QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 9-14-1995College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 12 (2017)

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Summary

Deshaun Watson is currently the Texans starting quarterback, but due to multiple law suits being brought against him he could be facing criminal charges and likely a suspension from the league. If Watson is suspended, Tyrod Taylor would assume the role as the team's starting quarterback with Ryan Finley and rookie Davis Mills battling to be his understudy. Legal issues aside, Watson is on record saying that he does not want to play for the Texans again, which adds to the uncertainty and lack of clarity with the Texans quarterback situation. Early in the offseason, before any legalities came into view, Watson asked for a trade out of Houston. As of now, he is still the Texans starting quarterback and he may face a suspension from the league. In fantasy terms, Watson is one of the best producing quarterbacks in the league, finishing with a top five ranking in 2020, his third top-five finish in as many years. The likelihood that Watson misses zero games regardless of which team he plays for in 2021 is slim. In actuality, he may miss a minimum of six games and it could be more, perhaps even the entire season. Tread carefully when selecting Watson as a fantasy option in 2021. Be sure to have adequate alternative options in the event he isn't available. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 27, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 38
Overall Redraft - 173, 104, 123, 143, 155, 172, 176, 193, 229
QB Dynasty - 9, 5, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13
Overall Dynasty - 91, 91

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2018 HOU 16 345 505 4165 26 9 99 551 5 3
2019 HOU 15 333 495 3852 26 12 82 413 7 3
2020 HOU 16 382 544 4823 33 7 90 444 3 3
2021 PROJ-Consensus 8.8 190.0 286.6 * * * 48.4 * * *
2021 PROJ-Freeman 12.0 250.8 399.5 * * * 67.4 * * *
2021 PROJ-Henry 13.0 285.0 415.0 * * * 68.0 * * *
2021 PROJ-Tremblay 11.0 246.0 371.0 * * * 70.0 * * *
2021 PROJ-Wood 14.0 294.0 438.0 * * * 69.0 * * *

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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.

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2021 Schedule

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2@ Cleveland Browns
3vs Carolina Panthers
4@ Buffalo Bills
5vs New England Patriots
6@ Indianapolis Colts
7@ Arizona Cardinals
8vs Los Angeles Rams
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Tennessee Titans
12vs New York Jets
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14vs Seattle Seahawks
15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
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17@ San Francisco 49ers
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