Deshaun Watson Fantasy Football News 2019

Texans WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday’s game against the Colts after missing the previous 2 weeks. It’s a boost to QB Deshaun Watson’s outlook, but Stills would be a desperation Week 7 fantasy play. His return also figures to cut into WR Keke Coutee’s playing time.

The Dolphins are trading WR Kenny Stills and LT Laremy Tunsil to the Texans for a "huge package of picks including a first-rounder," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tunsil's arrival obviously helps Texans QB Deshaun Watson, though we liked the Houston passer even with a weak O-line. Stills' arrival is interesting. He obviously joins a much better offense. But does his acquisition point to the team being worried about Keke Coutee's sprained ankle? Or is Stills just a strong 4th wideout? We'll see about that. Back in Miami, meanwhile, the path just got a little clearer for standout rookie WR Preston Williams. He's interesting as an end-of-draft stash and should clearly be owned in all dynasty leagues.

Update: NFL Network reports that Miami is getting a pair of 1st-round picks and a 2nd-rounder.

The Broncos and Texans are close to finalizing a deal that will send WR Demaryius Thomas to Houston in exchange for a mid-round pick, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Texans need an outside WR to pair with DeAndre Hopkins after losing Will Fuller to a torn ACL. Thomas' best days are clearly behind him, but he's a veteran WR who will at least command some defensive attention. From a fantasy standpoint, he's no better than a WR3 the rest of the way. We wouldn't be surprised if rookie WR Keke Coutee out-targets Thomas going forward. The big winner here is WR Courtland Sutton, who becomes the clear #2 WR in Denver. He's been impressive with limited volume this year, averaging a big 19.1 yards per catch. Consider him a weekly WR3 with upside.

Update: The Texans are sending a 4th-round pick to Denver, and the teams will also swap 7th rounders.

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Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He remains locked in as a strong QB1.

The Texans expect QB Deshaun Watson to start today against the Bills, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Watson turned up questionable on the final injury report with a chest issue, but he should be good to go for fantasy football lineups.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. He’s fully expected to play, and we’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he was out there at all early in the week puts him on track to start Sunday's game against the Bills.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson is dealing with a chest injury, according to insider Aaron Wilson. Watson took some big shots in Sunday night's OT win over the Cowboys. But he never left that one and is considered "day-to-day" now. We'll keep an eye on him this week, but Watson should be fine for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Texans WRs DeAndre Hopkins (foot) and Will Fuller (hamstring) are expected to play against the Titans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hopkins' status was never in doubt. Fuller missed the opener and remained limited in practice this week, so that hammy is still a concern. He's a risk/reward WR3 for Week 2. Fuller's return is good news for QB Deshaun Watson.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. This was expected after Watson participated in spring workouts and shed his knee brace in June. He's now 9 months removed from tearing his right ACL. Barring a setback, he'll be under center come Week 1. Watson flashed the upside to lead all QBs in fantasy points last year but carries plenty of red flags heading into 2018. He's a risky pick at his 6th- or 7th-round price tag.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that QB Deshaun Watson (knee) is "on schedule" to participate in training camp. Reports on Watson's recovery from last November's torn ACL have been glowing all offseason. He'll be about 10 months removed from the injury when the 2018 campaign kicks off. We'll see whether his mobility is compromised, but it's worth noting that Watson has experience returning from this injury after tearing his ACL at Clemson back in 2014.

The Texans added Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Coutee is 1 of the most electric receivers in this year’s class, with 4.4 speed and loads of wiggle. He averaged 15.2 yards per catch over his 3-year college career and enjoyed a breakout 93-1,429-10 2017 campaign. Coutee ranked 10th in yards per route run among all draft-eligible receivers last year, according to Pro Football Focus. The knocks against him? He’s coming from a pass-friendly, non-pro-style offense. And he goes just 5’10, 181 pounds with sub-5th percentile arm length, wingspan and hand size. Coutee’s big-play ability should translate to the pros if he’s deployed properly, though. He has a shot to slide in as the Texans’ #3 WR behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Houston is a building a strong WR corps for QB Deshaun Watson.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien told NFL Network's James Palmer that he's installing an "entirely different offense" that will cater to QB Deshaun Watson's strengths while reducing his risk of injury. Houston averaged a whopping 39 points over a 5-game span prior to Watson's torn ACL last year. But O'Brien is hoping to keep his squad a step ahead of opposing defenses making adjustments to Watson and Co. The new scheme will be complicated by the fact that Watson will be spending most of the offseason rehabbing that knee injury. We'll see how much he's able to do in training camp -- and if he's able to get on the field during the preseason. He won't be among the safer picks in 2018 fantasy drafts, but Watson's ceiling extends to the very top of the QB rankings.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) is on track to participate in OTAs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His rehab is ahead of schedule from what was a "clean" ACL tear, per Rapoport. Being available for most of the offseason is significant for a 2nd-year QB. Watson is obviously on pace to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 campaign.

We have our 1st "ahead of schedule" report of the year, folks! Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that QB Deshaun Watson is "ahead of schedule" in his rehab from October's torn ACL and could even participate a bit in OTAs. He'll be about 10.5 months removed from the injury when the 2018 season kicks off. It's obviously early, but we're tentatively expecting Watson to be ready come Week 1.

The Texans fear that QB Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in Thursday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's undergoing an MRI to confirm. Unbelievable. Watson was in the midst of an incredible rookie season that now appears to be over. It's a huge loss for both fantasy owners and the Texans. QB Tom Savage is a massive downgrade for all of Houston's skill-position guys. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 62 yards in 1 half of action back in Week 1 before getting yanked for Watson.

Update: Multiple sources confirm that Watson's ACL is torn. He's done for the season and has about 10 months to get ready for the start of the 2018 campaign.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a knee. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain describes it as a "sore knee." It doesn't sound like something that will keep Watson from playing against the Colts on Sunday, but it's certainly a situation to monitor -- especially for a QB who relies heavily on mobility.

ESPN reports that Texans LT Duane Brown has ended his holdout and returned to the team. Brown missed the 1st 6 games to protest his contract situation. He reportedly could play as soon as this Sunday at Seattle. We'll wait to see if that means a significant improvement right away at what has been a relatively weak spot in the Houston O-line. A full-strength, in shape Brown can only help QB Deshaun Watson and the run game.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson will start Thursday night's game against the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and James Palmer. Watson's rushing ability could eventually make him spot-start option, but we can't recommend him on the road on a short week against a solid Cincinnati defense. Watson does look like good news for WR DeAndre Hopkins, who was targeted on 11 of the rookie's 23 attempts in Week 1.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien did not name a starting QB for Thursday night's game against the Bengals after Tuesday's practice. He told the media that he's "still evaluating a lot of things," according to NFL Network's James Palmer, and that it might be a game-time decision between Deshaun Watson and Tom Savage. We're still expecting it to be Watson, but neither guy is a Week 2 fantasy option.


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