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 Oct 7): A game vs. the Falcons is what's good for any ailing quarterback. Watson did basically whatever he wanted against Atlanta and posted the biggest up yet in his up and down season to date. He should be up again vs. the Chiefs this week.

Week 6: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Deshaun Watson had one of the best games of his career last week as he completed 28 of 33 pass attempts for 426 yards and five touchdowns. When the game script has called for it, Watson has stepped up to the game this season as he has passed for at least 268 yards and three touchdowns during all three games in which the Texans opponent has scored at least 20 points. His offensive line looked much better last week as well. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil, in particular, finally stepped up in a big way as he was impressive in pass protection last week and played a key part in keeping Watson sack-free for just the second time in his NFL career and the first time since Week 8 of 2018. another bright spot for this passing offense last week was easily the play of Will Fuller, who broke loose for 217 yards and three touchdowns from 14 receptions. Fuller came out of nowhere with double the targets of anyone else on this offense. Fuller had been sputtering to start the season, so it is tough to expect a repeat of last week--but he certainly looked in sync with Watson and was constantly where he needed to be when he needed to be there. DeAndre Hopkins continues to disappoint, however, as he has gone four straight games without scoring while averaging just 58 receiving yards per game over that span. Keke Coutee finally had his first respectable game of the season last week with Kenny Stills sidelined, and he could repeat a decent game this week if Stills remains sidelined. The Chiefs passing defense has put up decent numbers considering the game scripts they have faced this year. Part of this success is due to how terrible their rushing defense has been, but this inconsistent secondary actually has played pretty well in coverage since Week 1. In the last four games, they have actually prevented any single wide receiver from exceeding five receptions and 77 yards since Week 1. Defensive back Charvarius Ward has been their best cornerback, actually playing so well that he held off losing too many snaps to Morris Claiborne last week. The veteran Claiborne returned from a four-game suspension and played just 24 snaps compared to 57 from Ward. Bashaud Breeland, on the other side, remains an exploitable matchup and is may even shadow DeAndre Hopkins this week--making for what will be a very attractive matchup for Hopkins to bounce back and find the end zone. The pass rush remains a weakness as well for this group, especially now that they are down two starting defensive linemen with Chris Jones and Xavier Williams sidelined. Frank Clark simply has not made the impact expected yet, and this group should struggle against an improving Texans offensive line. All in all, this Texans passing offense should have a clear advantage in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs JAX 66 16 29 159 0 0 4 5 1 0 12.45
3 at LAC 60 25 34 351 3 0 7 18 0 1 30.35
4 vs CAR 69 21 33 160 0 0 3 12 1 1 14.2
5 vs ATL 73 28 33 426 5 0 4 47 0 0 44
6 at KC 30 42 280 1 2 10 42 2 0 32.2
6 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 23 32 * * * 4 * * * *
6 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 21 32 * * * 5 * * * *
6 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 20 29 * * * 4 * * * *

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 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.


Latest News

Texans | Deshaun Watson runs for pair of scores (Sun Oct 13, 07:01 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 30-of-42 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs and he rushed 10 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

Our View: Watson outdueled Patrick Mahomes and made the plays when he needed to secure the win. The Texans have a huge showdown with the Colts next week.
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Texans | Deshaun Watson torches Atlanta (Mon Oct 7, 12:09 AM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson finished 28-of-33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons. He also added four carries for 47 yards.

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