Texans rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson was responsible for five touchdowns in last week’s 57-point offensive explosion, and depending on your league’s scoring posted between 34-and-40 points.
But most owners didn’t start him. And most league’s didn’t even have him on a roster.
Check right now. If Watson is on your waiver wire still, snatch him ASAP. Watson is a valuable piece in keeper leagues. Because he is undrafted, if you grab him off waivers you’ll be able to keep him with a very late-round pick next year.
He’s also the quintessential fantasy darling quarterback. He ran a lot in college, ran a decent amoutn in Week 4 and found the end zone with his legs. That extra potential for scoring puts him immediately in a class of quarterbacks worth taking in the first half of a draft.
But he’s a rookie. And this is two games. Should we slow the engines?
In Week 3 against the Patriots, a team that is proving to have the worst defense in the NFL and is on pace to allow more than 500 points, the rookie threw for over 300 yards and tossed two touchdowns. Last week, Watson threw for four scores against the Titans and showed that, if he is indeed the franchise quarterback Houston hasn’t yet had in their franchise history, they are by far the best team in the AFC South.
Week five’s match up will tell us a lot about Watson and his fantasy value this season. Against a seemingly intimidating 4-0 Chiefs squad, there still could be some points scored. Kansas City has actually allowed the 27th fewest yards through the air this season — 359.5 yards per game — and could be soft enough for Watson to be productive yet again.
Is it worth trading the unproven youngster while his value and potential are highest? Or is it better to see what he really is and perhaps have your fantasy quarterback for 2018 already figured out?
Well, it’s a case-by-case basis. If you are in win now mode and like your other quarterback options, field some trade offers. If you need help at quarterback or are in the midst of a likely losing campaign? Watson could be your savior next year. Only time will tell.