RB Derek Watt - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 236||Born: 11-7-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
Week 11: vs Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Great matchup. The Chargers rushing offense looked good again in their last game despite continued challenges on their offensive line. Melvin Gordon has rushed for 80 or more yards with 20 or more carries in each of his last two outings while tacking in four rushing touchdowns in his past three games. Gordon's productivity has also inched up game by game as he peaked at 4.9 rushing yards per attempt last week--his highest mark of the season. While neither the Packers nor Raiders run defenses post significant challenges, it was still encouraging to see both the volume and results come from the Chargers' lead back. Austin Ekeler continued to play second fiddle on the ground as he saw only six carries to Gordon's 22 while playing fewer than 50 percent of the snaps for the second straight week. Ekeler has seen a goal-line carry in two straight games, but he has failed to convert on both attempts. It will take valuable touches like that for Ekeler to capitalize on what has been a significantly reduced role since the return of Gordon. The Chargers offensive line has blocked relatively well in recent weeks as they climbed up to middle tier in Matt Bitonti's rankings, but star left tackle Russell Okung suffered a groin strain last week that could keep him sidelined for this week. Their other tackle, Sam Tevi, will also likely be out this week as he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after suffering an injury in Week 9. The Chiefs own one of the worst run defenses in football, giving up the second-most rushing yards per game (148.1), second-most rushing yards per attempt to running backs (5.0), and second-most fantasy points per game to running backs (31.4). Their struggles were put on full display last week as Derrick Henry rumbled to a season-high 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns. This unit looked decent against Dalvin Cook in Week 9, but that now appears to be an outlier performance as they have given up at least 99 rushing yards to lead running backs in 6-of-10 games this season. Injuries on the defensive line have certainly played a part in explaining this group's lack of success against the run. Defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Frank Clark were both banged up for a while, but Jones returned a couple of weeks ago and Clark was back last week--both appearing to be healthy. Defensive end continues to be an injury-challenged position though, as Emmanuel Ogbah suffered a season-ending injury last week and Alex Okafor continues to battle through an ankle injury that has sidelined him since Week 8. With Chiefs linebackers playing poorly against the run and their defensive line struggling for healthy bodies, this group should continue to struggle against the resurging Chargers run defense, even with their own injury woes in the trenches.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Derek Watt's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watt got the call on a 4th and 1 handoff early in the second quarter, which he converted. Watt is now 8 for 10 on third or fourth down and 1 handoffs this season. On this one, he was actually met in the backfield but he managed to keep his legs moving and spin off the tackle to lunge ahead for the first down. Later, he was the target of a quick slant in the end zone from the goal line, but a Raider defender batted it up in the air for the incompletion. Watt did well just to bat away the tipped pass so that no one could intercept it.
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Watt's role is typically reduced to surprise short yardage specialist. But while he didn't see a handoff in this game, he did snag a checkdown pass in the flat with nothing but open space in front of him. He rumbled downfield for a big 21-yard gain and added 15 more yards after a personal foul penalty for the huge gain overall.
2019 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watt is certainly not a featured part of the offense, but he does get the occasional short yardage attempt on third and fourth downs or sometimes on the goal line. In this game, he had two such short yardage attempts, and converted them both.
Los Angeles Chargers Team LinksDepth Chart Season Stats Targets Red Zone Game Logs
|11||vs Kansas City Chiefs|
|12||--- BYE WEEK ---|
|13||@ Denver Broncos|
|14||@ Jacksonville Jaguars|
|15||vs Minnesota Vikings|
|16||vs Oakland Raiders|
|17||@ Kansas City Chiefs|