|ADP:||Round: 5, Pick: 10|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||September 14, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (12)|
The Texans exercised Watson's fifth-year team option for 2021 on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Houston's decision to pick up the option was a foregone conclusion, given that Watson has already established himself as one of the league's top signal-callers through his first three seasons. The fifth-year option may just serve as a placeholder until the Texans are able to come to terms with Watson on a long-term deal that will likely make him one of the highest-paid players in NFL history.
The Texans acquired another wide receiver (Brandin Cooks) for Watson on Thursday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: After shipping out DeAndre Hopkins last month, Houston's receiving corps was a bit short-handed, even with the addition of Randall Cobb soon after. Following the trade for Cooks, Watson now has a more well-rounded group, with the oft-injured Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Kenny Stills still on board. Cooks has four 1,000-yard seasons under his belt but also has concerns with concussions, as he suffered the fifth of his career in 2019. Still, the Texans have done OK in their effort to restock the weapons at Watson's disposal.
The trade of DeAndre Hopkins leaves Watson with Will Fuller and Kenny Stills as the top two wide receiver targets, Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hopkins had become a crutch for the offense and rarely missed games. He topped the team in terms of catch and target share (29.3 and 28.8 percent, respectively). Watson and Hopkins were an elite combination, one that will be hard to replace. In steps the oft-injured Fuller and Stills, both considered deep threats that are not the franchise wideout that Hopkins has become. The Texans could add a wide receiver in what is considered a strong draft class for the position, but Watson has lost a security blanket and will need to adjust.
Watson completed 31 of 52 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 37 yards and an additional TD on six carries during Sunday's 51-31 divisional round loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: The third-year signal-caller delivered once again from an individual perspective during Houston's 2019 finale, wrapping up the postseason with 727 scrimmage yards and five total TDs. There's no denying Watson got off to an electrifying start, going 4-for-4 with a TD on Houston's opening drive while leading the Texans to 21 first-quarter points -- the most ever in 298 regular-season and playoff games in franchise history. The former Heisman winner closes out 2019 with a 28:12 TD:INT and more than 260 passing yards per game, as well as 505 rushing yards and an additional nine scores on the ground. In 2020 Watson will enter the fourth frame of his rookie deal at an economical cap hit of $4.4 million, but he remains poised for a massive pay raise within the next two years.
Watson completed 20 of 25 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 55 yards and a second score on 14 carries in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills.
Analysis: He also ran for one two-point conversion and threw a second to DeAndre Hopkins. After being held scoreless in the first half by a Buffalo defense that ended up sacking him seven times in total, Watson got Houston on the board late in the third quarter with a 20-yard TD scamper before leading the team to two more scoring drives in the fourth. The quarterback saved his best efforts for last, making a miraculous escape on another seemingly certain sack in OT to find Taiwan Jones along the sideline for a 34-yard catch-and-run that set up the game-winning field goal. Watson will try to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs next Sunday on the road in the AFC divisional round.
Watson dressed but did not play in Sunday's 35-14 loss to the Titans in Week 17.
Analysis: By the time the Texans kicked off in the late afternoon window Sunday, they knew their playoff fate, so head coach Bill O'Brien took it easy on several skill position players. Locked in at the fourth seed in the AFC, O'Brien started backup AJ MCarron and let him play the entire game. Watson, who nursed a back injury in preparation for Week 17, is expected to start Houston's Wild-Card playoff game this weekend at home against the Bills, who ranked fourth in passing defense during the regular season.
Though Watson (back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle indicates that backup QB A.J. McCarron is "expected to start and/or play extensively."
Analysis: Though the Texans still have a chance to move from the No. 4 AFC playoff seed to No. 3 with a win, plus a Kansas City loss, it looks like the team is inclined to proceed cautiously with both Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness), with their postseason health in mind. Considering that, Watson is too risky to roll with in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Watson (back), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, is expected to serve as the backup to AJ McCarron in the contest, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Watson's back injury limited him in practice throughout the week, but he likely would be on track to start if the Texans had something to play for in Week 17. While Houston could move up from the AFC's No. 4 seed to the No. 3 position with a Kansas City loss, the Texans may already be locked into the fourth spot by the time the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff arrives, as the heavily favored Chiefs take on the Chargers at 1 p.m. ET. With that in mind, the Texans apparently aren't inclined to take any chances with Watson or DeAndre Hopkins (illness) in advance of the playoffs, making both the quarterback and wide receiver worth avoiding in season-long and DFS lineups.
Watson (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: If Sunday's contest carried major playoff implications, there's not much doubt that Watson would suit up this weekend. With that in mind, it's worth noting that if the Chiefs -- whose Week 17 tilt kicks off at 1:00 ET -- beat the Chargers, the outcome of Houston's game (which begins at 4:25 ET) won't affect the team's playoff seeding. In that context, it's possible that key players like Watson may be rested or limited versus Tennessee, even if they are not among the team's inactives.
Watson (back) was limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: We'll have to see if the Texans list their franchise QB as questionable or minus an injury designation for this weekend's game against the Titans. Note that Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle relays that if the Chiefs, who start their Week 17 game at 1:00 ET on Sunday, beat the Chargers, the result of the Texans' regular-season finale (which kicks off at 4:25 ET) wouldn't affect the team's playoff seeding. As a result, there's a possibility that the Texans could elect to rest or limit some of their key players if they have nothing concrete to play for.
Watson (back) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: We'll revisit Watson's status once the Texans take the practice field Thursday, but note that Houston has secured a playoff spot and can't earn a first-round bye, so it's possible that the team plays it safe with the QB Sunday against the Titans if he heads into the weekend less than 100 percent.
Watson suffered what appeared to be ankle injury during Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 16, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Watson's shaky outing may have been partially due to the ankle injury, which he downplayed following the game. The injury did not force him to leave the game, but he was examined in the blue tent while backup A.J. McCarron warmed up. "No, I'm just fine," Watson said when asked about his health. "I was able to finish the game and deal with what I had to deal with. I'm all good. I'm definitely going to enjoy it." Watson had a season-low 62.5 passer rating. The Texans, who clinched the AFC South with Saturday's win, have a shot to move up to third seed pending how the Chiefs finish up the season. As such, they may try to get Watson healthy enough to play Week 17 against Tennessee.
Watson completed 19 of 32 passes for 184 yards and an interception and added 37 yards on seven carries during Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay. He also fumbled during the contest.
Analysis: From a quarterback-rating standpoint, Saturday was Watson's worst game of the season. He managed to make up for it with his legs, however, scrambling to convert a fourth-and-short and then a third-and-15 during a key third-quarter field-goal drive. Watson has the Texans in the playoffs, but his ball security will be worth watching in Week 17 and the postseason. He's thrown five interceptions in his past three games after throwing just seven in his first 12 contests. The season concludes a matchup against the Titans, against whom Watson tallied 275 total yards, two touchdowns and two picks in Week 15.
Watson completed 19 of 27 attempts for 243 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Texans' 24-21 win over the Titans on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 32 yards and committed one fumble but it was recovered.
Analysis: Despite the mistakes, Watson turned in an admirable performance in what was a critical late-season road divisional matchup. The third-year quarterback's two touchdown passes somewhat curiously went to Kenny Stills, who was back in the No. 3 receiver role with Will Fuller back from a hamstring injury. Watson has multiple scoring tosses in three of his last four games, the first time he's had such a stretch this season. He now has matched last season's 26:9 TD:INT ratio, and he'll look to keep the Texans marching toward a possible division total in a Week 16 interconference showdown with the Buccaneers on Saturday.
Watson completed 28 of 50 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Broncos. He also rushed six times for 44 yards and two touchdowns.
Analysis: Watson was a non-factor in the first half, but he took his level up a few notches after halftime. He connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter before scoring a highlight-reel rushing touchdown from six yards out, reaching the ball over the plane on a hurdling effort. Watson added a three-yard rushing score in the final minute, but he sandwiched that last touchdown in between a pair of interceptions. He'll remain a dynamic threat as both a passer and runner against the Titans in Week 15.
Watson completed 18 of 25 pass attempts for 234 yards and three touchdowns while also catching a six-yard touchdown in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Watson recorded his first career reception and receiving touchdown in one go on a triple-option play where he was on the receiving end of a pitch from wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Outside of the unconventional score, it was just another day at the office for the star quarterback despite facing one of the league's top defenses. It was also a marked improvement over Watson's last regular season meeting with New England back in Week 1 of the 2018 season (174 yards, one touchdown and one interception), where the then 23-year-old looked like Sam Darnold did against the Pats' D this year. Watson is clearly becoming one of the league's top pocket passers while maintaining his versatile athleticism. A tough matchup against Denver's pass defense should not scare fantasy owners after the signal caller took care of business against a stingier New England squad.
Watson completed 19 of 30 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Texans' 20-17 win over the Colts on Thursday. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and had one fumble but recovered it.
Analysis: Following forgettable sub-200-yard showing against the Ravens just four days prior, Watson came out looking like a completely different quarterback and had his deep ball working particularly well. The third-year signal-caller hit DeAndre Hopkins for beautifully thrown touchdown passes of 35 and 30 yards. He also connected with Will Fuller on throws of 44 and 51 yards, which helped him to come within two yards of his fourth 300-yard effort of the campaign on a relatively modest 19 completions. With the loss to Baltimore now exorcised, Watson will take on the daunting challenge of the Patriots defense in a Week 13 matchup, a week from this coming Sunday.
Watson completed 18 of 29 passes for 169 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Texans' 41-7 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 12 yards and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Watson and the Texans were as pedestrian as the quarterback's line implies, as the Ravens defense repeatedly short-circuited drives and also notched six sacks. Watson's most reliable connection by far was unsurprisingly with DeAndre Hopkins, whom he hit on seven occasions for 80 yards. However, Watson netted just 89 yards on his other 11 completions, and Sunday marked his first game without a touchdown pass since Week 4. The third-year signal-caller will look to help Houston bounce back at the expense of the Colts on a quick turnaround Week 12 Thursday night matchup.
Watson completed 30 of 42 pass attempts for 280 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions Sunday against the Chiefs. He also carried 10 times for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 31-24 win.
Analysis: Watson completed an impressive 71 percent of his pass attempts, but he didn't create many big plays through the air and finished averaging 6.7 yards per attempt. He completed his lone touchdown pass in the second quarter to Duke Johnson and added a pair of short rushing scores, including the one that decided the game midway through the fourth quarter. Since struggling in Week 4, Watson has bounced back in a big way, totaling 795 yards of total offense while accounting for eight touchdowns in the last two games. He'll look to continue his recent success next Sunday against the Colts.
Watson was named the AFC Player of the Week for Week 5, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Watson was electrifying during Houston's 53-32 win over the Falcons. He completed 28-of-33 passes for 426 yards and no interceptions. Most importantly for Watson, the Texans, and his fantasy owners, the quarterback was not sacked and was hit just once. He entered the game having been sacked 18 times. The return of guard Zach Fulton re-established the front five that protected Watson two weeks ago against the Chargers, which was the unit's best performance to that point in the season. In that game, the offensive line allowed two sacks and one quarterback hit in 33 dropbacks. A Week 6 showdown against the Chiefs and their league-leading passing offense could lead to a shootout and another banner day for Watson.
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