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.
Practices fully Wednesday
QBHouston Texans
October 17, 2018
Watson (chest) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
ANALYSIS
There was some concern when Watson was listed as a limited participant all of last week, and he ultimately ended up playing and struggling through his worst game of the season in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Bills. A return to full participation suggests he made it through the rough outing without any physical setbacks, but Watson could be in for another tough afternoon when the Jaguars host the Texans in Week 7. For what it's worth, Watson mentioned Wednesday that he feels much better than he did at the same point last week, per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    436
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
464
0
2018
436
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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Survives defensive assault in Week 6 win
QBHouston Texans
October 14, 2018
Watson completed 15 of 25 passes for 177 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and added two yards on two rushes in the Texans' 20-13 win over the Bills on Sunday. He also fumbled three times, losing one.
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Playing through multiple injuries
QBHouston Texans
October 14, 2018
Watson is currently playing through a cracked rib and a bruised lung, and he initially suffered a partially collapsed lung in a Week 5 overtime win against the Cowboys, Fox's Jay Glazer reports.
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Suits up Sunday
QBHouston Texans
October 14, 2018
Watson (chest) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
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Likely to start Sunday
QBHouston Texans
Chest
October 13, 2018
Watson (chest), who is listed as questionable, is expected to start Sunday against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Questionable for Sunday's game
QBHouston Texans
Chest
October 12, 2018
Watson (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills.
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