C.J. Stroud

C.J. Stroud

22-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Houston Texans
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The knock on Stroud entering last year’s draft was his supposedly sub-par processing ability. It took about two games to kill that narrative. The No. 2 overall pick set a rookie record with 191 pass attempts before his first interception -- in Week 6 -- and two weeks later sewed up Rookie of the Years honors when he passed for a rookie-record 470 yards and five touchdowns. Stroud’s 4,108 yards -- in 15 games, mind you -- ranked third all-time for a rookie, his 23:5 TD:INT was the second-best ratio by a rookie since the merger and his 8.2 YPA was the highest mark for any rookie since 1970 with at least 300 attempts. The strong-armed Stroud continually pushed the ball downfield with a 9.0-yard average target depth, second in the NFL, and excelled throwing deep, completing 58.8 percent of his attempts of at least 20 yards (2nd), with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. His overall accuracy (22nd in on-target percentage) should improve in Year 2, and the addition of Stefon Diggs gives the Texans one of the league’s better WR trios with the 30-year-old joining Nico Collins and Tank Dell. TE Dalton Schultz returns to give Stroud a fourth playmaking target, and the trade for RB Joe Mixon ensures the Texans have a competent pass catcher in their backfield. At 6-3, 218, Stroud moves well in the pocket, but using his legs a bit more could be the key to unlocking additional fantasy value (QB9 last year). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $36.28 million contract with the Texans in July of 2023.
Wins Offensive Rookie of the Year
QBHouston Texans
February 8, 2024
Stroud was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The result isn't all that surprising after Stroud posted a 23:5 TD:INT while averaging 8.2 yards per attempt in his rookie season. Perhaps even more impressive was the role he played in the Texans' seven-win improvement from the 2022 campaign. Stroud bested other impressive performances from rookies, including Bijan Robinson, Puka Nacua, Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs.
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How do C.J. Stroud's 2023 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 %
18.2%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.1 Yds
 
Sack Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.6 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.4%
 
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2023 C.J. Stroud Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do C.J. Stroud'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' 3"
 
Weight
218 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.62 in
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
The second overall pick in this year’s draft, Stroud heads to Houston as the franchise quarterback. The Texans said he'll have to earn the starting job, but it’s hard to see him not getting the Week 1 assignment with only Davis Mills and Case Keenum standing in his way. Pre-draft testing knocked his processing ability, but Stroud could be a big-time passer given his quick release, arm strength and accuracy. At 6-foot-3, 218, he moves well in the pocket, though he didn't run for a single TD in two full seasons as a starter at Ohio State and isn't likely to add a ton of rushing stats in the NFL. His biggest issue this season might be a lack of playmakers -- something that was never a problem at Ohio State. The likely No. 1 WR is 31-year-old Robert Woods, 6-4 Nico Collins is still searching for his first 500-yard season, third-round rookie Nathaniel Dell weighs 165 and John Metchie hasn’t played since December 2021 after battling an ACL tear and leukemia. The Texans did sign TE Dalton Schultz to replace Jordan Akins, but Schultz is more of a dump-off target than a seam stretcher or big-play threat. Plus, the Texans want to run frequently with Dameon Pierce and Devin Singletary in the backfield. Check back next year.
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Overwhelmed in playoff loss
QBHouston Texans
January 20, 2024
Stroud completed 19 of 33 passes for 175 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 34-10 loss to the Ravens. He added three rushes for nine yards.
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Three touchdowns in playoff win
QBHouston Texans
January 13, 2024
Stroud completed 16 of 21 passes for 274 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 45-14 win over the Browns.
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Leads Texans to postseason
QBHouston Texans
January 6, 2024
Stroud completed 20 of 26 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 23-19 win over the Colts. He added three rushes for 20 yards.
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Victorious in return
QBHouston Texans
December 31, 2023
Stroud completed 24 of 32 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Titans.
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Practices fully, cleared for Week 17
QBHouston Texans
December 28, 2023
Stroud was a full practice participant Thursday and confirmed that he'll start Sunday's game against the Titans after clearing concussion protocol, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Sees offense as juggernaut
QBHouston Texans
July 19, 2024
Stroud noted Thursday he sees the 2024 version of the Texans offense as a "five-headed monster" at the skill positions, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Stroud seemingly has good reason to be ebullient about the prospects on his side of the ball, considering Houston added Stefon Diggs and Joe Mixon to an offense that already exceeded expectations under the rookie signal-caller's leadership in 2023. The return to health of both Nico Collins and Tank Dell are also reason for optimism, as is the re-signing of talented pass-catching tight end Dalton Schultz to a three-year extension this offseason.
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