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.
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.
ANALYSIS
The Texans were completely one-dimensional Saturday -- Watson's 26 yards led the team in rushing -- as Lamar Miller (ankle) exited during the first drive of the game, but Watson still averaged 10.5 yards per pass attempt. The young quarterback was sacked six times yet managed to lead a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter and had seven scoring drives in total. The 23-year-old hasn't thrown an interception since Week 11. He matches up against the Eagles' injury-laden secondary next week.
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Advanced NFL Stats
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 %
21.9%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.4 Yds
 
Sack Rate
10.8%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.4 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
3.5%
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Eagles pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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@ Eagles
Sunday, Dec 23rd at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
85.3
 
Cornerbacks
86.2
 
Safeties
84.6
 
Linebackers
84.1
 
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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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December 11th
If you don't have a superstar, and an elite prospect like Baker Mayfield is unavailable, go with a rental.
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December 7th
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SXM Highlights: Is Watson A Cash Game Play?
December 7th
DVR and Mario discuss whether or not Deshaun Watson is a good cash game play in Week 14.
East Coast Offense: Everything Matters
December 4th
Chris Liss argues for the importance of the running game in general and individual star running backs in particular.
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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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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Logs limited practice session
QBHouston Texans
Shoulder
December 5, 2018
Watson was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a right shoulder injury.
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Sharp early in easy win
QBHouston Texans
December 2, 2018
Watson completed 22 of 31 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown while adding 30 yards on seven rushing attempts in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns.
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Accounts for three scores
QBHouston Texans
November 26, 2018
Watson completed 19 of 24 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 34-17 win over the Titans. He also rushed eight times for 71 yards and another score.
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