Coach Bill O'Brien expects Watson to take a big step forward in his third NFL season, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "I've always said with his work ethic and his intelligence and his hunger to be better, he'll always make a jump," O'Brien said. "I've always said that I don't think there's any ceiling on Deshaun Watson." Watson was already quite effective in 2018, though his impressive averages of 8.2 yards per pass attempt and 5.6 per carry don't account for a league-high total of 62 sacks, which was partially a product of poor line play and partially a matter of holding on to the ball for too long. It didn't help that the Texans struggled to keep their wide receivers on the field, with Will Fuller (knee), Keke Coutee (hamstring), Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) and Bruce Ellington (undisclosed) each playing seven games or fewer. The offensive line still doesn't look particularly good on paper, but first-round pick Tytus Howard might help the matter, plus Houston is optimistic about having both Fuller and Coutee ready for Week 1. For all the sacks his playing style leads to, Watson also creates frequent long gains when he dodges pass rushers rather than throwing the ball away or settling for a dump-off. The 23-year-old should be able to refine his approach without straying too far from his aggressive instincts, assuming his supporting cast isn't just the DeAndre Hopkins Show and little else for a second straight season.
Watson completed 29 of 49 attempts for 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception Saturday against the Colts. He also carried eight times for 76 yards in the 21-7 loss. Watson was held in check by the surging Colts defense, averaging just 4.8 yards per attempt. He compiled a large chunk of his numbers after his team was already down late in the game, including a touchdown pass to Keke Coutee and a couple of big gains on the ground. Watson led the team through its outstanding nine-game win streak, but a four-game losing streak -- including Saturday's playoff defeat -- is a rather sour note to end the season on. He still compiled 4,400 passing yards, 32 total touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 17 appearances, making him a desirable fantasy asset in virtually every fantasy format heading into 2019.
Watson connected on 25 of 35 passes for 234 yards and added 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars. The Texans didn't need to do much to top Jacksonville, the Jaguars offense going stale after a first-quarter field goal. For his part, Watson rolled with a couple of nice tosses to DeAndre Hopkins and a five-yard option keeper for a touchdown to start the second quarter. The victory coupled with with New England's win clinched Houston the third seed in the AFC. All that's left is to determine the team they host next week. The most likely scenario involves a division rematch against the winner of Sunday night's game between Indianapolis and Tennessee. Watson's been effective against both rivals this season, particularly the Titans, completing 73.2 percent of passes for 520 yards, four touchdowns, and a pick in two games to go along with 114 rushing yards and a touchdown. Against Indy, he's completed 70.0 percent of passes for 642 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception to go with 76 rushing yards and another score. Should Indianapolis and Tennessee tie Sunday night, either the Steelers or Ravens could be going to Houston.
Watson completed 29 of 40 passing attempts for 339 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles. He added two more scores and 49 yards rushing on eight attempts. Watson did it all for the Texans, but it wasn't enough for the victory Sunday. He took the ball in from five and six yards out in the second quarter to give Houston a 16-13 lead at the half. Philadelphia would score 17 unanswered points before Watson would throw his two touchdowns to take the lead with just over two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, Nick Foles had the last laugh and drove down the field for a game-winning field goal as time expired. The 23-year-old will try to help his team rebound at home Week 17 against Jacksonville.
Watson completed 22 of 28 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns while adding four carries for 26 yards in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets. The Texans were completely one-dimensional Saturday -- Watson's 26 yards led the team in rushing -- as Lamar Miller (ankle) exited during the first drive of the game, but Watson still averaged 10.5 yards per pass attempt. The young quarterback was sacked six times yet managed to lead a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter and had seven scoring drives in total. The 23-year-old hasn't thrown an interception since Week 11. He matches up against the Eagles' injury-laden secondary next week.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New Orleans Saints||28||22.78|
|3||09/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|6||10/13||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|13||12/02||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|16||12/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||23.13|
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|3 Year Avg||66.7||2932||22||8||410||4||294|