QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 9-14-1995College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Watson had no problem dispensing with the vaunted Patriots defense. He's had a few down games this year but should be an autostart for the playoffs.

Week 14: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Deshaun Watson has shown the ability to carry this Texans team on multiple occasions this season, including last week in what was a stellar performance despite only putting up 234 passing yards. Watson was accurate all over the field, throwing for three touchdowns while actually completing four of his six pass attempts when targeting receivers 10 or more yards downfield. Deandre Hopkins finished with a nice game last week, but he actually saw a dip in playing time with just 84 percent of the snaps compared to playing at least 93 percent of offensive snaps in all previous weeks. This is nothing to be concerned about at this point though, as Hopkins continues to lead this team in targets while offering a strong fantasy scoring floor and ceiling alike. Both Will Fuller and Kenny Stills remain more boom or bust options, while Darren Fells simply continues to amaze with his seventh touchdown of the season last week. Fells has seen three or fewer targets in all but three games this season and has exceeded 50 yards in just two games, but his size makes him an impeccable red zone target who will continue to be in sight for Watson. Denver's passing defense has played fairly well this season, ranking fifth in passing yards allowed (210.6) while giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game (PPR scoring) to both quarterbacks and wide receivers. The past three weeks have been a slight regression though, as opposing quarterbacks have passed for multiple touchdowns in all three games while two wide receivers have exceeded 115 receiving yards--the only two to exceed that mark all season against Denver. Chris Harris is their lock-down cornerback and should see most snaps shadowing DeAndre Hopkins, but these other two cornerbacks are very beatable in coverage, leading to plus matchups for Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. Play from the Denver safeties has been stellar though, which has led to a limitation of big plays by opposing passing offenses. The Broncos pass rush has been inconsistent all season, especially after their dreadful start. While they have improved as the season progressed, this team still has generated two or fewer sacks in three of their last six games with a below-average 10 percent pressure rate. Von Miller is banged up and at risk of missing this week after he was sidelined for last week's game. In addition, the team's sack leader Derek Wolfe was placed on injured reserve this week and will miss the remainder of the season. Limited pressure on Deshaun Watson plus a healthy Will Fuller could lead to more big plays in this game than the Defense has been accustomed to dealing with.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
11 at BAL 57 18 29 169 0 1 3 12 0 1 7.65
12 vs IND 59 19 30 298 2 1 3 10 0 0 21.9
13 vs NE 56 18 25 234 3 0 4 -1 0 0 30.2
14 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 22 33 * * * 5 * * * *
14 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 22 34 * * * 5 * * * *
14 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 20 29 * * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Deshaun Watson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs NE (18 / 25 / 234 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)

When "Prime Time" games are on, Deshaun Watson is at his best, and Sunday evening was no different. Watson accounted for four touchdowns, which included a six-yard reception from DeAndre Hopkins to ice the game. Watson had touchdown passes for 35, 14, and 13 yards during the game with his best throw going to Kenny Stills. Stills beat his man deep in the back of the end zone, and Watson threw a perfectly placed ball for him to catch and drag two feet in. When the Texans needed plays due to the running game struggling, Watson was able to get it going through the air.

2019 Week 12 vs IND (19 / 30 / 298 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

It was a slow start for Deshaun Watson, and it involved a costly interception that he threw right to a defensive back. Watson also got away with two other possible interceptions, but outside of that, the big plays were the difference-makers on the day for Watson. The return of Will Fuller helped open up the offense and create a big throw for him with completions of 44 and 51 yards. Watson was able to complete five of his seven attempts for over 20-plus yards for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Then Watson was able to get an easy touchdown throw to DeAndre Hopkins for 35-yards after a blown coverage by the Colts secondary. His best throw went to Hopkins on a 30-yard touchdown pass on a deep ball placed perfectly to where only Hopkins could catch it.

2019 Week 11 vs BAL (18 / 29 / 169 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)

It was an unproductive day for Deshaun Watson and his first game of the season without a touchdown. The Ravens did everything to limit his throws downfield and add in the most sacks of him this season with seven. It was a recipe for disaster. Watson turned to Hopkins for most of his work, completing seven passes for the longest of the day going for 20 yards. There were two costly turnovers for Watson with a fumble and interception he should not have thrown. It was a rare down game for Watson and one that should be a blip on the radar screen.

2019 Week 9 vs JAX (22 / 28 / 201 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 37 / 0 rush)

The Texans quarterback continues to make plays that are frustrating for defenses across the NFL. This week the Jaguars were the victims of Watson. Watson was able to break pressure to hit receivers in key situations. For the second week in a row, Watson was patient with the football and did not force it downfield. He had only seven throws over 10 yards the entire game, but he was able to pick apart the defense with throws underneath. Watson hit Darren Fells, and DeAndre Hopkins for one-yard touchdown passes, and his leading receiver was Duke Johnson out of the backfield. Watson is getting to the point of throwing the ball short and letting his playmakers eat up yards for him. He also chipped in 37 yards on the ground, breaking out of the pocket.

2019 Week 8 vs OAK (27 / 39 / 279 / 3 / 0 pass, 10 / 46 / 0 rush)

In grand Deshaun Watson fashion, he remained the Texans' most important player on the field on Sunday. Throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns, Watson continues to grow as a quarterback. The biggest change in his game is that he is more patient as a passer and not forcing the football into terrible situations. Willing to take throw underneath, he hit Darren Fells for two touchdown passes, including a one-eye pass that resulted in him being kicked in the eye by a Raiders' defender. Watson spun out two potential sack attempts and his Fells for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Watson did not attempt many big throws downfield, but he was able to hit DeAndre Carter for a 46-yard gain to set up the Texans for a field goal attempt. Watson also continues to rack up yards on the ground. He had 46 on the day.

2019 Week 7 vs IND (23 / 34 / 308 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 32 / 0 rush)

It was an up and down day for Deshaun Watson. The offense had to depend on him due to no real running game throughout the game. Watson had two costly interceptions, one was his own doing while another bounced out of Keke Coutee's hands into a Colts defenders waiting arms. Watson was still able to throw for 308 yards and hit DeAndre Hopkins for his only touchdown pass on a four-yard pass. The Colts did everything they could to limit the big throws from Watson and forced him to work underneath with his throws. Watson was patient, but his first interception intended for Duke Johnson killed a scoring drive opportunity for the offense. Watson did have two 100-yard receivers on the day. The work between Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Kenny Stills was able to keep the Texans alive during the game.

2019 Week 6 vs KC (30 / 42 / 280 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 42 / 2 rush)

It was not an overall explosive day for Deshaun Watson, but it should have been. Two of his most reliable receivers in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller did not help him dropping three possibly four touchdown passes between the two of them. Fuller's potential touchdowns would have covered over 20+ yards if he had caught them. Watson did have an 11-yard touchdown pass to Duke Johnson and a one-yard touchdown run on the game-winning drive. He did have two poor interceptions in the end zone, throwing into double coverage. Watson did throw for 280 yards but his day could have been much better if he would have received help from his two favorite targets.

2019 Week 5 vs ATL (28 / 33 / 426 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 47 / 0 rush)

A complete change from last week, Deshaun Watson showed up on Sunday against the Falcons with a vengeance. He had as many touchdowns as he did incomplete passes with five. Watson even was able to find big plays through the air hitting six passes for 20-plus yards including a 51-yard quick strike and run to Keke Coutee out of the slot. With the Falcons focused on Deandre Hopkins, Watson went to Will Fuller and he was able to hit him for three touchdowns covering 6, 33 and the game sealing 44-yard touchdown. On the 44-yard touchdown route, Fuller adjusted his route getting back upfield and Watson laid the ball perfectly out in front of Fuller to run under it for a touchdown. Watson was also able to target tight end Darren Fells in the red zone twice for touchdowns using his size against smaller defensive backs. Watson showed his accuracy and helped put the potential of the Texans offense on display if they are hitting on all cylinders during a game.

2019 Week 4 vs CAR (21 / 33 / 160 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 1 rush)

It was a slow and disappointing day for Deshaun Watson who looked unwilling to take what the Panthers defense was willing to give him. He only had two completions over 10-yards and the 14-yard completion to DeAndre Hopkins came on the final drive of the game. Watson was just not patient, and he missed tremendous opportunities to hit Will Fuller and Hopkins for near touchdown plays. He overthrew both receivers who had their defenders beat downfield. It was the first game that Watson did not have a completion over 20-plus yards. Watson did check the ball down when needed, but it was an uninspiring performance from one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL.

2019 Week 3 vs LAC (25 / 34 / 351 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 18 / 0 rush)

The day did not start out as planned with Deshaun Watson on the first drive throwing a lateral on a screen pass the resulted in a fumble. Watson's costly mistake put the Texans behind the 8-ball early but he answered back with a vengeance. Watson threw for 351 yards and the biggest thing to come from it was the improved protection for him and him getting the football out on time. Watson was also able to find the tight end group where he hit Jordan Akins for two touchdowns and Darren Fells for another. Fells touchdown came on a 16-yard rope when the Chargers only rushed three allowing Watson to surgery the field hitting Fells wide open. As for his throws to Akins, the first came on a 15-yard strike when the tight end got into the seam of the defense wide open for an easy throw. The big play for Akins and Watson came on a broken play where Watson got out of the pocket to hit the tight end cutting to the right for a 53-yard touchdown catch and run. Watson continues to utilize Kenny Stills as his deep threat and hit him for gains of 38 and 31 and also missed him on a wide open big gain. While his targets to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller have been underneath allowing others to get into the teeth of the defense. Watson got away with an interception late in the game when he threw it up for grabs trying to throw it out of bounds. Luckily it was off-setting penalties on the play allowing the interception to be wiped out.

2019 Week 2 vs JAX (16 / 29 / 159 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 1 rush)

It was a slow day for Watson through the air but mainly due to the Jaguars taking DeAndre Hopkins out of the game. Watson struggled to get the offense going, and for the most part, his pass protection held up. Watson did not get much help from others, and he had two critical drops from Will Fuller that would have been sizeable gains. Watson did throw some deeper routes to find Fuller for 28 and hit another deep ball to Kenny Stills for 31. The two longest completions to DeAndre Hopkins were on play-action passes to the middle of the field for 14 and 13 yards. Watson did have a 2-yard touchdown rush that was the only touchdown on the day for the Texans.

2019 Week 1 vs NO (20 / 30 / 268 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 40 / 1 rush)

It was a slow start for Deshaun Watson but he got rolling as the game go going. He opened the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run that saw him flip into the end zone. He was slow to get up an appeared to bruise his back. That did not slow him from opening up the passing game through the air hitting Deandre Hopkins twice in the end zone and a strike to Kenny Stills on a 37-yard post in the middle of the field. Watson did not get much help at times, there were four dropped passes that he threw that would have helped his numbers but he made some big throws when the Texans needed them. Watson's big mistake came forcing a pass into double coverage to Will Fuller on a ball that should have never been thrown.

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Latest News

Texans | Deshaun Watson tears up New England (Mon Dec 2, 01:52 AM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson finished 18-of-25 for 234 yards and three touchdowns in Week 13 versus the New England Patriots. He also added a 6-yard receiving score on a trick play.

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Texans | Deshaun Watson throws for 298 in win (Fri Nov 22, 01:33 AM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (ankle) completed 19 of 30 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during the team's Week 12 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He added 10 yards on three carries.

Our View: Watson was a success for fantasy compared to last week and it's clear what Will Fuller's presence does for him as a passer. Next week he will face the Patriots and probably will remain in lineups, although we'll take notes on how Dak Prescott performs against them this weekend to inform Watson's Week 13 ranking.
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Schedule

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15@ Tennessee Titans
16@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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