Deshaun Watson Fantasy Football News 2018

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.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson sprained his right ankle after the interception he threw in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Houston listed him as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury ahead of Thursday night's visit to Cincinnati. Whether Watson starts will reportedly depend on how much the ankle allows him to do.

Texans QB Tom Savage was benched at halftime of Sunday's opener against the Jaguars. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 62 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs in the first 30 minutes -- and had a sack-fumble returned for a TD. Houston was trailing 19-0. Rookie QB Deshaun Watson has entered the game and can lay claim to the starting job with a solid 2nd-half showing.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien reiterated on Tuesday that Tom Savage is his team's starting QB. That's been the company line all offseason. Savage has been solid through 2 preseason games, completing 85% of his passes, averaging 8.4 yards per attempt and tossing 1 TD with 0 INTs. Deshaun Watson has connected on just 51.4% of his passes with 0 TDs. But he's run for 34 yards and 2 scores. We'll buy Savage as Houston's early-season starter but still expect the rookie to make more starts this year.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 15 of 25 pass attempts (60%) for 179 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs in his preseason debut against the Panthers on Wednesday night. The rookie also flashed his rushing ability, namely with a 15-yard TD scamper in the 3rd quarter. He finished with 24 yards on 3 carries. "He's a smart player," HC Bill O'Brien said afterward. "He's an instinctive player. First game out there, I thought he did some good things. It's a big jump from college to the NFL. I thought he handled it pretty well." QB Tom Savage got the start on Wednesday night and completed 9 of 11 passes for 69 yards. He remains atop the depth chart for now, but it's only a matter of time before Watson gets the keys to the offense. He's worth a look late in best-ball and 2-QB drafts.

Tom Savage is "clearly #1" in the Texans' QB derby, according to John McClain. Rookie QB DeShaun Watson has reportedly impressed, but Savage has been "terrific" so far, McClain writes. "Makes every throw, respected by teammates, knows this offense." We'll buy the veteran as Houston's Week 1 starter, but our money is still on the rookie making more starts this season. Neither guy is worth rostering outside of 2-QB leagues.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, there won't be a true competition for the Texans' starting QB spot this summer. The job will reportedly belong to Tom Savage until/unless he gets hurt or proves that he doesn't deserve it. That falls in line with what the team has said since drafting QB Deshaun Watson. Of course, there's always the chance that Watson simply outperforms expectations, picks up the offense quicker than anticipated and leaves no doubt that he's the team's best option under center. We'll see how things shake out come training camp. In the meantime, neither Watson nor Savage looks particularly attractive as a redraft fantasy football option for 2017.

Texans HC Bill O’Brien threw cold water on the notion that QB Deshaun Watson would start Week 1. "As a rookie quarterback it's a big jump," O'Brien said. “Tom [Savage] is our starter and Deshaun will come in and he's going to work hard and we're going to teach him and feed him a lot of information. And he'll work at it.” GM Rick Smith added: "I don't know if people believe us but we're comfortable with Tom Savage as our quarterback.” Ultimately, we think Watson could push for the starting gig with a strong summer. While he’s transitioning from a spread offense, the Clemson product enters the NFL with 35 college starts.

The Texans made a move up from #25 to #12 to grab Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. Watson led his Tigers to 28 wins over the past 2 seasons, including a National Championship this past year. He was especially impressive in big games, racking up 825 yards and 7 scores through the air — plus another 116 and a TD on the ground — in the past 2 title games. Watson finished his college career with a strong 67.4% completion rate and 90 TDs. He added 1,934 rushing yards and 26 scores. The concerns: he tossed 30 INTs over the past 2 years, showing questionable decision-making and inconsistent accuracy. There are arm-strength worries after he was clocked with a ball speed of 49 mph at the Combine. (55+ is considered ideal.) And he has a significant adjustment to make coming from Clemson’s spread offense. Still, the most experienced QB in this class has an excellent shot to win the Week 1 starting job. His “competition” will be Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden. Watson will also be working with a young trio of WRs in DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. This is a nice landing spot.


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