Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson
25-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Houston Texans
Questionable
Injury Foot
Est. Return 8/14/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A doozy of an offseason has Watson's 2021 in jeopardy. In January, he demanded a trade. In February, he threatened to sit out games if not moved, and in March, he became embroiled in a legal mess that could get him suspended by the league, if not worse by the legal system. Until that's resolved, he's only draftable as a risk-less, late-round pick - if he plays, he's a steal; if not, he's an easy cut. On the field, there's little question about Watson, who led the league last season with career highs in passing yards (4,823), completion percentage (70.2) and YPA (8.9). He also threw a career-high 33 TD passes with a career-low seven interceptions. That Watson did all that on a terrible team with few playmakers and season-long coaching ineptitude is remarkable. He had a league-low 14.2 bad-pass percentage, which considering his 8.9-yard average target depth (6th highest) is even more impressive. As a downfield passer, he had few peers. On passes of 20-plus yards, he led the league in completion percentage (50.0) thanks to a 56.5 on-target rate (3rd), which resulted in 10 TD passes (T-3rd). With plenty of rushing to boot, Watson finished top five in fantasy QB scoring for the third consecutive year. He'll likely get there again if he plays a full season, but the wideout depth chart behind Brandin Cooks is even thinner after Will Fuller left for Miami and Randall Cobb was traded to Green Bay. The Texans hired former Ravens pass coordinator 
David Culley as head coach, but they kept offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, at the behest of Watson. That should at least provide stability, if Watson plays at all. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $160 million contract with the Texans in September of 2020.
Dealing with minor foot injury
QBHouston Texans
Foot
August 3, 2021
Watson has a minor foot injury and won't practice Tuesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
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With the Texans putting on pads for Tuesday's practice, Watson might've been absent or limited even if he didn't have the foot issue. Between his standing trade request and the 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct, it isn't clear the 25-year-old quarterback has a professional future in Houston. However, Watson presumably will continue attending training camp, if only to avoid the possibility of $50,000 fines for each day missed.
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How do Deshaun Watson's 2020 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
14.2%
 
Avg Target Depth
8.9 Yds
 
Sack Rate
8.2%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.2 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.2%
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Deshaun Watson's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.95 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Deshaun Watson
Training Camp Notes: Aug. 1
2 days ago
David Phillips reviews a light day of training camp news, including the COVID fallout in Miami.
2021 NFL Team Previews: Houston Texans
5 days ago
With Deshaun Watson, the Texans at least could be frisky this season. If he's gone or not available, however, they may struggle to notch more than a few wins.
Training Camp Notes: July 29
5 days ago
David Phillips reviews Thursday's training camp news, including in New Orleans where Taysom Hill took the first-team QB reps.
2021 NFL Team Previews: Cleveland Browns
7 days ago
Paced by lead running back Nick Chubb and other name skill-position players, the Browns will aim for back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 2021 since the team had five such berths from 1985-89.
2021 NFL Team Previews: Chicago Bears
7 days ago
The Bears continue their search for a franchise quarterback, this time in the form of rookie Justin Fields. But he'll have to wait to get on the field with veteran Andy Dalton on hand.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the second year in a row, Watson finished fourth in QB fantasy scoring, posting similar numbers to 2018. He matched his passing TDs (26) in one fewer game and might have matched his passing yards had he played Week 17. His completion percentage, YPA and average depth of target were down slightly, while his bad-pass percentage remained unchanged. Watson's sacks fell from 62 to 44, though that was still sixth most. Fortunately, Watson is excellent on the run. He tied for the league lead in touchown passes outside the pocket with eight (Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins) and was one of five quarterbacks to average more than five yards per rush (min. 50 attempts). He scored seven rushing touchdowns, tying Lamar Jackson for second among QBs behind Josh Allen's nine. While Watson's rushing skills give him a solid floor, his ceiling doesn't appear as high this season after All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was traded to Arizona. The Texans acquired oft-concussed Brandin Cooks — who is on his fourth team in six years and coming off a career-worst season — as another big-play threat alongside oft-injured Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. They also signed slot man Randall Cobb. That's a decent foursome (when healthy), but it doesn't make up for losing Hopkins. Arriving in the Hopkins trade is RB David Johnson, who peaked in 2016 and looked washed up last season. And while TE Darren Fells (seven TDs) is back, he's 34. Second-year coordinator Tim Kelly will calls plays this season, which hopefully lets Watson break free from coach Bill O'Brien's head-scratching game plans, but it would be fun to see what Watson could accomplish in a better setup.
A year removed from an ACL tear, Watson showed no ill effect last season, finishing top 7 in completion percentage (68.3), YPA (8.2) and passer rating (103.1). He kept running too, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns, third among quarterbacks. A weak offensive line often forced Watson to run, but his league-high 62 sacks - the most for a quarterback since 2006 - was also partially caused by holding the ball too long. For all the sacks his playing style leads to, Watson also creates frequent long gains when he dodges pass rushers rather than throwing the ball away or settling for a dump-off. His 9.2-yard average depth of target ranked seventh, and his 10 touchdowns thrown from outside the pocket were second to only Patrick Mahomes' 11. And that was all accomplished with a receiving corps that couldn't stay healthy - Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Demaryius Thomas and Bruce Ellington each played no more than seven games. The Texans are optimistic Fuller and Coutee will be healthy for Week 1, and the team traded for pass-catching back Duke Johnson in August. While the offensive line still looks shaky, it should at least benefit from the addition of left tackle Tytus Howard, the 23rd overall pick in the draft. If the 23-year-old Watson takes another step forward - his completion percentage jumped 6.5 points last year - without straying too far from his aggressive instincts, he could challenge for the top fantasy spot among quarterbacks.
It's not often a quarterback has a breakout season as a rookie. And Watson didn't just break out last year, he was in the MVP discussion before suffering a torn ACL midseason. Through Week 8, Watson was tied for first in the league in TD passes, second in YPA and first in quarterback rushing, leading the league's most prolific offense at 30.7 points per game. Watson showed rare poise in the pocket - he was arguably the best QB against blitzes last season. He led the league in YPA (9.5) in blitz situations and was second in completion percentage (65.6 percent) to Drew Brees, posting an NFL-high 134.5 passer rating, nearly 22 points better than the next best. What's more, the 22-year-old Watson had seven touchdowns and no interceptions against blitzes. Watson was good on downfield passing, ranking fifth in completion percentage on attempts beyond 20 yards (min. 20 attempts), but he also threw five interceptions. And if there's an area in which he can improve it's accuracy. Had he qualified, Watson would have ranked 20th in completion percentage, just ahead of Eli Manning, and his 3.9 interception percentage would have been third highest. Watson was highly accurate in college, so it's reasonable to think he can improve in his second year. Wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are back for Watson, assuming he's available. That, of course, is the biggest concern. But the Texans are confident Watson will be ready for Week 1, and the quarterback said in mid-July that he expects to be a full-go for the start of training camp.
The Texans traded their 2018 first-round pick to move up 13 spots and draft Watson 12th overall, believing they found their franchise QB. Incumbent Tom Savage enters Week 1 as the starter, but if he struggles it will be hard to keep the rookie off the field. Savage is no proven commodity himself, with two starts in three years and a 60.9 career completion percentage in five appearances. And while Watson's ceiling is obviously higher, his floor is probably higher too because of his running ability. At 6-2, 221, the dual-threat Watson is an exceptional athlete who can throw on the run or tuck the ball and make plays with his legs. In Clemson's spread offense, he wasn't asked to read the entire field and displayed inconsistent decision-making and accuracy, which lead to 32 interceptions in 38 games. But according to scouts, accuracy, especially deep-ball accuracy, can be easily improved with mechanical adjustments and better footwork as he transitions to a pro-style offense and working under center. Watson's poise in the pocket and leadership skills impressed the Texans, who cycled through a number of journeymen quarterbacks in recent years while the defense carried the team. Watson will have a solid supporting cast around him, too, with Lamar Miller in the backfield and DeAndre Hopkins at receiver.
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Stuck with backups again
QBHouston Texans
July 29, 2021
Coach David Culley said Watson's workload didn't change on the second day of training camp, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
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Eased into practice with backups
QBHouston Texans
July 28, 2021
Watson dressed for Wednesday's practice but merely served as Houston's No. 4 quarterback, even lining up with the defense at times, Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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No eligibility restrictions for now
QBHouston Texans
July 27, 2021
The NFL released a statement Tuesday saying that its "review of the serious allegations against [Watson] remains ongoing and active" and that "at this time, there are no restrictions on Watson's participation in club activities," Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.
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Could still be traded
QBHouston Texans
July 26, 2021
The Texans are willing to listen to trade offers for Watson, but it may take three first-round picks or more, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Reporting to camp
QBHouston Texans
July 25, 2021
Watson is expected to be in attendance Sunday, when quarterbacks are scheduled to report for the start of Houston's training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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