Perhaps the quarterback with the most risk and most reward is Texans second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson. He was marvelous in six starts, averaging 32.7 Fantasy points per game with three topping 40 before an ACL tear short-circuited what would have been one of the best years in Fantasy quarterback history. Watson presents unfathomable upside based on his arms, legs and receiving corps, but obvious issues regarding his health will keep some from taking him. The good news is that Houston expects Watson to be ready for the start of season, if not the start of training camp. It'll go a long way if we see him on the field in the preseason. But this is specifically a great year to take a chance on Watson - if he ends up struggling, there are a slew of other quarterbacks you can draft (or pick up off waivers) to keep your team rocking. You should plan on taking a second signal-caller if you draft Watson, though he could prove to be useless if Watson picks up where he left off. If you have the guts, Watson is worth choosing as soon as Round 5. Pairing him with Jameis Winston, Patrick Mahomes or Philip Rivers, all of whom have great upside and good matchups during Houston's Week 10 bye, ensures the investment.
Watson completed five of eight passes for 73 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Texans' 16-13 preseason win over the 49ers on Saturday. Although head coach Bill O'Brien had stated that Watson's workload would be similar to that of the preseason opener, the second-year quarterback ended up logging more snaps due to the success of the one drive he led. Watson spearheaded a crisp 11-play, 79-yard scoring march that answered the 49ers' similarly successful opening possession. He was impressive while connecting with Bruce Ellington for 44 yards over three completions, including the one-yard touchdown that capped off the series. Watson also found starting tight end Ryan Griffin for a 22-yard strike that put the ball in the red zone, making it a highly successful encore to last week's cameo appearance. Watson appears to have eliminated any lingering doubts about his regular-season readiness over the first pair of exhibitions, although he figures to further corroborate his health in next Saturday's "dress rehearsal" showdown against the Rams.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Watson will have a similar workload in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers as he had in the first exhibition game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Watson was in for one drive in the preseason opener against the Chiefs, completing his only pass for four yards. The second-year pro is coming off a torn right ACL that sidelined him for the final nine games of the 2017 season, so any preseason workload, albeit small, proves he's on track to start Week 1. O'Brien also added that the starters are getting plenty of practice reps, and it's clear he doesn't want to risk injuries for Watson or the team's other starters.
Watson said he wasn't feeling any adverse effects following Thursday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The preseason opener was Watson's first game action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last season. He played just five snaps and was upbeat when he returned to practice Saturday. "I feel good," Watson said. "Didn't really play too long, so it was decent. I just played five snaps, handed the ball off, threw one pass." Watson should get more reps in the second preseason game, Saturday at home against the 49ers.
Watson played one series in the Texans' 17-10 preseason win over the Chiefs on Thursday, completing his only pass for four yards. The dynamic second-year quarterback was able to get back into game action just over nine months after tearing his ACL last Nov. 2. Watson's presence was expected Thursday after he'd practiced without limitations since the onset of camp, but it was nevertheless encouraging to see him face live defenders. Head coach Bill O'Brien was unsurprisingly cautious with his star signal caller, giving him a quick hook after the opening possession. Watson is likely primed for a healthy boost in snaps when the Texans take on the 49ers in their second exhibition tilt a week from Saturday.
Watson is on track to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Chiefs, though Texans coach Bill O'Brien acknowledges he hasn't made a final decision, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. O'Brien likely will reveal his decision once he's done formulating the gameplan for Thursday. Regardless of his status for the preseason opener, Watson doesn't seem to be in any danger of missing Week 1 of the regular season. He's been a full participant in practice since the outset of training camp, with no report of any limitations or setbacks with his knee so far.
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|1||09/09||@New England Patriots||30||21.53|
|3||09/23||New York Giants||32||22.88|
|15||12/15||@New York Jets||26||21.00|
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