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QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 9-14-1995College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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Summary

The Texans have not declared rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson their Week 1 starter, but the consensus believes that will be the case. If Watson starts Week 1, as many people suggest, he could have sneaky fantasy value. His ability to run whether on a scramble or designed run automatically elevates his fantasy potential, especially if that includes rushing touchdowns. Watson had 26 rushing touchdowns in 38 career games at Clemson. That aspect of his game isn't expected to disappear, which adds to his fantasy appeal. One of Watson's strengths is his ability to throw to the perimeter of the field, where he has often had athletic, rangy wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins, a former Clemson player himself, will fill that role and make Watson's job easier. His fantasy success will hinge on his ability to adapt to pro level defenses and learn how to effectively execute against complex coverage schemes. Like all rookie quarterbacks, there will be a learning curve, but Watson's rushing ability gives him an edge that other quarterbacks don't necessarily have. It all points to increased fantasy value that might warrant starter potential, especially later in the season. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 26, 18, 21, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 27, 28, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29, 30, 31, 33
QB Dynasty - 19, 12, 17, 18, 22, 22, 29
Overall Rookie - 19, 15, 17, 18, 19, 19, 19, 23, 30, 31, 34

Stats and Projections

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2017 PROJ-Dodds 12 242 419 * * * 46 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 322 545 * * * 58 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 11 241 400 * * * 40 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 13 269 456 * * * 29 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 160
QB: 25

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2017 Schedule

1vs Jacksonville Jaguars
2@ Cincinnati Bengals
3@ New England Patriots
4vs Tennessee Titans
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6vs Cleveland Browns
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ Seattle Seahawks
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Los Angeles Rams
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