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.”
Heading into the 2018 NFL season while recovering from a major knee injury, dynasty owners, as well as the Texans organization still very much believed in what they saw in 2017. Watson showed true talent and promise in that rookie year and proved to be a franchise-caliber quarterback who could take the Texans to the heights they have never reached before.
Watson reiterated that fact this season, as he led the Texans to a surprising 11-5 record and an AFC South Division title. He increased his pass completion percentage from 61% to 68%, while doubling down on his interception percentage: 3.9% to 1.8%.
He did this impressively while being the most sacked quarterback in the NFL this season – partially due to this tendency to jump out of the pocket, but also largely due to the weak offensive line play. Watson played all 16 games in 2018, passing for 4,165 yards (11th), throwing 26 touchdowns (12th), and also rushing for five touchdowns on the ground, tying him third among quarterbacks.
All this to say, Watson continually proved why he is being taken third among available quarterbacks in dynasty startups, with a 68.50 overall ADP ranking. He surpassed Aaron Rodgers in November and should remain a top-five quarterback with the young talent of the Houston Texans.