RB Derek Watt - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 236||Born: 11-7-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
Week 15: vs Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chargers' rushing attack has been the weak link of the team's offense, especially since Melvin Gordon returned to the fold following an early-season holdout. Overall, the Chargers hover around 20th in the NFL in rushing volume, rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, and yards per carry this season. Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon typically split action in the backfield, with Gordon as the team's preferred option on the ground, with 3 20-carry games over the team's last 5 outings. Gordon averages just 4.0 yards per carry, which is right on par with his career total but an unimpressive total overall. Austin Ekeler, on the other hand, sees far less volume on the ground, but his presence prevents Gordon from reaching the bell-cow status he attained in years past. Overall, with the 24th-ranked offensive line, according to Matt Bitonti, the Chargers' rushing attack, despite featuring multiple capable running backs, is one of the league's weakest units. Minnesota's run defense ranks in the top third of the NFL across the board this season, defending the tenth-fewest rushing attempts in the league, allowing just five rushing touchdowns, the fewest in the NFL, and only 4.2 yards per carry on the season. The Vikings' strength against the run starts in the trenches, where Danielle Hunter, Linval Joseph, and Everson Griffen all grade as top-tier run-stoppers. Then, at linebacker, Eric Kendricks leads the team with 65 total tackles this season, the 19th-most in the NFL. Kendricks is one of the league's premier run-stopping linebackers, and he gets support from the secondary as well. Anthony Harris has emerged as one of the best run-supporters at the safety position. While the teams' cornerbacks are the notable liability against the pass, they make up for it in run defense, where Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes are surprisingly strong on the outside. On the season, the Vikings have allowed only 3 100-yard rushers, and they rank 7th in the league in total fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Running the football efficiently against Minnesota's defense has proven to be one of the toughest tasks in the NFL this season, and the Los Angeles Chargers' inefficient run offense is unlikely to produce the fourth 100-yard rusher of the season against the Vikings, barring an unexpectedly explosive run.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Derek Watt's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs JAX (2 / 4 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watt came in midway through the second quarter to get a goal line opportunity. After Melvin Gordon's reception and run put the ball at the doorstep of the end zone, Watt punched one in and converted from a yard out for his first career touchdown (aided by TE Virgil Green giving a big push from the back side).
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watt got the call on a 4th and 1 handoff early in the second quarter, which he converted. Watt is now 8 for 10 on third or fourth down and 1 handoffs this season. On this one, he was actually met in the backfield but he managed to keep his legs moving and spin off the tackle to lunge ahead for the first down. Later, he was the target of a quick slant in the end zone from the goal line, but a Raider defender batted it up in the air for the incompletion. Watt did well just to bat away the tipped pass so that no one could intercept it.
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Watt's role is typically reduced to surprise short yardage specialist. But while he didn't see a handoff in this game, he did snag a checkdown pass in the flat with nothing but open space in front of him. He rumbled downfield for a big 21-yard gain and added 15 more yards after a personal foul penalty for the huge gain overall.
2019 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watt is certainly not a featured part of the offense, but he does get the occasional short yardage attempt on third and fourth downs or sometimes on the goal line. In this game, he had two such short yardage attempts, and converted them both.
Los Angeles Chargers Team LinksDepth Chart Season Stats Targets Red Zone Game Logs
|15||vs Minnesota Vikings|
|16||vs Oakland Raiders|
|17||@ Kansas City Chiefs|