T.J. Watt

T.J. Watt

27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Reserve-Covid-19
Injury Illness
Est. Return 12/5/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Even though Watt rested during the Steelers' Week 17 matchup in 2020, he still led the league with a career-high 15 sacks. His efforts earned him 20 votes for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, as he finished second in voting to Aaron Donald, who received 27 votes. The Steelers unsurprisingly exercised Watt's fifth-year option prior to the 2020 campaign, so the 2021 season marks the final year of his rookie deal. Watt could draw more attention off the line in 2021 after Bud Dupree signed with the Titans during the offseason, but Watt still managed to make an impact late in 2020 after Dupree tore his ACL. In total, Watt recorded 53 tackles (43 solo), two forced fumbles and one interception in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#219.5
ADP
#Subscriber-Only
IDP
$Signed a four-year, $112.01 million contract with the Steelers in September of 2021.
Tests positive for virus
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Illness
November 29, 2021
Watt's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday was the result of a positive test for the virus, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Steelers haven't immediately ruled Watt out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, which suggests he's vaccinated and won't be subject to an automatic 10-day quarantine. Even so, Watt still likely faces an uphill battle to gain clearance for the Week 13 contest, as he'll need to be asymptomatic and test negative on two occasions at least 24 hours apart before he's eligible for activation. At the very least, Watt is in line to miss practice time this week, so the Steelers will have Derrek Tuszka and Taco Charlton pick up extra reps at outside linebacker over the next few days in anticipation of the three-time Pro Bowler not being available against Baltimore.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Pittsburgh SteelersSteelers 2021 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

61453%
18668%
51445%
17564%
49343%
16861%
43137%
8531%
23520%
00%
13011%
228%
1049%
5922%
333%
00%
61%
62%
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2021 T.J. Watt Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do T.J. Watt's measurables compare to other linebackers?
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' 4"
 
Weight
252 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.69 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.13 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.79 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Hand Length
11.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
It is no surprise that the Steelers exercised Watt's fifth-year team option for 2021 following a second-straight Pro Bowl performance last season. Arguably the lynchpin of a defense that led the league in sacks and takeaways, while also allowing the fifth-fewest yards and points, he recorded a career-high 14.5 sacks -- fourth most in the league -- to go with a league-leading eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. There is nothing to suggest a regression in 2020, making the 25-year old linebacker a top five IDP selection in most fantasy formats.
Watt's sophomore season was even better than his rookie campaign. He was among the top-10 in sacks in the league, finishing with a team-high 13 in the category. Watt also forced six fumbles, second only to Dee Ford and brother J.J. with seven each. Only 24 years old to start the 2019 season Watt, who logged 68 tackles in 2018, is an elite athlete, who remains firmly on the IDP radar.
Last year's first round pick (30th overall) lived up to all expectations, with 54 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games. The continued absence of Ryan Shazier could allow opponents to double-team Watt, but there is nothing to suggest he cannot build on his successful rookie season, making his an obvious IDP option.
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Heads to COVID-19 list
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Undisclosed
November 29, 2021
Pittsburgh placed Watt on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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No injury designation
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November 26, 2021
Watt (hip/knee) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bengals, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.
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Practices as limited participant
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Hip
November 24, 2021
Watt (hip/knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Likely back for Week 12
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Hip
November 23, 2021
Watt (hip/knee) is expected to be ready to play Sunday against the Bengals, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Out versus Chargers
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Hip
November 19, 2021
Watt (hip/knee) will not play in Sunday's Week 11 matchup with the Chargers.
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