3 Reasons why Deshaun Watson is worth the investment
- Watson was QB4 last year, answering all the looming questions after his rookie breakthrough
- The Texans have prioritized fixing one of the league’s worst offensive lines
- The receiving corps should be much improved, as long as injury rates normalize
Answering the Questions
Deshaun Watson was a divisive fantasy prospect last year. As a rookie, he was electric in six starts and played like a top-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback in that span. But he tore his ACL in practice and missed most of the season. Although his rehabilitation went well, the injury added to existing questions about Watson’s durability.
On top of that, his fantasy prowess wasn’t built on a foundation of impressive underlying metrics. His 9.3% touchdown rate was unsustainable by any measure, and his 3.9% interception rate was too high. He also completed just 61.8% of his passes, which is a pedestrian mark in today’s pass-heavy NFL. Optimists believed Watson’s play as a raw rookie gave him a floor few other starting quarterbacks could match. Pessimists wondered if Watson’s uninspiring completion rate, durability, and unsustainable touchdown rate would all lead to a mediocre second season.
The optimists were right.
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