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Deshaun Watson


#31 Quarterback

89 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 221
40 Time: 4.66

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What You Need to Know:

  • It’s been a tumultuous offseason for Watson …
    • On bad terms with owner Cal McNair and executive vice president Jack Easterby, Watson requested a trade in January.
    • The first sexual assault lawsuit was filed against Watson in mid-March, alleging that he "went too far" during a massage. By early April, there were 22 claims made against him. Both the NFL and Houston police have investigated.
    • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in early May that “there are people in league circles who believe Deshaun Watson will not play this season.”
  • Houston signed free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor and drafted QB Davis Mills this offseason, clearly planning on being without Watson for part or all of the 2021 campaign.
  • Watson had his best season as a pro last year, setting career highs with …
    • 4,823 passing yards
    • 33 passing TDs
    • A 70.2% completion rate
    • 8.9 yards per attempt
    • A 112.4 QB Rating
  • Watson led the league in passing yards and yards per attempt. He also ranked top 7 in TDs, completion rate, QB Rating and Pro Football Focus passing grade.
  • Watson ranked 5th among QBs with 90 carries, 6th with 444 rushing yards and 11th with 3 rushing scores.
  • He finished top 5 at his position across fantasy scoring formats.
  • It was Watson’s 3rd straight top-5 finish. And as a rookie in 2017, he led all QBs in fantasy points per game.
  • If Watson plays for the Texans this season, he’ll do so without WR Will Fuller, who led the team with 80 yards and .73 TDs per game last year.
  • Houston’s top 5 WRs figure to be Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Nico Collins, Keke Coutee and Chris Conley.
  • If Watson is traded, Denver, Carolina and Philadelphia are the most likely destinations. Any of those spots would boost his fantasy value.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Watson’s off-field issues need to be settled before we can really assess his 2021 fantasy value. He’s likely looking at a suspension for the 22 sexual assault lawsuits filed against him. And his future with the Texans looks bleak.

What we know is that Watson is a high-end fantasy producer who’s just hitting his prime at 25 years old. Even if he returns to a crappy Texans squad this season, he’s a good bet for at least top-10 production. And if he ends up somewhere like Denver, Carolina or Philadelphia, he’d have a chance at his 4th straight top-5 finish.

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Texans QB Deshaun Watson won't be traded before today's deadline, according to multiple sources. Miami was seemingly the only team really in the mix, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross didn't feel comfortable making the trade. So Watson will remain a healthy scratch for the Texans for the rest of the season. And QB Tua Tagovailoa will finish out this year as Miami's starter.

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Trade talks between the Texans and Dolphins for QB Deshaun Watson are "heating up," according to insider Aaron Wilson. The 2 sides are hoping to get a deal done before the November 2 trade deadline. Watson will waive his no-trade clause for a move to Miami, which has been his preferred destination all along. Houston, meanwhile, is looking for three 1st-round picks and two 2nd-round picks or players, per Wilson. We'll see where this goes -- and then when Watson is cleared to play amid all his legal issues. We'd still only stash Watson on fantasy rosters at this point if you have a roster spot to play with.

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The Texans are prepared to make QB Deshaun Watson a healthy scratch all season, insider Aaron Wilson reports. Watson isn't going to play for Houston -- and no trade is "imminent," per Wilson. This was always a distinct possibility, between Watson's issues with the Texans organization and his legal troubles. QB Tyrod Taylor will open the season as Houston's starter.

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Yahoo's Charles Robinson believes QB Deshaun Watson might be eligible to play the entire 2021 season. It's a complicated situation between the criminal investigation and NFL. But basically, the league is unlikely to suspend Watson or place him on the Commissioner's Exempt List until a grand jury decides whether to indict him. "The NFL knows multiple bodies are conducting criminal investigations and that is what is ultimately keeping the league from requesting Watson to sit down to be questioned in the NFL’s probe," Robinson writes. "Simply put, the longer Watson’s criminal investigations linger without a conclusion, the longer he will be able to stay on a football field. Possibly for the entirety of 2021." Of course, Watson still needs to find a team willing to play him. He remains just an end-of-draft flier.

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Texans QB Deshaun Watson returned to practice Monday morning. He had opened camp working out with the team but then sat out the next 5 days with what the team reported was a foot injury. This comes a few days after FOX's Jay Glazer reported that Houston isn't returning calls from potential trade partners. That paired with Watson's return to the field just might indicate that no deal is imminent. Of course, there are a lot of unknowns in play here, and the Texans aren't giving anything away. Watson remains a risk/reward pick in the later rounds of all draft formats for now.

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