QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans
|6-2, 221||Born: 9-14-1995||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
Week 11: at Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Texans passing offense has been an up and down unit as they have reaped the benefits of what has been a top-5 rushing offense to start the season. Deshaun Watson has one of the highest fantasy ceilings in football with his dynamic and inventive play style, and he is coming off back-to-back outings with multiple touchdowns leading into the bye. Watson has also shown vulnerability at times, but for the most part, he has been the best player on the field for this Texans offense. DeAndre Hopkins has commanded double-digit targets in four straight games, either scoring or crossing the 100-yard mark in three of those four games. Hopkins has had quite the underwhelming season by his standards though, averaging just 74 receiving yards per game while on pace for fewer than 10 yards per catch for the first time in his career. The bye week was well-timed for Will Fuller, who returned to practice this week and has a good chance of playing for the first time since exiting in Week 7. Fuller should return as WR2 for this offense, but he had just one explosion of a game amidst a number of mediocre performances when healthy this season. Kenny Stills will be relegated back to the slot, a role that fits him well. Tight end Darren Fells will also remain a boom or bust play at his position, as he has found the end zone in back-to-back weeks and six times this season but also finished six games with two or fewer receptions. The Ravens defense has been one of the best in the league in recent weeks, locking down opposing passing offenses by giving up just five passing touchdowns in their last six games while nabbing just as many interceptions (5) since Week 4. While they only faced two quality opponents (Tom Brady and Russell Wilson) over that six-game stretch, this secondary still limited both to very meager games while shutting down the other quarterbacks just as they should have. The secondary has been the absolute strength of this defense since the addition of Marcus Peters to play alongside Marlon Humphrey. Cornerback Marcus Peters has been a very strong addition to this group, racking up two interceptions returned for touchdowns in just three games with Baltimore. Peters should see most snaps against Hopkins, which should make it more difficult than usual for Hopkins to put up an elite stat line. The rest of these Texans receivers and tight ends also have unfavorable matchups against these top-notch Ravens defensive backs.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Deshaun Watson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs JAX (22 / 28 / 201 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 37 / 0 rush)
The Texans quarterback continues to make plays that are frustrating for defenses across the NFL. This week the Jaguars were the victims of Watson. Watson was able to break pressure to hit receivers in key situations. For the second week in a row, Watson was patient with the football and did not force it downfield. He had only seven throws over 10 yards the entire game, but he was able to pick apart the defense with throws underneath. Watson hit Darren Fells, and DeAndre Hopkins for one-yard touchdown passes, and his leading receiver was Duke Johnson out of the backfield. Watson is getting to the point of throwing the ball short and letting his playmakers eat up yards for him. He also chipped in 37 yards on the ground, breaking out of the pocket.
2019 Week 8 vs OAK (27 / 39 / 279 / 3 / 0 pass, 10 / 46 / 0 rush)
In grand Deshaun Watson fashion, he remained the Texans' most important player on the field on Sunday. Throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns, Watson continues to grow as a quarterback. The biggest change in his game is that he is more patient as a passer and not forcing the football into terrible situations. Willing to take throw underneath, he hit Darren Fells for two touchdown passes, including a one-eye pass that resulted in him being kicked in the eye by a Raiders' defender. Watson spun out two potential sack attempts and his Fells for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Watson did not attempt many big throws downfield, but he was able to hit DeAndre Carter for a 46-yard gain to set up the Texans for a field goal attempt. Watson also continues to rack up yards on the ground. He had 46 on the day.
2019 Week 7 vs IND (23 / 34 / 308 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 32 / 0 rush)
It was an up and down day for Deshaun Watson. The offense had to depend on him due to no real running game throughout the game. Watson had two costly interceptions, one was his own doing while another bounced out of Keke Coutee's hands into a Colts defenders waiting arms. Watson was still able to throw for 308 yards and hit DeAndre Hopkins for his only touchdown pass on a four-yard pass. The Colts did everything they could to limit the big throws from Watson and forced him to work underneath with his throws. Watson was patient, but his first interception intended for Duke Johnson killed a scoring drive opportunity for the offense. Watson did have two 100-yard receivers on the day. The work between Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Kenny Stills was able to keep the Texans alive during the game.
2019 Week 6 vs KC (30 / 42 / 280 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 42 / 2 rush)
It was not an overall explosive day for Deshaun Watson, but it should have been. Two of his most reliable receivers in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller did not help him dropping three possibly four touchdown passes between the two of them. Fuller's potential touchdowns would have covered over 20+ yards if he had caught them. Watson did have an 11-yard touchdown pass to Duke Johnson and a one-yard touchdown run on the game-winning drive. He did have two poor interceptions in the end zone, throwing into double coverage. Watson did throw for 280 yards but his day could have been much better if he would have received help from his two favorite targets.
2019 Week 5 vs ATL (28 / 33 / 426 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 47 / 0 rush)
A complete change from last week, Deshaun Watson showed up on Sunday against the Falcons with a vengeance. He had as many touchdowns as he did incomplete passes with five. Watson even was able to find big plays through the air hitting six passes for 20-plus yards including a 51-yard quick strike and run to Keke Coutee out of the slot. With the Falcons focused on Deandre Hopkins, Watson went to Will Fuller and he was able to hit him for three touchdowns covering 6, 33 and the game sealing 44-yard touchdown. On the 44-yard touchdown route, Fuller adjusted his route getting back upfield and Watson laid the ball perfectly out in front of Fuller to run under it for a touchdown. Watson was also able to target tight end Darren Fells in the red zone twice for touchdowns using his size against smaller defensive backs. Watson showed his accuracy and helped put the potential of the Texans offense on display if they are hitting on all cylinders during a game.
2019 Week 4 vs CAR (21 / 33 / 160 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 1 rush)
It was a slow and disappointing day for Deshaun Watson who looked unwilling to take what the Panthers defense was willing to give him. He only had two completions over 10-yards and the 14-yard completion to DeAndre Hopkins came on the final drive of the game. Watson was just not patient, and he missed tremendous opportunities to hit Will Fuller and Hopkins for near touchdown plays. He overthrew both receivers who had their defenders beat downfield. It was the first game that Watson did not have a completion over 20-plus yards. Watson did check the ball down when needed, but it was an uninspiring performance from one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL.
2019 Week 3 vs LAC (25 / 34 / 351 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 18 / 0 rush)
The day did not start out as planned with Deshaun Watson on the first drive throwing a lateral on a screen pass the resulted in a fumble. Watson's costly mistake put the Texans behind the 8-ball early but he answered back with a vengeance. Watson threw for 351 yards and the biggest thing to come from it was the improved protection for him and him getting the football out on time. Watson was also able to find the tight end group where he hit Jordan Akins for two touchdowns and Darren Fells for another. Fells touchdown came on a 16-yard rope when the Chargers only rushed three allowing Watson to surgery the field hitting Fells wide open. As for his throws to Akins, the first came on a 15-yard strike when the tight end got into the seam of the defense wide open for an easy throw. The big play for Akins and Watson came on a broken play where Watson got out of the pocket to hit the tight end cutting to the right for a 53-yard touchdown catch and run. Watson continues to utilize Kenny Stills as his deep threat and hit him for gains of 38 and 31 and also missed him on a wide open big gain. While his targets to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller have been underneath allowing others to get into the teeth of the defense. Watson got away with an interception late in the game when he threw it up for grabs trying to throw it out of bounds. Luckily it was off-setting penalties on the play allowing the interception to be wiped out.
2019 Week 2 vs JAX (16 / 29 / 159 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 1 rush)
It was a slow day for Watson through the air but mainly due to the Jaguars taking DeAndre Hopkins out of the game. Watson struggled to get the offense going, and for the most part, his pass protection held up. Watson did not get much help from others, and he had two critical drops from Will Fuller that would have been sizeable gains. Watson did throw some deeper routes to find Fuller for 28 and hit another deep ball to Kenny Stills for 31. The two longest completions to DeAndre Hopkins were on play-action passes to the middle of the field for 14 and 13 yards. Watson did have a 2-yard touchdown rush that was the only touchdown on the day for the Texans.
2019 Week 1 vs NO (20 / 30 / 268 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 40 / 1 rush)
It was a slow start for Deshaun Watson but he got rolling as the game go going. He opened the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run that saw him flip into the end zone. He was slow to get up an appeared to bruise his back. That did not slow him from opening up the passing game through the air hitting Deandre Hopkins twice in the end zone and a strike to Kenny Stills on a 37-yard post in the middle of the field. Watson did not get much help at times, there were four dropped passes that he threw that would have helped his numbers but he made some big throws when the Texans needed them. Watson's big mistake came forcing a pass into double coverage to Will Fuller on a ball that should have never been thrown.
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