QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans
|6-2, 221||Born: 9-14-1995||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 8): Watson had a strong week in a disappointing quarterback landscape during Week 5, but you have to worry about his ability to stay on the field if he keeps taking huge hits. Buffalo is a minus matchup in Week 6, but Watson will stay in our lineups - with fingers crossed.
General News (Fri Oct 12): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 11): If Deshaun Watson throws for at least 375 yards in Week 6 then he will become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for at least that many yards in four consecutive games.
General News (Thu Oct 11): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 10): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Watson said he expects to play this week after significant soreness from hits he took as a runner in Week 5.
Week 6: vs Buffalo Bills
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Deshaun Watson continues to shine as a downfield passer. He's currently sixth league-wide in yards per completion (a robust 13.0), and he sits fifth in completions of 20 yards or more (22). Ultimately, he's thrown for 375-385 yards in each of the last 3 games, and he's as high-ceiling as any quarterback in fantasy. Not to take away from Watson, who's creative and aggressive and a huge reason for his own success, but it certainly helps to throw to such an explosive batch of receivers. DeAndre Hopkins remains the league's best jump-ball threat, a trait on display last week against impressive Dallas cornerback Byron Jones. Jones was stout in coverage, but Watson kept trusting his stud to bring down contested throws, and Hopkins kept obliging. He'll face another shutdown type this week in Tre'Davious White, but Hopkins is a truly elite receiver and capable of winning any matchup. (He also hung 6 catches for 86 yards on Janoris Jenkins a few weeks ago.) When Will Fuller is healthy, Watson has one of football's more dynamic deep threats to go downfield to, as well. Fuller now averages 70 yards per game with Watson under center, and he's scored a whopping 10 times over those 8 contests. And shifty slot rookie Keke Coutee has emerged quickly inside, catching 17 of 22 passes for 160 yards to open his career. The Bills have stocked their pass defense with splash-play specialists, both up front and in the secondary, and it's starting to pay off. Much of the credit goes to cornerback Tre'Davious White, who's quietly become one of the league's best. White is rarely even targeted in coverage, but when he is, he's both stingy and capable of playing the ball. He doesn't shadow specific receivers, though, and No. 1 wideouts are always capable of exploiting the rest of the secondary. The Bills have allowed big lines to Adam Thielen, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison thus far, and they're nothing to fear for receiver matchups. But on the whole, quarterbacks don't have a particularly easy time facing Buffalo's playmakers, and they're averaging just 248 yards when they do.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Deshaun Watson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 5 vs DAL (33 / 44 / 375 / 1 / 1 pass, 10 / 40 / 0 rush)
It continues to be a strong effort for the Texans quarterback and despite one interception late in the 4th quarter after protection broke down. It was another solid day passing for Watson throwing for 375 and a touchdown. If the Texans could get their red zone woes cleaned up, Watson's production would be so much better especially from a touchdown stand point. Watson continues to depend on DeAndre Hopkins in key situations and it was the first time in a while that he depended on a tight end to move the ball. Watson went to Ryan Griffin and got the chains moving with 6 passes for 65 yards on the day. Watson's command in the passing game has improved so much, he completion percentage is climbing too. He also had 40 yards rushing but some of those yards resulted in hits that were not necessary for him. His style of play at the moment is an issue, Watson is going to have to learn to get down and avoid hits.
2018 Week 4 vs IND (29 / 42 / 375 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 41 / 1 rush)
It was another strong showing for Deshaun Watson through the air and he continues to be a more accurate passer week to week. This time Watson put up 375 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns passes and another one on the ground. The Texans offense looked much more fluid and now with a new target in Keke Coutee, the field opened up even more. Watson was able to spread the ball among the receivers in Coutee, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson missed a touchdown ending pass in overtime when he threw a perfect ball to Hopkins on a double move only to have the ground knock it loose when he hit the ground. Watson was also used more in the run game with designed plays and he was able to get 41 yards on the ground. Watson is starting to develop even more with Hopkins and Fuller but in the second half turned to slot receiver Coutee and lit up the Colts in the middle of the field. There were some drops mixed in from receivers but it was a solid day for him and his game is improving week to week.
2018 Week 3 vs NYG (24 / 40 / 385 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 36 / 0 rush)
The Texans quarterback is churning on numbers at a high level but even with his 385 yard passing game, there is so much more out there for him in the passing game. Watson missed Will Fuller on an open post route that he sailed just to his right due to pressure coming from a missed block. Also, add in no real running game, Watson was depended on to carry the offense and continue to be the main cog in putting together anything for the Texans. He depended on his most reliable targets in in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson used both Hopkins and Fuller to put together key drives on big throws and was able to literally spread their chances out in half. Watson was able to have 7 passes of 20+ yards and 5 passes for 25+ yards continuing his trend of being able to produce big plays.
2018 Week 2 vs TEN (22 / 32 / 310 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 44 / 0 rush)
It was a much better performance on the field for Deshaun Watson throwing for 310 yards and two touchdowns and that was even after a slow start on offense. Watson was able to balance out the field and use Will Fuller to open up the offense especially in the passing game. Watson was able to hit Fuller all game with comeback routes then broke off the Titans with a 39 yard touchdown go route to Fuller to flip the field. Watson was much more under control and was near perfect throwing the ball to Fuller and it was clear DeAndre Hopkins was his other favorite target. Watson hit Hopkins for a 28 yard touchdown pass to start the Texans scoring and ended up hitting him many times in the middle of the field to get the chains moving. Outside of Fuller and Hopkins, Watson did hit Bruce Ellington for 45 yards but they went away from it on offense. Ellington had plenty of room to work with in the middle of the field and to eat up yards. Watson did plenty in the air but he did have moments of hiccups, throwing an interception into double coverage for the second week in a row and recovering his own fumble twice; once on a snap and another on not protecting the ball letting a defensive lineman swipe the ball from his hands.
2018 Week 1 vs NE (17 / 34 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 40 / 0 rush)
It was not the start the Texans wanted to see from Deshaun Watson especially after an opening play fumble by him trying to handoff to Lamar Miller. Watson was inaccurate most of the game and was lackluster to start the first half. He only threw for 61 yards in the first half and was out of sorts paying attention to a rush that was not near him. His only interception came from forcing the football to a receiver double covered in the end zone that he should have not thrown. The second half was a little better for Watson completing 12 passes but it still wasn't enough to pull the win out for the Texans. He did hit Bruce Ellington for a 4-yard touchdown and even added 40 yards on the ground showing that his ACL is just fine. Watson looked rusty and made some poor decisions but as the game wore on, he did some good things.
Latest NewsTexans | Deshaun Watson totals 177 yards, TD (Sun Oct 14, 10:20 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 15-of-25 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills. link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson will play (Sun Oct 14, 12:00 PM) - Houston Texans WR Deshaun Watson (chest) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game. link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson to start in Week 6 (Sun Oct 14, 12:04 AM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) is listed as questionable to face the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 but is expected to play, according to a source. link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson listed as questionable (Fri Oct 12, 04:11 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is listed as questionable for Week 6. Our View: Watson is expected to play, but he needs to avoid taking so many hits to be sure to last the afternoon against the Bills.
link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson listed as limited (Thu Oct 11, 05:33 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11. Our View: It's wise for the Texans to monitor Watson's participation closely. He should be out there against the Bills and is a QB1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 6.
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