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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.

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 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 7
DE Dynasty - 1, 1, 1
Overall Dynasty - 3, 4, 4

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 48 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 48 * * * * * * *

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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
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10@ Los Angeles Rams
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15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
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