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.
Strong passing performance not enough
QBHouston Texans
September 23, 2018
Watson completed 24 of 40 passes for 385 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding 36 yards on five carries in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Watson failed to lead his team into the end zone in the first half, hitting the break with a 20-6 deficit. He threw a costly interception in the front of the end zone with his team trailing 20-9 early in the fourth quarter, but bounced back on the next drive with a six-yard score to Will Fuller, two plays after a would-be touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins was called back due to holding. Watson padded his stats with one second left, finding Lamar Miller for a meaningless four-yard score. He'll hope to lead his team to its first win of the season in Indianapolis next week.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    209
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
464
0
2018
209
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other QBs)

Height:   6' 2"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   220 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.66 sec
GREAT
Shuttle Time:   4.31 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   6.95 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   33.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   33 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   119 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   0 reps
Not Available
Houston Texans Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
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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Leads in getting hit
QBHouston Texans
September 18, 2018
Watson has been sacked seven times and hit a league-leading 21 times over the first two weeks of the season.
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Tosses two scores
QBHouston Texans
September 16, 2018
Watson completed 22 of 32 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 20-17 loss to Tennessee. He added 44 yards on five carries.
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Turns ball over twice
QBHouston Texans
September 9, 2018
Watson completed 17 of 34 yards for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He added 40 yards and a fumble on eight carries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to New England. He briefly left the game with cramping, Sarah Bishop of ESPN reports.
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Limited action in preseason loss
QBHouston Texans
August 25, 2018
Watson completed three of six passes for 15 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Texans' 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams on Saturday. He also rushed once for five yards.
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Sharp with boost in playing time
QBHouston Texans
August 18, 2018
Watson completed five of eight passes for 73 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Texans' 16-13 preseason win over the 49ers on Saturday.
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