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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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Watt underwent two back surgeries in 2016, the later in September, but he has been cleared for all football activities and has been a full participant in OTAs and the offseason weight program. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Watt is "on track to be ready to go" in March.

Summary

J.J. Watt was shut down for the 2016 season after suffering a herniated disc. He has been careful to come back slowly and rehab his injury with care. He is back in consideration for the top defensive lineman in fantasy football. Watt will also benefit from the pressure that his linemate Jadeveon Clowney can generate. In Watt's absence, Clowney came into his own, recording six sacks and setting a career high in tackles with 52. Paired with Whitney Mercilus and Zach Cunningham generating pressure on the outside and DJ Reader creating interior havok, this will make offenses unable to focus solely on Watt. Expect Watt to produce over 50 tackles and double digit sacks once again. (May 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 8, 8
DE Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Dynasty - 4, 4, 5, 5

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
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 HOU 4 1 7 1.5 0 1 0 0 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 16 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 48 * * * * * * *

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Footballguys Articles

Offseason Injury Rounds: Defense
  Jene Bramel - April 2
IDP: Lessons We Learned in 2016
  Dave Larkin - March 26

Latest News

Texans | J.J. Watt not limited (Tue May 23, 05:07 PM) - Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) said he has no restrictions and that he feels 'very, very good.'

Our View: Getting Watt back is huge for the Texans defense. Watt was a full participant with the first-team defense in organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.
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Texans | J.J. Watt feels 'fantastic' (Sun May 14, 11:23 AM) - Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) told the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson he feels 'fantastic' after undergoing a pair of microdiscectomy surgeries last season to repair the same herniated disk in his back.

Our View: Great news for Watt and the Texans here. Watt missed most of last year (appeared in only three games) due to this back problem, and the multiple surgeries to repair the damage. He'll be limited during OTAs and minicamp, but it sounds like he should be good to go for the start of training camp.
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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
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Baltimore Ravens
13@ Tennessee Titans
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Indianapolis Colts