Information:
Texans exercised team option for a fifth year in Apr. 2014. Signed through the end of the 2015 season.
Watt (knee) was a full participant in the first day of minicamp Tuesday.
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J.J. Watt: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With offseason changes in Houston, including a new head coach and defensive coordinator, it's natural to wonder how these changes will affect a star player like Watt. O'Brien stressed the Texans will play multiple schemes, refusing to be boxed in as only a 3-4 defense. "The majority of the games played in the NFL are now played in nickel defense or dime defense. Our defense will be very multiple," said O'Brien. Whatever the defense evolves into, you can rest assured O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will utilize Watt in ways that he can best disrupt opponents.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Watt was nothing less than incredible in 2012, finishing with 20.5 sacks and a linebacker-like 81 tackles despite playing in a 3-4 alignment. Both figures are unprecedented. It's only reasonable to expect some regression, though, because the 2012 season could easily turn out to be Watt's career year. Plus, Watt's outrageous 2012 season sent the rest of the AFC South into a panic, resulting in the Jaguars (second overall pick Luke Joeckel), Titans (free agent Andy Levitre, 10th overall pick Chance Warmack) and Colts (free agent Gosder Cherilus, third-round pick Hugh Thornton) making huge investments in their offensive lines. Between the inherent probability of a regression to the mean, increased attention in game plans and the increased talent of his opponents, it would be best to expect something like 70 tackles and 15 sacks rather than another 80-tackle, 20-sack bonanza.
Watt did more than well enough during the regular season of his rookie year, serving as one of the top contributors in one of the league's best defenses while totaling 56 tackles (48 solo) and 5.5 sacks as a 16-game starter. He really came alive in the playoffs, though, posting 14 tackles (11 solo) and 3.5 sacks while returning an interception for a touchdown in two games. That sort of outburst indicates Watt might have the potential to be the exceedingly rare 3-4 end who can push for double-digit sacks.
Taken with the 11th overall pick in April's NFL Draft, Watt likely will start from Day 1 for Houston this season. He had 20.5 tackles for loss last year for Wisconsin and ranked third on the team in tackles with 61 in 13 games. Watt also has ridiculous jumping ability for a player his size, so expect him to knock down passes in the NFL after batting down seven last year.