QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans
|6-2, 221||Born: 9-14-1995||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Watson's Week 13 was underwhelming, but his attempts went up and his team settled for too many field goals and nursed a big second half lead. A much bigger game was there and Watson should still be considered a QB1 against the Colts this week.
General News (Fri Dec 7): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 6): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 5): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: vs Indianapolis Colts
FBG says: Good matchup. Deshaun Watson continues to lose the volume game as a passer, but win the efficiency war. With Will Fuller on injured reserve and the Texans dominating games so often, Watson's dynamic arm isn't being called on much. He hasn't thrown for more than 239 yards in a game since Week 5, averaging just 26 attempts over that span. But he's completed 65% of those throws at a solid 7.9 yards apiece, and he's still producing touchdowns (13 over 7 games). That's more than enough efficiency to supplement Watson's rushing production in fantasy. Unfortunately, it doesn't look able to support more than one reliable fantasy receiver. DeAndre Hopkins continues to excel, averaging 74 yards per game and scoring 6 times over the volume dip. But Demaryius Thomas is little more than window dressing on the other side, and no one has been pushed into Fuller's deep ball role. Watson and Hopkins are maintaining their fantasy value just fine through different game scripts, but no one else can be counted on to do so. The Colts pass defense has improved of late on paper, but remains a mess under closer examination. They've looked passable against a handful of lower-tier passing games, though Alex Smith (292 yards) and Blake Bortles (26 of 38 for 320 and 2 touchdowns) both posted big weeks earlier in the year. Even Ryan Tannehill and Cody Kessler (a combined 71% completions and 4 touchdowns) found efficiency over the last 2 weeks. The Colts pass defense, like that of the Buccaneers, seems designed to sit back and allow, then tackle, open receptions. Good passers - like this week's opponent, Deshaun Watson (375 yards their first meeting) - have picked them apart all season with after-the-catch routes and timing throws. There's no real matchup here for DeAndre Hopkins, who could find himself running free all day through this under-talented secondary.
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 13 vs CLE (22 / 31 / 224 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 30 / 0 rush)
It continues to be an impressive run throwing the ball for Deshaun Watson during this win streak. Watson has improved his accuracy and continues to depend on DeAndre Hopkins in the passing game. Watson was able to hit Hopkins for 29 and 24 yards to open up the passing attack against the Browns. He threw a nice corner route to Hopkins who was being draped on by the defensive back who was grabbing hair and a face mask but a pinpoint pass allowed Hopkins to haul the pass in. Watson also threw 6 smoke screen this game targeted for DeAndre Carter and Hopkins but it was Carter who was able to eat up yards with 11 and 7 yard gains. Watson was able to control the 10-19 yard range and that came with completions to Demaryius Thomas for 15, Jordan Akins for 13 and Hopkins for 17. Add in the work he did with the tight end group for five receptions on five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Watson's only touchdown on the day was on a 11-yard play action pass to Jordan Thomas who ran a nice corner route to beat the safety that was covering him. Watson also had 30 yards on the ground which continues to be a good sign for the Texans who have tried to limit how much he has been running.
2018 Week 12 vs TEN (19 / 24 / 210 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 70 / 1 rush)
The pass attempts may not be there but Deshaun Watson is maximizing his opportunities. Throwing for 210 yards and two touchdowns, Watson also chipped in a designed run for 15 yards and a score. Watson continues to get comfortable with his new receiver in Demaryius Thomas and turned to him in the redone hitting him twice for touchdowns. Watson his Thomas four times during the game and it shows a quarterback trusting his newest receiver more each week. Once again, Watson continues to lean on DeAndre Hopkins for big plays and his best throw of the night came on a 28-yard strike against Cover-2 where he hit him in the hole between two defenders. Watson's only incompletion on a pass more than 10-yards came on a deep ball targeted for Hopkins in the end zone but couldn't connect. IT was one of the more active games for Watson with his legs rushing for 70 yards and his longest run in sometime with a 34-yard simperer that almost resulted in a fumble but replay review showed his elbow hitting before the ball popping out. Watson continues to be efficient as a quarterback, he hit 9 different receivers during the game.
2018 Week 11 vs WAS (16 / 24 / 208 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
It was an up and down game for Deshaun Watson and part of it was due to missing both offensive guards. The loss of his guards really put pressure on him in the pocket not allowing him to step up when needed. Throwing for 208 yards and a touchdown, Watson was conservative with his throws and did not attempt a single pass over 20+ yards. His best throw of the day went to DeAndre Hopkins for a 16 yard touchdown hitting him in stride before Redskins Josh Norman saw it an broke on the ball. Hopkins snagged the beautiful ball from Watson which opened up the scoring for the Texans. His two interceptions on the day came on poor decisions, one was intended for Keke Coutee who had three defenders around him but Watson's arm was hit before finishing the throw. Another came on a screen pass where he tried to flip it to Lamar Miller but he gave the defensive end time to see the play and tip the pass to himself. Watson when under control trusted his guys and targets Jordan Akins and Coutee who were both able to rack up some much needed YAC yards. Besides Watson's rough second quarter, he was able to manage the game well lead the Texans to a key win.
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (17 / 24 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 38 / 0 rush)
It was another productive day for Deshaun Watson especially with a limited number of pass attempts on the day. Throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns, Watson continues to be accurate throwing the football. His most favorite target was DeAndre Hopkins hitting him for 105 yards and 16-yard touchdown pass with three defenders trying to cover Hopkins. He also hit his newest weapon to start off the game with a 31-yard smoke screen to open up the game and get the Broncos defense on their heels. Add in a nice play action pass for Watson hitting tight end Jordan Thomas for 7-yards for a touchdown, the quarterbacks efficiency as a passer has been impressive. Watson did better than expected especially operating a receiver down and Thomas only knowing a small portion of the offense. Watson also chipped in 38 yards on scrambles, helping move the chains when needed.
2018 Week 8 vs MIA (16 / 20 / 239 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
It was a productive day for Deshaun Watson having more touchdowns passes (5) than incompletions (4) against the Dolphins defense that had the Texans passing game looking for answers early. Watson was able to link up with some big plays on Thursday night hitting Will Fuller for a 73-yard touchdown and then a 34-yard catch and run. Also, he hit a wide open DeAndre Hopkins for 49-yards that resulted in a touchdown. Add in his rookie tight end Jordan Thomas caught 2 touchdown passes, it was one of the most productive days for Watson behind center. Watson's passing attempts are trending down with the emergence of the running game but he is optimizing his chances.
2018 Week 7 vs JAX (12 / 24 / 139 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 13 / 0 rush)
The Texans bussed Deshaun Watson 12-hours to Jacksonville to keep from flying with the team. Watson is still nursing injuries, rib issue and a bruised lung. The Texans kept Watson from settling too much throwing the football and tied a career low with 24 pass attempts. Watson hit Hopkins for 3 receptions and one was for a nice 10-yard touchdown pass. He missed a wide open Will Fuller on a deep ball due to being flushed outside of the pocket. It is clear that Watson is not right especially with some of his throws sailing on him. Once again when he needed throws, Watson late int eh game hit Fuller for 15 and 14 on key 3rd down throws. It was Watson's first game all season without a turnover which has been one of his biggest issues in 2018.
2018 Week 6 vs BUF (15 / 25 / 177 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
It was clear Deshaun Watson was not right the entire game and it showed on how he played. Many have appreciated his style of play but only attempting 25 passes and 2 rushes, it was his lowest output as a quarterback since his first start as a rookie. Watson continued to not push the ball deep and really concentrated throwing the football to DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee. Hopkins continues to be Watson's favorite target and he hit him on a corner route from the slot for a 13 yard touchdown. Also, he hit Hopkins on a 24 yard reception to get the ball down the field. He had some nice throws in the 10-19 yard rands hitting Coutee for 22 and Fuller for 17 and 16. Watson did do much with his legs and his longest run of the game was for 3 yards which was a first down. Even after a slow game, Watson woke up in the 4th quarter to march the Texans down the field for a game tying field goal, he was 5 of 7 for 54 yards but his big throw was to Fuller on a deep ball that drew a defensive pass interference. It was clear the Texans were not interested in opening up the game to expose Watson and it was clear with his lack of production.
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 throws for 267 yards (Sun Dec 9, 09:07 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 27-of-38 passes for 267 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts and he posted a game-high 36 rushing yards. link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson on track to play (Fri Dec 7, 06:13 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson fully practices (Thu Dec 6, 06:14 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. link to story Texans | Limited practice for Deshaun Watson (Wed Dec 5, 06:24 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story Texans | Deshaun Watson has decent outing (Sun Dec 2, 04:57 PM) - Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson went 22-for-31 for 224 yards and one touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. He also rushed for 30 yards on seven carries during the game. Our View: Watson wasn't great for fantasy lineups even though his attempts went up from recent levels. The Texans moved the ball but settled for too many field goals for Watson to have a big day. He's still a solid QB1 against the Colts next week.
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