Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 30%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 2.2%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.8
Durability: question mark 2

Medium Risk


Deshaun Watson Player Overview

What You Need To Know:

  • Watson sat QB5 in fantasy points per game last year, boosted by a career-high 7 rushing scores.
  • His O-line improved but still surrendered 44 sacks in 15 games.
  • Losing elite WR DeAndre Hopkins takes away 150 targets from 2019. The Texans opted for more speed with replacement Brandin Cooks.

More of the same

Watson’s 2019 play confirmed what we already knew:He’s a stud.

Missing only Week 17 to rest a minor back injury, Watson compiled 257 passing yards per game, 26 TDs and 12 INTs. He added 413 yards and a career-high 7 scores on the ground.

Watson flashed a high ceiling with 6 outings of 30+ fantasy points. All told, he registered the QB5 finish in points per game.

Beneath the surface numbers, there wasn’t much to complain about. Watson completed a solid 67.3% of his passes — only a slight dip from 2018. The same was true of his 7.8 yards per attempt.

Watson’s accuracy showed well, as his 76.8% on target percentage ranked 9th among QBs, just behind Patrick Mahomes (via Pro Football Reference). That looks even better when you consider how much he relied on DeAndre Hopkins; Will Fuller finished second on the team in targets with 71, despite playing only 11 games.

The drawback here continued to be the O-line. After taking 62 sacks in 2018, Watson endured 44 in 2019. He also faced pressure at the 6th highest rate league-wide (38.4%).

Significant loss

The Texans’ shocking trade of DeAndre Hopkins rips away one of the best WRs in football. He accounted for 29% of Watson’s targets last year, 30.2% of his yards and 27% of his TDs. He’s an irreplaceable player.

The Texans at least have intriguing players — albeit with redundant qualities — ready to take over. Brandin Cooks arrived via an offseason trade looking to rebound from a lost 2019 (42-583-2 in 14 games). Those 2 absences are his only ones since the start of the 2015 season, although a history of multiple concu…

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Deshaun Watson Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 25, 2019 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Sprain Watson with back injury was listed as limited participant ahead of the Week 17 game against the Titans. He was active and served as the backup to AJ McCarron in the contest
Nov 2, 2017 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Watson tore his right ACL in practice.
Nov 20, 2014 Non-NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Watson suffered a torn left ACL in practice. He played with the injury vs. South Carolina on 11/29/14.
Nov 15, 2014 Non-NFL Knee LCL Sprain Grade 2 Watson suffered a sprained left LCL vs. Georgia Tech.
Oct 11, 2014 Non-NFL Hand Finger Fracture Watson sat out 3 games before returning vs. Georgia Tech.
Apr 7, 2014 Non-NFL Shoulder Clavicle Fracture Watson sustained a slight crack in his collarbone during a spring scrimmage.