Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
The Texans used their first-round pick (12th overall) on Deshaun Watson, with the hopes that the young and proven competitor would turn around the lack of elite quarterbacks for the Houston franchise. They elected not to sign a veteran quarterback, but instead ride the coat-tails of the young Clemson product. It appeared from scouting reports that Watson still needed to develop his accuracy and decision-making before taking meaningful reps at quarterback.
Watson proved all doubters wrong, throwing for nearly 1,700 yards, 18 touchdowns, and a competing 61.8% of his passes before going down with an ACL tear. He looked poised in the pocket and capable of making sound decisions. Owners immediately could see the potential of a young quarterback paired with Bill O’Brien.
After his impressive start to his NFL career, Watson’s ADP soared from 160.33 (13th round) early in September to 56.50 (mid fourth-round now). He’s ahead of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and Dak Prescott. As he continues to recover from knee surgery, the talent surrounding him should continue to grow within the Texans organization, giving him tremendous upside for years to come.
If you stayed true to your gut feeling on Watson, things could not be better. As one of the most valuable assets in dynasty right now, he could be a strong chess piece if you are looking to make some major moves this off-season. I personally do not expect his ADP to stay this high, so if you need to sell, do so now as he will be brought back down to earth in his second season.