• Deshaun Watson

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  • , Houston Texans
  • 25
  • 221 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers
Versus the Ravens last week, Deshaun Watson threw for 275 yards and a score. After having a good rapport with Will Fuller in the opener, Watson connected with Brandin Cooks eight times for 95 yards in the recent loss. Both of his TD tosses this season have gone to TEs, with Darren Fells hauling in the touchdown last Sunday. Pittsburgh’s defense sacked Denver QBs seven times, but Watson’s scrambling ability should help neutralize the pass rushers. Helped by his rushing ability he's a low-end QB1.

by Scot Berggren

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Baltimore Ravens
In the loss to the Chiefs in the opener, Deshaun Watson didn’t do much until the game was out of hand. He finished with over 250 yards through the air, 27 rushing yards and two total TDs. Without DeAndre Hopkins, Watson spread the ball around to seven pass catchers, with Will Fuller looking like his new favorite target, as 10 of his 31 targets went in his direction. In Sunday’s home contest versus the Ravens Watson will be facing a defense that limited Baker Mayfield to under 200 yards through the air, but he’s still a QB1 play.

by Scot Berggren

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 – Deshaun Watson at Kansas City Chiefs
What a start to his career Deshaun Watson has had. In his first three seasons he’s averaged 8.1 yards per attempt with a TD rate of 5.9% - one of the most efficient young QBs in NFL history. However, it’ll be interesting to see how he’s able to adjust without his go-to WR DeAndre Hopkins. While Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks both have their strengths, replacing Hopkins will not be easy. In the playoff loss at Kansas City earlier this year Watson threw for nearly 400 yards and two TDs. Expect another shootout in the rematch, which means the Texans QB could again put up big numbers.

by Bob Harris

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
When you lose DeAndre Hopkins and replace him with Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb (who join a group of holdovers headlined by Will Fuller and Kenny Stills), it's probably going to take more than adding a pass-catching back (David Johnson, who comes to town after two less-than-stellar campaigns in Arizona) to keep Deshaun Watson inside the top 5 at this position. Even before Hopkins' departure, there was already reason for concern. As ESPN's Matthew Berry noted, Watson had seven games last season with zero or one passing touchdown. So is he too high in our rankings? Well, CBSSports.com recently pointed out that "even with an inferior roster and questionable head coaching around him," Watson ranked second at the position in points per game (21.3) and produced the most fantasy points per rushing attempt (0.99) among quarterbacks with at least 80 carries.

Fantasy Downside
Per NFL.com, Watson finished as a Top-5 fantasy quarterback in five different weeks last season as well. But he scored fewer than 17 fantasy points six times. Also worth noting, OC Tim Kelly will take over play calling from HC Bill O'Brien, who had done that job since early in the 2016 season.

2020 Bottom Line
Regardless of the coaching change (and Kelly's strong relationship with Watson is reportedly one reason for the change) and a weaker supporting cast, Watson's athleticism, running ability and past production will keep him firmly locked in as a fantasy QB1 this season and beyond.

by Scot Berggren

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Tennessee Titans
Facing a poor Tampa Bay pass defense last Saturday, Deshaun Watson finished with only 184 aerial yards and 37 yards on the ground. It was the fourth time in ’19 he threw for less than 200 yards and just the second in which he failed to register a TD. Two weeks ago at Tennessee Watson tossed for 243 yards and two touchdowns, so expect a better performance at home for Sunday’s rematch.

by Scot Berggren

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In the big divisional win at Tennessee last week, Deshaun Watson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns – both to Kenny Stills – and rushed for 32 yards. Watson’s day could’ve been even better had he not thrown two Red Zone picks, the fourth time this season he’s tossed multiple interceptions. Watson continues to be a scoring machine, accounting for 33 TDs, while racking up nearly 290 total yards per game. The Bucs pass defense is the third-worst in the NFL, so there’s no question you’re going to continue to ride with Watson at QB.

by Scot Berggren

HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Tennessee Titans
After falling behind big in the first half to the Broncos last week Deshaun Watson ended up posting good fantasy numbers, throwing for 292 yards with a score and running for 44 yards and two TDs. While he hasn’t tossed for 300 yards in six straight contests, Watson has accounted for multiple touchdowns in five of those six outings, including three in a row. Even though he’ll be on the road, Watson will be facing the seventh-worst pass defense, so he should absolutely remain in your starting lineup.

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