J.J. Watt Fantasy Football News 2021

DE J.J. Watt is signing with the Cardinals, he reports. Multiple other reports say it's a 2-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million of that guaranteed. (So it sounds like a pact he's likely to complete.) Watt will join an Arizona defense that jumped from 20th in Football Outsiders DVOA in 2019 to 10th last season. The Cardinals also tied for 10th among fantasy defenses, by ESPN scoring. Watt looked past his prime last season but should still upgrade an unspectacular D-line and enhance a Chandler Jones-led pass rush.

The Texans are releasing DE J.J. Watt, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Watt asked the team to release him, marking yet another star player looking to get out of Houston. Watt has clearly slipped from the dominant form of his early seasons, but he remains a productive player and should find plenty of potential suitors. We'll see where the veteran lands -- and the size of his next contract -- before projecting his IDP outlook for 2021 and beyond.

Texans DE J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's win over the Raiders. Watt confirmed the season-ending injury via Twitter on Sunday night. Losing him can only hurt a Houston defense that had already proved disappointing for fantasy.

The Texans removed DE J.J. Watt from the PUP list in time for him to take part in the team's 1st training-camp practice Thursday. Watt had a "cleanup" knee procedure way back in January, NFL Network reported at the time. His quick activation confirms that we don't need to worry about anything.

Texans DE J.J. Watt is opening training camp on the active/PUP list. He had a knee "cleaned up" in January and is likely just getting a little extra rest to rebound from that. We've seen no indication the star DE has a worrisome issue, and he's coming off his 1st 16-game season in 3 years (with 16 sacks). Expect Watt to be fine for IDP fantasy football drafts.

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Texans DE J.J. Watt (knee) is active for today’s game against the Browns, as expected. Keep him locked into IDP lineups.

Texans DE J.J. Watt is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns with a knee issue that limited his practice all week. It doesn't sound like Watt's in danger of missing the game, but we'll check on his status Sunday morning.

Texans DE J.J. Watt says things are going well as he works his way back from the broken leg that ended his season in Week 5. “It’s doing really, really well,” Watt said, per ESPN's Sarah Barshop. “[I’m] very excited about where it’s going. I’m on track for training camp. But my assumption is that it shouldn’t be any problem, but if it needs a couple extra weeks, whatever, we’ll take it. From my understanding and from everybody here’s understanding, the way it’s looking, everything’s going really well. There shouldn’t be any issues.” We'll keep an eye on him as training camp approaches. A healthy Watt remains a potentially dominant force both on the field and IDP fantasy football leagues.

Texans DE J.J. Watt suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee against the Texans. Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens suffered the same injury in late August in his right knee and returned to action this weekend -- 6 weeks later. We'll await further word on Watt's outlook from the team.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Watt will miss the rest of the season.

Texans DE J.J. Watt left in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game against the Chiefs with a serious-looking left knee injury. Houston quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game. We'll await further diagnosis. OLB Whitney Mercilus also left in the 1st quarter with a chest injury and was quickly ruled out for the game. That removes 2 key pass rushers from the Texans D.

Texans DE J.J. Watt said after Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars that he “messed up my finger a little bit … just busted the bone through the skin; nothing bad.” That’s gross, but it doesn’t sound like it should affect his availability or performance going forward.

Texans DE J.J. Watt said this week that he has completed the rehab stage in his recovery from re-injuring his back in September, according to ESPN.com. "The one nice thing about the situation is that I've had the proper amount of time to take the recovery as methodically as it needs to be taken and do things the right way, with the proper patience, but also the proper aggressiveness at times," he said. Watt also said that he let his "pride" get in the way of rehabbing from his initial back surgery to repair a herniated disk last summer. If he steers clear of setbacks through this offseason, we should expect to get back the dominant force that IDP owners have enjoyed over the past several years -- now with a delivering Jadeveon Clowney attacking the opposite edge.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien has confirmed that DE J.J. Watt's back injury will cost him the rest of the season. In case you were holding out hope for a return in a deep redraft IDP league, it's time to dump Watt everywhere.

Texans DE J.J. Watt re-injured his back in last Thursday's loss at New England and is now expected to miss significant time, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Watt reportedly might even miss the rest of the season. We hadn't heard anything about the injury in nearly a week since the game, but Watt missed all of training camp and the preseason following summer surgery on his back. Watt publicly brushed off his empty stat line in the contest and seemed ready to rebound. His absence would obviously significantly hurt the Houston defense and take a top IDP contributor out of fantasy football lineups. You might want to hang on to Watt until the team confirms his status, but it's also time to make other plans.

Update: The Texans have placed Watt on IR. Feel free to dump him unless you have an IR spot to stash him in (and no other option for that spot with a nearer return date).

Texans DE J.J. Watt returned to practice Monday for the 1st time July surgery for a herniated disc. HC Bill O'Brien had said he expects to have Watt available for the opener after Watt gained clearance late last week to return. It's tough to know how close to full strength and conditioning Watt will be right away, but he's too dominant a defensive force to doubt without good reason. Get him into your Week 1 IDP lineup as long as he's active. And consider the Texans' D a good play at home vs. the Bears.

The Texans have activated DE J.J. Watt from the PUP list and expect him to be ready for the regular-season opener, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I think the arrow is pointing towards that," Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Friday. "I would say that we are headed in the right direction with him. I know that it looks decent for him to be able to play in the first game." Watt spent all of training camp and the preseason on the PUP list, but he's too good not to stick in your IDP lineup whenever available. We'll see if Watt's ready for his usual snap allotment right away.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien is "still unsure" whether DE J.J. Watt will be available for the 1st 2 games of the regular season, according to ESPN's Ed Werder."I don't think we can predict whether he'll be ready for Week 1 or Week 2, but he's going to be ready sooner rather than later," O'Brien said. Watt had surgery July 25 for a herniated disk in his back and was given a recovery timeline of 6-10 weeks. The short end of that would return him in early September. We just knocked about a game off Watt's projection in our IDP rankings, which brings him back toward the pack a bit. But he outscored the nearest lineman by 4 games' worth of his own points last season -- 5-6 games' worth of anyone else's production. Even 14 (or fewer) games of Watt would easily remain the top option on the DL board. And we're not betting against him delivering once he returns.

Texans DE J.J. Watt had back surgery recently and will start training camp on the PUP list, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. McClain reports that Watt "should be ready" for the regular season. It'd be nice to hear something more certain, but we'll see how this thing progresses. Watt played through a number of injuries last season, with his productivity dropping only when he played with a cast on his broken thumb. It's worrisome that he had the surgery so late in the offseason, and we've knocked Watt's projected numbers down a bit. But he started from such a dominant place vs. the rest of his position that he'll remain the clear #1 fantasy D-lineman at least until the situation actually threatens games. The surgery does, however, threaten Watt's status as the top overall IDP off the board. Losing him for any time would also obviously deal a huge blow to Houston's team D.

Texans DE J.J. Watt played half of 2015 with a herniated disk and suffered tears in 5 core muscles when he injured his groin, according to ESPN's Tania Ganguli. "Last year was definitely by far the most strenuous on my body that I've ever had, fighting through a whole bunch of things that I've never dealt with before," Watt said during an interview with SportsRadio 610. None of it was enough to stop him from earning NFL defensive player of the year honors. So a healthier Watt should go right on dominating in 2016 and beyond. Of course, we'll watch for any signs of wearing down this summer. But Watt said in the interview that he's "doing pretty darn well" now.

7:25am EST 1/10/16

Texans DE J.J. Watt left Saturday's loss to the Chiefs with what he called an "extremely painful" groin injury, according to ESPN.com. "It is pretty bad," Watt added. He left the game for a few plays after suffering the initial injury but returned only to apparently aggravate it further. We'll see if the groin is an issue for Watt at all this offseason.

Update: The Houston Chronicle reports that Watt will have surgery Tuesday for the groin injury. His fractured right hand is reportedly not expected to require surgery, however. Watt played without a cast on it the past 2 games.


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