College: Clemson | 4 years
Height: 6'2" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 9/14/1995
Depth Chart: QB.1
2020 Bye Week: 8
Total Pts: 63.5
Avg Pts: 21.17
Rank: 8 QB
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Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson went 19-for-27 for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Watson has played three of the top teams in the AFC to start the season and threw four touchdowns and three interceptions during that span. He should have more success next week against the Minnesota Vikings and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 264 yards on 19-for-27 passing in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watson tossed a pair of touchdowns and was picked off once. The dual-threat QB only had one rushing attempt, going for five yards. It wasn't a terrible day for Watson, but the Texans struggled mightily in the second half, getting blanked on the scoreboard and looking completely overmatched. Houston's had a nightmare start to 2020, but a Week 4 meeting against a winless Vikings team might finally be what it takes to get this Texans offense playing a full force.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has had some tough matchups to open the 2020 NFL season and that continues on Sunday as he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh's defense is a talented group that should be able to pressure Watson and force early throws into a strong secondary, limiting his ceiling. Still, Deshaun Watson is Deshaun Watson, a multi-pronged threat who can bide time with his feet and search for mismatches in the deep passing game, so you're definitely playing him in any season-long league where you have him rostered. He's just risky enough to avoid in most of your DFS contests, though.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson finished 25-of-36 for 275 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He also added 17 yards rushing on five attempts.
Fantasy Spin: Watson took four sacks and escaped a few others as he was constantly harassed by the swarming Baltimore defense. Making matters worse, Will Fuller was seen stretching on the Houston bench throughout the first half and failed to record a target. Watson's already being asked to do too much in an effort to make up for the team's trade of DeAndre Hopkins, and it could end up in him getting hurt in the near future. He'll be a risky low-end QB1 option in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers' vaunted defense.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson did managed to throw for 275 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, but with just one touchdown and an interception, Watson didn't have the strong day that fantasy managers expect from Watson. His 17 rushing yards on five carries were also a disappointment. Watson's opened 2020 with a pair of tough matchups and is clearly missing with former top target, DeAndre Hopkins, and things don't get much easier against a good Steelers Defense in Week 3. Still, Watson's always a must-start in season-long leagues.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson faces a tough Week 2 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Watson -- who had one of his worst games of 2019 against this team, when he had just 169 passing yards -- is still a must-start option in season-long formats because of his tremendous upside, but he has a pretty low floor this week. The Ravens proved in Week 1 that their 2020 defense was just as scary as their 2019 defense, holding Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to 189 yards and picking him off. This is a week where you likely don't want to put Deshaun Watson in a DFS lineup.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 20 of 32 passes for 253 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in a 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 10. Watson also ran six times for 27 yards and another score.
Fantasy Spin: After leading the team on a nine-play, 80-yard drive to grab an early 7-0 lead, Watson struggled against a Chiefs defense that brought pressure and kept him from making the type of big freelancing plays he's known for. Watson salvaged some fantasy value in garbage time, throwing for one touchdown (on a play where officials missed a clear false start) and running for another on a read option, but it was by no means an impressive performance in his first game without DeAndre Hopkins. He'll look to get on track next Sunday against a tough Ravens squad.
For much of Thursday's season-opening loss, it looked like Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was on his way to a really rough day. But with a touchdown pass and run in the fourth quarter, Watson emerged from Houston's 34-20 loss with some solid numbers. He finished with 253 passing yards on 20-for-32 passing with a touchdown and an interception. He added six carries for 27 yards and a score, mostly avoiding the run game until late. It was not an encouraging game. Watson is still a fantasy QB1 and still is one of the highest-upside plays at the position, but we'd be lying if we said Thursday's game wasn't at least a little worrisome, mostly because it exposed the issues the team has at wide receiver.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson doesn't have the easiest matchup on Thursday night when he faces the Kansas City Chiefs, but he remains a solid starting option. Watson, who just signed an extension with Houston, will be operating without his former top receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, this year, but the Texans have put a vertical passing offense around him that should play to his strengths. He might not challenge to be the week's overall QB1 this time around, but his upside as a passer and runner make him a must-start option in a high-profile Thursday night clash. Sure, there's more uncertainty around Watson than usual, but he did have 388 passing yards the last time he faced Kansas City.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson agreed to a four-year, $160 million extension Saturday, Sept. 5. The deal is worth a total of $177.54 million with $111 million in guarantees. He'll make $39 million per year over the next four years, which makes him the highest-paid player in the league. Watson is now signed through the 2025 season.
Fantasy Spin: Watson is going as the third quarterback in most leagues, and it'll be hard to land him below that behind Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.
The Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson have agreed to a four-year, $160 million extension. The deal locks Watson in as Houston's franchise quarterback for the next few seasons while also giving him a chance to earn another big contract from the team in the future. Houston spent their offseason making some head-scratching moves with their skill position players that prompted some to wonder about Watson's future with the team, but it appears he's in Houston to stay. Despite the departure of DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans and head coach/GM Bill O'Brien had put a lot of vertical threats around Watson, which should help him maintain his spot as a top-five fantasy quarterback despite the loss of his biggest weapon.
The Houston Texans are working hard with quarterback Deshaun Watson on a new contract extension, and it's likely to be more in line with Russell Wilson's or Aaron Rodgers' deals as opposed to that of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, according to sources. Mahomes recently received a whopping $500 million extension after winning league MVP in 2018 and Super Bowl MVP honors in 2019. The former Clemson star and 12th overall pick has been a top-five quarterback the last two seasons, but most are down on him this year after he lost his No. 1 receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. But the 24-year-old should still have plenty of opportunities and could even use his legs more this season. While he might not have high-end QB1 upside without Hopkins, Watson is still in the running to be a top-six fantasy signal-caller.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is working hard with the team on a new contract extension, according to sources Thursday, Sept. 3. The contract is expected to be more similar to those of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers than to Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson and his representatives are talking with general manager Bill O'Brien and the team on a contract extension. 'We're working hard,' O'Brien said Friday, July 31. 'We want him here a long time.'
Fantasy Spin: Watson has been a top-five fantasy QB in each of his two full seasons. The offseason trade of top target DeAndre Hopkins hurts, but Watson remains a rock-solid QB1.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson led the AFC with 28 big-time throws (Pro Football Focus' highest-graded throws on precise downfield passes) in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: Watson has finished as a top-five fantasy QB in each of the last two seasons and should challenge to make it three in a row in 2020, even with stud wideout DeAndre Hopkins no longer in the picture.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has already been working out with wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Keke Coutee and tight end Kahale Warring, will continue to work out and throw to his receivers after the team's virtual offseason program ends on Thursday. Watson lost his No. 1 receiver in DeAndre Hopkins when he was traded to the Cardinals this offseason, but the Texans added Cobb in free agency and traded for Cooks. There's potential with Will Fuller V as the deep threat, but losing one of the best wideouts in the game will surely hurt Watson's overall production. But the 24-year-old's dual-threat ability and the fact that he might run more often in 2020 give him top-five upside at the QB position.
Pro Football Focus rates Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil as the third-highest tackle in pass blocking among those with a minimum of 300 snaps, having only allowed 29 pressures in 656 pass-protection snaps, including the playoffs. His individual impact in both pass and run snaps combined for the highest win-contribution metric among left tackles by a slim margin. Houston's offensive-line production went from right near the bottom in 2018 to 19th overall last season with the help of Tunsil on the left side. The 25-year-old became the highest-paid left tackle in the league this offseason as a result. The franchise left tackle is tasked with protecting the franchise QB in Deshaun Watson long term.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson enjoyed throwing the ball deep in 2019, attempting a deep pass on 14 percent of his throws last year, the fifth-highest mark among signal-callers. With receiver Will Fuller V on the field, Watson attempted a deep pass on 17 percent of his throws since 2017, as opposed to 11 percent with Fuller on the sidelines. The QB has completed 43.2 percent of his deep throws with Fuller on the field since 2017, as opposed to 34.3 percent without him. Watson had an average air-yards mark of 30 last season and only had Fuller for 11 games. But with All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins now in Arizona, many expect Watson's efficiency to fall. The good news is that he can still be a very solid QB1 because of his ability to scramble and make plays with his legs. But Watson's QB1 stock will take a hit without Hopkins picking up the slack.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, a first-rounder in 2017, is under contract through 2021 after the Texans picked up his fifth-year option, but he expects to reach a long-term extension with the team that will keep him around for a while. He's not stressing about a timeline, but Watson is optimistic that something will get done in due time. The former Clemson star is already a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time AFC South champion, throwing for 10,586 yards, 75 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. His dual-threat abilities as a runner and passer make him a surefire QB1, but the loss of stud wideout DeAndre Hopkins this offseason has slightly lowered his ceiling in the fantasy realm. RotoBaller has Watson listed as the No. 6 fantasy QB target heading into the 2020 season.
The Houston Texans and right guard Zach Fulton agreed to a reworked contract on Friday, according to a source. Fulton was due $14 million over the next two years with no guarantees, but now he'll be due $5 million guaranteed in 2020 and $3 million non-guaranteed in 2021. The Texans will also get some salary cap relief with the move. The 28-year-old just finished his second season in Houston and will help bring more continuity to an offensive line that must remain solid in front of quarterback Deshaun Watson and new running back David Johnson. Fulton was a sixth-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2014 and spent the first four years of his career in Kansas City.