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.
Throws for 235 yards
QBHouston Texans
January 5, 2019
Watson completed 29 of 49 attempts for 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception Saturday against the Colts. He also carried eight times for 76 yards in the 21-7 loss.
ANALYSIS
Watson was held in check by the surging Colts defense, averaging just 4.8 yards per attempt. He compiled a large chunk of his numbers after his team was already down late in the game, including a touchdown pass to Keke Coutee and a couple of big gains on the ground. Watson led the team through its outstanding nine-game win streak, but a four-game losing streak -- including Saturday's playoff defeat -- is a rather sour note to end the season on. He still compiled 4,400 passing yards, 32 total touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 17 appearances, making him a desirable fantasy asset in virtually every fantasy format heading into 2019.
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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 %
20.8%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.2 Yds
 
Sack Rate
10.9%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.2 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
3.2%
 
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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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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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Cruises in win
QBHouston Texans
December 30, 2018
Watson connected on 25 of 35 passes for 234 yards and added 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
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Rushes for two scores in loss
QBHouston Texans
December 23, 2018
Watson completed 29 of 40 passing attempts for 339 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles. He added two more scores and 49 yards rushing on eight attempts.
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Near-perfect in win
QBHouston Texans
December 15, 2018
Watson completed 22 of 28 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns while adding four carries for 26 yards in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
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Kept in check in loss
QBHouston Texans
December 9, 2018
Watson completed 27 of 38 passing attempts for 267 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts. He also rushed for 35 yards on five carries.
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Returns to full practice
QBHouston Texans
December 6, 2018
Watson (right shoulder) practiced fully Thursday.
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