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Deshaun Watson (ADP: 45.83, QB3)
Watson is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with the Houston Texans. For one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league, the upcoming 2020 season could very well be the most important for his career - and for the Houston franchise.
In 2019, he displayed what should earn him a hefty payday at some point in the near future. He threw for over 3,800 yards with 26 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Most impressively, he often put the game into his own hands rushing for 413 yards on the ground, including a career-high seven touchdowns.
While the Texans suffered yet another (and arguably their most disappointing) playoff exit, Watson should retain enough tools in 2020 to make another run.
The story in 2019 was the lack of pass protection and an inefficient run game. He led the NFL as the most-sacked quarterback (55) for the second year in a row.
With no first round draft pick in 2020 or 2021, the Texans cannot pass up on protection with their second and third round picks, and they must pursue a high-value running back in free agency.
Watson remains the QB3 in DLF's Dynasty Rankings. He should remain in the top five for at least the next several years, if the Texans can keep him protected and healthy. Lamar Jackson scored just 88 more fantasy points than Watson in 2019. I would not be surprised to see him jump back up to overall QB1 in 2020.