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DE J.J. Watt - Houston Texans

6-5, 290Born: 3-20-1989College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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J.J. Watt underwent back surgery on July 20th. His expected return has been reported as everything from 6 weeks to more than 10 weeks, meaning that his early-season status is very much unclear. Even if Watt returns quickly, this is an injury that often limits effectiveness. This is a situation to monitor closely.

Summary

J.J. Watt has been far and away the best defensive end in the game in all but the most obscure IDP scoring settings. While he didn't quite match his 2014 numbers, he came very close. He only missed his previous mark by three sacks and a few solo tackles. Watt is also sometimes used in red zone packages as a tight end, which only adds to his appeal. Jadeveon Clowney is finally rounding into form after being more than a year removed from microfracture surgery. With Clowney frequently setting the edge on the other side, and most of the defense intact from last year, Watt could continue to put up the fantastic numbers to which owners have been accustomed. On 7/21, news broke that Watt had a back surgery, most likely a microdiscectomy procedure. The recovery time for this procedure will put him right against the start of the regular season. Other players who have had this procedure tend to take time to round into form post recovery. We may see Watt get off to a slow start, but we can be reasonably confident that he will rebound to be impactful for his owners this year. (July 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Redraft - 1, 1
DE Dynasty - 1, 1, 1
Overall Dynasty - 1, 1, 1

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2013 HOU 16 65 15 10.5 4 2 0 7 0
2014 HOU 16 59 19 20.5 4 5 1 10 2
2015 HOU 16 55 20 17.5 3 1 0 8 0
2016 PROJ-Rudnicki 12 38 * * * * * * *
2016 PROJ-Norton 12 38 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Texans | J.J. Watt and others placed on PUP list (Mon Jul 25, 04:01 PM) - Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back), OT Duane Brown (quadriceps), OT Jeff Adams (knee), S Lonnie Ballentine (knee) and CB Cleveland Wallace (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 25.

Our View: Watt is the player to highlight here. His status for the start of the regular season is up in the air due to his recent back surgery. Recent reports indicate that Watt could miss the first month of the season.
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Texans | J.J. Watt could miss first month (Fri Jul 22, 08:03 AM) - Updating previous reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) could miss up to 10 weeks after his back operation, which would include the first month of the season, according to a source.

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Texans | J.J. Watt could miss Week 1 (Thu Jul 21, 10:09 PM) - Updating a previous report, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt's (back) recent back surgery has a recovery time of six to eight weeks, which would put his return right around Week 1 of the 2016 season.

Our View: It's a touch-and-go situation with Watt. We don't expect to see him at all in the preseason, and we may not know his playing status until the week of practice leading up to the team's first game. Back injuries are tricky to recover from, so the Texans need to be ultra cautious with their superstar here.
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Texans | J.J. Watt underwent back surgery (Thu Jul 21, 09:26 PM) - Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) had back surgery recently, and although he is expected to begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, he should be OK for the season.

Our View: Back surgery is not something to mess around with. We don't think the Texans will use Watt at all in camp or the preseason as he's got a 6-8 week window for recovery according to some reports. That means the start of the regular season is up in the air for the superstar defender. Stay tuned as we get through August we should learn more about Watt's recovery.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Chicago Bears
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ New England Patriots
4vs Tennessee Titans
5@ Minnesota Vikings
6vs Indianapolis Colts
7@ Denver Broncos
8vs Detroit Lions
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10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs San Diego Chargers
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ Indianapolis Colts
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Tennessee Titans