Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson
24-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Houston Texans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $13.85 million contract with the Texans in May of 2017. Texans exercised $17.54 million team option for 2021 in April of 2020.
Fifth-year option picked up
QBHouston Texans
April 28, 2020
The Texans exercised Watson's fifth-year team option for 2021 on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Houston's decision to pick up the option was a foregone conclusion, given that Watson has already established himself as one of the league's top signal-callers through his first three seasons. The fifth-year option may just serve as a placeholder until the Texans are able to come to terms with Watson on a long-term deal that will likely make him one of the highest-paid players in NFL history.
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How do Deshaun Watson's 2019 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 %
20.8%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.0 Yds
 
Sack Rate
8.2%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.1 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
5.3%
 
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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
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Gets reinforcement in Cooks
QBHouston Texans
April 9, 2020
The Texans acquired another wide receiver (Brandin Cooks) for Watson on Thursday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Adjusting to life without Hopkins
QBHouston Texans
April 5, 2020
The trade of DeAndre Hopkins leaves Watson with Will Fuller and Kenny Stills as Houston's top two wide receiver targets, Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com reports.
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Three-TD outing not enough
QBHouston Texans
January 12, 2020
Watson completed 31 of 52 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 37 yards and an additional TD on six carries during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs.
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Leads Texans to comeback win
QBHouston Texans
January 5, 2020
Watson completed 20 of 25 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 55 yards and a second score on 14 carries in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills.
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Remains on bench in finale
QBHouston Texans
December 31, 2019
Watson dressed but did not play in Sunday's 35-14 loss to the Titans.
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