Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson
24-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Houston Texans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $13.85 million contract with the Texans in May of 2017.
Inconsistency continues
QBHouston Texans
October 20, 2019
Watson completed 22 of 34 passes for 308 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Colts. He added 32 rushing yards on three carries.
ANALYSIS
Watson appeared to throw a touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins in the second quarter, but the play was ruled a sack because he was in the defender's grasp, so Houston had to settle for a field goal. Hopkins was his target on a pivotal 4th-and-1 while facing a 28-16 deficit early in the fourth, but the pass didn't connect. Things got even worse for Watson when he was picked off on the next drive, but he bounced back by hitting Hopkins for a four-yard touchdown before throwing another interception to seal the loss in the final minute. Watson has had an up-and-down season under center, with 11 passing touchdowns in his three best outings and just two in his other four games. Despite the inconsistency, Watson remains a strong fantasy play for his team's Week 8 meeting with the Raiders.
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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 %
20.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.9 Yds
 
Sack Rate
8.2%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.4 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
6.8%
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Sunday, Oct 27th at 4:25PM
Overall QB Rating Against
110.7
 
Cornerbacks
88.2
 
Safeties
128.5
 
Linebackers
112.4
 
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2019 Deshaun Watson Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Deshaun Watson's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics 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.
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
2018
2017
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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Accounts for three touchdowns
QBHouston Texans
October 13, 2019
Watson completed 30 of 42 pass attempts for 280 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions Sunday against the Chiefs. He also carried 10 times for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 31-24 win.
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Earns AFC honors
QBHouston Texans
October 10, 2019
Watson was named the AFC Player of the Week for Week 5, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Tosses five TDs in Week 5 win
QBHouston Texans
October 6, 2019
Watson completed 28 of 33 pass attempts for 426 yards, with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions during Sunday's 53-32 win against the Falcons. He also registered four carries for 47 rushing yards on the afternoon and fumbled twice, but lost neither.
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Scores rushing touchdown
QBHouston Texans
September 29, 2019
Watson completed 21 of 33 pass attempts for 160 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions Sunday against the Panthers. He also carried three times for 12 yards and a touchdown in the 16-10 loss.
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Another big day
QBHouston Texans
September 22, 2019
Watson completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 351 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Chargers. He also rushed the ball seven times for 18 yards.
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