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DE J.J. Watt - Houston Texans

6-5, 290Born: 3-20-1989College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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Watt's recovery from a tibial plateau fracture is going well and he is not expected to start camp on the PUP list

Summary

While J.J. Watt has disappointed fantasy owners the last two seasons due to injuries, there's a clear path for him to still be one of the top defensive ends in the game. His back appeared to be holding up well when a freak broken leg injury ended his season in week five of last year. Watt has remained positive in spite of his trials, stating, "I look at it one of two ways: You can either sulk -- you can whine, you can complain -- or you can move forward and you can have optimism, and you can move forward with excitement. And, that's what I'm doing." The other supporting cast members of the unit (such as Jadeveon Clowney, D.J. Reader, and Whitney Mercilus) that also generate pressure and help Watt to be successful remain intact. If Watt can remain healthy, 50 total tackles and double digit sacks are once again a possibility. (June 26)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 5, 4, 5, 5, 5, 7
Overall Redraft - 17, 7, 12, 14, 24, 33
DE Dynasty - 4, 5, 5, 6, 7
Overall Dynasty - 14, 10, 14, 31

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2015 HOU 16.0 55.0 20.0 17.5 3.0 1.0 0.0 8.0 0.0
2016 HOU 4.0 1.0 7.0 1.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 HOU 5.0 11.0 4.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0
2018 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 40.0 * * * * * * *
2018 PROJ-Norton 16.0 49.0 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Saints | Cameron Jordan in elite company (Sat Jul 7, 11:29 PM) - New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan recorded what he called a 'triple-double' last year, recording double-digit sacks, tackles for loss and passes defensed in the same season. Jordan and Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt are the only players to accomplish the feat in the last decade.

Our View: Jordan might be the most underrated defensive lineman in the league. He's a strong DE1 in IDP leagues and he should be a motor for a Saints defense that is no longer a liability.
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2018 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2@ Tennessee Titans
3vs New York Giants
4@ Indianapolis Colts
5vs Dallas Cowboys
6vs Buffalo Bills
7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8vs Miami Dolphins
9@ Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Washington Redskins
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14vs Indianapolis Colts
15@ New York Jets
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
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