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Posted: 6/12/2018 1:42pm ET
Huddle Up: Practicing without a brace is a big step in Watson's recovery. If he continues to handle his knee well without the brace then we can expect his workload to increase. He still has over two months to be right for the regular season and maintains top five fantasy QB appeal.
Posted: 6/9/2018 7:18pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson scored 21 touchdowns in seven games before suffering an ACL injury last year, and he averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Even though he is coming off an injury, he has to be drafted as a QB1 because of his huge ceiling.
Posted: 5/22/2018 11:54am ET
Huddle Up: Watson is coming along nicely. Don't look too much into him not participating in OTAs. As long as he stays on the path he's on he'll be good to go for the regular season. Draft him as a No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Posted: 5/15/2018 12:59am ET
Huddle Up: Watson suffered a serious knee injury about midway through his rookie campaign a year ago, but it looks like that won't limit him going into his second season. Owners should be viewing Watson as a potential QB1 after he logged 19 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions in his seven games (six starts), as evidenced by being the third quarterback drafted, per current ADP figures.
Posted: 4/4/2018 8:31pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson looks like he's on track to be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season. Considering what he did last year as a rookie, tossing 19 touchdowns versus only eight interceptions in seven games (six starts), the 22-year-old will be a nice sleeper pick after the usual QB1 options are selected in drafts. Keep in mind, however, that the Texans recently announced they will have a 'dramatically' different offense, so nothing is a given.
Posted: 3/29/2018 9:12pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson was off to an impressive start in his rookie year before suffering a knee injury, and with an offseason to cater a system to his skills, QB1 production seems likely.
Posted: 3/27/2018 5:07am ET
Huddle Up: Watson broke through as one of the top QBs before he got hurt, and he'll be one to consider in the midrange QB1 portion of drafts.
Posted: 3/12/2018 9:47pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson was enjoying a marvelous rookie season before going down in the middle of the year with a torn ACL in practice that torpedoed Houston's season. Since it looks like he'll be fully healthy in time for Week 1, owners need to seriously consider Watson as their QB1 for the upcoming campaign, especially since he can provide excellent value with where he will probably be drafted.
Posted: 3/8/2018 8:29pm ET
Huddle Up: The No. 12 overall pick in last year's NFL Draft was in the midst of putting together a memorable rookie campaign before sustaining a torn ACL in practice on a non-contact play, so this should hopefully be a sign that he'll be ready for the start of next season. After logging an outstanding 103.0 passer rating in his seven games, Watson has the chance to be a real dark horse QB1 in all formats for 2018.
Posted: 2/28/2018 3:41pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson was humming along, taking the fantasy world by storm last season, before suffering his season-ending injury. He and DeAndre Hopkins, as well as Will Fuller, were fantasy studs during the middle portion of the season. A healthy Watson in 2018 makes the Houston offense and interesting situation to watch for fantasy purposes.
Posted: 2/5/2018 2:22pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson could have easily finished as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2017 if it weren't for the serious injury suffered halfway through his inaugural campaign. His arm talent and running ability immediately thrust him into the national spotlight. As long as he's at full health, there's merit for him to be drafted as the first quarterback this year.
Posted: 2/1/2018 11:26am ET
Huddle Up: Watson electrified the NFL in his professional football debut. The football world took a collective sigh when Watson was ruled out for the season, but he will have had plenty of time to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2018 season. As long as he doesn't take any steps back in his recovery, he's a prime 2018 QB1 draftee.
Posted: 1/25/2018 3:56pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson is on track for training camp but could see the field this offseason if he continues to make progress in his rehab. He was having a great season before the injury and should be considered a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in drafts next season.
Posted: 1/2/2018 8:41am ET
Huddle Up: The thought is nice, but there's no chance the team puts him in any risky situation this offseason. Watson is a midrange QB1 option in next year's drafts.
Posted: 11/7/2017 10:32am ET
Huddle Up: Watson is expected to need the customary eight to nine months to recover, but if there is any good news to come from this bit of news, it is the fact he was able to have the surgery less than a week after the injury, as sometimes swelling in the knee delays the procedure. Watson is a good bet to be a full-go by training camp next summer and will likely be considered a high-end QB1 when he is cleared.
Posted: 11/5/2017 7:56am ET
Huddle Up: It appears as though Watson will miss organized team activities during the offseason but could be ready in time for training camp. He should be viewed as a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy football leagues next year. Tom Savage is serving as the Texans' starter in Watson's absence but he possesses little value in any fantasy format.
Posted: 11/2/2017 2:02pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson was headed for Rookie of the Year honors and was even in the MVP conversation. This is a huge blow to what has been a prolific offense. Tom Savage figures to take Watson's place, but he is several rungs down from Watson on the quarterback ladder. Everyone on Houston's offense takes a hit in fantasy value, namely DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Lamar Miller.
Posted: 11/2/2017 12:58pm ET
Huddle Up: Owners will know more about Watson's status after practice Friday, Nov. 3, so they should monitor the situation. He has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL this season and would be a No. 1 quarterback this week if he is active.
Posted: 10/29/2017 7:01pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson and Russell Wilson were in an old-fashioned shootout in Seattle, as both went over 400 yards with four scoring tosses. The rookie has two or more touchdown strikes in each of his past five games, and three or more TDs in each of the past four. He might be the top fantasy option at quarterback heading into Week 9 against the struggling Indianapolis Colts.
Posted: 10/18/2017 6:53pm ET
Huddle Up: What makes that even more remarkable is that Watson didn't even begin the season as the starter. He quickly dethroned Tom Savage for the job, however, and hasn't looked back since. The former Clemson standout has been especially terrific as of late, tossing 12 touchdowns in his last three games alone, compared to just two interceptions. He's also been a force on the ground, tallying more than 20 rushing yards in each of his last five contests. Watson has established himself as a legit QB1 for the time being as a result.
Posted: 10/15/2017 2:44pm ET
Huddle Up: The rookie has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks over the past three games, if not the best. While he has just one 300-yard game this season back in Week 3 in New England, Watson has thrown for 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions over the past three outings while also finding the end zone once with his feet. Fantasy owners will need to make alternate plans in Week 7, as the Texans have their bye week.
Posted: 10/10/2017 6:11pm ET
Huddle Up: To put that number into some perspective, the Indianapolis Colts' Jacoby Brissett ranked second at 23.2 yards. Watson definitely benefited from his receivers winning their fair share of 50-50 balls on Sunday night, and it goes without saying he's not going to continue stringing together games in which accounts for five touchdowns. Nevertheless, the rookie has definitely sparked the Houston offense and should confidently be started in fantasy for the foreseeable future.
Posted: 10/1/2017 1:40pm ET
Huddle Up: How much of this is Watson's skills and how much the Titans' defense is a legitimate question. Still, it was a spectacular performance for the rookie quarterback, who became the first rookie QB to throw four TDs and run for one in a game since Fran Tarkenton in 1961 to account for five touchdowns. Watson could be a low-end QB1 option for Week 5. Watson could be higher, but the Kansas City Chiefs are up next and that could pose issues.
Posted: 9/24/2017 2:24pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson had an outstanding game after being held to 125 yards in his first NFL start and should be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season. He should be owned in all fantasy leagues but probably should stay on the bench next week against a solid Tennessee Titans defense.
Posted: 9/20/2017 7:22am ET
Huddle Up: Watson is only an option in dynasty leagues or in leagues where you must start two quarterbacks. However, this week isn't a strong matchup.
Posted: 9/14/2017 8:42pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson struggled throwing the ball and looked nervous in the pocket, but he flashed his upside with a 49-yard rushing score. There are going to be plenty of growing pains for the rookie, but his scrambling ability should keep him in the QB2 conversation.
Posted: 9/12/2017 3:16pm ET
Huddle Up: As mentioned previously, Watson played much better than his counterpart Tom Savage last week. There will be growing pains for the rookie, but he gives the Texans their best chance to win. Pick him up if you're hurting at quarterback, but don't expect weekly QB1 performances.
Posted: 9/12/2017 12:17pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson still has room to grow as a rookie, but he was clearly the more successful and beneficial quarterback for the Texans in Week 1. If the rookie does start, he remains a No. 2 fantasy quarterback versus the Cincinnati Bengals. He would be a solid waiver wire addition as a backup, though.
Posted: 9/12/2017 4:33am ET
Huddle Up: After the subpar performance of Tom Savage early in the first game, the Texans rolled the dice and went with Watson. He didn't do much better down the stretch, but it might be time to see what Watson is made of on a regular basis. Do not start Watson in your fantasy league just yet, as it's going to take time for his skills to sharpen.
Posted: 9/11/2017 3:27pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson played the second half of the team's Week 1 game and is in the running to start in Week 2. He had an up-and-down performance during his limited playing time against the Jacksonville Jaguars and should be avoided in fantasy leagues if he starts.
Posted: 9/11/2017 6:32am ET
Huddle Up: The Texans play the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night, and the ankle injury could keep Tom Savage in the starting lineup. Both are QB2 options, but Watson has more roster clout in fantasy.
Posted: 9/11/2017 6:15am ET
Huddle Up: Watson is worth rostering as a QB2, but growing pains should be expected. Tom Savage would lose his roster viability with a demotion.
Posted: 9/10/2017 11:48am ET
Huddle Up: Watson has a chance to take over as the starting quarterback if he plays well against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watson can be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues if he keeps the starting job.
Posted: 8/14/2017 9:27am ET
Huddle Up: Watson has a chance to unseat Tom Savage as the starter, but he's more of a dynasty option.
Posted: 8/10/2017 8:00pm ET
Huddle Up: Unless Watson can take the starting gig away from Tom Savage, his value will be relegated to keeper formats for now. He has long-term QB1 potential.
Posted: 8/9/2017 8:10pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson was expected to be the No. 2 quarterback this season but may push Tom Savage for the starting job after his performance Wednesday. He should be an attractive option in keeper leagues but can be avoided in standard leagues if he does not start.
Posted: 8/1/2017 11:03am ET
Huddle Up: Although the knee-jerk reaction is to say Watson should be considered the frontrunner to start Week 1, Houston would be wise to let the rookie ease into the job, unless he goes out and steals the job ala Russell Wilson did for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. Watson should be the long-term answer at quarterback in Houston, but he will probably top out as a middling QB2 in fantasy in the conservative Texans' offense if he is named the starter at some point during the season.
Posted: 7/28/2017 12:11pm ET
Huddle Up: The tone continues to remain positive for Watson's development and puts him on track to start games early in the season. Projected starter Tom Savage has not proven he can stay healthy, so the odds are strong the rookie will be starting some games in 2017. If and when that time comes, Watson should be considered a low-end QB2 with upside.
Posted: 7/27/2017 7:59pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson will undoubtedly have a chance to run the show in Houston, but Tom Savage will likely be under center in Week 1. Stash him in all keeper formats, but Watson doesn't need to be owned in redraft leagues unless he is named the starter.
Posted: 7/12/2017 12:15pm ET
Huddle Up: Watson probably will serve as the No. 2 quarterback this season but could see some playing time as a rookie. Owners in most standard leagues should avoid Watson, but he will have some value in keeper leagues.
Posted: 6/23/2017 10:57am ET
Huddle Up: While O'Brien's comments bode well for Watson's future, they should actually reinforce the notion Tom Savage will begin the season as the starter. How quickly that changes will obviously be up to how quickly Watson gets O'Brien's offense down pat. With that said, Savage has shown little ability to stay healthy in the NFL, making it very likely Watson will get a few starts at some point in 2017.
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