Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson
23-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $13.85 million contract with the Texans in May of 2017.
Efficient in win over Broncos
QBHouston Texans
November 4, 2018
Watson completed 17 of 24 pass attempts for 213 yards and two touchdowns, adding 38 rushing yards on six carries during Sunday's 19-17 win against Denver.
Watson has been held under 240 passing yards in four consecutive games, but he commands a sterling 9:2 TD:INT over that same span. Compared to an output of 324 passing yards per game through Week 5, Watson's average of 192 since Week 6 is underwhelming, but he's avoided committing turnovers of late (one interception in each of his first five games of year, just two interceptions over the past four). The second-year quarterback hasn't demonstrated the "rushing floor" that invested fantasy general managers anticipated entering the season (29.7 rushing yards per game), but he's still managed to exceed 20 points (standard scoring) in six of the past eight weeks. Watson and the Texans roll into a Week 10 bye as winners of six straight, awaiting a Nov. 18 date with a Washington secondary that ranked top-five in yards allowed per pass attempt before trading for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
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How do Deshaun Watson's 2018 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 %
Avg Target Depth
10.2 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
5.3 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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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.
6' 2"
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
2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Cleared to fly to games
QBHouston Texans
October 29, 2018
Watson will fly with the Texans to Sunday's game at Denver, Sarah Barshop of reports.
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Getting better protection
QBHouston Texans
October 27, 2018
Watson has been sacked once and hit six times over the past two games, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Explodes for five-touchdown night
QBHouston Texans
October 25, 2018
Watson completed 16 of 20 passes for 239 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Texans' 42-23 win over the Dolphins on Thursday. He also rushed once for 14 yards.
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Should be fine to fly in future
QBHouston Texans
October 22, 2018
Texans coach Bill O'Brien doesn't expect Watson to need a bus for transportation to any more games this season, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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Avoids turnovers in Week 7 win
QBHouston Texans
October 21, 2018
Watson completed 12 of 24 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Texans' 20-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 13 yards.
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